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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.
When you're doing this type of producing and editing for a client, a big point of emphasis is how you communicate with your client during the process. Let's take a look at some options you have when you're really early in the process, but maybe there's a need to show progress with the client. I often think of these as a presentation opportunity, and it might take a number of forms. Maybe we're doing a keynote presentation with video, or we talk through it, or maybe we're setting up some kind of PDF or one-off website, where our client, if there is a large group of them, can scroll through and get an idea of where we're coming from with the piece.
So inside Premiere Pro, all we're going to worry about are the types of exports that would be common at this stage. You may know how to export already, so I'm just going to quickly look at some different ways to export that are particularly useful here. Of course, I am going to base this work on the logging work I've already done. It's going to make total sense to skip right to places where I've made a good check mark or a special note, because they would probably build right into my presentation. So in this case, I have already identified what I think might be my opening shot, so if I'm going to give a presentation, I might start the whole presentation with just a little bit of video, and I always imagine myself just talking through these presentations, so saying something like our video opens with a beauty shot, so here is the beauty shot.
There it is, and if I find the part that's a pan that I like, it's toward the end, there's that pan. All I want to point out is we can export directly from here, create an in point and an out point, this is if we're going to edit, I love that natural sound too. And if that's about what we want, we hit our out point. So I want to export directly from the source viewer using this in and out, and in a format that'll go directly into my keynote presentation.
So that just File > Export, if you choose Media, we're automatically going to export from the source viewer with the in and out, which is what we want. And then I just seem to pick something that's going to work well in the presentation format I want. I often use H.264, and let's say we're going to keynote, and when I'm in the Apple family, I like to choose something like Apple TV, because it works really smoothly. Then I'm going to match the resolution and the frame rate to the resolution and frame rate that I'm using.
Now if you're using something like PowerPoint, you can also choose this setting, but then you're going to want to edit the extension, not to be the Apple extension, which is M4V, but to be something more generic like MP4. That MP4 file should drop right into your PowerPoint, but another option would be to go further down the list and pick a setting that you know will work with the presentation software that you're using. Always you want to match where you're working, so in this case we are working 480p at 23.976, but this will be different.
So even if you have chosen Apple TV, you should match your Apple TV to one of these that matches the resolution where you're really working. For our project it's this one right here. I think you've seen things like this before, so I'm not actually click Export, but for each video clip that you wanted to include in your presentation, you would make a similar export just in to out of a source file. The other type of export I like to use at times like this is just a still image.
If you're doing a website presentation or you just want to talk through some of your characters--which I think is a good idea to introduce your characters in a presentation like this--you just might want to take a still image of them. I'm going to go down to one of these that we marked BD, and it also says close up, and when I'm hopping is I can find sort of a candid shot of BD to use rather than using his interview, which, we can use his interview, but I think it's going to be more attractive. If I use the arrow keys to step through and maybe just find a shot where he is looking good, and we could present.
Let's see, turn back toward us BD, okay, something with out his tongue, something in focus, something just like that might work well. When we found the exact frame we want for a still in our presentation, we just need to capture that still, and that's done with a little camera button, it's hiding behind here, so we Export Frame and here we can pick JPEG, or maybe TIFF, for our presentation, and again, I'm not going to bother clicking OK, you've probably done plenty of exports, and there's plenty of instruction in the Essential Training.
My point here is selecting both small video clips and still images that are valuable to tell your story to your client before it's cut. You'd be surprised how much keeping the client in the loop this way can help the process, make their comments more useful when they give them, and just make them feel more part of the process.
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