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Making notes to capture observations

From: Effective Storytelling with Final Cut Pro X

Video: Making notes to capture observations

The more frequently you screen your footage the more details you'll observe about each clip, and any one of those details could be an important key to unlocking a part of your story. One way to preserve your thoughts or observations is to add a note to a clip. A note becomes part of a clip's metadata and is one of the search criteria you can use to find it. Let's look at the interviews and make sure we're looking at all of the clips so that it's not hiding the rejected or showing just the favorites. I'm going to choose to view this by list.

Making notes to capture observations

The more frequently you screen your footage the more details you'll observe about each clip, and any one of those details could be an important key to unlocking a part of your story. One way to preserve your thoughts or observations is to add a note to a clip. A note becomes part of a clip's metadata and is one of the search criteria you can use to find it. Let's look at the interviews and make sure we're looking at all of the clips so that it's not hiding the rejected or showing just the favorites. I'm going to choose to view this by list.

Notice that we have two Paul clips, and they're labeled very simply Paul 1 and Paul 2. And notice the framing of each clip is very similar. He's in the same location, there might be a camera zoom that reframes slightly, but Paul is still sitting in the exact same position. So as you begin to edit your story you might look at these two clips and say to yourself, which clip is the one where Paul talked about risk? Which is the one where he talked about the love of coffee? So by adding a note you can start to give this clip more information.

So let's look at Paul 1, and just refresh our memory which one this is. Is this the one about risk? (Video Playing) Paul: focus on people. If you focus on product, then the risk was incredible, the risk was a seventy five thousand dollar risk. Diana Weynand: Here's another green section, which means that there're a couple of favorites in this clip. (Video Playing) Paul: and the story has come to you, and you're ready. Diana Weynand: So what if we call this clip risk and ready? Okay, now the way you add a note is that you can add it in a note column, but why don't we do this.

Let's shorten this Name column, and then we have to go and find the note column, which may not be in visible sight. Once you see it, grab it and drag it left, because now we can bring it as far over, for example, right next to the Name if we choose. To add a note, you simply click once to select the clip, click again in the field, and now we're going to call this risk and ready. That will tell you instantly which clip this is. Now let's take a look at the Paul clip and play a little bit toward the beginning.

(Video Playing) Paul: If people love their trees, their coffee trees, then the coffee trees are going to be taken care of. Diana Weynand: Okay, so this clip has Paul talking a little bit more about loving the coffee trees. So already this tells you something about these clips. So now your focus is a little bit more on what the note about the clip is then the clip itself. But we can take this a little bit further. Notice there were two favorite sections in this Paul 1 clip.

If we show just the Favorites we now have two separate Favorites. Notice that each one says risk and ready, because that's the note attached to the clip. But you can also attach a note to the Favorite star icon. So when we click on this particular favorite and listen to it -- (Video Playing) Paul: what was the risk? There was no risk. It was clear. Diana Weynand: So this is obviously the section on risk. So now we can click on the note and type risk, and notice how it stands alone separate from the note attached to the clip.

Let's do the same for the other Favorite portion of the same clip. (Video Playing) Paul: to you, and you're ready. Diana Weynand: So this is the portion of the original clip where Paul talks about being ready. So now we can just type ready. So now what we've got is a lot of really good reference information to use. And in fact, as you begin to edit, you might bring up your Favorites and sort of give them particular names that you can address and come back to.

So by adding notes to clips, you're preserving any thoughts or observations you made about a clip, which will not only help you find it faster, but will help you start to put your story into words.

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Effective Storytelling with Final Cut Pro X

39 video lessons · 11770 viewers

Diana Weynand
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  1. 5m 54s
    1. Welcome
      1m 20s
    2. Using the exercise files
      4m 34s
  2. 16m 21s
    1. Exploring different types of storytellers
      7m 9s
    2. Identifying story elements
      5m 9s
    3. Finding the essence of the story
      4m 3s
  3. 15m 6s
    1. Organizing footage into folders
      5m 29s
    2. Creating a disk image as a contained workspace
      4m 51s
    3. Importing folders and stills as keyword collections
      4m 46s
  4. 22m 52s
    1. Adding keywords to make clips accessible
      3m 33s
    2. Using favorite tags to call clips into action
      7m 16s
    3. Making notes to capture observations
      4m 1s
    4. Performing a complex search
      2m 28s
    5. Prepping clips for editing
      5m 34s
  5. 28m 47s
    1. Finding the meat of the clips
      5m 11s
    2. Don't be puzzled over your first edit
      4m 27s
    3. Creating project versions and developing story diversity
      5m 16s
    4. Putting story threads in order
      7m 25s
    5. Sculpting the story within the timeline
      6m 28s
  6. 46m 5s
    1. Trimming distractions from a story
      6m 48s
    2. Compounding thoughts into one primary story project
      9m 52s
    3. Evaluating the project for story content and pacing
      7m 1s
    4. Fine-tuning the edits in a project
      7m 36s
    5. Refining the primary sound bed
      7m 55s
    6. Organizing separate story segments into independent storylines
      6m 53s
  7. 24m 11s
    1. Storyboarding a narrative script using placeholders
      7m 22s
    2. Recording a narration track to explore script ideas
      4m 40s
    3. Changing pitch in a temporary narration track to identify different characters
      5m 27s
    4. Adding sound effects to create depth
      6m 42s
  8. 41m 2s
    1. Embellishing the story with cutaways to B-roll footage
      9m 3s
    2. Finessing cutaways to enhance the story
      5m 3s
    3. Editing and arranging a still-image storyline
      6m 22s
    4. Applying the Ken Burns effect to still images
      6m 33s
    5. Altering your story's "look" using the Color Board
      8m 4s
    6. Applying effects to enhance story elements
      5m 57s
  9. 28m 57s
    1. Retiming to lengthen or shorten music and clips
      6m 48s
    2. Adding freeze frames to end or start sections
      6m 40s
    3. Video finishing touches
      8m 6s
    4. Audio finishing touches
      7m 23s
  10. 1m 7s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 7s

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