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Documentary Editing with Final Cut Pro X
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Documentary Editing with Final Cut Pro X

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What do you need to edit a documentary? Video? Stills? Music? Graphics? Now that you've reviewed the Creative Brief and understand the goals for the project, it's time to see what resources you've been given to meet those goals. In the next few movies, you'll screen, organize, and import this footage into Final Cut Pro. But before you begin, let's take a tour of the media assets and make sure you've got the categories you need to move forward. On the desktop, notice there's a folder called Raw Footage.
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  1. 2m 12s
    1. Welcome
      59s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 13s
  2. 11m 21s
    1. Understanding what makes a good documentary
      3m 38s
    2. Interpreting a creative brief to establish goals
      3m 32s
    3. Reviewing the project's media assets
      4m 11s
  3. 24m 5s
    1. Organizing and screening footage
      4m 12s
    2. Importing footage
      3m 37s
    3. Organizing and screening interview and B-roll footage
      6m 53s
    4. Annotating and renaming clips
      5m 1s
    5. Filtering and searching for clips
      4m 22s
  4. 25m 26s
    1. Make preliminary editing decisions
      6m 38s
    2. Creating mini-storylines to contain groups of clips
      5m 42s
    3. Syncing audio tracks from two different cameras
      5m 32s
    4. Deciding what you don't want in each segment
      7m 34s
  5. 25m 31s
    1. Combining primary story segments into a primary storyline
      6m 43s
    2. Clarifying the story
      5m 42s
    3. Identifying and marking project needs
      5m 32s
    4. Adding cutaways from B-roll footage
      7m 34s
  6. 25m 14s
    1. Evaluating the project's pace and timing
      6m 57s
    2. Tying up loose ends
      7m 49s
    3. Smoothing the project's story content
      4m 29s
    4. Retiming clips
      5m 59s
  7. 15m 17s
    1. Editing still images or creating a montage
      6m 8s
    2. Animating still images
      4m 11s
    3. Incorporating sound effects
      4m 58s
  8. 31m 29s
    1. Adding titles and lower thirds
      7m 37s
    2. Smoothing out the rough edges with transitions
      5m 23s
    3. Combining and mixing sound sources
      10m 45s
    4. Matching and correcting color in clips
      7m 44s
  9. 10m 21s
    1. Sharing the movie
      5m 13s
    2. Archiving the project
      5m 8s
  10. 51s
    1. Goodbye
      51s

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Documentary Editing with Final Cut Pro X
2h 51m Intermediate Oct 03, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Interpreting a creative brief
  • Logging interviews and organizing footage
  • Pulling selects and focusing ideas
  • Assembling scenes into rough cuts
  • Creating a title graphic sequence
  • Animating images
  • Tightening clip timing
  • Compressing and exporting multiple files
Subjects:
Video Video Editing Projects
Software:
Final Cut Pro
Author:
Diana Weynand

Reviewing the project's media assets

What do you need to edit a documentary? Video? Stills? Music? Graphics? Now that you've reviewed the Creative Brief and understand the goals for the project, it's time to see what resources you've been given to meet those goals. In the next few movies, you'll screen, organize, and import this footage into Final Cut Pro. But before you begin, let's take a tour of the media assets and make sure you've got the categories you need to move forward. On the desktop, notice there's a folder called Raw Footage.

You won't see this as part of your exercise files but I just want to look at this to demonstrate how you might view some of the footage that's been handed to you to edit. Inside the Raw Footage folder there are three folders. Notice that there is an Assets folder, and there are some folders inside the Assets folder such as Archival, DSLR Images, Graphics, and iPhone Images. There's a Music folder with a couple of music tracks. And there is a Video folder.

I'm just going to expand that column, so we can see names. Let's take a little closer look at the Assets. The first thing you want to do is ask yourself, do you see everything that you think you need to edit a documentary? Remember, whoever prepared this footage may have identified certain items differently than you would so you have to take a close look inside each folder to make sure the folder itself is labeled to your liking. And if it isn't, now is the time to change it. Don't forget you can use your down and up and left and right arrows to navigate.

So from here, I can use my right arrow to step into the next column. So there are four folders inside the Assets folder. It seems that several of these have to do with still images. This Graphics folder, although it has some images, they are lower thirds, and it seems that there is a movie of an opening title and a map. So, I would just as soon, think about graphics as being a separate entity than still images. So one thing you can do, if you agree with that is to drag the Graphics folder into the previous column.

So now what you're left with are three folders that contain still images or some sort of image. So if that's the case, do you really want this folder to be called Assets, or maybe you want to change the name of this folder to Stills. Now, as you look at the images it's good to understand what you've got. If we look at this--this is labeled from the camera--and notice that it's a jpeg, you see the size, and you see the dimensions of this image, 5616x3744.

It's a pretty big image. If we go to an iPhone image, we see that it's a little bit smaller in terms of the dimensions, and the Archival image. You can also press the spacebar to do a quick view to look at something. There seems to be a newspaper clipping of BD, who you met in the previous movie. If we take a look at the video clips, you see that they all seem to be organized alphabetically, and that there are the chunks that begin with the same name, for example, farmers market.

It's great to know there's so many clips on the farmers market and notice that there's something that says B-roll, and then this says BD so that name continues to tell us what's going on in this clip. If you press the spacebar, you see BD at the farmers market just the name describes. So, now you want to ask yourself, whether or not you've got anything you need.

So as you review the Media Assets for your documentary project, think of yourself as camp counselor, just as you would make sure every young camper is identified and accounted for, as editor, your job is to make sure all the footage categories you need to edit the documentary are present and accounted for. If they're not, you need to find them. For this project, let's assume that you've got enough video clips, still images, music, and graphics to tell the story you need to tell.

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