7,263 miles from home and two edits later…

…I hope the impact of these stories can be felt for a long time to come.

I hope the people of South Sudan see the peace they deserve.

And I hope Samaritan’s Purse can see their rescue efforts once again transition to rebuilding programs.

From March 25 – April 7, 2014 I had the wonderful and challenging opportunity of field editing in South Sudan with Matt Rath, producer/shooter for Samaritan’s Purse. The needs in South Sudan are overwhelming, to say the least. But the dedicated efforts of Samaritan’s Purse, working alongside the international relief community, is saving literally thousands of lives and helping to meet the physical and spiritual needs of these beautiful people. South Sudan is a rough country and the political turmoil has left tens of thousands dead, and more than 1 million people displaced from their homes. Keep South Sudan in your prayers and in your news feed. These two videos are just a small glimpse into the great need and glimpses of hope for the people of South Sudan.

 

 

I wish my wedding had been captured like this

All I have is a VHS tape that puts me to sleep every time I watch it! I loved my wedding day – it was the best day of my life. But back in ’96 it wasn’t quite possible to capture the day in a short film style. It certainly is now, and few are doing it better than the fine folks at Caravan.

They absolutely kill it when it comes to documenting your special day.

I edited and graded this piece at the end of 2013.

Charlotte Health Center Testimonies

This is piece that I shot and edited for www.askdrmatthew.com.

Instead of a straightforward approach to the edit where each person tells their story in a linear fashion or as separate testimonials, I chose an approach that interweaves multiple patient testimonials to evoke an overall positive feeling toward the work that Dr. Matthew McAlees and his team at the Charlotte Health Center do for people in ways that traditional medicine usually cannot achieve.

It clocks in at over 8 minutes, which is longer than I would typically like to hit, but I feel it holds the viewer’s interest and the range of issues are likely to hit a personal area for the viewer.

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Comparing Final Cut Pro X, Media Composer and Premiere Pro CC

John Schroter:

Well worth the read. These are three fine choices and picking one is now a simple matter of preference. I think we all know my preference by now.

Originally posted on digitalfilms:

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The editing world includes a number of software options, such as Autodesk Smoke, Grass Valley EDIUS, Lightworks, Media 100, Sony Vegas and Quantel. The lion’s share of editing is done on three platforms: Apple Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer or Adobe Premiere Pro. For the last two years many users have been holding onto legacy systems, wondering when the dust would settle and which editing tool would become dominant again. By the end of 2013, these three companies released significant updates that give users a good idea of their future direction and has many zeroing in on a selection.

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Differing business models

Adobe, Apple and Avid have three distinctly different approaches. Adobe and Avid offer cross-platform solutions, while Final Cut Pro X only works on Apple hardware. Adobe offers most of its content creation software only through a Creative Cloud subscription. Individual users have access to all creative applications…

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FCPX Editing Tip – maximizing the timeline index for cutting A-Roll

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I’m logging nearly 4 hours of interviews and here is my workflow.

Once my interviews are synced and organized in the browser, I choose to string them out in a Project rather than logging in the browser. I like being able to zoom in and out more precisely and trim out the ‘fluff’ as I go. In this project I have a 2 camera multicam clip set up as well, but I do this even on single camera interviews.

I usually play the interview at double speed, slowing down for key portions. I really like the fast scrubbing in FCPX. I think it is the most clearly understandable of the other NLEs I’ve used (AVID, Premiere and FCP7), even when music is added to the mix. When I hit a key word or a laugh or something worth marking, I create a marker (m key) then hit m again and write a note of what they said. I go through the whole set of interviews then build a great timeline index for quickly searching words or phrases. The big standout bites, I’ll mark with an asterix * then easily filter the timeline index in the search field. The timeline index will scroll along as I’m playing back and also allows me to jump to the point I’ve marked by simply clicking on a marker in the index.

Once logging the A-Roll is complete, I duplicate the Project, rename it, and whittle away at the edit. Markers stick around on soundbites I use and I have my logging Project to refer to as my source. I know this is nothing ground-breaking. It’s probably what a lot of people do, but it is very effective for me in crafting the A-Roll of unscripted projects. It is perfect when working with a producer and we’re hunting for a particular quote or topic.

One other cool function of FCPX is its built-in integration with the OSX dictionary. Right-click on any word and you can check spelling, look up definitions and even check a thesaurus. P.S. – I do know how to spell ‘migraine’, I intentionally misspelled it for the screen grab.

I would love to see Apple add some more advanced features in the timeline index such as speech recognition and script import/syncing. It’s not a big stretch of the imagination to see it fitting very nicely in the current layout.