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Documentary Editing with Avid Media Composer
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Documentary Editing with Avid Media Composer

with Ashley Kennedy

Video: Welcome

Hi, I'm Ashley Kennedy, and welcome to Documentary Editing with Avid Media Composer. In this project-based course we will be exploring the entire post-production workflow for editing a short documentary about local farming in Santa Barbara, California. We'll start by getting a creative brief from our client and begin discussing story construction strategies and workflow considerations in order to start out right. Once we have a plan, we'll talk about how to properly set up and organize our project in order to deal with the multitude of media that typically comes with documentaries, including how we can best take advantage of the ever-valuable interview transcript in digital form.
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  1. 6m 12s
    1. Welcome
      1m 36s
    2. Using the exercise files
      4m 36s
  2. 10m 49s
    1. Interpreting a creative brief to establish goals
      3m 3s
    2. Examining project assets
      3m 43s
    3. Defining the project approach
      4m 3s
  3. 11m 52s
    1. Understanding the documentary postproduction process
      2m 15s
    2. Focusing on the preparatory phase
      3m 33s
    3. Focusing on the rough cut phase
      3m 27s
    4. Focusing on the picture lock workflow
      2m 37s
  4. 36m 51s
    1. Beginning a project
      10m 28s
    2. Screening and assigning qualitative information to clips
      7m 3s
    3. Looking for stock footage using the Avid Marketplace
      4m 27s
    4. Marrying high-quality audio with video
      4m 54s
    5. Using the Find tool and PhraseFind to search the audio in a clip
      5m 58s
    6. Understanding transcoding
      4m 1s
  5. 14m 11s
    1. Preparing a script for script integration
      4m 17s
    2. Syncing a script using ScriptSync
      5m 9s
    3. Manually syncing a script
      4m 45s
  6. 59m 56s
    1. An overview of the rough cut process
      3m 38s
    2. Making the paper edit
      3m 9s
    3. Using a two-column script
      3m 33s
    4. Assembling the radio edit
      7m 15s
    5. Building scenes with B-roll
      9m 30s
    6. Editing process footage
      6m 29s
    7. Using montage and parallel editing to manipulate time and ideas
      8m 20s
    8. Adding natural and environmental sound
      6m 11s
    9. Correcting audio
      6m 22s
    10. Putting it all together: Completing the assembly edit
      5m 29s
  7. 32m 52s
    1. Dealing with multiple formats in a project
      5m 2s
    2. Adding movement to static images
      6m 6s
    3. Stabilizing shaky footage
      3m 23s
    4. Changing and fixing portions of the video frame
      8m 7s
    5. Compressing and expanding time in video and audio
      5m 23s
    6. Repairing jump cuts using the FluidMorph plug-in
      4m 51s
  8. 22m 25s
    1. Getting feedback, making adjustments, and receiving approval
      3m 16s
    2. Creating multiple titles and lower thirds
      5m 39s
    3. Understanding the finishing process
      5m 46s
    4. Delivering the project
      7m 44s
  9. 1m 28s
    1. Next steps
      1m 28s

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Documentary Editing with Avid Media Composer
3h 16m Intermediate Sep 26, 2012

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This course shows how to build a polished documentary using Avid Media Composer and a few essential editing techniques. Author Ashley Kennedy demonstrates documentary editing in a real-world project, breaking down the process into a series of manageable steps and milestones. Discover how to define a project approach based on a client's creative brief, and then effectively review and organize the footage. Then find out how to use script-based editing methods and a wide variety of scene creation techniques to assemble a rough cut. The course also shows how to use effects to repair and enhance your footage, process client feedback, and add the film's finishing elements.

This course is part of a series that looks at Documentary Editing from the point of view of 3 different editors in 3 different editing applications. For more insight on editing documentary projects, take a look at Documentary Editing with Premiere Pro and Documentary Editing with Final Cut Pro X.

Topics include:
  • Interpreting a creative brief
  • Exploring the documentary postproduction process
  • Organizing footage and using searching techniques
  • Setting up and using digital transcripts
  • Building sequences and scenes to form the rough cut
  • Adding effects to repair and enhance footage
  • Fine-tuning the sequence to reach picture lock
  • Receiving feedback
  • Finishing the film with titles, color correction, and professional audio
Subjects:
Video Video Editing Projects
Software:
Media Composer
Author:
Ashley Kennedy

Welcome

Hi, I'm Ashley Kennedy, and welcome to Documentary Editing with Avid Media Composer. In this project-based course we will be exploring the entire post-production workflow for editing a short documentary about local farming in Santa Barbara, California. We'll start by getting a creative brief from our client and begin discussing story construction strategies and workflow considerations in order to start out right. Once we have a plan, we'll talk about how to properly set up and organize our project in order to deal with the multitude of media that typically comes with documentaries, including how we can best take advantage of the ever-valuable interview transcript in digital form.

Then we will discuss the process of creating a rough cut, starting off by laying a solid audio foundation and then working to incorporate meaningful and creative visual material to flesh out our narrative. (male speaker: There is definitely a movement happening. It's not just here, it's worldwide, and it's a renaissance, and so many people now are aware that getting it directly from the producer is the way to go.) We'll then take a look at various documentary effects which you can use to correct and enhance in perfect video and audio.

Finally, we will explore how to conduct feedback section, make revisions, and bring together the final elements in the process of finishing our documentary. We'll be covering all of these features plus other tools and techniques within Avid Media Composer's creative environment. Now let's get started with Documentary Editing with Avid Media Composer.

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