I've been an editor for over ten years, having gotten started before entering high school. At the time, I found editing to be a means to an end, a necessary step in getting videos completed to be shared with the world. However, after learning the ins and outs of the craft, and the minutiae that propels it, I've come to love the craft. To me, editing is everything. It can bring a performance to life, bring a story to life, strengthen an argument... You name it, editing can do it.
In the time since I've picked up editing, I've learned a wide variety of different pieces of software, as well as read every book, newsletter, and essay I could get my hands on pertaining to the subject.
Below is a breakdown of the software I work with, the genres/video formats I'm familiar with editing and the books I've molded my approach to editing from:
Adobe Premiere Pro
Adobe After Effects
Final Cut Pro X
Da Vinci Resolve
Avid Media Composer
Genres/Formats I work in:
My work is informed by...
The Technique of Film Editing (Karel Reisz, Gavin Millar)
Often considered "the book" on film editing/theory. Every book published on the subject post 1953 has used this book as the jumping off point for their work.
My work is informed by:
The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film (Michael Ondaatje)
An in-depth analysis of the techniques/methodology of acclaimed and award winning editor Walter Murch.