Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video Refining the multicamera edit, part of Making Video 2: Teach Something.
- So we just put together a basic rough assembly by stringing out the moments within the wide shot that constructed the narrative of Pamela's cooking demo. Now it's time to start using the closeups from the other camera that we captured with the second phone, and from the punch ins on the main camera to help smooth things out and achieve better flow. Again, just a note, because of the beginner level of this course, we'll be doing the manual method of editing with multi-camera footage. Not the traditional multi-cam workflow.
So in using our closeups, it's really a matter of finding the same or a similar moment that we used in the wide shot, and then editing it in to create a better sense of visual consistency. Now the reason I say the same or similar shot is that we may often choose to actually move forward in time in the closeup so that it works better in getting through an activity that otherwise takes much longer. In that sense, in this video, we're stylistically choosing to sacrifice total continuity of real-time food prep for the sake of moving the process along quickly, according to Pamela's demo.
In other words, we don't really need to see her chopping an entire potato to get the point. Rather, we're editing several shots together that allow her to chop the potato in one-fifth the time, so that we can efficiently move through the task. This lets her relay each step without any dead space. It's our goal to fill each moment with useful teaching concepts and not with idle footage of Pamela chopping a ton of vegetables. Now let me show you an example of how I use the interspersed closeup to help move the narrative forward, but still offer a general sense of visual flow.
Here's before. - Going to get started by cutting my potatoes. We're going to do about a one-inch dice. I'm leaving the peel on the potatoes because there's a lot of nutrition and fiber in that peel. - And here's after. - Going to get started by cutting my potatoes. We're going to do about a one-inch dice. I'm leaving the peel on the potatoes because there's actual to of nutrition and fiber in that peel. - As you can see, moving back and forth between the wide shots and the closeups really does help.
We're allowing the brain to make the leap that time is passing, but we're doing so in a relatively smooth way. This is a style that we'll continue to follow as she moves through the steps in the process. We also have another tool at our disposal, and that's the fact that we shot the footage in 4K. So because it is at such a high resolution, we're able to punch in to various parts of the frame, like Pamela's face. And that can be really useful because when we cut to her face, we don't see the food she's prepping, which, at times, can eliminate certain visual inconsistencies with what she's doing.
Let me just show you a few examples of when I punched in in this manner. Here's before. - So I'm just going to roughly chop that here. And then we'll add that to our hash. This is shaping up to be really tasty. - And here's after. - I'm using rosemary because I have that growing in my garden, so I'm just going to roughly chop that here, and then we'll add that to our hash. This is shaping up to be really tasty.
- Here's another before. - This green one that we pulled from the kids' school garden. We're going to be doing long spears with the peppers. Again, we're saving the flesh, the membranes here, and the top to use for stock. - And here it is after. - This green one that we pulled from the kids' school garden, we're going to be doing long spears with the peppers.
Again, we're saving the flesh, the membranes here, and the top to use for stock. - We can also, of course, punch in to the food she's prepping. Again, this helps move things along much more quickly and cover up some of those problematic jump cuts. I'll show you a few examples of this, as well. Before. - Pop that into my freezer.
All right. Put this onto the sheet pan. - And after. - So I'll pop that into my freezer. All right. Put this onto the sheet pan. - Okay, so it can definitely take some work to find those moments within your footage that can act as the glue to enhance the visuals in a way that makes everything make better visual sense, but I think you'll agree that shooting the video the way we did, multi-cam, 4K, gives us lots of options to recreate time and reality in this type of forward-moving process-oriented video.
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