Audio: Advice to a New Editor

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Duration 20 minutes (Audio doesn’t work on mobiles)

Audio Notes:

After Effects – Motion Graphics & Effects – Free Basic Training

Final Cut Pro – Video Editing software – Paid Basic Training

Ask yourself: What is your goal?

Learning software and try out what you want to do.

Be honest with yourself on what you really want to do.

Best experiences: Volunteering & Interning

After Effect example video

Movie Scene Project Blog

Learn by doing.

School is good if you can, if not put yourself in your own school.

READ AND DO. Book list blog & After Effects

Give yourself projects; You’ll learn the language of video, pace, time management, learn from mistakes.

Learn from failure. It will happen, learn how to grow from it.

Challenge yourself, “Have I improved?”

Have a platform where you can share your work.

Success comes by working hard.

When your working hard on something you love, it doesn’t feel like work at all.

Blog: My vintage baby (my nephew)

Video of my nephew visiting my grandpa.

Don’t get caught up making stuff for money, money will come, if you love doing what you do people will see that and hire you to do it.

A paid shoots

The important part is knowing what you’re doing.

Using what you have.

Learn the fundamentals on how to tell a story. Book: Blink of an Eye by Walter Murch

Free Mpeg Stream clip download

Freelance: ask, “Do you have a budget for this?” ask yourself, “What is my time worth?”

Volunteering and interning: your pay is the experiences.

Create projects that you want to get hired to do.

People will pay you to do what they already know you can do, they don’t want to pay for your experiment they want to pay for a guaranteed product.

Put yourself in your own school, read books, give yourself projects and deadlines.

Learn how to manage others: communication is key, don’t be afraid to ask for help, to correct, to critique.

Do it all in love for the greatness of the team. The goal is to get things done, by the deadline.

PC: After Effects & Premiere.

Mac: After Effects & Final Cut Pro. (Editing for Film: Avid)

You need the experiences, you need to prove what you can do.

Editing is a lot like life, you’re putting it together.

Get a journal: write projects and creative ideas.

Use your creative muscle. – Photography class on line

**share your work with me**

Life is beautiful and I desire to share that with everyone… awwww 🙂

Hope this helped. Feel free to ask any questions that you might have.

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Editing a Video: Fast Forward Style

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Many people have no idea what goes in to making a 30 second video. I decided to record myself putting one together. Keep in mind this video is a simple basic video and nothing too complex. I completed it in three hours. Some videos can take days or weeks.

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Film Management

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Every week the team and I create videos for the weekend. We also create special event videos for conferences.  With that, comes lots of files to manage. I’ve often gotten the question, “How do you file manage?”

Well here are some tips that work best for me. First NEVER leave anything UNTITLED! When you are capturing, ALWAYS NAME YOUR CLIP, if you don’t this, it will bite you in the butt, I promise. So from this point on, name every file. Also, don’t save everything to your desktop! It will run your computer slow, and you will lose files in the process. The only time its okay to save something to your the desktop if you are in a rush and have to export something right away cause you have 5 minutes to load it up on to the screens!

Oh right, here we go.

Categories: Your main folders.


Numbering your folders will give you control on how the files are stacked up. The colors will help your eyes navigate through your folders faster.

1: Announcements: Every week I create the announcements, so this folder is the most used.

2: Projects: All other projects I put in here which has sub-folders. We will get to that in a bit.

3. Elements: This folders is full of my overlays, stock footage, tutorial I downloaded, gradients I created, etc. I often use these elements for many projects. It’s the box of tricks.

4: Final Cut Pro Doc: I set my Final Cut Pro scratch disk here. Also my AE RAM folder is here too. It’s now at an easy location to get to. I often delete audio saves of old projects, old renders, and old captures to save space. (Make sure you WILL never need that footage again before you delete it, or have it backed up on tape.)

5: MB: I have a personal folder to place random things I create.

6: Monica File Share: This is a folder that I tell the other editors to connect to through the church network to grab videos or voice overs that I have for them or to give me their completed videos. They can connect to my computer at any time.

7: Scripts: I use the same scripts often for repeating projects, so having them all in one locations instead of with the project folder helps me find what I am looking for faster.

8: Pictures: All my photography photos are in this one folder.

01 Announcements:

– Everything is named by date. I also have a FCP temp file that has the same set up that I open every week and do a save as.

Having an EXPORT folder allows you to place all your completed versions in one area.

02 Projects:

– I name everything differently. I name by ministry or event.

-Each ministry has its own folder with

-Audio folder

-Render Folder

-Image Folder (specific images only. For common images such as overlays, those will go in the element folder)

-You can see the FCP file along with the AE file.

-The AE auto saves creates a folder where ever the AE file is at.

Big Events

When more than one video is required.

-I place numbers next to my folder so it can be organized. As you can see some have the same number. I did that so videos can be next to each other that of the same “family”. All the videos that will be put in the conference announcements have the same number. All the building pieces such as images, audio, scripts, renders also have the same numbers.

When you look inside the specific project folder you will see that folder the project is broke up in to parts:

Audio, Exports, Images, Renders.

I encourage you to learn how to categorize your files the best way that works for you. This will help you save time when you are looking for something and will also help others who work with you to navigate through your files. Customize your computer for you, I placed all my most visited folders on the side bar. Its great.

Hope you got some ideas.

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How to Reconnect Media in Final Cut

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An editors worst fear is to watch their video with an audience and see a MEDIA OFF LINE clip. I’ve seen it happen to the best of us. There was once a time I didn’t know how to reconnect my media with grace, I used to panic at the sight of a bright red MEDIA OFF LINE. Media off line happens when your main clips are moved, renamed, or deleted. If they aren’t deleted then there is hope, other wise you will have to recapture the deleted clips.

Here are two ways to Reconnect your media in Final Cut Pro.

1. You are able to reconnect more than one clip. Select all the media offline clips and right click on to “Reconnect Media.”

2. If you like you can select all your missing clips in your Browser window. You can select clips that aren’t next to each other by pressing command on your keyboard and selecting with your mouse.

3. You again select all your missing clips and right click >Reconnect Media.

4.Now you see the Reconnect Files window. You can Locate the folder where all your clips are and hit choose. It will not only reconnect that one clip you are directing but all the other media that are in the folder.

5. Or Search for the name of your clip. If you change the name of the clip you are trying to reconnect, you can un-check “Matched Name and Reel Only”, then it will let you connect your clip with it’s new name.

6. Hit Chose and it will connect all the other found clips.

7. You can also change the default location FCP searches in where it says Search Single Location, click on the pull down menu and it will give you the option to add a search location or you can direct it to the hard drive you are work from.

Now your media is connected and all your hard work won’t be over looked by the dreadful media offline clips.

Every editor has to start somewhere, keep working hard and learning.

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Final Cut Pro: Why do I have to render footage in my time line?

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FCP TIP: Why is there a red line when I drop my video clip on to the time line of Final Cut Pro? or Why do i have to render footage in my time line?

Update: If you are working on FCP 7.0.3 or higher, you can set your sequence settings by dropping in your media on to the timeline. It will ask you if you want to change the sequence settings to match your footage. Say yes and it will match the format perfectly with no rendering. Also FCP doesnt like mp3 audio, export your track to an .aiff in itunes.

Here is a small detail tip that will save you time from rendering in FCP. To every question there is an answer in the video world, it’s never “just because” or “maybe it’s you.” When you drop your media in to your time line and it comes in with a red line on top that means your time line has different setting to your video format. To fix this you can right click on your media either in the time line or in your browser ben.

Redline on FCP Timeline 1
Red line on FCP Timeline 1

Now you can see all the information that your clip has.

Redline on FCP Timeline 2
Red line on FCP Timeline 2

Write down the settings or remember them. Go in to the sequences settings (command zero) or sequences>settings.

Fix Redline in FCP Timeline 3
Red line in FCP Timeline 3

There you can change all the clips settings to match your media on the time line.

Fix Red Line in FCP Timeline 4
Fix Red Line in FCP Time line 4

Now you media matches with your sequences.

Fix Red Line in FCP Timeline 5
Fix Red Line in FCP Time line 5

Don’t waste time rendering your media in the wrong time line settings. It’s annoying. And only Rookies do that.

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