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This course shows how to build a polished documentary using Apple Final Cut Pro X and a few essential editing techniques. Author Diana Weynand demonstrates documentary editing in a real-world project, breaking down the process into a series of manageable steps and milestones. After reviewing existing footage, explore how to build and define a narrative, assemble rough cuts, and create motion graphics. Then see how to adjust B-roll shots, incorporate color correction and audio mixing techniques, and export the final movie.
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 Avid Media Composer and Documentary Editing with Premiere Pro.
Half the battle of preparing to edit this documentary is knowing what clips you have to tell the Farm To Table story. That comes with repeated screenings of this footage. The other half of the battle is knowing where to find the clips you need when you need them. That's where Final Cut Pro's Filter window comes in handy. It not only lets you create a complex search but you can also organize your findings into a smart collection. So if we take a look in the event browser, we see columns such as Name, Notes, Start, End, Duration, Content Created, Roles, and so on.
This is all the information that Final Cut Pro knows about a clip. And it can search for a clip based on any criteria that it knows, or that you give it. Such as keyword collections, it can search by any of the keyword collections that have already been created. The simplest way to search is to simply click in the search field and type what you want to search for. Now we could type for BD and all the clips of BD in this collection come up.
If we wanted to search for BD in the entire event, that gives us a longer list. If we wanted to remove that and type something else, let's type radishes. Now remember, in the previous movie we added radish as a Note to identify what type of produce we're actually seeing in some of these shots and the radishes actually make very pretty pictures. So, simply typing a word in the search field brings those clips up in the event browser.
But what if you wanted a more complex search? Sometimes searching is just simply more complex, you want to search for multiple criteria, and sometimes it's just referred to as a weighted search. For example, what if we wanted to search for two groups of clips, those that are radishes and those clips that have money signs? To create a more complex search, click the magnifying glass in the Filter field. This brings up the Filter window. Now notice the first option is Text, so we can choose, for example BD, and again all of BD clips appear.
But let's instead choose radishes, or just radish. So notice that the event browser has already brought up the clips that have radish as some part of their metadata. It doesn't have to be in the Name, in this case it's from the Notes. But what if we wanted to add to that search the money sign clips? So we click on the Add rule and say, okay, that's another text. And notice that there are many other ways that you can add criteria, through Ratings such as Favorite, or Keywords.
But now watch what happens when we type money. No clips match. Now let's go back to our Filter window and see what's wrong. First of all, we're saying show us the clips that have all of this criteria, radish and money. Well, that's the problem. We don't want clips that contain all of that criteria. We want clips that contain any of it. So go ahead and choose Any, and now we see in the event browser, those clips that have radishes or money attached as some part of their metadata.
Now if this particular group, with a combined search criteria of radish and money, is something that you find useful, and you think when you start to edit the farmers market that this would be a good collection to look at, you can go ahead and click on New Smart Collection in the Filters window. What that does is it creates a smart collection in the Event Library, and I'm going to go ahead and call this Produce. And now, anytime I want to get to this collection, I can just simply go to the Produce smart collection.
If I chose to add the same criteria to another B-roll clip, it would automatically be added to my Produce collection. Now that I've demonstrated these different organizational techniques, we're at the point where you will begin to use the exercise files for the course. Of course, anytime you spend organizing your footage is time well spent organizing yourself. Once you translate thoughts into notes and use multiple criteria to create a smart collection, you are well on your way to being king of your footage hill.
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