Editing is the final step before releasing a video, so it gets the last word on how your video will look. Everyone has a different style when it comes to presentation, but following these basic guidelines will help set you on the right track.
#1: Don’t go overkill on the editing. Make sure your transitions don’t obstruct the combos. There’s nothing more annoying than watching a video where you can’t see the beginning of any combo because the clip is flying all over the place. The best editing tricks are subtle, and blend in with the actual subject matter instead of trying to take center stage.
#2: For combos ending with a super (or any move that takes forever to finish), unless there’s some compelling reason to show the whole super, please skip to the next combo. We’ve all seen a Proton Cannon before, so if that’s the last move of the combo, skip to the next one as soon as we can see that it connected. If we all work together, we can put Proton Cannons and Magnetic Tempests on the federal endangered species list where they belong.
#3: Don’t use horribly overplayed radio music. There was a year where half the combo videos made reused the-band-that-shall-not-be-named as background music. To this day, i still turn off my speakers before i watch those videos. There’s a quick and easy fix: choose from the most obscure, unobtrusive songs in your collection. At least that way you’ll never have to worry about everyone being sick of your video before they ever watch it.
#4: Do yourself a favor and list your background music in the credits. People always ask for that – in some cases they’ll skip reading your initial post and any other post after that, and just ask what the BGM was. Save yourself a lot of repetition and include the name of the artist and the name of the song in your video. Besides, they deserve proper credit.
#5: Using programmable pads and emulator tools is fine, as long as you plainly admit it in the video. You don’t have to make a big deal of it – a small note at the end of the video is fine. The entire tool-assisted speedrun community does this and so do most prominent combo creators, such as Sai-Rec and kysg.
#6: Using cheats is a little more shady, but that’s why it’s even more important to clearly state every cheat you use. If you’re giving yourself infinite meter so you can do stylish combos, make a note of it in the video. If you’re turning off dizzy to make longer combos, make a note of it in the video. Let your viewers be the judge of whether or not they should overlook those cheats. After all, the only reason you used them in the first place was because you thought you could do something cool with them right? Trying to hide the fact that you cheated is only going ruin your rep down the line.
#7: It doesn’t hurt to include production and release dates somewhere within the video. The month and year will suffice. This helps you because if you’re the first person to discover a glitch, viewers can use the date to compare. Also, with capture devices constantly improving in output quality alongside your own development as a video editor, your old videos are going to look ghetto. There’s no way around that. Citing release dates can help put a little distance between your first attempts at combo video making and your latest work.
Well, that covers the basics. The rest comes down to your own personal view of aesthetics. Don’t be afraid to express yourself in your videos, as long as the content remains clear.