Post-production Workflow

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by TheBeastman13, Aug 4, 2014.

  1. TheBeastman13 macrumors regular

    Mar 5, 2012
    I just captured 57GB of video this weekend for my friend's wedding.

    I shot with two cameras: Nikon d7100, Sanyo Xacti fh1a. The Nikon files are .mov, the two Sanyo clips are .mp4

    I've loaded all the footage on to my HDD, and have begun naming all the footage according the type of shot/subject. I'm only a fifth of the way through in naming the shot files; roughly 220 files of video clips to sort(it's overwhelming!).

    I plan to edit with Final Cut Express 4.

    What should my plan of action be after my files are renamed?

    All suggestions are welcome.

    I'm editing on a MacBook 4,1 2.4 ghz C2D with 4GB of RAM. Media files are on my external HDD, FCE4 app is on the internal drive.

    Any information I've left out that would be beneficial in knowing?

    EDIT: my two Sanyo clips, when previewed in Finder, have wobbly motion to subjects moving within the frame? Any guess of what could be causing this jitter, corrections to be made?
  2. needfx, Aug 4, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2014

    needfx macrumors 68040


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    firstly, hook up a bigger screen if possible. you eyes will go coucou on that 13 incher halfway through the project. also, use a mouse.
    secondly, instead of renaming which is a feat on it's own, I would just jot in an excel file the name of the file, and the time range/ranges that interests me and what is that interests me. this way you will have already cleared out the good shots. this will also help you have some continuity or develop the "storyline" instead of having random shots, or connected shots between the two cameras (if applicable)
    thirdly, save often or set an automated save every minute or two. also set it to make increments so you can roll back.
    fourth, wobbly motion potentially means jelly effects. there are definitely various methods to take care of that. just google jelly effect fix or something relevant.
    fifth, make sure to stabilize your footage if needed. again, google it

    will follow up if anything else hits me


    external HDD doesn't sound too promising, especially of we are talking about a usb 2 device.
  3. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California

    FCPX makes logging the clips so much easier. If you plan on doing videos all the time it is worth it to get FCPX.

    Your method of renaming files has some problems in that each files can only have one name. OK you can make two component file names like "subject-shottype" but still you only get one file name and it take "forever". Most peole use a log sheet and take notes. This is faster and allows you to log one clip user multiple categories.

    Editing will be slow with your equipment but not impossible and you have no deadline. If you are planning an upgrade to the RAM of internal HD now is the time.

    OK, what to do after logging the clips? First think of the story. Pretend you are telling the story of what happened to someone who was not there

    Do you know anything about film making and cut in long shots to establish the scene and other simple "rules". If you don't know anything plase take time out to read up on the very basics. Read about film making NOT about Final Cut.

    What do you want to say about the wedding? you can't start until you know what you want the end product to be.

    Rememebr the quality of the result improves every time to don't use some footage that does not contribute to the show. DOn't just leave in footage because it is clear and in focus. It has to contribute to the purpose of the video.

    Most of all do read up on the theory of editing.
  4. needfx macrumors 68040


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    nicely said
  5. TheBeastman13 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 5, 2012
    Thanks for the pointers.

    I'm actually finishing my associate in visual arts(film). I'm familiar with editing to tell a story, and establishing or master shots, etc, but my editing class didnt touch much on the technical necessities when using software to edit. We had FCPX, but I don't have that at home and my computer is too crappy to run it efficiently.

    My initial post was hoping someone could explain a proper workflow in terms of transcoding, advice on how proxies work, exporting/compressing 1080p footage that will yield the best results onto a DvD for the bride and groom

    My deadline is September 27(bride's birthday).

    Thanks to everyone who has helped me

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