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By Akash Shukla

The maxim for editing can be explained with no better acronym— KISS. The ‘Keep it Short and Simple’ mantra helps the editors and reporters alike to wade through the quagmire of trash writing and long-winded write-ups.

Some of the funny quips from the reporter’s domain are as follows…

  • The case would be cracked in transparent manner and the culprits would be dealt with iron hands.
  • The instructions of Chief Development Officer to provide about 50,000 Above Poetry Line(APL) ration cards and Below Poverty Line ration…
  • As pleasurable winter is going on that make my mood full of Masti.
  • I feel like lingering with my boyfriend my parents are familiar with but because of interference of civic and police I am petrified of coming in limelight.
  • The thieves not even burgled the house of jeweler, but they also made picnic there as well. They prepared edibles and relished it with the chilled cold drinks that were kept inside the refrigerator, which indicated that the city’s law and order situation has gone worsened.
  • While Pooja turned into a fire-ball, Mehtab fled from the spot.

The above-stated examples reflect the obnoxious yet the obvious language disparity when a person chooses to codify a Hindi Muhavara into an English idiom. Reporters tend to transliterate one language to the other.

It is a common misnomer that grammar of one language (Hindi) would adopt the rules of the other (English).

While aspiring print journalists penned the K-word for further reference, the media educationist spoke of hand-subbing in the line of fire, popularly known as the ‘deadline’. What people don’t know is that rapid editing becomes a far cry when errors pertaining to word power and misplaced usage eat their way into the editor’s efficiency.

Have a look at some of the most common gaffes that an Indian editor grapples with on a daily basis…

  • The Panchayati Raj department has decided to lighten the streets in the villages by installing solar streetlights in the district villages.
  • Health department of Kanpur Municipal Corporation collected food samples from half-a-dozen hotels to ensure adulteration on Monday.
  • He claimed that the perpetrators sketches must be made with the help of Chote Lal who was a lonely eyewitness.
  • Not only people but the health department staff are living in panicky
  • ….makes one believe that this year the event would prove to be a rocking block-bluster

All of these anecdotes are a good read for an English learner but they are hazardous for the editorial desk when the work is being taken care of at the eleventh hour. Reporters and editors share a symbiotic work balance. It is equally ridiculous for both to imagine their work survival without the other.

Poor constructions and jumbled facts predominate reports of various beats, namely, crime, business and page three. A learner can get a hang of it in bits by going through these examples:

  • Taking whiskey, vodka, beer, rum, gin, vine, champagne and even tequila shots is very common in girls and would certainly leave the boys turn their heads.
  • The flooding Short Messages in mobile and emails in inboxes dwindle the sale of greetings.
  • The network congestion throw cold water on the emotions of several people.
  • All the station In-charges in the city are making gruelling efforts to praise the god and goddess by offering them lucrative offers to avert the chance of the first FIR lodged at their respective police stations on the new year 2010.

From medical exigency to financial emergency, from on-the-border reportage to on-the-line interview, layer by layer subbing is the master key to jimmy all locks.

Since the speaker wasn’t a dullard, he didn’t disappoint with a drab harangue. He addressed the active-passive issue in the formation of headlines for English newspapers in India. Shooting instances from his mainstream days, he summarized and spoke of:

Headline 1: Cops canecharge mob

Headline 2: Irate mob batoncharged

Semantically, there is no difference between the two. But syntactically, headline 1 pegs the importance on the word ‘cops’ while the headline 2 treats the same news differently and gives the same importance to a different word ‘Irate mob’. Headline 1 being active in nature speaks of cops in action in present tense, therefore, highlights immediacy. Headline 2 is the passivised form of headline 1. It speaks of an occurred event, a thing of recent past. Headline 2 weakens the event of occurrence.

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Another example:

Headline 1: Farmer killed in dispute

Headline 2: Dispute causes farmer’s death

Though headline 1 employs ‘ed’ form or the past form of the main verb ‘kill’ yet it is better if compared to headline 2 because it fits in less space and serves the purpose if there is space crunch on the page. Although both headers employ four words to bring out the meaning, headline one does it in a more dignified and concise manner.

“None of the days are same. No two stories have the same treatment. And, no two mood swings of the boss are easy to survive. Everyone presses the panic button when an idea fails to fall in place on the page layout. The top bosses are harried if they can’t keep the ‘sacred cow’ out of the harm’s way. A dexterous sub-editor edits his way out of these pot-boilers,” said the insightful media educationist.

For the first time, we realized that even 50 shades of malevolence were possible. The K-rule in editing not only helps in the removal of chaff from grain but it also helps us with the discipline of language in such a way that we must not write to impress but to inspire.

Since language is arbitrary and we twist it to our purpose for desired meanings, the one who reaches the closest to the latter is called ‘the gifted’ or ‘a good copy editor’. But all this dexterity or bliss from God cannot rule out the perennial and reinforced use of KISS mantra. How else can one connect and shape the views of the layman in the impoverished democracy of India? Keeping it short and simple helps the reader with easy and prolonged retention.

Simplicity is not only the charm of life but also of those with meagre livelihood. We had a task at hand to prod the young and old and ask them about the most important news that they had encountered in their life till now. Babri Demolition, Sikh Riots, and Aarushi Murder Case were some of the most voiced and strongly-opined answers. All and sundry claimed that since the coverage was not jargonistic, they remember a lot about it. Some of them even uttered headlines which were printed a decade ago.

The amusement that the activity drew does not seek refuge in the language but in the treatment of language instead. The KISS factor determines not only the language but also prunes and pegs the view that needs to be tabled everyday for the common man’s reading.

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Being A Youtuber Is Just A Few Editing Tricks Away- Here’s What You Should Know

YouTubers all over the world are creating excellent videos with their cellular-phones.

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Master your editing skills and become a professional YouTuber.

YouTube has become a household name. Be it cooking recipes, movie reviews, make-up tutorials, or even intricate concepts of science and technology. You can find YouTube videos on anything and everything. This has unfurled a wide spectrum of opportunities for people all around the globe.

Now, you do not need a professional setup for producing a high definition YouTube video. YouTubers all over the world are creating excellent videos with their cellular-phones. Top that with a few editing hacks, and anyone with good content can gain numerous followers in a short span of time.

This article thoroughly discusses the ten easy editing hacks that can help as you venture into the world of content production.

Video Editor

While a professional camera and other equipment are not necessary for ensuring a great video, a good video editor is a must. Relax! This does not mean that you have to fork out a fortune to get a good video editor.

First things first, you should understand and lay out your editing skills. If hardcore editing is what you need, you should be prepared to shell out a reasonable price. However, if you require basic editing or even mid-level editing, there are numerous online video editor for YouTube which have free versions available.

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You can try free versions of different products in the market and then settle with the paid version of the one that suits your needs. Content creators usually suggest settling for paid version because it offers greater flexibility, more options as well as saves you from the hassle of removing watermarks. A few more features to keep in mind while deciding the video editor would be as follows.

Easy to Use

Always select software that is easy to understand and use. This is essential for you to work smoothly. Whatever you do, get a paid video editing app and make sure you understand its nuances.

Robust

Ensure that the software you finally select is robust and compatible with your hardware. A robust software will not hang upon carrying out multiple tasks at once. Some softwares, although easy to use, often give up when the users need to run multiple commands at once.

Online Support

If you are venturing into the YouTube world for the first time, it is highly recommended to select a video editor that has quick and strong online support. This is essential as, in the initial months, you may encounter issues while using the software. The online support will ensure you sail smoothly despite the inexperience.

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The most important editing hack is to know about the keyboard shortcuts. Pixabay

Keyboard Shortcuts

Yes, we are still discussing video editing hacks, and yes, keyboard shortcuts are essential. Most of us edit videos on our laptops, and trying to make a selection with a touchpad might not be the easiest thing. They also make life easier for you by shaving off a few seconds on some of the most repetitive video editing tasks.

There are tons of keyboard shortcut cheat sheets out there to help you master the essential video editing shortcuts. However, you can always create some shortcuts that suit you best.

Template

A template should be your starting point. It will not only help you visualize your content but will also provide a sense of clarity on whether or not your audience will like it. Most video editors allow users to either modify pre-made templates or create their own from scratch.

Once you have the desired template, you are now free to select the script and give your video a headline. Some video editors also allow you to add a URL to your uploaded content and fetch the data on the scraper for you. You can also use media files to resonate with the video you are looking to make.

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Trimming

YouTubers are not professional actors. Even professional actors take several cuts to get that perfect scene. So, do not panic if you cannot make it in the first take. Keep shooting and trim the scenes later.

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Trimming is the most basic feature of video editing.

Trimming is the basic feature which almost all video editors allow, even the free ones. However, the accuracy in trimming is what matters, and you will only get that in good video editors.

Music

Is it even a good video if it does not have resonating music in it? No, right? Music adds life to the video. Most new YouTubers fail to justify their efforts by the music they add to their videos.

It is advisable to give equal importance to the audio of your video. If your video has no dialogues, you should add music to the video, which goes with its theme. You can find several subscriptions offering royalty-free music for your needs. If you want to be on the next level, pay, and you will get the best audio available in the market.

Dimensions

Different social media platforms support different dimensions. While Facebook, TikTok, and YouTube support 1920 pixels x 1080 pixels, Messenger, Instagram Stories, and Snapchat support 1080 pixels x 1920 pixels. After having gone through the hassle of creating and editing the video, you do not want your viewers to be unable to watch it properly.

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Make sure you understand the platform you want to publish your content on. If you are aiming at multiple platforms, go back to your video editor and crop the video according to the platform. It is that simple!

Resolution

Most viewers consume content on mobile phones or tablets. Therefore, the video need not be 8K resolution. However, understanding the audience and delivering accordingly is strongly recommended. Keep in mind the scope for quality impairment while compressing the video. Also, do not utilize free editing software, or you’ll have to compromise with the visual quality.

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Invite your Viewers

Now that you are ready with a stunning video, in perfect dimension and visual quality, make sure you send out a spectacular invite to all your viewers before you publish the content. We are firm believers in first impressions being the last impressions. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you create an invite, which is as good as your video. Free invitation maker software makes this possible.

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