Look, video editing is a pain in the a$$. That's just the truth of the matter, hours in front of an editing suite can wear on the brain and drive people to certain amounts of insanity that can only be measured by how much coffee you've consumed.
This thread isn't about editing suites so much as it's about how to make your life easier, your edits quicker, and maybe even lead you to find some resolution that there may in fact be light at the end of the video editing tunnel.
So pop some popcorn, put your editing on hold, and lets get started.
It's true. You can have the most bad ass looking video, but crappy audio or a bad sync will throw the whole viewing experience off.
Screw time stamps and your idiot cousin clapping his hands in front of your camera lens. Pluraleyes will sync your audio and video multi tracks for you. It's decently quick depending on your machine and is capatiable with Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, Vegas Pro, Media Composer and EDIUS.
It works about 95% of the time depending on your secondary audio quality. So don't throw away the clapboard yet. It's always good to bake yourself up, just in case.
OK, I admit it. This isn't software, but if you don't know about it now you do.
MobyGratis is a website that offers music by Moby (Yes, that Moby) for use in indie films and non-profit work. Signing up is free, and the legal department will turn around your music request i about 24 hours depending on what you're asking for.
It's a great source for high quality music that you can license for free.
Christopher North Gratis
Here's some great movie soundtrack/score music from a composer I know. His stuff is a little bit of everything, but quality tracks that come in handy.
Not everyone is comfortable color correcting their own stuff, and it's understandable. If you don't have a background photo touching up it can be a bit daunting. But fear not there is help out there.
Red Giant Software has a lot of great plugins and if you haven't looked through their catalog of goodies, you should. You'll thank me later.
Colorista is a pretty darn powerful color correction plug in. It gives you some nice visual menus so you're not completely in the dark with what's going on. And as with all Red Giant gear, they have plenty of tutorial videos.
Still not comfortable doing the correcting yourself? Looks has pre-loaded color correction presets that you can modify to suite your own needs. But they're a great starting point for everyone from the advanced user to the beginner.
Cross Platform Communication
Face it, there is no one piece of software that is great at everything. Depending on your style or workflow you may be using a number of different editing platforms (Personally I use Final Cut Pro and After Effects side by side for work). But surprise surprise, the companies that made those editing suites don't want you using anyone's product by theirs.
Automatic Duck is your answer for cross platform communication. Allowing you to export your Final Cut or Avid projects as XML files and then open them in After Effects to get all After Effectsy on them.
I'll update again soon when I think of some more great stuff that I think everyone should look into.