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Organization is key to a successful post-production workflow. This course picks up where the end of your shoot leaves off and before editing begins—when you need to import, organize, and log your footage. Jason Osder shows how to import all different types of assets, from stills to soundtracks, and how to sort and annotate your footage in Adobe Premiere Pro. Plus, learn a few tricks involving Bridge and Prelude (like batch renaming) that will cut your logging time in half.
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I want to go big picture for a second. And just think about what we're doing at this stage of a process. I refer to this often as logging and pre-editing. And what I'm really talking about is, everything that happens to prepare you to do the edit. I don't mean the shoot, in that kind of pre production and production. I mean as an editor, what are the things you need to do before you start cutting to familiarize yourself with the footage and get it organized so that you can find what you need.
Now I'm here in Premier Pro and I've got a project that you can work with, and you can see, I've got my basic organization going. I'm going to do a lot more with this, but I've got audio footage, lower thirds and photos. They've got these top level bins, but everything we're going to do going forward really has only one major goal. Which is to familiarize yourself with the footage and make it findable to you. That means that the choices of what techniques you're going to use, and this is inside the software as well as just with paper and pencil.
I mean you can log by writing things down and some people love to have that notebook by them. So, that's what I just want to focus on, is the idea that everything I'm going to be teaching you, all of the techniques coming up. You won't need all of them for every project. The way you decide what you need, is to really isolate this pre editing and log in phase and think about it in terms of what am I going to need to have familiarity with in my brain to be able to effectively edit this piece.
That's always the goal whether you use markers or bins or labels, descriptions, metadata. It's always the goal in pre-editing and logging to be able to find stuff quickly, and be familiar with the footage. So just keep that big picture in mind as we look at these techniques. The point isn't to use a certain technique. The point is to gain familiarity, and be able to find things quickly.
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