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Smoothing the project's story content

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Let's face it, sometimes during the rough cutting stage you see a clip that doesn't stand as strong as its neighbors. Maybe you weren't crazy about the clip when you edited it, and thought I'll find something better later. As you work on the project, those clips start to gnaw on you. Well, later is now. So let's take a closer look at the visuals to see if there are any you might want to replace to improve the content for the Farm To Table story. In the project in the Timeline, if you focus on the connected clips, the B-roll, you'll see that there are three markers, one here where BD is standing at the table, another where we see a crowd of people, and another where we see some radishes and a shot of the produce.

Smoothing the project's story content

Let's face it, sometimes during the rough cutting stage you see a clip that doesn't stand as strong as its neighbors. Maybe you weren't crazy about the clip when you edited it, and thought I'll find something better later. As you work on the project, those clips start to gnaw on you. Well, later is now. So let's take a closer look at the visuals to see if there are any you might want to replace to improve the content for the Farm To Table story. In the project in the Timeline, if you focus on the connected clips, the B-roll, you'll see that there are three markers, one here where BD is standing at the table, another where we see a crowd of people, and another where we see some radishes and a shot of the produce.

So let's take a look at this first shot, and let's read the marker by pressing Shift+M. It says replace with a different shot, and it gives us the name, slider 04 1. So if we go to our B-roll collection and find the Produce_Slider_04 1, we can skim through that and say, okay, that's very interesting. It's a very nice shot. We see a lot of really great- looking produce on BD's table. So what we want to do is, instead of seeing BD stand here in this wide shot with people walking by, we're going to keep the shot the same length but replace the content with what we're seeing up here.

Now, we can choose where we want to pick the shot up. Do we want to start it at the beginning? I don't think so, because it doesn't look like the camera is panning yet. So if we sort of pick it up once the camera has gotten going, go ahead and mark an end at that point. And down in the Timeline let's zoom in to the clip that we're going to replace. And what we do to replace a clip, of course, is just drag the clip on to the clip we want to replace. Once we release it, Final Cut shows us a list of options. If we wanted to replace the clip with the full length of the B-roll as marked in the Event browser, we would click Replace.

But if we want to just replace the content and the duration of the content that exists in the project, we just click Replace from Start. Now the length of the shot stays the same, but the content is replaced by that pan. (BD Dautch: This is the era of California cuisine, which is buying what's local and in season.) So if we wanted to continue with that shot and not see BD unpacking, because that shot was really working, he was talking about California cuisine, what we can do is we can just delete this shot of BD and open the shot up to extend it the full length of that space.

(BD Dautch: This is the era of California cuisine, which is buying what's local and in season. Many, many restaurants--) Now, another thing that we can do--if we wanted to make adjustments, we can also bring it in a little earlier-- you can actually overwrite a clip to the Primary Storyline when there's audio there. In this case, what happened is that BD's audio became a separate clip beneath this. Let's look at this. (BD Dautch: This is the era of California cuisine, which is buying what's local and in season.) So this is another way that we can, if we wanted to, roll edit points as we saw in the previous movie.

Let's go to the next marker and see what needs to happen there. So this is a shot of people and of the crowd. So let's see what we want to replace that with. The FM stand 01, okay, so let's see if there is some stands. Ah-ha! Well, this is a different kind of shot of the crowd, people are walking through. Why don't we pick it up just before this woman in the purple shirt walks in from the left side? So if we just mark an In point there, we would approach it the same way.

Drag the source clip from the Event browser onto the Target clip in the Timeline and release it. And to keep it the same length, we'll just say Replace from Start. (John Downey: ...which is equally as special as he is bringing to the market.) Well, they say a picture is worth 1,000 words. At this stage of your documentary, you need every image to count to reflect and support the audio narrative. So when you spot a weak image in your project, take the time to replace it.

In the end, it could make an important difference.

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Documentary Editing with Final Cut Pro X

32 video lessons · 9726 viewers

Diana Weynand
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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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