Command+Edit Podcast

The post-production podcast that goes beyond the desk


Should You Charge for Exporting? : Episode 66

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Command Edit Podcast Episode 66 Should you charge for exporting

Hellooooooo? Can anyone hear us?

Oh, wait. Someone’s there? Oh! It’s you! You, dear listener, are there! Did you forget about us?

We know it’s been awhile. It’s been awhile for us too. We, Nick and Josh, haven’t caught up since before the holidays (yeah…that long ago) and in this episode we get into all sorts of post production topics that have been going on in our lives recently.

  • We’ll dive into Nick’s film, one that’s been in “post hell,” that Nick has been resurrecting.
  • Josh started a new comedy series and had to make a tough choice between starting it in Premiere or Media Composer.
  • Nick applied to join a union, the DGC (Director's Guild of Canada)
  • Josh got a kettle bell and has been using it for exercise at his desk regularly
  • Nick fell in love with the x5 Challenge on fellow post-production podcast, Fitness in Post
  • We talk about Black MirrorDaredevil (again), Six and basically every TV show out there.
Black Mirror

We wrap up the episode talking about an important topic for any editor that charges by the hour.

Do you charge when the computer is working and you aren’t? Do you charge for importing/exporting/rendering/uploading/etc.? Our awesome Facebook group gave us plenty of opinions and we each add our own. Don’t miss this part!


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Can You Be Fired for Being Sick?: Episode 55

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Can you be fired from your job for being sick or calling in a sick day

Can you be fired for being sick?

This started as a Twitter discussion from a question Scott Simmons posed earlier. There were many different opinions shared and it's not a simple yes/no question.

So we're here to discuss it further, what are your rights as a freelancer and how should you balance out the responsibilities of the job and your own health?

Do you think an assistant can be rightfully fired for calling in sick?

Do you have a story about coming down with a serious illness and having to push through on a deadline? Let us know in the comments about it.



[4:30] What have Josh and Nick been working on this week?...

[11:25] Scott Simmons (@EditBlog) asked his Twitter followers if his assistant editor should be replaced because he was sick and didn't show for work. It generated an interesting discussion on Twitter and inspired this week's episode. What is your opinion? Leave it in a comment below and we'll respond to it.

[16:04] The difference between a freelancer and a full-timer when it comes to sick days...



EDIT: Scott wrote on Pro Video Coalition after this Twitter discussion and included a follow-up to this story with the sick AE and how the rest of the project went. Worth noting is the tail section of the article where he gleans some advice for working for/with someone new for the first time. Check out the full article here for 6 tips for working as an assistant for someone new.


Quitting the business! : Cmd+Edit 054

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Command Edit Podcast Episode 54 Post Production Editor When to quit the filmmaking industry

Welcome to Episode 54 of Command+Edit Podcast!

We all inevitably reach a point in our careers when we start to really question if this industry is for you. Let's face it, it's not for everyone. It means long hours, a lot of pressure, making deadlines, unsteady financial status and dealing with a lot of other factors that make your job difficult.

This came about recently when a colorist/editor that we follow, Ben Brainerd, announced on Twitter that he was hanging up his hat and switching careers entirely. You can read all about his decisions, how he arrived at them and his reasons for settling on this new path (and a completely different address!).

Follow Ben Brainerd on Twitter and join us in wishing him well on his journey.

If you have ever reached a point where you seriously considered getting out of the filmmaking business entirely, then we would like to hear your story. Email us ( or tweet us (

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Codecs, Containers and Compression : Cmd+Edit 052

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Episode 52 of Command Edit Podcast Codec Containers and Compression

After the briefest of hiatuses we are BACK! Did you miss us?

This episode Josh and Nick get into the topic of codecs:

  • When to use which ones?
  • How to optimize your encoding settings for faster exports/higher quality videos.
  • How to establish delivery specs with clients early on
  • And some other goodie topics for you

As well there a number of links you should click on this week.

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Keep Your BRAIN Happy and Sharp - Health Episode Part 2 : Cmd+Edit 049

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Command Edit Podcast Episode 49 Keep your brain happy health and sharp with mindfulness and meditation

The key is to leave work a little less crazy than when you walked in.

Last week's episode dealt with keeping yourself healthy and fit while working those insane hours in the edit bay. This week we're getting into an ever more neglected area: keeping your mind sharp and healthy.

Are you overworked? Sleep-deprived? Running on the power of coffee alone from day to day? Then listen up.

We editors work INSANE hours and have to put up with huge demands, tight deadlines and having to work under tremendous pressure (arguably more so than most other trades).

So we share a few ways you can train your mind to be healthy, fully functioning and how to take a few quick minutes out of the day to take care of it.

A few things we mention:

  • How nutrition can affect your brain
  • The difference between GOOD coffee and BAD coffee
  • Light therapy
  • Work better, not MULTITASKING
  • Don't just get MORE sleep, get BETTER sleep
  • What is gray matter and why should you have more of it?
  • The benefits of mindfulness and meditation each day


Taking the leap into FREELANCING : Cmd+Edit 047

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Taking the leap to freelance film and video editing Episode 47 of Command Edit Podcast

Josh has an announcement to make: he is taking the leap to being a freelance editor!

On this podcast we've discussed the differences between freelance and contract/full-time positions, with Josh and Nick representing both sides of the coin. However now...all that is about to change.

This decision has been long in the making and there has been much thought put into this move. This episode we get to capture what goes on in the mind of an editor as they make this transition. So for editors who are considering going freelance, this will be a great episode to know how to best prepare yourself for it.

Thanks to our listeners!

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Because if you're a freelancer then you're probably working at home right now and have a tab open to Facebook right now, right?...