Join Diana Weynand for an in-depth discussion in this video Reviewing the project's media assets, part of Final Cut Pro X v10.1.x: Documentary Editing.
- What do you need to edit a documentary? Video, stills, music, graphics? Now that you've reviewed the creative brief and understand the goals for the project, it's time to see what resources you've been given to meet those goals. In the next few movies, you'll screen, organize, and import this footage into Final Cut Pro. But before you begin, let's take a tour of the media assets and make sure you've got the categories you need to move forward. On the desktop, notice there's a folder called raw footage.
You won't see this as part of your exercise files, but I just want to look at this to demonstrate how you might view some of the footage that's been handed to you to edit. Inside the raw footage folder, there are three folders. Notice that there's an assets folder, and there's some folders inside the assets folder, such as archival, DSLR images, graphics, and iPhone images. There's a music folder with a couple of music tracks. And there's a video folder.
I'm just gonna expand that column so we can see names. Let's take a little closer look at the assets. The first thing you wanna do is ask yourself, do you see everything that you think you need to edit the documentary. Remember, whoever prepared this footage may have identified certain items differently than you would, so you have to take a close look inside each folder to make sure the folder itself is labelled to your liking. And if it isn't, now is the time to change it. Don't forget you can use your down and up and left and right arrows to navigate, so from here I can use my right arrow to step into the next column.
So there are four folders inside the assets folder. It seems that several of these have to do with still images. This graphics folder, although it has some images, they're lower thirds, and it seems that there's a movie of an opening title, and a map. So, I would just as soon think about graphics as being a separate entity than still images. So one thing you can do if you agree with that, is to drag the graphics folder into the previous column. So now what you're left with are three folders that contain still images or some sort of image.
So if that's the case, do you really want this folder to be called assets, or maybe you want to change the name of this folder to stills. Now, as you look at the images, it's good to understand what you've got. If we look at this, this is labelled from the camera, and notice that it's a jpeg, you see the size, and you see the dimensions of this image: 5616 by 3744, it's a pretty big image. We go to an iPhone image, we see that it's a little bit smaller in terms of the dimensions and the archival image.
You can also press the spacebar to do a quickview to look at something. This seems to be a newspaper clipping of B.D., who you met in the previous movie. We take a look at the video clips, you see that they all seem to be organized alphabetically, and that there are chunks that begin with the same name. For example, farmer's market. It's great to know there are so many clips on the farmer's market, and notice that there's something that says b-roll, and then this says B.D., so the name continues to tell us what's going on in this clip.
If you press the spacebar... (laughter) We see BD at the farmer's market just as the name describes. So, now you want to ask yourself whether or not you've got everything you need. So, as you review the media assets for your documentary project, think of yourself as a camp counselor. Just as you would make sure every young camper's identified and accounted for, as editor, your job is to make sure all the footage categories you need to edit the documentary are present and accounted for.
If they're not, you need to find them. For this project, let's assume that you've got enough video clips, still images, music, and graphics, to tell the story you need to tell.
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