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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.
One common practice in documentary projects is using stock footage, which is video that you acquire from a footage library. Many filmmakers use it because it can often be less expensive and more convenient than shooting brand new material. Stock footage usually falls into two categories. Rights Managed, which is copyrighted footage that you have to pay for and use within the parameters of the footage's license, and Royalty Free, which is footage you pay a one-time price for and don't owe subsequent royalties to. Now, there's a stock footage library maintained by a company called T3Media, which is a cloud-based service that offers both Rights Managed and Royalty Free media.
Fortunately, you can access it right inside media composer contained within the Avid marketplace. Okay, so in my menu Bar up here, I have Marketplace, and I am going to go to Media Libraries. And we have here a T3Media kind of launch page, and if you don't have an account, you will go ahead and register for one. I do, so I am going to go ahead and sign in. Okay. So, I am in here, I am ready to search for some footage, so I am just going to click here, and search for footage. And what I want is to gather some beauty shots of produce just some really nice looking shots of fruits, and vegetables.
So initially, I am just going to search for produce. And as you can see, here, I have over 100,000 results, so quite a few. I can filter it further so I can just keep filtering it down so that I can get to exactly what I want. I am going to just see what's on this first page and see if there is anything that might match what I am after. Now this is nice. I can just hover over to play it. And this is something that I would like to consider, for my beauty shots bin, I can just come down here and click Add.
And right now it's adding the clip to this place called My Clips. And if you come up here to this icon, you can click on it, and I automatically have this My Clips bin here. So ideally, I just go through, and I keep adding material to this My Clips bin. But when you are ready, so I am just going to go ahead and bring this clip into media composer, and I don't have to pay for it. If I wanted to actually go through and buy it, I could certainly do that. So, let's just say I just want to use this low-res copy of it.
I am going to come over to the left side here, and I am going to click on Download comps for My Clips. When I click on Download Comps, it brings me to this screen, and I can download multiple comps, but I just have this one right here. You notice that there is a watermark on it. So obviously, I can't use it without paying for it, but I can try it out in my sequence. So, I am just going to download comp, and you can see down here the progress, it's downloading.
And if I just move this out of the way, you can see that it downloaded it into this open Avid bin. And if I go ahead and load it, you can see that here is my nice shot. It does have my watermark, so I can't obviously use it without going through and paying for it. But I can edit with it, I can put it in my show, and I can make it an entire bin of my beauty shots, and then really determine later which ones I actually want to pay for. Notice that it is AMA, so it's linking to it. I haven't created any footage.
But it's very, very handy to just be able to bring it in, use it, and then pay for it later if I want to. And so, if I wanted to actually go through and buy it, I could just right-click on it, go down to Buy Stock Footage, it brings me back to the website, and I can go ahead and add it to my cart. You can see here that it's bringing me to the option to either do High Def, Medium Resolution, or Low Resolution. Let's say I want to go all out and pay $400 for High Def for this clip.
It's going ahead and adding it to my cart. You can see here that my cart now has one item in it, and I can go through and proceed to check out. Now we haven't provided you with any stock footage from the Avid Marketplace in your exercise files, but feel free to look around for any footage you think you might need and then go ahead and buy it if you want, or feel free to search other stock footage libraries. In the age of the Internet, they are literally everywhere, because if you are working in documentaries, you're certainly sure to use stock footage sooner or later.
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