This course is part of a series that looks at documentary editing from the point of view of three different editors in three different editing applications. For more insight on editing documentary projects, take a look at Documentary Editing with Avid Media Composer and Documentary Editing with Premiere Pro.
Note: This course was updated to reflect the changes in the Final Cut Pro X v10.1.x update. Although the course was not re-recorded from scratch, we updated each of the movies by adding text overlays to guide you through existing changes. We also updated the exercise files to work with the most current version of the software. If you are running an earlier version of Final Cut Pro X, please watch Documentary Editing with Final Cut Pro X 10.0.9.
- Interpreting a creative brief
- Logging interviews and organizing footage
- Pulling selects and focusing ideas
- Assembling scenes into rough cuts
- Creating a title graphic sequence
- Animating images
- Tightening clip timing
- Compressing and exporting multiple files
Skill Level Intermediate
- [Voiceover] Hi, I'm Diana Weynand. And welcome to Documentary Editing with Final Cut Pro X. In this course, we'll look at what makes a good documentary, how to cultivate an audio narrative, and how to evaluate a documentary for pace and timing. I'll start by showing you how to annotate clip content and focus your organizational structure in the Event Browser. Then, I'll look at how to use individual projects to create the building blocks for a story, and then combine those projects into a single, primary story line. We'll combine audio sources together and fix awkward sound edits to achieve a fully polished sound mix.
We'll be covering all these features, plus plenty of other tools and techniques. There's so many ways to edit a documentary that the more you learn about the process, and how to apply specific tools, the better prepared you will be to solve any problem that's presented to you. Now, let's get started with Documentary Editing with Final Cut Pro X.