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(Laying the Groundwork)

Shooting to Edit

If you want to be able to join together your location into a continuous, smooth action, then, even while youíre shooting, youíll need to think about how youíre going to edit the shots together later on. This is particularly important when repeating the same action from several different vantage points or angles, of if youíre varying the shot sizes for a given piece of action.

 Insert series of still frames (video captured from shots below and a short movie edited from following shots

 Tape #

4

4

4

4

5

In

04:15:28

04:26:49

04:27:26

04:28:42

05:02:22

Out

04:15:37

04:26:56

04:27:41

04:28:44

05:02:26

Comments

Pan across the sky w/ clouds

Balloon is launched

Balloon floating up skywards

Close up on scientist w/ radio looking up. "Iíve lost it in the clouds."

Colleague in truck talking via radio.

Whatís important here is that your footage maintain good continuity between shots that will, in the final program, form a continuous sequence. For example, in shot did you take care to ensure that the subjectís hand was still pointing at the water sample on a close up after you had shot the same action on a wide shot? If you didnít , then when you edit later on, you might have a problem in "matching" the action between one shot and the other.

 This raises another issue: what editing resources are available to you? If youíre locked into to "cuts only" editing system, the demands for maintaining continuity when shooting are considerably higher. On the other hand, knowing you can dissolve (name link to the part on dissolves in the "Transition" doc.) from one shot to another permits greater flexibility when shooting video, as the demands for continuity are lessened.

 The good news about digital editing is that most popular desktop editing software supports a wide variety of transitions, including dissolves. But there are technical reasons(Link to the "Art of Compromise" doc.) to limit the number of dissolves and other transitions in digital video, especially if youíre planning on distributing your masterpiece via the web or CD-ROM.

 

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