Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video Prepping shots for editing, part of Avid Media Composer 8 Essential Training.
- OK, so I'm in my Hot Glass Intro project, which began as an empty project in the last movie, but now we've brought in our media and are ready to start going through it. Now, if you didn't complete the steps in the last movie, then this super basic run-through of how we got these files in, in that we open a bin, and then right click, we choose AMA Link, and then you navigate to the AMA Media, Glassblower, and ALL, and then you bring that in. Now there are a few other steps that we perform to make sure that this was a smooth process, so please watch the previous movie for those.
I'm going to Cancel because we already brought it in, and I'm going to expand so we can take a look at things. Now the first thing I want to do is categorize these clips a bit so that everything's not jumbled in one big bin. So, I am going to create five new bins, so I'll just press cmd + n five times, and we'll call this one Broll, and this one Interviews, and this one Narration, and this one Music, and I'm just going to call this one Backup. You can see that the bins re-categorize themselves alphabetically.
All right, so, I'm going to move back up over here and everything else I'm going to kind of spread out over here. It's OK that we take up the editing interface because we're not editing yet. Again, take up as much room as you want. You probably have much more real estate because I'm recording at this low resolution. All right, so we're going to begin moving these clips into these separate bins, but I also want to keep it all together within the All bin as well, and that's pretty common. A lot of times editors like to keep a big parent bucket of media but then also move things out into individual bins. So I'm just going to select everything and I'm going to opt + drag this into Backup.
That's an alt + drag on a PC, OK? So now I have exact copies of these clips in two locations. So I'll keep this safe and just close my All bin, and I'm going to use my Backup bin to distribute these clips. First of all, I am going to just double click up here on Name, and everything's going to be in alphabetical order now. If it's not, if it's in reverse alphabetical order for you, you can just double click again and it'll sort it again. So I'll double click here, we're in alphabetical order, and the first one's pretty easy. My music clip is at the very top, it starts with a number so that's why it's first in alphabetical order, and it looks different.
It has an audio waveform here. So I'm just going to move this into my Music bin. Next, let's go ahead and go into Frame View, and I'll just make these a little bit bigger, cmd + l, and I'll Fill the Window. OK, so, this is my only Narration clip in this project so I can go ahead and just identify that and bring that over to Narration, and looks like I have three Interview clips, so I can just click, and then cmd + click, cmd + click, ctrl + click on a PC, and those are all selected, and I'll just drag those to Interviews, and I think everything else is Broll, which it is, I'll go ahead and select all of that, bring that down to Broll, now my Backup bin is empty, I can go ahead and delete that, so I'll just select it in the Project Window here and press Delete, and I always say don't empty your Trash 'til the end of the project but this is truly empty, so I can go ahead and Empty that.
OK, and again, my All bin is untouched and I can go back and see everything together. All right, let's go ahead and bring everything over here to the upper left, like so, and I'll just tab this out. Just grab my tabs, like so, OK, and I can't really see everything but again, I have my drop down menu and I can go back and forth as I need to. All right, so I have to admit, that was pretty easy, and it certainly won't be so easy most of the time. Probably ever, actually, but hey, this is a fast track chapter so we had to water this down a bit.
Because many times clips are named complex names with long strings of letters and numbers and you'll first need to go through and screen everything to see what it is, and then you'll subclip it out, you'll name it, you put it in all the bins and then after all of that, you'll feel really good about how organized you are. So yes, screening your clips is extremely important as it lets you get into the footage before you start editing. So definitely keep that in mind during the organization process. All right, so now that we've basically got everything in this small project organized, let's start to talk about it a little bit.
For this spot, which will be about a minute long, we'll have a little bit of our narrator, Caroline, talking about the history of glassblowing, followed by Suzi, our glassblower, talking about the process. All right, and then we'll have B-roll footage over everything to help tell the story. Then of course, lots of music as well as the title for Suzi. All right, so I think the most important thing to do now is to find and subclip the sound bites that we're going to include in this piece, from both the narrator, Caroline, and from our subject, Suzi.
Now, if we were working in an actual project with interviews, chances are, we'd be working with some pretty long clips. 10 minutes, 20 minutes, or even an hour long. So, in those cases, subclipping is really a vital part of breaking everything down into manageable chunks. Now, we have pretty short clips here, everything's less than three minutes, but we'll still subclip a bit so that we can get a sense for the process, and let's actually start with our Narration here. And fortunately, the part that we're going to include is at the beginning of her take, where she talks about the history of glassblowing.
All right, so I'm going to wait for her clapsticks to come down, OK? And I'm going to use "j", "k", "l" to navigate, so I'll press "l" to go forward, and when I hear the part that I'd like to subclip, I'll mark an "i" for in, and an "o"for out, OK? So we'll forward with "l". - OK, we'll be ready for you. - Glassblowing has been around since the height of the Roman Empire. It was around that time when people discovered that molten glass could be inflated by blowing into hollow tube and shaped by the human touch.
- All right, that's all I want. I'm going to go ahead and subclip this out, which means that I'm just going to drag from the picture here into my bin, and I'll just rename that, History of glassblowing, and if I drag this out just a little bit, you can see that a subclip just looks like a mini-master clip. All right, so the rest of her lines take us on a very specific play-by-play of the entire glassblowing process, and that'll be great for the longer piece that we're going to create later in the course, but it's too much detail for this short teaser, so the one line that we just subclipped out is all we're going to be using for now.
So let's move on to Suzi to give us a little bit more of a personal touch about the process, and we will be working with this one here, Process of glassblowing, I'll load that. All right, so I've already screened this footage and there are a couple of lines in here that really help explain the process without getting too detailed too quickly, as she's talking about this process of glassblowing. So I'm looking at my notes here and I'd like sound bite right around a minute, four seconds. So I can just scrub through here and wait 'til I get to a minute, four, or I can actually use my numeric keypad, and I'm just going to type in 1:04:00, and Enter on the numeric keypad, and it pops straight there.
You can see my timecode there. All right, so again, we're going to subclip this out. I'm going to mark an in here, and I'm going to go forward with "l". - And we're harnessing that energy and that hot, molten media. Medium, and uh, you know, making it respond to our will with our bare hands, wet newspaper on the 2,000-degree surface. - All right, that's all I want there, and again, I'm just going to drag from the image into the bin, and I'll just rename this harness energy, like so, and I know that she flubbed as she was speaking but that's fine.
Most of what she said was great and we'll be able to use it once we edit out the part that she fumbled. So I'm just going to keep going through my Suzi interview shots and continue to subclip. Then of course, I can do the same thing with the B-roll footage if I'd like to as well. OK, so hopefully, this gave you a little taste of what it's like to begin to organize a big collection of clips into more manageable chunks that you can begin editing with. Now depending on your own personal style and how organized of a person you are, you may approach this process quite structuredly and get very granular, or you may be more organic and work with bigger chunks.
Either way, take your time and find what works for you.
Note: This Avid Media Composer v. 8 Essential Training only addresses software updates up to v. 8.5. if you are using Media Composer v. 8.6 or later, please access the following courses instead:
Media Composer 8.7 Essential Training: 101
Media Composer 8.7 Essential Training: 110
- Setting up the editing environment
- Importing media
- Building a rough cut with basic editing and trimming techniques
- Navigation and customization techniques
- Editing audio
- Adding effects
- Multicam editing
- Performing color correction
- Creating titles with Avid Marquee and NewBlue Titler Pro
- Managing media
- Exporting your project
- Troubleshooting in Avid Media Composer
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