Documentary Editing with Avid Media Composer

with Ashley Kennedy
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Documentary Editing with Avid Media Composer
Video duration: 0s 3h 16m Intermediate


This course shows how to build a polished documentary using Avid Media Composer and a few essential editing techniques. Author Ashley Kennedy demonstrates documentary editing in a real-world project, breaking down the process into a series of manageable steps and milestones. Discover how to define a project approach based on a client's creative brief, and then effectively review and organize the footage. Then find out how to use script-based editing methods and a wide variety of scene creation techniques to assemble a rough cut. The course also shows how to use effects to repair and enhance your footage, process client feedback, and add the film's finishing elements.

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 Premiere Pro and Documentary Editing with Final Cut Pro X.

Topics include:
  • Interpreting a creative brief
  • Exploring the documentary postproduction process
  • Organizing footage and using searching techniques
  • Setting up and using digital transcripts
  • Building sequences and scenes to form the rough cut
  • Adding effects to repair and enhance footage
  • Fine-tuning the sequence to reach picture lock
  • Receiving feedback
  • Finishing the film with titles, color correction, and professional audio
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Hi, I'm Ashley Kennedy, and welcome to Documentary Editing with Avid Media Composer. In this project-based course we will be exploring the entire post-production workflow for editing a short documentary about local farming in Santa Barbara, California. We'll start by getting a creative brief from our client and begin discussing story construction strategies and workflow considerations in order to start out right. Once we have a plan, we'll talk about how to properly set up and organize our project in order to deal with the multitude of media that typically comes with documentaries, including how we can best take advantage of the ever-valuable interview transcript in digital form.

Then we will discuss the process of creating a rough cut, starting off by laying a solid audio foundation and then working to incorporate meaningful and creative visual material to flesh out our narrative. (male speaker: There is definitely a movement happening. It's not just here, it's worldwide, and it's a renaissance, and so many people now are aware that getting it directly from the producer is the way to go.) We'll then take a look at various documentary effects which you can use to correct and enhance in perfect video and audio.

Finally, we will explore how to conduct feedback section, make revisions, and bring together the final elements in the process of finishing our documentary. We'll be covering all of these features plus other tools and techniques within Avid Media Composer's creative environment. Now let's get started with Documentary Editing with Avid Media Composer.

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