When editing “Funny Moments” we need to be on top of our game. This is incredibly creative work and requires a lot of inspiration to get right. We spend a lot of time brainstorming and discussing how best to present certain clips. If we’re unable to come up with a unique and original idea for how to present the clip, we won’t use it. Even if it is amazing. This has been the policy at Red Arcade since the beginning because we don’t want to be a content aggregation channel, we want to make original content in collaboration with the gaming community.
All our videos start with reviewing the submissions. We get a lot of submissions and the best ones are hand picked by one of the team members. We always save more clips then required for an episode so that we can stick to our policy of only using clips we have original ideas for how to edit.
Once we have the clips picked out we import them into Adobe Premiere and start the editing process.
1. Sorting footage:
We start the editing process by looking through the clips and placing them in 3 different groups: Clips we have an idea for how to present in a creative way, clips we want to use but need to brainstorm more on how to edit, and clips we don’t want to use.
While grouping the clips we already have ideas for we make sure to write down our idea somewhere so we don’t forget it. We then start brainstorming on the other clips, usually, we end up not using 70% of those.
Once we have filtered out the clips we want to use we starting planning out where to place them and which clips fit together. Our favorite thing to do is being able to combine multiple, similar clips into a segment with a narrative. It requires a lot of creativity on how to combine multiple clips together and make them relate to each other, but we spend a lot of time on this because it gives a whole new light to the material.
Now we have our footage sorted and a basic plan for the video (which always changes as the video is being edited).
Music is an incredibly important part of creative work so we, of course, put a lot of effort into this.
First, we search for music we think might fit. Since we already know what clips we’re going to use it’s a lot easier to know what type of music we’re looking for. We make a playlist of the music we think we’ll use.
Once we have a playlist ready we choose the first song and start syncing the clips to the music. We want all the visuals to match the beat of the song, so we spend a lot of time on this.
A lot of viewers might not why the videos feel like they flow so naturally, but that is because of the work we put into syncing visuals to the music. It just makes everything higher quality.
Once we’ve added all the music we need and synced the visuals to the music we have the base of the video ready. We then move onto sound effects.
3. Sound Effects
We usually have two purposes for the use of sound effects.
The first thing is to emphasize certain actions like punches, bounces, explosions, etc. Here we usually use foley sound effects. What’s important when using these sound effects is that they are also on beat with the music, if you watch our videos you’ll notice every punch, explosion, etc. is on beat.
The other way we use sound effects is to make a reference that gives meaning to the clip. We might add a sound effect that sound sinister to a clip that’s not supposed to be scary, but when the sound effect is added it suddenly gives new meaning to the material and makes it scary.
Since how we use sound effects varies so much from episode to episode I can’t expand too much on it here, however, if you check out some of the behind the scenes videos we made we go more in-depth on what our thought was behind certain sounds we used.
4. Simple visual effects
Before we move onto the more advanced effects that are mostly done in After Effects, we do the simple effects.
This includes things like:
- Color correction/visuals that add to the mood of a clip
- Example: If we’re doing a dramatic edit, we might do some film noir-esque color correction.
- Pan, zoom, crop
- Example: If someone is talking we might zoom in on them to make it clear which person is talking.
- Add whatever visuals we need to make our editing idea for the clip come to life.
This is also very specific to the material we have, so it’s difficult to provide more examples since it changes from video to video.
Here is an example of how we turned a funny clip into something sad and dramatic through the creative use of visual effects and music. Original on the left, edited on the right.
The effects used in this example are not very advanced, they’re fairly simple effects, however, with a little brainstorming we were able to transform the clip into something totally new through creative editing.
5. Text and subtitles
Next up we start adding text and subtitles. First, we just add text when someone speaks before moving onto animating it.
6. Animating text and subtitles.
We spend a lot of time on animating the text and subtitles because it’s what the viewer will notice the most.
We start with motion tracking. We love to motion track the text and do it a lot because it takes a lot of time which a lot of channels aren’t willing to spend, so we’re able to stand out. When we motion track we often need to manually move the text every single frame the object we’re tracking moves. Our videos have 60 frames per second, so that’s a lot of keyframes.
After we’ve motion tracked and placed all the text where we want it we add in and out animations to the text as a cherry on top to make it perfect.
7. Recording B-roll
Red Arcade is not a content aggregator, we have a strict policy of transforming the footage you send us into something original with creative value. One way we do this is by recreating scenes from clips and recording those reenactments to give a new perspective to the clip. So we basically merge our original recordings with the clips from our community to further transform the material.
When doing this in Fortnite for example we go into creative or playground mode and reenact the scene. Then we go into replay mode and spend a while trying to get the perfect shot. This is quite difficult in Fortnite since they don’t let you save camera positions or set keyframes, so when you see this in our videos it’s a recording of us manually moving the camera with the controller. It takes a while to get the perfect shot.
Once we have the recordings we want we merge them together with the original clips in Premiere.
8. After Effects
Now we’re done in Premiere and move on to the more advanced visual effects in After Effects. What we use After Effects for varies a lot from video to video, but we use it a lot of 3D effects and rotoscoping. We’ll go more in-depth on specific use cases in one of the behind the scenes videos.
9. Final touches
Once we’re done a preview version of the video is rendered and reviewed by a minimum of 2 team members. We leave comments at timestamps with suggestions on what should be changed or can be added. This is important to maintain the high-quality videos we want.
After changes are made we render out the final video and upload to YouTube.