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Premiere Pro: Documentary Editing

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Find out how to highlight a cause, express a point of view, and tell a story with Premiere Pro and some essential documentary editing techniques.

Find out how to highlight a cause, express a point of view, and tell a story with Adobe Premiere Pro and some essential documentary editing techniques. This course breaks down the documentary process into a series of stages that correspond to the milestones of a real client project. Starting with existing footage, you'll discover how to identify the key messaging concepts and log the footage. Then find out how to assemble rough and fine-tuned cuts, and layer in motion graphics and a credit roll. The final phase explores color correction and audio mixing, before exporting your final movie.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 Avid Media Composer and Documentary Editing with Final Cut Pro X.


  • Welcome
  • Using the exercise files
  • Interpreting a creative brief to establish goals
  • How to use this course
1. Phase 1: Producing for Message
  • Identifying messaging concepts
  • Tips for working with interviews
  • Tips on B-roll sequences
  • Researching background and history
2. Phase 2: Preparing to Edit
  • Organizing the ingest process
  • Choosing an interview logging method
  • Adding interview metadata
  • Logging interviews with markers
  • Adding notes to B-roll clips
  • Preparing archival images with Photoshop
  • Pulling selects and presenting ideas
3. Phase 3: Rough Cutting
  • Structuring the edit
  • Assembling B-roll shots
  • Assembling interviews
  • Building sequences and scenes
  • Editing interview bites on the Timeline
  • Adding other media types to the Timeline
  • Completing the rough cut
  • Presenting the rough cut and receiving feedback
4. Phase 4: Incorporating Still Images and Motion Graphics
  • Planning moves on photographs
  • Animating images
  • Creating a title graphic in Photoshop
  • Animating a title graphic in Premiere
  • Presenting graphics work
5. Phase 5: Fine-Cutting
  • Performing an editorial evaluation
  • Refining scene order
  • Adjusting interview content
  • Adjusting B-roll shots
  • Tightening clip timing
  • Fine-cutting audio
  • Reviewing all assets
  • Adding end credits
  • Locking the picture and preparing the Timeline for finishing
  • Presenting the picture lock to the client and receiving approval
6. Phase 6: Finishing
  • Evaluating the piece for finishing goals
  • Polishing the final audio mix
  • Correcting color for consistency
  • Adjusting the title and animations for the best compression
  • Exporting multiple files
  • Next steps

Taught by

Jason Osder

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