New Feature: Playlist Center! Pick a topic and let our playlists guide the way.

Start learning with our library of video tutorials taught by experts. Get started

Documentary Editing with Avid Media Composer
Illustration by John Hersey
Watching:

Interpreting a creative brief to establish goals


From:

Documentary Editing with Avid Media Composer

with Ashley Kennedy

Video: Interpreting a creative brief to establish goals

Embarking upon the art of documentary editing is definitely an exciting and challenging task. Just as with other type of video projects, documentaries can run the gamut of content, style, and perspective, but all share the common goal of recording real events, hopefully by revealing an intimate look into the worlds of people and places. Specifically, our task through this course is to approach a project from start to finish. Analyzing goals and evaluating our raw materials, then fashioning a game plan in order to prepare our project, and cut a solid rough cut, and then craft a meticulous fine cut through a thorough review process, and then deliver a product that ultimately pleases our client.
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 6m 12s
    1. Welcome
      1m 36s
    2. Using the exercise files
      4m 36s
  2. 10m 49s
    1. Interpreting a creative brief to establish goals
      3m 3s
    2. Examining project assets
      3m 43s
    3. Defining the project approach
      4m 3s
  3. 11m 52s
    1. Understanding the documentary postproduction process
      2m 15s
    2. Focusing on the preparatory phase
      3m 33s
    3. Focusing on the rough cut phase
      3m 27s
    4. Focusing on the picture lock workflow
      2m 37s
  4. 36m 51s
    1. Beginning a project
      10m 28s
    2. Screening and assigning qualitative information to clips
      7m 3s
    3. Looking for stock footage using the Avid Marketplace
      4m 27s
    4. Marrying high-quality audio with video
      4m 54s
    5. Using the Find tool and PhraseFind to search the audio in a clip
      5m 58s
    6. Understanding transcoding
      4m 1s
  5. 14m 11s
    1. Preparing a script for script integration
      4m 17s
    2. Syncing a script using ScriptSync
      5m 9s
    3. Manually syncing a script
      4m 45s
  6. 59m 56s
    1. An overview of the rough cut process
      3m 38s
    2. Making the paper edit
      3m 9s
    3. Using a two-column script
      3m 33s
    4. Assembling the radio edit
      7m 15s
    5. Building scenes with B-roll
      9m 30s
    6. Editing process footage
      6m 29s
    7. Using montage and parallel editing to manipulate time and ideas
      8m 20s
    8. Adding natural and environmental sound
      6m 11s
    9. Correcting audio
      6m 22s
    10. Putting it all together: Completing the assembly edit
      5m 29s
  7. 32m 52s
    1. Dealing with multiple formats in a project
      5m 2s
    2. Adding movement to static images
      6m 6s
    3. Stabilizing shaky footage
      3m 23s
    4. Changing and fixing portions of the video frame
      8m 7s
    5. Compressing and expanding time in video and audio
      5m 23s
    6. Repairing jump cuts using the FluidMorph plug-in
      4m 51s
  8. 22m 25s
    1. Getting feedback, making adjustments, and receiving approval
      3m 16s
    2. Creating multiple titles and lower thirds
      5m 39s
    3. Understanding the finishing process
      5m 46s
    4. Delivering the project
      7m 44s
  9. 1m 28s
    1. Next steps
      1m 28s

Watch this entire course now—plus get access to every course in the library. Each course includes high-quality videos taught by expert instructors.

Become a member
please wait ...
Documentary Editing with Avid Media Composer
3h 16m Intermediate Sep 26, 2012

Viewers: in countries Watching now:

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.

Topics include:
  • Interpreting a creative brief
  • Exploring the documentary postproduction process
  • Organizing footage and using searching techniques
  • Setting up and using digital transcripts
  • Building sequences and scenes to form the rough cut
  • Adding effects to repair and enhance footage
  • Fine-tuning the sequence to reach picture lock
  • Receiving feedback
  • Finishing the film with titles, color correction, and professional audio
Subjects:
Video Video Editing Projects
Software:
Media Composer
Author:
Ashley Kennedy

Interpreting a creative brief to establish goals

Embarking upon the art of documentary editing is definitely an exciting and challenging task. Just as with other type of video projects, documentaries can run the gamut of content, style, and perspective, but all share the common goal of recording real events, hopefully by revealing an intimate look into the worlds of people and places. Specifically, our task through this course is to approach a project from start to finish. Analyzing goals and evaluating our raw materials, then fashioning a game plan in order to prepare our project, and cut a solid rough cut, and then craft a meticulous fine cut through a thorough review process, and then deliver a product that ultimately pleases our client.

This project called the Farm to Table Project will be a short documentary of around five to six minutes, on the practice and delivery of sustainable agriculture in the Santa Barbara, California region. We'll be following one farmer, BD Dautch, along with the people in his life as he explains to us why local farming is so important. Our client, the Mayor of Santa Barbara, has delivered to us a Creative Brief, which is a basic summary of the client's desired message for this piece. So, let's take a look at this Creative Brief. Now, you can find the entire Creative Brief in the exercise files that come with this title, if you're a lynda.com subscriber, and I'll put a bit of it up on screen here.

But we won't read the entire thing, rather I'd like to draw out some key points to talk about, quickly, becoming the focal point of a movement that merges ideas from agriculture, cuisine, and ecology. Now, here we're getting the main thesis of the piece, explaining the major areas we'll be exploring in our documentary. Shoppers looking to support area growers, help the environment by reducing the need for shipping. Now, here we're delving into the importance of local growing, one of the preeminent messages of this growing movement.

Chefs and restaurants looking for a way to distinguish their offerings while providing flavor and nutrition are turning to local organic growers. All right, so here we're going beyond the grower/consumer component and are talking about restaurants. Getting across the point that this movement isn't just for the common consumer is important for our client. And the Farm To Table Project aims to support this movement towards locally grown, ecologically sustainable produce by promoting key local growers and the weekly farmers market.

And here we're focusing on the importance of the Farmer's market itself. There will be a lot of great footage of the Farmer's market, so it promises to be a fun scene to edit. But we are also tasked with the job of showing how important it is to the Farm To Table movement. So as you can see, we have about 5 or 6 minutes to find an interesting, educational, and creative way to focus our piece on these important points. We'll have many tools in our arsenal, everything from interviews, to video footage, to still images, to graphics, to music, the list goes on.

We'll have to take a look at these assets and our project goals in order to help start the process of defining exactly how we'll go about editing our documentary.

There are currently no FAQs about Documentary Editing with Avid Media Composer.

 
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.
Upgrade now


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ.

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

join now Upgrade now

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Documentary Editing with Avid Media Composer.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferencesfrom the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.