I have been editing "home movies" on and off for about two years now, and I have found that cutting is VERY difficult. I have a newfound respect for those that put our movies together (even 'bad' ones!).
In a similar vein, a number of my projects are cut with music since the sound is pretty much nonsense. I find this to very difficult as well...finding the "right" music, getting it to fit with the theme, story, visual edits, etc.
I've always trended toward the technical aspects of getting images on captured (the photography and the fx, for example). Post production is a whole other world requiring a completely different skill set.
I have a few I want to post, but here's the first one for the list (my most recent project, not the first one produced).
(1) Shaky cam is an abomination. That whole thing was shot hand-held, and I missed some good scenes due to camera motion. I'm going to try to remember a tripod next time.
(2) There are a few places with "ancillary" crap I kind of wish I had edited out, but I did try blending the scenes that way and was not satisfied with the result.
(3) These are long shots, not a lot of jumping. I've noticed some exciting sailing / racing footage on youtube with shorter cuts and that does enhance excitement, but I wanted to "just let the camera roll" for most of this.
(4) Dang, finding the right music and even with the right song getting it to fit is hard.
I did it backwards this time. In the past, and I think a generally better way to do it, I used the soundtrack first then cut in the video to fit. This time (and a couple of other times when 'needed'), I started with the cut video and added the music. This is MUCH harder!!
(5) I think it's not over all TOO terribly bad for what it is (a 'home movie'). Could I do better? Yes; as always, with more "time resource" it'd be better. As "director," this fit the quality given my self-imposed 'deadline.'
In post production, I think the chief commodity is time; the plug has to be pulled eventually.
(6) Cutting takes PATIENCE.
(May post some more later....)