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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.
When you shoot your own documentary, you might begin the editing process by attaching the camera's media card to the computer, launching Final Cut Pro, and then importing the footage directly from the card. In this project, however, the assets have already been organized into exercise files you will use to edit. But before you begin working with those files, let's continue looking at ways to organize the Assets as if you were working with raw footage someone gave you. First, you'll want to import the files, and if you remember on the desktop we had a folder called Raw Footage.
So we're going to break the importing process up into a few steps, and you'll see why in just a minute. But let's start with the video footage. Remember, in the previous movie, you organized the footage into four different folders based on locations. Now, when you import based on a folder, or import an entire folder, what will that do? Of course, Final Cut Pro will add a keyword with the name of the folder to that clip. If we selected video and imported these clips, the word Video would be added as a keyword to all of the other names of these folders.
And that's not necessarily that helpful because most of the clips in this project will be video clips. So rather than start here to import, I would suggest you move down into the next level and select the folders of the actual locations. In the import window you would choose to import folders as keyword collections and then click Import. Now what that's going to do--and it's going to add it to this existing event--that will create keyword collections for every folder.
Notice in the Event library we have Downeys, Earthtrine Farms. Notice some of the pictures that you may have seen before, here's the Driving Clip that we included, farmers market, and Interviews. So these are the four collections that you started by simply importing those four folders. Let's take a look at importing the other files that we want to use and see if we want to follow suit in the same way. Now we know we want to import graphics and music, let's take a look at the Stills folder.
In this case, we could import these three individual folders but would it be a bad idea or a good idea? In other words, would it help you if you also had the word Stills attached to everything inside the Stills folder as a keyword? I think it would, from my point of view. So, rather than step into that folder, we'll select the folders at this level and know that the Stills will have two different keywords. So we've got the import as keyword collections, and we choose Import.
Now we have quite a few collections started. We have the Archival, we have the DSLR Images, and down here we have Stills so we can see the combination of Archive and Still Images, both the iPhone Images and the DSLR. So we're starting to build quite a list of collections, which is a good way to think about what you have. So you've got graphics, you've got music, you've got Downeys Restaurant, and you've got these different locations. So, all of your assets start to take shape now.
The more you handle the footage for this project, and answer the questions about where it belongs and how you want to label it, the more familiar you'll become with your editing options.
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