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Dive into narrative with Diana Weynand, as she shares a comprehensive method for finding, crafting, and developing a compelling story in Apple Final Cut Pro X. The course also covers key concepts such as building a primary storyline, evaluating content and pacing, trimming distracting clips, creating different story versions, and storyboarding. The course also explores how to capture and organize media, incorporate B-roll cutaways, apply the Ken Burns effect to still images, re-time music and clips, and add finishing touches.
Have you ever seen a beautiful quilt? You've probably noticed all the little patches of colored fabric. By combining and positioning the pieces, the quilt maker creates something more beautiful than any individual piece of cloth. Storytelling is a lot like making a patchwork quilt, so it's important not to overlook the little jewels and gems when selecting the footage elements you're planning to import. As a documentarian for example, you're going to be fascinated by the action in front of you. This is JJ -- sort of moving his hand through the beans that have been picked. The coffee buds on the tree, the baby tree, pouring coffee, picking, roasting, these are the things you're going to get naturally, because you're going to be absorbed by the action, but don't forget the things that are going to help clarify your story, the Peace Kawomera Growers CooP sign.
(Video Playing) This pastoral shot is delightful, it give you a sense and a feeling for where these people live and work. You're going to be talking to people as you tell your story, and sometimes you'll have a formal interview where someone sits down in front of the camera and sometimes they will be more informal. Listen to this clip of JJ who is the leader of the CooP. (Video Playing) JJ: We want other people to copy from us so that everywhere you could go, you could find peace.
Diana Weynand: That's a pretty remarkable statement and it's something that you're very likely going to want to have in your story. So if you see something that's just a conversation between people that you may have gotten, don't overlook it, it could be the hinge of your story. It could be that statement that you base your story or a story segment on. Now as you record, you're going to record some delightful things, (Music Playing) such as these men playing xylophone. Now you might decide to use both the audio and video of this clip.
So when you see that you also, or someone on your team, shot children playing on a xylophone, you might reconsider whether you want to keep that clip or not. Let's take a listen to this. (Music Playing) And you may say, well, I've already got the one clip of the xylophone being played, so I don't need the second one, but don't forget you can separate audio from video, so if we right-click on this clip, you can choose Detach Audio, that creates a separate audio track beneath the clip, notice the audio is not there anymore.
And I can now drag this audio clip beneath the sign, let's listen what this sounds like. (Music Playing) So that adds quite a bit of flavor to this simple zoom in to assign, so don't limit yourself to just one good music clip, because they're a lot of other places where you could use a little bit of music here or there. Now capturing special moments in individual shots is often done with a still camera. Well, if you're doing a piece on animals you may not have gotten a still image of an elephant, but you got maybe just a half second of video, no worries, you can take any one of those frames from the elephant, and you can export it or share it, that current frame, in any particular format that you might need, Photoshop, TIFF, JPEG.
So don't underestimate the power of the individual frames inside a particular clip. You may have captured a special moment on a clip and not even realized it if you were just looking at it. For example, this video shows an image of hands picking beans, well, you already have a clip in our browser of people picking beans from a tree, so you may think at first glance that this is not something you need or want, but listen to this clip. (Video Playing) So that rooster shot is so impressive, and so clear that it could be a valuable way to open up a segment with perhaps a sunrise shot.
So don't forget to both look and listen to your clips before you import them, to think about the value they could have in your story. If you look at this coffee tree, this is a pretty long clip, if we select it, down here we see that it's almost 14 seconds long, and the camera isn't even moving, so you might say, gee, I don't need to import that length of a clip, but let's listen to it. (Video Playing) Male Speaker 1: How many kilos do you get from one plant? Just one kilo maybe? Female Speaker: Yes, one kilo. Male Speaker 2: If it's good enough, you can get two.
(unintelligible speech) Diana Weynand: This is a really interesting history note beneath this clip, and you never know when someone's going to start talking about something or when the director of photography might ask a question. It's not a formal interview, but it might be very important information. So again, look and listen to what you shot before you make a decision about importing. As you prepare to import the footage for your own project, keep in mind how little jewels, just like those little patches in a patchwork quilt can really enhance your story.
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