This is the question a lot of people ask in the early days: how much editing should I do?
My answer is: as little as possible.
So, have no fear, your editing tasks should be kept to a minimum.
Topping and Tailing
This is what I would consider a minimum level of editing:
- Remove everything before your first word
- Remove everything before your last word
That’s what’s called topping and tailing: simply making sure that the podcast starts and ends crisply. This is required because normally there’s a bit of slience between when you hit the record button and you start to speak. Or there might even be a few noises that need removed, for example the bangs and thuds as you press record, and then place your recorder down on the table.
Topping and tailing makes sure that your podcast starts just as you begin speaking, and stops straight away as you stop.
Joining Two Clips
Depending on your format, the minimum might also include joining two clips together. This includes interview shows, where you want to record an introduction, or feature shows which might include two or three different segments.
Optional Editing Tasks
Everything else is optional. Seriously.
If it stands in the way of you releasing your show, then don’t worry about about adding music, or sound effects. Also don’t worry about editing out mistakes, and certainly not simple ums and ahs. For mistakes, just correct yourself, make light of it, and move on.
If the mistake it too big to leave in, then look at the cutting section of this unit – that’ll show you how. But don’t feel like it’s required.
Okay, time to look at the how-to. Let’s see how this editing is done.