When you are editing a video, do you have your own "personal guidelines" that you try to follow, or allow to lead you when you're stuck? These aren't hard-and-fast rules, but general principles that maybe help to define your style. I'm not talking as much about anime/song choices, but things that are more editing-specific. Allow me to share a few that I live by: Internal sync is preferable to external sync. This is my own taste, and it can be highly contextual, but when I'm working on how to pace and sync my video, I'm always looking for scenes that can make use of internal sync. I've found that this mindset has actually helped me recognize where little, subtle movements within a scene can sync to little, subtle sounds within a song, and these otherwise minor moments of sync end up contributing in sneaky ways to a video's flow. Hard cuts are preferable to crossfades. This has been a major mark of my editing for the past four years or so, and something I've been very intentional about in most videos made during that time (in most videos I've made in that time, you can probably count the number of crossfades in each one on one hand). I could write pages on this, but in general, I feel that when done correctly, hard cuts actually make for a smoother, more visually interesting experience than crossfades do. Simple is better than complex. I mean this more from an "effects" standpoint (as there can still be "effectsless", or nearly so, editing which is still "complex"), but I greatly prefer simpler videos. I've also come to realize that I suck at effects and don't have the patience and time to do anything really special with them. This has bled over to the point where I will often ask myself if even simple effects (like color manipulation or camera motion/zooms) are really necessary, or if there might be a more effective route (such as in my first bullet point above). Let the scene do the talking. This is pretty general and can mean a number of things depending on the situation, but I'd rather the viewer get so immersed in the video that they don't recognize the editing, or if they do it's not until the video's over and they've thought back on it. What this looks like practically tends to mean that I'm focusing on matching the feeling of the song to the scene. Beat sync is secondary. I want to make sure that each scene I place on my timeline is conveying the feeling and meaning of the song in a tangible way. Scene selection should flow. This has actually hampered me a lot in the past, but it's a mental block I can't quite overcome. As much as I enjoy some videos that are able to essentially throw together a bunch of random, disconnected scenes into a greater whole, I can't bring myself to start a train of thought in a video without seeing it through to a logical break point. This manifests itself with my videos being essentially "sectioned", with stretches of scenes that all show the same setting. I'm conscious of making sure there aren't illogical breaks in scene color or character positioning with relation to one another, or even clothing changes between adjacent scenes. I feel this, in combination with the above point, makes it necessary to do more mental mapping when I plan my videos, but also makes for more consistent storytelling. I have several more but I've talked enough. What about you? Do you find yourself leaning on certain guidelines when you edit? Do these guidelines reflect what you look for in AMVs that you like, or is your style completely different from those?