Learn how to build a polished documentary using Final Cut Pro X 10.1.x and a few essential editing techniques.
Learn how to build a polished documentary using Final Cut Pro X 10.1.x and a few essential editing techniques. Author Diana Weynand demonstrates documentary editing in a real-world project, breaking down the process into a series of manageable steps and milestones. After reviewing existing footage, explore how to build and define a narrative, assemble rough cuts, and create motion graphics. Then see how to adjust B-roll shots, incorporate color correction and audio mixing techniques, and export the final movie.
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.
Using the exercise files
1. The Call to Action
Understanding what makes a good documentary
Interpreting a creative brief to establish goals
Reviewing the project's media assets
2. Organizing Media
Organizing and screening footage
Organizing and screening B-roll footage
Annotating and renaming clips
Filtering and searching for clips
3. Building Story Segments
Make preliminary editing decisions
Creating mini-storylines to contain groups of clips
Syncing audio tracks from two different cameras
Deciding what you don't want in each segment
4. Creating a Rough Cut
Combining primary story segments into a primary storyline