Thursday, June 28, 2007

#31 Wk23 - Hiatus

I'm on vacation, talk to you in a week.

Still fuzzy sounding in the background, I gotta get a new mic.

Monday, June 25, 2007

#30 condita , succurro , eruditio

Lots of last minute editing to reach Thursday's deadline. In the end, as is always the case, I had to stop before I was satisfied. I will continue to edit and incorporate the comments gleaned from the critique.

I've definitely learned to give myself more time for editing, video doesn't edit itself. And don't put it off, things come up that steal your time, use every spare minute you can. Do I sound spastic? Editing, I've learned, can do that to you.

But the critique was great. We saw everything everyone had to show. Not everyone delivered both the profile and the how to. I just squeezed by with a rough cut of the profile. I'll talk about a bunch about things I've learned form editing and the critique.

Finally, following a listener's email I've decided to tear the veil and give up a little information about myself.

Monday, June 18, 2007

#29 Wk21 - Editing Lab 1

Crunch Time

I've been really busy editing stories to meet a deadline so I've got a short episode this time.

Just an update on the editing process - things that can go wrong and ways to cope with stress, or not, you can decide if I'm coping well.

We're going to use iDVD for final output so I've listed all the steps for exporting from FCP and creating a finished DVD in iDVD.

Next week I'll give you the highlights from the final critique.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

#28 Wk20 - Editing Lab 1

Episode 28 begins with comments from episode 27 regarding the idea of context

I offer my Ballpark view philosophy and consider some ideas for adding variety to the podcast thru
  • Interviews
  • Editorials

Audio Mixer

We get a quick introduction to the audio mixer in FCP including how to
organize the tracks in the mixer environment without changing the order of the audio tracks in the timeline
recording on the fly mixing changes using keyframes
adding Audio Mixer buttons to the timeline
axporting audio to Pro Tools and Soundtrack Pro

Firewire Firewire Firewire

I note a couple pitfalls to avoid when dealing with external drives
No USB capture in FCP
Reformat your drive when you get it out of the box
  • Use the Disk Utility in Applications/Utilities
  • It's simple and fast

Finally, I mention visiting the Bison and Alpaca ranches of New England for some B-roll

Monday, June 4, 2007

#27 Wk19 - Final Cut Pro

I've included some musings on taking time to think and putting things in context.

Check out this book by Edward Dmytryk, On Film Editing

I've included some musings on taking time to think and putting things in context.

Despite my interest in putting things in a thoughtful way, I manage to run through a bunch of processes like a kid running through the woods during a thunderstorm. So I quickly explain how to, among other things, different kinds of cuts, using the motion feature in FCP, working with filters and compositing.

Most of the week was spent editing a rough cut of our projects. We have to get them done in 3 weeks. In-between editing Federico likes to show us some student films and discuss how successful they are. That's been really instructive.
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