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Documentary Editing with Final Cut Pro X

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Documentary Editing with Final Cut Pro X

with Diana Weynand
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  1. 2m 12s
    1. Welcome
      59s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 13s
  2. 11m 21s
    1. Understanding what makes a good documentary
      3m 38s
    2. Interpreting a creative brief to establish goals
      3m 32s
    3. Reviewing the project's media assets
      4m 11s
  3. 24m 5s
    1. Organizing and screening footage
      4m 12s
    2. Importing footage
      3m 37s
    3. Organizing and screening interview and B-roll footage
      6m 53s
    4. Annotating and renaming clips
      5m 1s
    5. Filtering and searching for clips
      4m 22s
  4. 25m 26s
    1. Make preliminary editing decisions
      6m 38s
    2. Creating mini-storylines to contain groups of clips
      5m 42s
    3. Syncing audio tracks from two different cameras
      5m 32s
    4. Deciding what you don't want in each segment
      7m 34s
  5. 25m 31s
    1. Combining primary story segments into a primary storyline
      6m 43s
    2. Clarifying the story
      5m 42s
    3. Identifying and marking project needs
      5m 32s
    4. Adding cutaways from B-roll footage
      7m 34s
  6. 25m 14s
    1. Evaluating the project's pace and timing
      6m 57s
    2. Tying up loose ends
      7m 49s
    3. Smoothing the project's story content
      4m 29s
    4. Retiming clips
      5m 59s
  7. 15m 17s
    1. Editing still images or creating a montage
      6m 8s
    2. Animating still images
      4m 11s
    3. Incorporating sound effects
      4m 58s
  8. 31m 29s
    1. Adding titles and lower thirds
      7m 37s
    2. Smoothing out the rough edges with transitions
      5m 23s
    3. Combining and mixing sound sources
      10m 45s
    4. Matching and correcting color in clips
      7m 44s
  9. 10m 21s
    1. Sharing the movie
      5m 13s
    2. Archiving the project
      5m 8s
  10. 51s
    1. Goodbye
      51s

Video: Filtering and searching for clips

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.

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Documentary Editing with Final Cut Pro X
2h 51m Intermediate Oct 03, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Interpreting a creative brief
  • Logging interviews and organizing footage
  • Pulling selects and focusing ideas
  • Assembling scenes into rough cuts
  • Creating a title graphic sequence
  • Animating images
  • Tightening clip timing
  • Compressing and exporting multiple files
Subjects:
Video Video Editing Projects
Software:
Final Cut Pro
Author:
Diana Weynand

Filtering and searching for clips

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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