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Learn how to build and refine your story with the redesigned editing toolset in Final Cut Pro X. In this course, author Ashley Kennedy focuses on getting you comfortable with each aspect of the editing process in Final Cut—from preparation and organization, to editing and refining, to audio and effects, to media management and exporting. Each stage of the postproduction workflow is explained thoroughly and concisely, and uses real-world examples from both narrative and documentary workflows.
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Now that we have got a good handle on how we can access and organize our event data, let's begin combing through the footage to begin editing. Now the first scene we are going to edit is the opening scene of the documentary which is essentially just getting us acquainted with the Farm to Table movement. We'll have several people talking about the benefits of organic farming and then later we will add B-roll to enhance their words and really make it work. So let's go ahead into the Farm to Table event, and we want to take a look at couple of interviews, and specifically, actually, I want take a look at BD's interviews right here because he is going to start us out, and just as you know, I have really screened all of this footage very well and taken good notes, so I have a pretty good idea of how I would like this to come together.
When you are putting together your own program, I highly recommend that you do the same. All right, so I think I would like this section to open up with BD talking about how there is this growing organic food movement worldwide, and I know that he talks about it here in Interview 4. So I am just going to play this part of the clip, and I am actually going to hop over to List View, so we have a little bit more room here, and I am going to play this, and we already know that we can play and stop a clip by pressing the spacebar. However, I want to introduce a navigation method that is definitely far more efficient, and that is JKL.
Now JKL is a three-button play tool, whereby J plays in reverse, L plays forward, and K pauses. So if you just look at the J, K, and L buttons on your keyboard, you can sort of see why this is really great. Just put your three fingers on J, K, and L, and you have total control. All right, so what am I going to do is play over this section and then when I want to mark an In, which is where my edited shot is going to start, I am going to press the I key. Then when I want to mark an Out point, which is where I want my edited shot to end, I am going to press the O key.
Again, look at your keyboard, the I and O keys are right above the J, K, and L keys, so hopefully you are getting the idea that this playing and marking business is very efficient if we just use our keyboard. All right, so better go ahead and play, and I will mark an In and an Out where I see fit. I will press L to go forward. (female speaker: Can you talk more about this movement? Like, do you see a movement going on?) (BD Dautch: Yeah, there is definitely a movement happening. It's not just here, it's worldwide, and in a way, like I said, it's a renaissance, it used to exist--) Okay, so I have marked an in and an out, and I don't think it's perfect, but I am just going to finesse it just a little bit.
Let's go ahead and play the selection. I am going to press the Forward Slash key, which is the same button that the question mark is on. So let's see how close we got it. (BD Dautch: Definitely a movement happening. It's not just here, it's worldwide, and in a way, like I said, it's a renaissance, it used to exist--) Okay, so let's go ahead and just tweak this just a little bit. I am going to go back over to Thumbnail view, and I am going to just give myself a little bit more room, 5 seconds or so, so each one of these thumbnails is 5 seconds, and here you can see my marked portion.
This time instead of just using J, K, and L, what I am going to do is go in Slow motion, and I am going to do this by holding down the K button and then rocking forward with either J or L. This is going to go about one-quarter speed, and it's going to allow me to really hone in on the word that I want to mark. (BD Dautch: There is definitely--) Okay, let's go ahead and play that, see if it's okay. (BD Dautch: There is definitely a movement happening.) All right, I like that, and I am going to go to the end and do the same thing.
(BD Dautch: It's not just here, it's worldwide, and in a way, like I said, it's a renaissance--) And I am just going to mark an out right there, and I think I am in good shape here. Let's go ahead and press the Forward Slash key and see how we like it. (BD Dautch: There is definitely a movement happening. It's not just here, it's worldwide, and in a way, like I said, it's a renaissance--) All right, and I am just going to the end here and make sure that I have this perfect. So I am going to go in slow motion here.
(video playing) Okay, I have got it there, and I want to make to sure that I permanently save this sound bite. Now we have already mentioned several ways to do this, one way is if I press F and favorite this section and then if I come over to my List View, you can see that I have my sound bite right here, and it's very easily marked, and I can even rename this. So if wanted to call this Growing movement, I can. Okay, and then when I show just my Favorites, it's just going to be right there, and it's ready to go.
And I also want to remind you that you can save it out in the soundbite Keyword collection, as we examined in a previous movie, so if I wanted to grab that, and I can open up my Keyword Editor, soundbite is already attached to Ctrl+3, so I can click on that, I can press Ctrl+3 on the keyboard, but now I also have this in my soundbites there as well. So there are a couple of ways to save that out. The reason that I mention this is that when you have a portion of a clip that you have marked, and you want another part of this interview that you also want to mark, once you do that, this goes away, so you need to make sure that you save it.
Just to show you that, let's go to List View, and I have placed a marker, and we haven't actually covered markers yet, but just realize that a marker is a digital Post-It note, it allows me to leave notes to myself or to other people working with me about something in the editing process, and in this case, it's just that I want to include a sound bite in this general area. So I am going to play this, I am going to do the same thing that I did before, notice that when I mark my in and my out, this in and out goes away. So that's why we put that permanent marker there.
All right, so I am going to again use J, K, and L and get this section just perfect. I will go ahead and press L to go forward. (BD Dautch: --consumer's point of view, so many people now--) And I am trying to get it right on that so, so I am going to go in slow motion. Okay, and let's see how this goes. (BD Dautch: So many people now are aware that getting it directly from the producer is the way to go.) Okay, and I have marked my out, and I am just going to go ahead and press my Forward Slash key to make sure that everything sounds good.
(BD Dautch: So many people now are aware that getting it directly from the producer is the way to go.) All right, perfect! So I have marked this section, and then I want this to come right after it. Again, I could press F to give it a Favorite, I could just drag it over to my soundbites, there are a couple of ways to save that as a permanent solution. But you can pick your own way. So, as you can see, we now have two soundbites subclipped out and ready to use. You can keep going through each of the interviews in order to get what you want for your sequence.
I recommend that you take your time here, screen your footage, mark the material. Taking the time up front to prep your footage will certainly help you later in the scene construction part of the process.
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