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Find out how to highlight a cause, express a point of view, and tell a story with Adobe Premiere Pro and some essential documentary editing techniques. This course breaks down the documentary process into a series of stages that correspond to the milestones of a real client project. Starting with existing footage, you'll discover how to identify the key messaging concepts and log the footage. Then find out how to assemble rough and fine-tuned cuts, and layer in motion graphics and a credit roll. The final phase explores color correction and audio mixing, before exporting your final movie.
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 Avid Media Composer and Documentary Editing with Final Cut Pro X.
Editing is a lot about organization, and I mean organization at all parts of the process. But that being said, organization at the early stages of the process is particularly important. This is when you can make a real difference with a solid foundation, let's see how. There is going to be a lot of different methods to organizing your footage and largely it's going to depend on the project you're doing. So in this case, let's go through steps that are effective for this project, and you can extrapolate to your own work.
As you can see, Adobe Premiere Pro is set up as an editing interface, and I want to switch Workspaces to the Metalogging workspace where this work is meant to be done. You can see right-away that my Project pane is nice and big, front and center, and also that my Media Browser is available and not hidden behind the Project pane, which means I can drag things from the Media Browser into the Project directly. Next, I have little use for this Icon View, I much prefer the List View, that looks much better to me.
Quickly I'm going to make a couple of bins just to organize the main types of footage. That's one for A-roll or interviews and also one for B-roll or observational shots. Now you may wonder why I'm talking about interviews and observational, but writing down A-roll and B-roll, and it's a very simple reason I prefer the alphabetical order of A-roll, B-roll, because that'll sort very, very easily. The next thing I want to do is rearrange some of my column heads to have the information that's most important to me closest to where I need to see it.
So, as I go through I prefer to have description available, because I am going to make some notes in Description. Frame Rate to me is unimportant, so I'm going to go ahead and open my Metadata Display and inside the Premiere Pro Project Metadata I don't need Frame Rate everything is the same frame rate in this project so that's just wasted information for me. Next Media Start and Media End are less important, but I do like to have Log Note nearby and Media Duration nearby and then also the Good column, which I will use to indicate certain things to remember later and the color-coded labels less important, but I might use them, so I'll move those after Media Duration.
Now there is still going to be some stuff down at the end here, less important to me, but I'm going to edit every single column, I just want to make sure that the things most important to me Description, Good column, Log Note, and Media Duration will all be nearby my footage. Okay, the last step in this organizational groundwork is just to import the interviews and the observational shots, So because we have access to the Media Browser right here, I'm going to move right to my exercise files into the Media folder and one at a time I can bring in all of my B-roll, and I'm going to drag it directly to that folder I created, and likewise up one level to the interviews take all of them, drag directly to A-roll.
And briefly if you use the Tilde key to look at the Project Panel full-screen, you can see that all of my major media has been imported, and it's already falling out into the natural structure that I set up. Now these are really just first baby steps, but we're started in a good direction. We haven't done anything major to our footage, but we've put it into our project in a way that's organized and going to be easy for us to start adding more metadata and logging our footage.
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