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Creating a Mini Documentary with Premiere Elements
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Evaluating and annotating project footage


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Creating a Mini Documentary with Premiere Elements

with Jason Osder

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I cannot overstate just how important the planning and organizational steps are. It's relatively easy to put clips together on the timeline, but if you start out doing it willy-nilly with no plan, you're unlikely to get a good result. Good editing starts with good organization and good planning. We've already imported our footage into two folders that create our top-level hierarchy of organization. Now I want to look at some different techniques for evaluating our footage, making notes, and organizing it as we go.

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Creating a Mini Documentary with Premiere Elements
1h 31m Appropriate for all Mar 15, 2012

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This course shows beginning filmmakers how to make a short documentary from footage they have already shot, and walks them from the editing process in Adobe Premiere Elements through uploading a finished movie to platforms like Vimeo or YouTube. Author and producer Jason Osder explains how the footage was shot along the way, illuminating why particular angles were chosen and how the subject matter influences the editing process. The course also covers trimming, editing to music, and adding a title and graphics, and the final chapters result in a polished, color-corrected movie with properly mixed dialog and music.

Topics include:
  • Importing and evaluating footage
  • Planning the edit
  • Marking and adding clips to the timeline
  • Creating cover shots with video tracks
  • Trimming clips
  • Adding and refining transitions
  • Adding a title and a lower third
  • Incorporating still images
  • Setting audio levels
  • Creating a DVD
  • Posting to YouTube
Subjects:
Video Video Editing Projects
Software:
Premiere Elements Elements
Author:
Jason Osder

Evaluating and annotating project footage

I cannot overstate just how important the planning and organizational steps are. It's relatively easy to put clips together on the timeline, but if you start out doing it willy-nilly with no plan, you're unlikely to get a good result. Good editing starts with good organization and good planning. We've already imported our footage into two folders that create our top-level hierarchy of organization. Now I want to look at some different techniques for evaluating our footage, making notes, and organizing it as we go.

This will apply to both Interviews and B-roll, and then we'll look at both in detail. I'm going to open up my interview just by way of example. The first important thing is to use time code. You can see it right here, and when I play you'll see it move forward. (Female speaker: The way I started the last volume...) Time code is important because no matter where you're moving your clip-- especially on a long one--time code is the way to identify a specific part of that clip.

Whether you're taking your notes in an Excel document or on a Notebook, always put a time code notation. It's very important. Another good technique is using Markers. If I right-click right here, you see that I have a choice to Set a Clip Marker. They can be unnumbered or numbered, and right there you see the new marker. This means I can also see--right in the interface--a marker for what I want to remember.

As you can see, the marker goes exactly where the playhead is. Another technique I want to show you is simply changing, or augmenting, the clip names. I have clip names here that are fairly informative, but it's always allowed to open one of these up, see what it really is, and then add a note that helps you remember later. In this case, I might add CU for close- up so that I can remember that this is a close-up shot.

One more general technique is making additional folders to organize your footage. We started with B-roll and Interviews but there's no reason, say, inside B-roll that we can't have another folder that says something like Favorite Shots. Then, when we find something we really like, we can simply move it to a different folder where it will be easier to find it later.

Again, don't underestimate just how important this is. If you spend the time to really evaluate and organize your footage, you're going to have an efficient editing process. And if you don't, you're likely to have the opposite.

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