4 Quick Tips On How To Create Rhythm In Videos – VeeR Editor (360Academy)

9 Nov , 2017 Academy Dawei Chen

4 Quick Tips On How To Create Rhythm In Videos – VeeR Editor (360Academy)

Rhythm is one of the easiest techniques to apply in video-making. Sometimes a good rhythm alone is able to hold up an entire video. By presenting viewers with content at varying speeds and durations, you can create all sorts of awesome effects! Enough said, follow these 4 simple tips that we’re about to share with you, and you will be able to impress people with your videos (hopefully).

[1] Study Your Music

We are using the background track from Adrenaline Junkie for demonstration. Turn the volume up, and really listen to this clip. 

Take mental notes on these important features:


1. How is the beat paced? How fast is it?

2. Where does the beat change?

3. Can you separate different backtracks? (when a particular sound effect comes in, etc.)


Try to visualize each notable moment/section in the song. 


Look back on your notes. What have you noticed about the song?

[2] Cutting Scenes at Varying Tempos

You probably have some imageries matching parts of the music now. It’s good to just start by editing these bits out, realizing some of your visions in a first draft, and more ideas will always come to you in the process. 


Here are some quick general “rules” that most viewers would find fitting and enjoyable in a video.


1. Create a baseline tempo first: a baseline tempo is the tempo that most videos start out with. It usually serves as the first impression, giving viewers expectations of when/how fast the scene transitions (a.k.a. cut). It could be at a normal, fast or slow speed. 

For instance, Adrenaline Junkie starts out by switching scenes every 16 beats (slow), and speeds up to 4 (fast) and 8 (normal) beats as the music changes. Keep in mind that slow, normal, fast are all relative terms for specific videos. You can certainly get creative about it.


2. Cutting at a faster tempo to downplay the importance of a scene (e.x. every 4 beat), by bundling up the scenes together. An accelerating tempo is like the build-up/drum-roll before the final drop.  


3. Cutting at a slower tempo to emphasize the scene your video is transitioning to. A sudden de-acceleration is like the final drop.

[3] Speed Up & Slow Down Scenes At Appropriate Moments

1. Viewers like relatively nonessential scenes to be played at a very fast speed. It could be quite comedic to watch sometimes.

Watch this video tutorial on how to speed up a 360 video.

2. It feels natural to have memorable moments slowed down a bit.

Here’s a video tutorial on how to create slow-mo in 360 videos.

For instance, at 0:14 in Adrenaline Junkie, the scene is in slow-mo for a split second to create the impression of a powerful fist bump.

Then from 0:21 to 0:27, each scene has sped up a bit to create a fast-paced experience of the sport, as they are also cut at a 4-beat interval (fast).

[4] Break The “Rules” At Times To Create Elements Of Surprise

Well, we call them “rules,” because viewers have natural, subconscious expectations of how things should be done. Yet it’s also nice to throw in surprises for viewers. For instance, at 0:41 in Adrenaline Junkie, the music is accelerating, things are also picking up, but all of sudden a slow-mo backflip is thrown into the mix, making a pleasantly surprising, cool-looking moment.

All things considered, GET CREATIVE! There’s nothing set in stone! Here is the full minute long Adrenaline Junkie. Look forward to seeing your exciting edits on VeeR.TV! Add #360Academy to your uploads and we will comment on your video :b

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2 Responses

  1. shadmia360 says:

    Good tutorial! Gave me some points to consider when making a new video. Thanks! And yes….more of these would be welcomed

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