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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.
Now that you've finished this course, you should have a new or renewed understanding into the art of documentary editing in Avid Media Composer. There is a lot to know about how to effectively organize your materials and your ideas in order to set yourself up for success, and Media Composer has so many tools that can truly help you out in your adventures to making interesting, meaningful, and creative nonfiction narrative. Now, if you want to join a community of other Documentary filmmakers for support, ideas, and collaboration, you might want to check out doculink.org.
I am member and so many Documentary editors I know are also part of this community. You can connect with people on topics such as equipments, editing techniques, screening information, funding sources, jobs, and the state of Documentary filmmaking. To subscribe to the email mailing list, which is really kind of the heart of doculink.org just click on Subscribe and follow the steps to join the Yahoo! Group. Also, because this lynda.com course is about one specific workflow, I frequently referred to other lynda.com courses for more exhaustive techniques in Avid editing.
So if you need further instruction in general editing or color correction or effects, please feel free to check out my other courses. Good luck as you embark on the exciting world of Documentary post-production, carving away the one best story in the mountain of possibilities.
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