Video Ethnography in Practice is a brief guide for students in the social disciplines who are required to produce an ethnographic video, the most significant new methodological technique in 21st century social analysis. The authors, both accomplished videographers, cover the basic techniques of creating a video that documents human culture and behavior with true stories of the process of videography throughout. This text shows how new technologies like smart phones, widely available video editing software, and YouTube, have turned video ethnography into something that is within reach of students in a conventional course framework.

Editing

To paraphrase the legendary Hollywood film editor Walter Murch, every film you see is made up of many different video clips joined together into a mosaic of images. Super easy, right? Not so! Video editing is definitely challenging, but you can do it. Murch also had this to say: “Film editing is now something almost everyone can do at a simple level and enjoy it, but to take it to a higher level requires the same dedication and persistence that any art form does” (Wohl, 2001).

As with every other aspect of filmmaking, the best way to master editing is to do it often. Practice doesn’t make perfect, but it does make you a better editor. In the previous chapter, we guided you through ...

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