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Fixing problems with cutaways

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In this movie, we're going to look at one of the best and most commonly used tricks of the video editor, and that is fixing problems by using a cutaway. In this clip of Dream Job, I want this girl to look fatigued and worn out at her job and I just want, like, a few seconds where she is just kind of spacing out, just exhausted. And this clip is great and what happens, right about here, there is a slate clap and what's interesting about this clip is that before this slate actually claps, when the camera is kind of getting ready here, we see her.

Fixing problems with cutaways

In this movie, we're going to look at one of the best and most commonly used tricks of the video editor, and that is fixing problems by using a cutaway. In this clip of Dream Job, I want this girl to look fatigued and worn out at her job and I just want, like, a few seconds where she is just kind of spacing out, just exhausted. And this clip is great and what happens, right about here, there is a slate clap and what's interesting about this clip is that before this slate actually claps, when the camera is kind of getting ready here, we see her.

The actress is kind of getting into zone. This actually really good footage and I want to use this, but then there's this section where the camera changes focus and we do the clap thing and then the camera has to readjust focus again. I don't want that. But I like everything before it and after it, and, by the way, a lot of times, when I need to make patches or whatever you need to make work sometimes, footage like this, like before the slate clap, that you're not technically supposed to use, it can often be used to fix little problems here and there, just like this whole thing when we're talking about fixing problems with cutaways.

So what I'm going to do is I'm going to go to about 4 seconds and 18 frames in. Then I want to hit Command+K on the Mac or Ctrl+K on the PC. That's going to split this clip. It would be the same thing as if I got the Razor tool and then clicked here. It just saves you a step by using the keyboard shortcut. So then I'm going to move out in time about 15 seconds and 14 frames in and backup using the Left Arrow key here, and this is where I want to come back and this is after the camera has refocused.

So I'm going to hit Command+K or Ctrl+K again and so this is the junk in the middle here that I don't want. So, I'm going right-click on it, select Ripple Delete. That will delete it and then fill that gap. The problem is we now have this jump in the cut. So if I play this back, we will see that there's a jump right there. Did you see it? Boom! So it just kind of jumps in a very unnatural way. So we've got to fix that. So what we can do is use a cutaway.

So I am going to grab this clip, hand for cutaway DJ. I'm going to drag this over to in the second video track here. So what's going to happen is she is going to be exhausted, put her hand down, then it's going to show that hand and then it's also going to cut back to her again. So, it's going to seem like a complete clip and really what happened is there was junk in the middle that we cleaned up with this cutaway. So if we play this back, she is tired, she sets her hand down, she had the pen in her hand. So we have good continuity there and this clip actually, the cutaway was one of those clips, too, where we weren't supposed to be recording, but the actress was kind of sitting there, and she kind of was bored, so the pen kind of falls out of her hand a little bit, which kind of goes perfectly with her being bored.

So this cutaway actually adds a lot to the scene. It breaks up the visual boredom and it helps us to cover up that mistake. You'll see this all the time with say news reporters, for example. The news reporter might, all of a sudden, kind of get messed up, or maybe, like, they are at a football game and the people behind the reporter acted like idiots, or whatever. So they will cutaway to some stock footage of the football game or footage that they took earlier that day. This is also useful for documentaries. When somebody goes on, and on, and on, and tells a story, often the parts of the story they tell aren't essential and you want cut those out, but if you do you're going to have the same jump that we encountered earlier.

So you could use a cutaway to cover up that jump. So cutaways are not just great for emotional things, as we saw the last video, but they're great for fixing errors, fixing problems. It's kind of like a band-aid. It kind of even looks like a band-aid on the wound of our clips, here, that just didn't go together quite right.

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  1. 4m 11s
    1. Welcome
      56s
    2. What's new in the dot release
      57s
    3. Using the exercise files
      2m 18s
  2. 18m 54s
    1. Capturing ambient audio
      3m 12s
    2. Getting plenty of coverage
      1m 48s
    3. Telling a story with camera angles
      3m 18s
    4. The 180 degree rule
      2m 13s
    5. Framing shots
      3m 25s
    6. Allowing "emotional space"
      1m 40s
    7. Overcranking and time lapse
      3m 18s
  3. 11m 38s
    1. Why is metadata important?
      1m 40s
    2. Browsing and adding metadata
      6m 4s
    3. Creating metadata with Speech Search
      3m 54s
  4. 33m 12s
    1. When to cut
      7m 38s
    2. Avoiding bad edits
      9m 17s
    3. Using emotional cutaways
      1m 53s
    4. Fixing problems with cutaways
      3m 53s
    5. Pacing edits
      3m 49s
    6. Matching action
      4m 14s
    7. The power of suggestive editing
      2m 28s
  5. 26m 31s
    1. Contrasting targeting and selecting
      3m 17s
    2. Copying and pasting clips
      2m 36s
    3. Replacing clips
      4m 8s
    4. Editing to music
      5m 0s
    5. Using sample rate for precise editing
      5m 34s
    6. Creating J and L cuts
      3m 33s
    7. Working with subclips
      2m 23s
  6. 11m 17s
    1. Ingesting media
      1m 39s
    2. Examining P2 file structure
      1m 31s
    3. Importing P2 files with the Media Browser
      5m 15s
    4. Converting DVCPRO HD to standard 720p
      2m 52s
  7. 38m 11s
    1. Using the Reference Monitor
      3m 0s
    2. Using scopes
      8m 33s
    3. Primary color correction
      10m 11s
    4. Secondary color correction
      8m 28s
    5. Creating a vignette
      2m 28s
    6. Creating a day-for-night shot
      5m 31s
  8. 37m 19s
    1. Censoring video
      5m 30s
    2. Creating a waving flag
      6m 5s
    3. Creating a lens flare
      3m 36s
    4. Creating background textures
      6m 19s
    5. Playing with time
      6m 4s
    6. Using transition effects
      6m 13s
    7. Working with presets
      3m 32s
  9. 15m 30s
    1. Creating a garbage matte
      3m 56s
    2. Removing green screen
      5m 6s
    3. Compositing with blend modes
      3m 32s
    4. Nesting sequences
      2m 56s
  10. 15m 27s
    1. Creating 3D reflections
      5m 0s
    2. Creating growing vines
      5m 52s
    3. Creating a track matte
      2m 39s
    4. Using the History panel
      1m 56s
  11. 42m 25s
    1. Censoring audio using bleeps
      5m 16s
    2. Understanding sample rate
      3m 0s
    3. Normalizing audio across multiple clips
      5m 7s
    4. Recording audio
      2m 24s
    5. Removing audio problems with Soundbooth
      5m 43s
    6. Working with VST plug-in effects
      2m 3s
    7. Mixing audio
      8m 20s
    8. Changing volume over time
      5m 22s
    9. Working with surround sound
      5m 10s
  12. 23m 52s
    1. About this project
      2m 26s
    2. Performing preliminary edits
      2m 35s
    3. Working with multi-camera footage
      7m 27s
    4. Creating a visual "stutter"
      3m 12s
    5. Adjusting color
      8m 12s
  13. 6m 28s
    1. Transferring projects to another machine
      3m 24s
    2. Removing unused footage
      3m 4s
  14. 25m 46s
    1. Choosing a format
      5m 35s
    2. Understanding spatial compression
      2m 5s
    3. Understanding temporal compression
      4m 19s
    4. About HD standards
      5m 46s
    5. Changing footage interpretation
      2m 17s
    6. Getting the film look
      5m 44s
  15. 27m 10s
    1. Working with After Effects
      5m 56s
    2. Creating titles in After Effects
      5m 39s
    3. Working with Photoshop files
      2m 29s
    4. Working with Final Cut Pro
      2m 2s
    5. Working with OnLocation
      3m 12s
    6. Working with Encore
      4m 27s
    7. Introducing Adobe Story for pre-production
      3m 25s
  16. 15s
    1. Goodbye
      15s

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