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How to Edit Videos from Anywhere Fast

The challenges of remote work can make it difficult to edit video quickly, though. If you’re used to editing video in a dedicated studio, you probably feel stuck there - compatibility problems and other issues make it hard to edit video on the go.

Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to edit video faster and get back hours of your time each week. In this article, we’ll uncover five easy ways to shorten your video editing time starting today:

1. Organize and label files for quick access

We all know our organizational systems could use a little work, but it’s difficult for most designers and video editors to understand how much time they really waste looking for the correct files.

If you’re like many of us, you probably have more digital clutter than you would care to admit. Misnamed and unnamed files mingle in dozens of random folders, eluding you and making you swear you’ll get organized - someday.

If you want to slice your video editing time in half or better, this is an excellent place to start. Make sure all of your files are descriptively named and grouped in folders with relevant files.

You might spend a tedious day (or several) wading through a virtual sea of files and organizing them in logically named folders and subfolders. Soundsnap recommends starting with standard categories like:

  • Raw footage
  • Graphics
  • Audio
  • Images
  • Project files

The return you get on that time investment over the next few months, though, can be tremendous. As long as you spend a few minutes a day maintaining and updating your file organizing system, it will continue to give you back hours a week for years to come.

2. Use multiple monitors when possible

Video editors often spend precious time trying to find the information they need while editing - images, web pages, video files, and more can get buried in a string of tiny tabs.

Having multiple monitors can help you see everything you need at once. Video editing expert Caleb Wojcik recommends using an ultra-wide monitor for viewing your timeline, a vertical monitor to the left or right for effects and general file management, and a third monitor to allow full-screen playback of the video project.

3. Create custom presets for ongoing editing projects

If you’re working on a long-term or recurring project, such as a YouTube video series or documentary, custom presets can save you hours of time over the course of the project.

For example, suppose that you create a weekly videocast to teach aspiring video creators how to edit properly. You probably use the same lighting setup, camera, backdrop, and other equipment for each episode.

By creating custom color presets, you can avoid the time-consuming process of manually color-grading each video. You can then create another batch of presets for a different project that involves a different video setup.

4. Make use of stock footage

You can probably think of several times when you needed a particular shot to make part of a video “pop,” but you just didn’t have that footage available.

Instead of stopping the process to shoot again, consider pulling clips from a stock video service.

These services offer millions of video clips you can browse by collection or search by keyword. You can refine results by filtering for clip length, resolution, and other attributes.

These services typically either charge a monthly fee, charge per download, or both. Be sure to check the pricing structure and find out about any download limitations before you commit.

Also, make sure that any stock footage you download comes with the appropriate usage license. Some clips may be licensed for personal use, but not for commercial use.

5. Take work anywhere with a virtual desktop

Location dependence is one of the biggest obstacles that slows down video editors and designers. We usually have a main workstation, either at home or at the office, that can handle the demands of video editing. We already know all of our software is compatible with our work computer, so when we’re at the workstation, we can edit confidently.

Away from the workstation, though, the story is quite different. Compatibility issues abound, and there’s a fair chance that your mobile and other secondary devices aren’t capable of running video editing software.

Of course, there are quite a few video editing apps out there, but they don’t compare to Adobe Premiere Pro Online or other full-scale editing platforms.

A virtual desktop frees you to edit video faster - from anywhere

Fortunately, a virtual desktop can give you the power of your main video editing workstation on any Internet-enabled device - even those that can’t natively support the software.

Virtual desktop options like Flaneer turn your workstation into a cloud computer, allowing you to access any of your files from your mobile device.

Because your virtual desktop lets you access your software and work in the cloud, it eliminates the potential for software compatibility issues.

Also, because the computing power comes from Flaneer and not your device, there’s no need to worry about lagging, crashes, or other issues that come with exceeding your device’s computing capacity. Even running Adobe Premiere Pro online is no problem, no matter whether you packed a laptop, tablet, or just your phone.

The result? You’re no longer confined to your workstation. You have the power to create stunning video anywhere you go, letting you complete projects faster and easier without feeling tied down. After all, isn’t that what remote work is supposed to be about?

Check out Flaneer to find out how much faster you can complete your next video editing project with their go-anywhere virtual desktop service.

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