Many editing headaches can be avoided simply by planning ahead when capturing footage. These tips and tricks will help you get started on the right foot, saving you time down the line.
#1: Don’t use Infinite Meter. If you don’t want to keep switching back and forth between Infinite Meter and Normal Meter, then just use the Refill/Recover option. Not only does Infinite Meter look really tacky, but it also makes it difficult to tell how much meter is being used.
#2: Turn off background music so it doesn’t clash with whatever song you end up using. Almost every game has a way of shutting off BGM without sacrificing sound effects.
#3: Try to mix things up a little. Use different stages, different opponents, and different costume colors throughout your video. But please stay away from those over-the-top custom colors with really high contrast. Also make sure that the costume colors you choose stand out against the background. For example, don’t pick dark colors on the CvS2 rainy rooftop stage.
#4: When capturing clips, leave plenty of empty space before and after each combo for clear transitions. Take a deep breath and relax between combo retries. It’ll make the editing process much easier and the final product will look much cleaner.
#5: Always use the best capture method available. If you find a killer glitch and the only recording device you have in your home is your cell phone, then it’ll have to do. But if you have (or can borrow) a digital camcorder, there’s no reason not to use it. And please take the time to figure out how connect it directly to your console. The end result will be much nicer.
Remember, your video can only look as good as your captured footage, so don’t be lazy with this step. Set everything up properly with the highest settings available. Then try to think ahead by imagining how each clip will look within the edited video.