Video Production: how to properly slate and what to avoid

Jun 4, 2015

Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery is a Nationally-published Commercial & Editorial Photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has shot for major brands as well small clients. When not shooting client work or chasing overgrown wildlife from his yard, he loves to capture the stories of the people and culture around him.

Video Production: how to properly slate and what to avoid

Jun 4, 2015

Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery is a Nationally-published Commercial & Editorial Photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has shot for major brands as well small clients. When not shooting client work or chasing overgrown wildlife from his yard, he loves to capture the stories of the people and culture around him.

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You see it all the time in quirky behind-the-scenes videos and outtake reels, but slating, the practice of slapping down the arm on that cool little clapper thing at the beginning of a video shot, is more of an art form that most people realize. And, when I say art form, I mean this in the same way that driving a vehicle without running over pedestrians like Grand Theft Auto Gone Wild is a fine-honed skill. Slating is what video editors go by in post production to match video shots with the correct audio tracks and synchronize them so it doesn’t end up looking like a re-dubbed foreign film.

Tomm Jacobson, who bears a striking resemblance to Jimmi Simpson, gives us the lowdown on how you should and shouldn’t slate.

In this short video guide, Tomm explains the reasoning behind proper slating, what information is vital to editors in post production, the best techniques for achieving proper results, and a few tips on alternate methods if you don’t have a proper slate on hand. No, it’s not a science, but neither is tying one’s shoes…and that took me years to figure out.

So, whether you’re just starting out in filmmaking or simply looking to make your editing workflow a after the shoot a little smoother, this is definitely worth watching.

[“Pro Tip: HOW TO SLATE” via No Film School]

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Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery is a Nationally-published Commercial & Editorial Photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has shot for major brands as well small clients. When not shooting client work or chasing overgrown wildlife from his yard, he loves to capture the stories of the people and culture around him.

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2 responses to “Video Production: how to properly slate and what to avoid”

  1. Marcus Avatar
    Marcus

    Because everyone needs more film slate montages in their lives:

    http://www.theblackandblue.com/2010/04/19/tarantinos-italian-2nd-ac-slate-montage-video/

    1. los mignones Avatar
      los mignones

      funny. when I was starting out as an assistant editor doing the overnight shift “syncing dailies” the crew sometimes put messages in for me, that’s the only thing that kept me from losing it.