Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding natural and environmental sound, part of Documentary Editing with Avid Media Composer.
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When editing a documentary, you are often working with footage that was not shot with…the quality or the consistency of audio as its highest priority.…Unless the material was shot with a dedicated sound recorder in the field, the sound from…any non-interview shots were most likely just recorded with the onboard camera mic.…Interviews of course are probably recorded with more care, and with a lavalier or a directional handheld mic.…Now, sometimes rather than cutting in a lot of disparate audio from individual shots,…you may want to find some blanket, natural, or environmental sound and use that instead.…
All right, so here I have my intro, and it's the radio edit plus my B-roll, so it's coming along.…It's almost maybe at the rough cut stage. But we need some audio here.…It's totally quiet when this starts out.…(BD Dautch: There's definitely a movement happening. It's not just here, it's worldwide.)…And the birds you hear there were actually squawking in the background of his interview.…
So, we also need to find something that goes with that as well, knowing that, that was…
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.
- 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