Edittin Technique

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by tehybrid, Jun 11, 2007.

  1. tehybrid macrumors member

    Nov 21, 2006
    Hi! its me again and I noticed these editting techniques while watching PBS's Country Boys. I wanted to bounce them off yall and see what it is need to do this, how to do it and when to do it.

    In Country Boys they use this technique A LOT! They would have a voice or two talkin but not show them or their surroundings, but rather something that is around them or someone.

    A few example are...

    At one point a boy starts up a school chior and they sing Amazin Grace. It shows them in sync with the song but fades to the door and the bell ringing, to show time has elasped, but they never stopped singing.

    Another time is when one of the boys talks to his girlfriend about christmas and all you see is the outside of the girl's house. Then with the conversation continuing it cuts to the kids in the house with parent opening christmas presents.

    One more example is when a boy discusses his mom leaving, but it never shows him. Instead it shows his mom sitting on the front steps smoking a ciggarette.

    I kinda figured the final one was to create more emotion, because showing the mom preppin to leave would be more moving compared to having a kid whining on screen.

    Can't wait for my first film
  2. zioxide macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2006
    a voiceover?

    you can extract audio from clips in imovie and put them in the audio tracks of the timeline.
  3. tehybrid thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 21, 2006
    i was lookin more towards philosophy then actually ok drop the audio here.
  4. zioxide macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2006
    Well voiceovers are used a lot in documentary films and also news broadcasts. For example, you'll interview someone talking about something (say you interview someone about Leopard's new features. You'll have the camera on them the whole time and they'll just be talking. This is boring. So what you do is put b-roll (shots about what they are talking about) on top so you can see what they are talking about.

    If you had an interview with someone about a new car, you might want to show video of the new car driving down the street while they're talking about it.

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