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This course shows how to build a polished documentary using Avid Media Composer and a few essential editing techniques. Author Ashley Kennedy demonstrates documentary editing in a real-world project, breaking down the process into a series of manageable steps and milestones. Discover how to define a project approach based on a client's creative brief, and then effectively review and organize the footage. Then find out how to use script-based editing methods and a wide variety of scene creation techniques to assemble a rough cut. The course also shows how to use effects to repair and enhance your footage, process client feedback, and add the film's finishing elements.
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 Premiere Pro and Documentary Editing with Final Cut Pro X.
If there's one thing about documentary editing, it's that you're constantly dealing with trying to compress or stretch time. Almost never are you dealing strictly in real-time, and we've already learned some great techniques for dealing with larger time issues like montage editing and parallel editing and process footage editing. Here however, we'll take a look at a very powerful speed tool called the Timeshift plug-in, and that allows us to make more minute speed changes. All right, so I have here, the portion of the documentary that deals with BD on his farm and here he's driving to the farmers market and he's chatting about what the farmers market means to him, but he's a little poky, he is not really spitting it out fast enough and kind of lags.
I'm not going to play the whole thing, but I will play a sample of it for you can see what the main issue is. And by the way, we do hear the truck we will I send that to sound design and make sure that we get some noise reduction here, but just take a look and hear his words and see how the pace is feeling to you. (BD Dautch: ...something bigger than your compost pile, bigger than your ego, and definitely bigger than your bank account, but the rewards--) All right, so it would be great if he was just talking a little bit faster.
I don't have any B-roll to put over him to just start slicing this up. So I just like this to happen faster, maybe 25% to 30% faster. All right, so what I'm going to is first affect my video. If I come over to my Effect palette, and I'm going to go to the Timewarp category, and I'm going to choose Trim To Fill. I'm just going to place that on my video. And you can see I'm just going to zoom in here, that I'm at a 100%, and if I start trimming like so, it's going to start making it faster.
So if I trim to about 130% I would like to try that out, I think that making it that much faster will improve it. But when I play it you'll see what happens. (BD Dautch: ...bigger than your ego, and definitely bigger than your bank account.) All right, so I'm out of sync obviously, my video is at 130% and my audio is still at a 100%. So I just want to enable A1 and then go up to Tools and AudioSuite, and as long as I'm parked here, and I have A1 selected, I'm just going to come into this menu and choose Time Shift and the plug-in gets deposited automatically, but nothing has changed until I activate the plug-in and then this window comes up, and I'm just going to change from poly to mono.
And I come here, and this is the speed. So I can work this dial going slower or faster and they key is that it's going to make it faster without increasing pitch, so he's not going to all of a sudden sound like a chipmunk. And this is key, I need to be able to still know that it's him and make it go faster. So it's sort of compressing the space in between the words, but it's not changing the pitch of his voice unless I came down here and started messing with pitch as well, which we're not going to do.
So I'm just going to just type in here 130. So now I'm at 130% on audio and 130% on video, and there are some other parameters that I can change, but I think this is going to be just fine for what I want. So I'm just going to preview it and make sure that he sounds okay. It's just analyzing really quick. (BD Dautch: ...something bigger than your compost pile, bigger than your ego, and definitely bigger than your bank account.) Okay, so he still sounds like himself, I'm fine with that, let's go ahead, I'm going to go back in and Render and OK, and you can see that I'm showing my wave form, it ends at about the right location.
Let's go ahead and play it and see, how it works. (BD Dautch: ...bigger than your ego, and definitely bigger than your bank account, but the rewards are just like--) All right, so I might want to tweak it a little bit, he might be going just a tad, tad fast but visually it's okay, I mean, it doesn't seem like he's driving really, really, really fast. So visually it's fine. Audio wise, again I think it's just a tiny bit fast so I might slow that down, but when I do, I'm all set.
I have shifted the video, I've shifted the audio I can then just come in and extract this part right here at the end, I'm just going to lift, press Z, and there we go. I have increased the speed of both video and audio to 130%, and he's spitting out his words just a little bit faster. So as you can see, this is an easy thing to fix, it's also fairly common. You may not use it in awful lot but especially in documentary editing when you need something to last just a little bit longer or tighten it up just a little bit quicker, it can certainly become very useful in certain circumstances.
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