I knew this day was coming.
The day when India may take over tedious, time-sapping editing tasks. When Vietnam rules the splice-edit, and when a dude in Korea is the one laying down your B-Roll. It’s all been made possible with Adobe Anywhere.
This inevitable technology from Adobe will open the floodgate of outsourcing expensive editing tasks to underdeveloped nations. In particular, I potentially foresee assistant editing tasks being off-shored to save time, money, and logging headaches.
Sure there will always be work for the true “storyteller editors,” digital artists with a unique voice – but what about the more technically driven editor? You know, the geeky button pusher? Sound extreme? Maybe a bit, but it causes you and me to pause and think.
That’s why I think it’s time for a little self-inventory.
This technology begs every editor, every diverse filmmaker, every edit-saavy producer to ask a few simple questions:
- What’s my core competency?
- What are my distinct skills that give me an edge?
- What do I do better than anyone else?
- What is the greatest value I have to offer?
- Storytelling (the ability to reach a human connection with words, moments, characters, dialogue, and sequencing)
- Creativity (the ability to extract new ideas, breaking from old behaviors and paradigms)
- Writing Skills
- Communication Skills
- Leadership Skills
- Organizational Skills
- People and Social Skills (specifically, the ability to gently influence those around you to accomplish a unified objective)
I am sure this technology will shake up the editing industry’s already evolving work-flow, and introduce a new world-wide competitiveness to the editorial process and its inherit services. Sure it will take time for full adoption, but it is on its way.
The question is…are you ready? Or are you too worried about learning your keyboard shortcuts?