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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 you watched the last movie, you saw how incredibly fast it is to automatically sync your master clips to your script using the power of ScriptSync. However, if ScriptSync's $1,000 price tag is too high, or if you need to correct a couple of sync marks from a ScriptSync script, then you'll need to learn the manual way. Let's take a look. So I am going to open up my keyboard, and I am just going to go to Settings and Keyboard and then I am going to press Command+3 to open up the Command palette.
What we need to do is map the Add Script Mark button to our keyboard. So that's contained in the other tab, and here's the Add Script Mark button. We want a button to button Reassignment. I am just going to map this to Shift+S for Script Mark. So I am just going to drag this over, and you can map it anywhere you like. And I have my script right here, and I've already kind of attached the master clips to it.
It doesn't have the Script Marks yet, but I am going to do that the manual way. So I'm just going to load this into the source monitor. You can load this clip into the source monitor simply by double-clicking, and I am going to just get rid of that end point and come to the beginning here. What we need to do is actually manually map the spoken word to the written word. So I'm going to find the first line, and then I am going to pause. (BD Dautch: Okay, my name is--) All right, so I had it lined right before he says okay, right here.
Then I am going to come to that line, and I am going to click right here right on this line. So I have the intersection of the line, and I've clicked on this Script Mark line, and I am ready to make the mark. So all I do once I've lined everything up, I have the spoken word ready to go, and I have the written word all ready to go. I am just going to press my keyboard shortcut, so it's Shift+S. And as you can see, I've added a Script Mark. And it gets really, really tedious if you go line by line by line.
So you can just kind of skip a few lines. Some people actually go straight to the next paragraph, but I am going to go ahead and just skip a couple more lines to about right here. So I am going to find when he says different herbs, and then I'm going to map another Script Mark there. (BD Dautch: I have Earthtrine Farm, and we've got about 10 acres in Ojai and 5 acres in Carpinteria that we're farming on. It's all certified organic by CCOF, which is a certifying organization. And we grow about 100 herbs--) Okay, so right here is where he is about to say different herbs.
Again, I'm going to come up to this line, intersect, I'll press right here, and then I'm going to press on the Script Mark button, Shift+S, and I've got another one. So every few lines go ahead and add one. Again, this is a lot more tedious. I mean we could have synced multiple scripts with ScriptSync in the amount of time that it took us to just do those two marks. But it still does work. Again, if you do not want to pay the ScriptSync price tag, but you do want this, this is the manual way, and every so often ScriptSync misses a line.
So you'll need to actually do this manually anyway. So if I click on this right here. And here. (BE Dautch: ...about 100 different herbs, vegetable, flowers, fruits--) And you can see that I'm not as accurate as ScriptSync. I got right before a hundred rather than right before different. So that will happen, that's fine as long as you get just some spot checking of each one of these clips, and you can basically use the Find tool, find the text that you would like, and then find the nearest by Script Mark that's mapped.
So maybe every few lines you would have one. Then double-click on it and then use it just like you would with ScriptSync. It's just that you don't have as many points of sync. So while this process is quite a bit more arduous than the automatic way, sometimes if you don't have access to ScriptSync, it's certainly worth it to put in the effort up front to sync your script so that you don't spend too much unnecessary time breaking the flow of your creative energy as you're actually cutting the piece together.
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