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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.
At each major stage of development, it's a good idea to share your work with your client, and at each stage there are different priorities. So we've just built this really nice title graphic. And it's going to be a good idea to share it for approval for a number of reasons. Graphics tend to be time consuming and sometimes expensive. So if the clients going to want to change, if you've got a misspelling, or they don't like the color. You want to know that sooner not later. At the same time you need to be careful about sharing graphics because you don't want to share a highly-compressed file, they need to see the full quality looks of the graphics.
There are a couple of good choices here. One is to make a high quality export of a short piece of the video. So we really only need to show this first ten seconds, seven seconds, something like that, really just to there. So if I move my work area much shorter, and then I go to Export > Media, I can just make sure that I'm only exporting the Work Area just a little bit, in fact just over eight seconds, and then I can just Match Sequence Settings ensuring that I'm going to make an output that's exactly the quality of the sequence I am working on, no compression here.
I'm not going to actually do the export, you've done that plenty of times. I just want to point out that this is going to make a relatively large file. But because it's only eight seconds the data may still be small enough to email or post online without a problem. Anyway you cut it it's better than sending a low-quality representation of graphics work because no one wants to look at that. Of course your other choice is to export a still, and that might very well be effective in this case. If I was going to export a still, I would get the best frame possible toward the end when this is as composed as possible, and I would just go ahead and make the still.
Again you've scene this before, you would just give it an informative name, attach it to an email. I might do both or call the client up and ask what they want. But the opportunity to share this type of work is pretty important because a lot of time it goes into it. Actually not that I think about it I would probably share the video because I am just enthralled with how these natural sounds are working with the title. Why would you not want to share that first eight seconds with your client? I know I would.
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