The Top 18 Articles in 2018 that Inspired and Informed You the Most

The Top 18 in ‘18

Last week we shared with you all the milestones and achievements in 2018 that will make for a faster, sleeker, and more secure collaboration experience for our users.

With a new name for the blog (The Insider) and a new look, 2018 was also the year we brought you more of the best, in-depth, practical content on the internet for post-production professionals.

Today we bring you the top 18 articles in 2018 that you found to be the most informative, insightful, and enthralling. If you missed them the first time around, now’s your chance to get in on the action. And if you were one of the many hundreds of thousands of readers the first time, go back and read some again to see what you pick up new.

Let’s look back at the top 18 articles (as determined by traffic) that you found to be the most enthralling (not including company announcements).

#18: Editing Insights and Analysis of Six Masterpieces

We take a close look at and analyze the editing of six iconic films from past and present-day that every editor should watch.

#17: 4 Ways to Take Your Editing to the Next Level with After Effects

After Effects is a powerful and versatile tool with features that go far beyond motion graphics. Here are four that will elevate your skills as an editor.

#16: Passion Is Not Enough: 4 Keys to Getting Paid for Your Art

The premiere episode of the Masters film series stirred up a long-standing debate: does it pay to pursue your art? Here are 4 lessons we gleaned from award-winning filmmaker Mark Toia’s story.

#15: Speed Up Your Workflow with Good File Naming Practices

An in-depth look at video production file naming conventions—how to do it properly and why they’re important. From external files to internal assets.

#14: John Wick 2 Editor Shares His Top Career Strategies

“Renaissance Editor” Evan Schiff has worked on such films as John Wick 2, Star Trek: Into Darkness, and Baby Driver. He shares his secrets to success.

#13: Made in Frame: The Oscar-Winning Get Out

This was the inaugural entry of our case study series wherein we look at the behind-the-scenes magic of productions that use Up first was the VFX for the multi-Oscar-nominated horror satire Get Out.

#12: Mastering an Arri Workflow in Adobe Premiere Pro

ARRIRAW can yield amazing images that take up an enormous amount of space. Learn the ins and outs of managing all that data (or making the call not to).

#11: The Editorial Process and Philosophy Behind Mission: Impossible – Fallout

We sit down with veteran editor Eddie Hamilton A.C.E. to learn about how he worked with a 10-person team to meet the intense editorial challenges of Paramount Pictures’ explosive blockbuster Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

#10: FCPX 10.4’s Color Grading Tools Are a Game Changer

FCPX 10.4 came with a series of new features, not the least of which are color grading tools that take it to a new level.

#9: These Premiere Pro Audio Tools Will Make You A Mix Master

Premiere Pro’s set of audio tools gives editors a wide array of functionality to fix, mix, and manipulate sound—from mixers to the Essential Sound Panel.

#8: The Ten Commandments of Working with Editors

There was no shortage of conversations stirred up by this article. The working relationship between an editor and a producer/client can be glorious—or painful. Here are 10 fruitful “suggestions” to achieve the former.

#7: HEVC (H.265): What is it and Why Should You Care?

HEVC (aka H.265) is a next-generation codec that aims to bring UHD HDR to the masses, but competition between codecs is heating up.

#6: Six Troubleshooting Tips For Avid Media Composer Errors

From crashes to offline media to files that won’t export. We look at a half-dozen ways to fix some of Avid’s most common errors.

#5: Best Practices for Batch Syncing Audio in Adobe Premiere

An in-depth look at preparation and organization for batch syncing audio in Adobe Premiere, and the best methods to do it.

#4: The 11 Biggest Backup Mistakes That Editors Make

Everyone knows they should back up their media. But so many people either aren’t doing it, or are making one or more of these critical mistakes.

#3: Complete Guide to RED Workflows in Premiere, FCP X, and Resolve

An in-depth look at how to prepare for and edit high-resolution RED footage for every kind of project, for Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro X and DaVinci Resolve.

#2: The Complete Guide to Premiere Pro Color Correction

Hands down, this behemoth of an entry from Premiere Pro expert Jarle Leirpoll is our longest article to date, with nearly 10,000 words (when we say we’re the leader in providing in-depth content, we mean it!). This is a comprehensive look at Adobe Premiere Pro’s Lumetri Color Panel and the suite of Premiere’s color grading tools.

And the “winner,” garnering more than twice as many views as the #2 article was….

#1: Workflow Breakdown of Every Best Picture and Best Editing Oscar Nominee

This epic workflow breakdown covers everything from production and post-production schedules, to which cameras, codecs, and computers were used (you may be surprised at the hardware choices). This magnum opus even transcended our industry, ranking #3 in the best content of 2018 by the content curation and scheduling site Quuu.

This article was too big of a hit not to do it again in 2019. We may even have some other workflow juggernaut articles for you, so stay subscribed to the Insider to remain in the loop and in the know.

What to Expect in 2019

I feel like we are only just now hitting our stride as a publication that provides quality content for the professional film and video industry. Next year you can expect more of the same quality articles, plus expansion into new territory as we address other topics related to cinema production, op-eds to stir up riveting conversation, and eventually increasing our cadence to two articles a week.

Already on deck are stories related to proper log usage, getting work in video production, an inside look at the work of a senior colorist at EFILM, tips and insights for working abroad, why it’s necessary to move to L.A. or N.Y. (or your country’s equivalent), and the top 6 client archetypes you hate to work with. And let’s not forget our recently published Workflow Guide–the web’s top resource for post-production workflows.

We’re looking forward to making 2019 twice as big as this year. We hope you come along for the ride.

Our Super Team

This publication would not be at the caliber of education and insight it is without the team of writers, photographers, and designers who work to bring you not only excellent content, but content presented in a way that equals the level of attention to detail, design, and quality we bring to the product.

  • The “Write” Stuff: Our writers span the gamut of industry vets with upward of 1-2 decades of experience, as well as world-class freelance writers who have contributed to everything from other industry blogs to the entertainment sections of The Atlantic and The New York Times.
  • Impeccable Design: The designers that keep the Insider looking “pretty” are members of the very same internal design team that brought you our Apple Design award-winning iOS app.
  • Original Photography: When it comes to photography, whenever we interview someone, we’ll send out one of our talented photographer collaborators to get exclusive, print-magazine caliber photos.

On behalf of the whole Insider team, thank you for making this the biggest and best year yet.

Ron Dawson

Ron is an award-winning video producer with over 25 years experience telling stories in the video medium. He's a coach, speaker, and author of “ReFocus: Cutting Edge Strategies to Evolve Your Video Business." Ron was also the host and producer of Radio Film School a podcast described as "This American Life for Filmmakers." You can follow him on Twitter @BladeRonner.

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