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Video shoots require a lot of organization. Whether you're the director for a large crew, a solo shooter, or something in between, you need to develop a solid workflow for planning a shoot and keeping it on track. The portability and versatility of the iPad is helpful in any of these scenarios, keeping your footprint light and your budget even lighter.
With a handful of inexpensive apps and services that work with the iPad, you can create a very effective production toolkit. This course reveals the workflow that author and lynda.com content producer Nick Brazzi uses to plan and run shoots for low-budget productions and "no-budget" web series using iPad apps, cloud-based services, and optional desktop software. Find out how Google Drive, Dropbox, and specialty apps like Shot Lister, MovieSlate, Teleprompt+, and Easy Release can help you run a tighter ship and bring your production in on schedule and under budget.
When you create a shot log with the MovieSlate app, we have much more robust options for creating digital shot logs in XML files, which may really open up some doors for your editor. In this movie I want to export the shot log from the MovieSlate app as XML files, which can be used to automatically load all of your logging notes directly into the video editing application that your editing team will be using. Now we're picking off pretty much from where we were in the previous movie. I'm in the History tab here in the movie slate app, I've got all of the shots for this project, and as I tap on them I can see all of the notes that I've recorded.
There's one particular field here that I want to make sure has been accounted for. On any individual shot here on the list, if you take a look at these panels that show data from the actual slate. If you swipe to the left on this one on the right. We're looking for this field. The file name for this particular shot it says MVI0006. Now this field is only filled out if you slated it properly. So back on the regular slate view. You want to make sure that you take a look at this field right here.
You want to collaborate with the camera operator and you want to make sure, when you log your shots, that you actually log the accurate file name. For this individual shot. Now, usually, what this will require is for you to talk to the camera operator, find out the file name for the very first shot that you shot, record that in the slate, and then it will automatically roll up one number each time you slate a new shot. I'm going to flip back to History. So now I can see I have that accurate file name here in the History tab of the shot log.
Now if you have any false takes, you want to make sure that you talk to the camera operator, and make sure that the numbers on the slate match the actual file numbers on the memory card. So it's important that you have this field for the rest of the stuff we're going to talk about in this movie. Now that we've addressed that, let's talk about exporting some XMLs. So I'm going to hit the Share button and you can see all the options for the different file formats that you can export out of the slate app. If you're using Final Cut or if you're using Avid or Premier, you've got all of these options.
What is a little bit misleading is this, if you're using Adobe Premier. What you want to export is a Final Cut Pro 7 XML. That's right. Use a Final Cut Pro 7 XML for Adobe Premier. So, once you've chosen the file that you want, just tap it on this list. Choose this project because we want all the shots from this project. And, it's going to create an email. It's going to have that file attached to the email. And the email body will include some instructions for how to use that file. Now we're going to talk a little bit about that in this movie anyway, but it is nice to know there are some instructions.
For now I'm going to cancel, going to delete this draft. I'm going to go back to the share button and for this movie, what I want to talk about is the Final Cut Pro 7 XML for Premier and the Final Cut Pro 10 XML for Final Cut Pro 10. Now I've already emailed those files to myself so let's jump over to the computer. Here on the computer I have those zip files. All you need to do in general is double click on a zip file to unzip it. I'll go ahead and do that with the other one and there we go. I've got my Final Cut Pro 7 XML.
And my Final Cut Pro 10 XML. So let's talk about this Final Cut Pro 7 XML. This is the file that you would use to import into either Final Cut Pro 7 or Adobe Premier. And by the way, I've got this media folder on my desktop. This contains all of the raw footage that was collected during that shoot and you can see those file names match what I have in the slate. We're going to use these file names to reconnect. Inside of our editing application. So, let's start by taking a look at Premier. Here in Premier, I'm going to go into File, I'm going to choose Import, I'm going to navigate to the desktop where I have that XML file, I'm going to choose it, and hit Import.
And you can see now in my project, in my bin. I've got this new folder which I can open that up. And as I dig into it you can see I've got my clips, I've got my castles clips. You can see if I have multiple roles. I'll have those here but I only have one roll. And now I've got listed all of the shots for this project. I'm going to hold the Shift key and hit the accent grave key, right next to the number 1 on my keyboard, which will maximize this panel so we can get a better look at it.
Now, although it lists individual clips for each of my shots, they don't attach to anything. It doesn't know where these movie files are. So the first thing I'll need to do is reattach these to the clips in my media folder. I'm going to select all of the files that I want to connect, once they're selected, I'm going to right click on one of them, and I'm going to choose Link Media. Here in the Link Media panel we want to be a little bit careful, I do want to match file name and file extension.
I do not want to match media start or tape name. I need to make sure these boxes are unchecked. Also, I do not want to align timecode. If I have the option setup in the Movie Slate app to sync timecode with my cameras then I can use align timecode, but I didn't have that option enabled and I don't really need it. I do want to relink others automatically and I want to use Media Browser to locate the files. So I'm going to select the first file. I'm going to hit Locate. I'm going to navigate to my desktop, where I have my media folder.
Now in your case, you probably don't have it on your desktop. Wherever you have your media is where you should go. I'll open that up. And were looking to connect number 28. So I'm going to scroll through and find, here's 28, I'm going to hit OK. And because I asked it to relocate all of the other files in the same folder, now all of my media is connected. And if I hold the Shift key and hit the accent key again, to jump out of that maximize mode, you can see I can double click on this clips and I have my media attached.
That's pretty cool. going to maximize my Project panel again just by clicking on it and hitting Shift+Accent. I want to show you the other really cool stuff. I'm going to scroll to the right until we see options for my notes. I can see I have my scene and log notes. This is information from the movie slate app. This is shot nine b, and this is the note that I wrote for that shot. So what I'm going to do is, I'm going to drag these two columns all the way to the beginning.
That way I can reference them much more easily as I edit. And I'm going to enable another field. So I'm going to right click up here in the column headers and I'm going to choose Metadata Display. And I'm going to go into Premier Project Metadata, and hit the Disclosure Triangle. I'm going to scroll through, and I want to enable the shot option, just by hitting that checkbox. I'll hit OK. And now I've got this column, which I'll move up to the beginning. And this is much more informative than scene.
This shows me the shot number and the take number. So this is shot nine b, take one. This is shot nine b, take two, nine b, take three, et cetera. So this is really important information. And in fact this is the core of my shot log. I've got the shot number and I have the notes from my editor. All right here in Premier from that XML. Let's take a look in Final Cut Pro 10. Now before I go into Final Cut Pro 10, there is a little trick to this. I need to take the XML file and I need to move it into the folder where the raw video is stored.
So I just moved it into my Media folder so now I have all my raw video and the XML in the same folder. This is a different file from that Final Cut 7 XML. So now if I jump into Final Cut, I'm going to go to File>Import >XML. I'm going to go to my Media Folder, and I'm going to choose that XML file, and I'm going to hit Import. And now I have a new project here in Final Cut. And if I have that selected I've got all of the clips listed. And I'm here in the list view. I don't want to be in the Clip View. I want to be in the List View so I can see information about those clips.
So for example of this one MVI019. Is actually 4A, take 1. This one is 4A, take 2. That information is right here. It's right up my fingertips. And, if I scroll to the right, I've got more information. Here is the column for notes. In fact, I want to drag that over here, to the left. And drop that right next to the name, in fact I'll make the name field more narrow, and I'll make the notes field wider. So now I've got my notes, as well as my shot and take number.
Here's another really cool thing. If I go over to the Project on the Library's panel. And I open the Disclosure Triangle, I can see I already have keyword collections set up. Because all of the keywords that I set inside the movie slate app, are already attached to these clips. If I select a clip here, and I look at my keywords. I can see that I already have keywords attached. I select a different clip. I've got different keywords. And, it's all tied to that data that we had inside of the movie slate app. So, I've got all of my clips already here inside of Final Cut with all of my notes, and the editor can start working from there.
However you decide to do it, the easy way or the robust XML method, you have some really cool options for generating shot logs for your editors using the MovieSlate app.
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