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Creating a Mini Documentary with Premiere Elements

Trimming a match cut


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Creating a Mini Documentary with Premiere Elements

with Jason Osder

Video: Trimming a match cut

Earlier we identified a good opportunity for a Match Cut. Do you remember these shots and how we talked about putting them together? Remember that a match cut is a cut that plays like continuous action. Let's watch how this is now. And you'll see that it's not really working yet, but we can make it work. So that's the opportunity, but it's not really flowing yet.

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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

Trimming a match cut

Earlier we identified a good opportunity for a Match Cut. Do you remember these shots and how we talked about putting them together? Remember that a match cut is a cut that plays like continuous action. Let's watch how this is now. And you'll see that it's not really working yet, but we can make it work. So that's the opportunity, but it's not really flowing yet.

In particular, my first concern is that she's moving to the left, and then when we cut to her hands they are moving to the right. Look at what I mean. So my first adjustment is to get a little more of this clip to work with when she starts to move back to her right. I'm going to make a little space for myself and then extend this out. Let's see. (video playing) Great! And I don't really need this beginning part where she's going backward.

(Female speaker: We aren't there. Women aren't in that process.) Let's see, a little less coming in and a little more going out. You'll notice that things are starting to sort of shrink, but we can fix that later. The real key to a match cut is cutting in the motion. So where I want to get this is where she's going forward and it cuts right to her hand going forward. I think we're close but not yet perfect. (Female speaker: Woman aren't in that process.) It's pretty good now; I think I might want to see a little bit more of the hand shot.

(Female speaker: --there. Woman aren't in that process.) Yeah, do you see how my match cut is really working now, because it's cut right in the heart of the motion? That's really the whole thing to a match cut. It takes a lot of fine work and a lot of tweaking, but if you focus on the direction on screen and cutting in the middle of the motion, you can get a realistic-looking match cut that plays like continuous action.

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