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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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If there's one constant in media technology, that constant is change. Things are constantly changing in production and post production. That's just the way it is. If you think about the logging and organizing process. It started with film. Snipping physical pieces of film and sorting them in bins and you're probably familiar with bins from software. But I'm talking about bins, physical bins that look like a laundry hamper to house and store your footage, so then things move forward, we move to tape.
And if you were in the industry at that time, you're probably familiar with a big cart being rolled into the room. And an assistant editor plucking tapes off and to pop in the next tape. Load it up. And then of course, we kept moving forward into digital technologies. Everything became card and drive based. We hit DSLR which brought us back to a lot of the traditions of film like sync sound. Lot of asset preparation went into just syncing up the audio with the video. Today where are we, we have feature documentary films that are partially or completely on iPhones, so we're transitioning and using this quote unquote lower quality but incorporating it into our professional projects.
We have Go Pro that are putting cameras on small tiny things, mounting it on people's helmets. Model helicopters and airplanes. Where will this go next? Well, we don't really know, but this part of the process; organizing and importing, it's going to continue to change. We're going to have cameras and devices that upload the footage directly to servers. So it's being edited. Even before you're back from the field. My theme here is that as much as things change, some things stay the same.
As an editor, it's always going to be necessary to find the footage you need, and the quicker you can find it, the better. That's doubly true if you've got a client in the room with you paying by the hour, and looking over your shoulder. So, no matter when or where we are in this trajectory. Different technologies, some things will change. Not everything I'm going to show you in this course will stay the same. But the basic goals, what we're trying to accomplish and the concepts and techniques we use are going to stay very, very important for post production and editing.
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