My best tip for speeding up editing is to use Final Cut.
I upgraded yesterday. As usual it went with no hitches. Everything seems faster now. Love it!
I think you have an outdated opinion on this. Apple made a big effort to bring professionals into the 21st century with 10.0 but the transition was too abrupt for some.
It's time to let go of old grudges and look at it again. It's being used all over the place by professionals on commercial projects.
It sounds very cool. The process sounds interesting. Using what you have available is so smart. It means the thing gets made instead of being just another unmade idea.
I remember when using video equipment to do narrative drama was frowned upon and not considered real filmmaking. There was a real split between film people and video art people. Different groups. Different distribution. Different types of people attracted to it. (Some with a foot in both worlds too.)
A few years ago I predicted that other NLEs would eventually copy FCPX's magnetic timeline (or similar) and here we are.
Filmmaking would be much harder without gaffer tape. Used for so many things.
And Lowell lights. We've all used his lights.
One of the first things people not in the biz ask me is "What's a gaffer?", (then followed by What's a grip? and What's a best boy?.)