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Getting perspective by reviewing the rough cut

From: Narrative Scene Editing with Final Cut Pro X

Video: Getting perspective by reviewing the rough cut

Before you get started on any project, it's important to know as much about the project and the objective of the story, before you start cutting. So of course, reading the script is critical, and if there is a rough cut that might have been created onset, you should watch that just to get a sense of the flow of the story as the director envisioned it. Now I'm going to quickly scrub through this rough cut and talk about some of the highlights that we're going to be covering. And before I do that, I am going to go ahead and turn off something called scrubbing--it's right over here--it's just so you don't hear the sound as I move my cursor across the timeline.

Getting perspective by reviewing the rough cut

Before you get started on any project, it's important to know as much about the project and the objective of the story, before you start cutting. So of course, reading the script is critical, and if there is a rough cut that might have been created onset, you should watch that just to get a sense of the flow of the story as the director envisioned it. Now I'm going to quickly scrub through this rough cut and talk about some of the highlights that we're going to be covering. And before I do that, I am going to go ahead and turn off something called scrubbing--it's right over here--it's just so you don't hear the sound as I move my cursor across the timeline.

You can leave this on because you might like to use it while editing, while some other editors find it distracting and they just turn it off from the very beginning. Now, the first scene we're going to look at and cut is this introductory scene, a dialog scene, that creates the conflict at the beginning of the story arc. The conflict will then build throughout the story until we get to the resolution. The next thing we look at is building a montage and why we would want to use a montage. And we'll go through the steps there, and it's a transitional scene into our third scene, which again, increases the conflict and the drama of the story.

So we'll be looking at this scene which is actually a multi-camera scene that we are going to shoot. There is also a flashback scene involved in this story, and I'm going to look at some alternatives to making it look like it took place in the past. Now my end result is different than what they did onset in this rough cut where they went to black and white. So, if you notice a discrepancy, don't worry, every editor will envision something differently. And finally, we'll look at the resolution of the arc and some color correction that will bring the story full circle.

So go ahead, if you haven't already watched it, watch the long rough cut, read the script, and get perspective on what you're about to edit.

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Narrative Scene Editing with Final Cut Pro X

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Abba Shapiro
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  1. 26m 15s
    1. Welcome
      50s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 19s
    3. What you need to know about this course
      19s
    4. Reviewing the rough cut: Long version
      13m 7s
    5. Reviewing the rough cut: Short version
      9m 40s
  2. 7m 58s
    1. Preparing the interface
      4m 2s
    2. Setting preferences for narrative editing
      1m 59s
    3. Getting perspective by reviewing the rough cut
      1m 57s
  3. 21m 29s
    1. Preparing and importing media
      4m 6s
    2. Evaluating shots and performances
      5m 26s
    3. Adding assets
      1m 50s
    4. Understanding editing conventions
      10m 7s
  4. 48m 25s
    1. Planning an editing strategy
      3m 7s
    2. Editing dialogue: Building the basic assembly
      7m 45s
    3. Refining the assembly by adjusting timing
      4m 43s
    4. Adding reaction shots
      9m 3s
    5. Using alternative takes
      6m 21s
    6. Using split edits
      9m 24s
    7. Simplifying your timeline
      2m 27s
    8. Grouping clips together
      3m 35s
    9. Reviewing the first cut
      2m 0s
  5. 14m 52s
    1. Understanding the purpose of a montage
      1m 50s
    2. Selecting and organizing clips
      2m 51s
    3. Laying down and organizing the base
      3m 53s
    4. Exploring montage editing techniques
      6m 4s
    5. Reviewing the first cut
      14s
  6. 24m 27s
    1. Creating a multicam clip
      3m 31s
    2. Cutting multicam
      5m 0s
    3. Using cutaways
      7m 11s
    4. Polishing
      5m 51s
    5. Reviewing the first cut
      2m 54s
  7. 23m 28s
    1. Preparing to fix audio
      4m 21s
    2. Replacing location audio
      7m 24s
    3. Replacing and repairing the dialogue track
      2m 52s
    4. Building a soundscape
      7m 39s
    5. Reviewing the first cut
      1m 12s
  8. 20m 34s
    1. Transitioning between scenes
      6m 13s
    2. Using effects to create a flashback
      3m 43s
    3. Using color to enhance a scene
      6m 7s
    4. Cutting down the rough cut
      1m 18s
    5. Understanding finishing steps
      1m 23s
    6. Looking at your visual arc
      1m 50s
  9. 2m 2s
    1. Next steps
      2m 2s

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