Don’t get bogged down by the exhaustive task of organizing, culling, and syncing. Leave the boring stuff to us and reserve your mental energy for crafting an engaging and emotive film.
No matter the software you use to edit, having well-organized, culled, and synced media is key for getting started in the right direction. Your organizational system should never come between you and your best creative work.
Here’s how it works
Getting everything into your NLE of choice and properly modifying it for use.
Once we’ve imported your media into Premiere, our team will modify all necessary assets so that they’re properly viewed and heard by the editor. Common asset modifications include rescaling 4K+ footage for use in 1080p sequences, interpreting video clips shot in high frame rates, and adjusting audio channels for proper playback. We will apply descriptions to source audio captured from your shoot, notating its source (ie Ceremony, Interviews, Speeches, Letter Readings, etc). Footage is also given descriptions within the Project Panel of Premiere. Each time content changes within the footage clips, the Description column will be updated accordingly. This is a helpful safeguard in case there is a need to reference a batch of raw clips for sourcing outside of the culled selects. We also change the clips’ label color for footage outside the standard resolution and frame rate. For instance, 60fps+ clips are labelled Cerulean so that they stand out against Premiere’s default Iris color.
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After importing your media, our team will label metadata for every imported file utilizing a bank of common Keywords and Keywords generated from your folder organization (created upon import to allow for easier relinking at the completion of the Rough Cut project). We start by labeling all of the camera angles as well as designate all High Quality Audio as “Source” in the Audio Roles. This allows us to quickly group together the footage and audio needed to create Multicam Clips. Once you have the organized Project Library, you can utilize the different labels to quickly navigate to the footage or audio you need to complete your edit. We can also customize the Keyword bank to include more finely detailed asset organization.
Everything in an easy-to-reference location for optimized creative editing.
Our Project Panel is divided between 5 primary Bins: Audio, Files, Finals, Footage, and Sequences. The Audio Bin contains sub-bins for Music, SFX, and Source audio files (audio captured on-set). The Files Bin is divided into Syncs (for our synced multicam sequences), Nested Sequences, and Graphics. The Finals Bin is for your use after you complete the edit. The Footage Bin contains sub-bins of each memory card’s footage. Lastly, the Sequences Bin contains 5 Bins: Drafts, Unsynced Sequences, and 3 time-of-day bins for Pre-Ceremony, Ceremony, and Reception. Sequences of culled footage are then dispersed into the Sequences sub-bins depending on the content of the footage.
Check out our Wedding Bin Organization blog article for more information on our organizational process within Premiere.
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Our Template Library includes an Event that will be labeled with the Bride+Groom’s first names. Within that Event we have 10 standard folders: Projects, Media, Syncs, Audio, Pre-Ceremony, Photos, Ceremony, Reception, and Additional Estabs. Each folder contains Smart Collections and Keywords used to organize the media, for example in the Pre-Ceremony Folder you will find a sub-folder for Bride Prep that contains keywords for Hair&Makeup, Dress, and Prep Estabs. The Smart Collections in this Event have been created to quickly organize Multicam Clips and auto populate Video and Audio Roles that can later be used to better organize the Project timeline. The Keywords we used have been generated with the chronology of the wedding day in mind, to make it easier to locate specific moments from the day. We can use as many or as little keywords as you like, and can set up the Event to match your preferences.
Usable vs Unusable media (video and audio considerations).
Our team will thoroughly watch each and every clip that’s imported into Premiere. As we watch through a clip, we’ll pull selects using In and Out-points in the Source window and import usable ranges onto the Timeline. Some clips may result in several different usable ranges being imported onto a sequence, we will just make sure to cut out any camera adjustments or repositioning in-between.
We also pay specific attention for usable segments of audio - regardless of the visual usability of a clip. If these portions of a clip are included in a sequence of culled footage, the clip’s audio will be dragged down to A2 so that you know the main usability is the audio of the clip. Typical uses of camera audio include conversations or room walla.
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Once all of your media is sorted into the proper Keyword Collection, we will scrub through each clip and create “Favorites,” using the Range tool to delineate the usable portions of each clip. When you receive the organized Project Library, you can see all of the usable footage by navigating to the “Favorites” view in the Inspector window. Alongside designating Favorites, we will also use Markers to denote if there is a good moment of natural audio that could be used in the edit. Markers will include a quick quote of the audio moment that is occurring. Again, we can do as much or as little favoriting as you would like, our goal is to help point out the content of the highest quality to make the editing process faster, but we do understand this can be subjective and may not be totally helpful.
For all angles and audio sources for each necessary activity.
Unless Premiere’s Multi Camera Sync feature is specifically requested, we sync multicam sequences using Red Giant’s application, PluralEyes. For activities that require syncing, we build Sequences of raw clips stacked per angle and audio source. We then sync these activities in PluralEyes and reimport an XML file with the synced Timeline into Premiere. We ensure that all audio sources maintain any necessary channel adjustments, since that process can often be overwritten by PluralEyes’s syncing process.
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Once all of your clips have been assigned Keywords and Favorites have been created, we’ll use the Syncs folder and select each corresponding Smart Collection to find and select all appropriate media to create Multicam Clips from any of the events that have High Quality Source Audio. We create Smart Collections for Ceremony, Toasts, and First Look in order to quickly collect the assets for those Multicam Clips, but we can create Smart Collections for other moments that you may want to sync for the edit. From here, we will select the Smart Collection, clear the selected ranges, and create a new Multicam Clip. Once the Multicam Clip has been created we will create a new Project, give it the corresponding name (i.e. Ceremony A-Roll), and pull the Multicam Clip onto the Timeline. In the Projects folder we have “A-Roll,” “B-Roll,” and “Multicam” Smart Collections which will collect these Projects to allow further organization. The Multicam Clip will also be assigned an appropriate Keyword so that it can be located in the appropriate Folder (i.e. Ceremony A-Roll will appear in the Ceremony Folder).
How to take the project to the next stage.
At the conclusion of the Rough Cutting process, we’ll share our final Premiere Project File with you via Google Drive. From there, all you’ll need to do is relink the media and off you go!
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At the conclusion of the Rough Cutting process, we’ll share an XML file of the Project Library with you via Google Drive. From there, all you’ll need to do is relink the media and off you go!
While we do have a well-defined and streamlined culling and organization process, we can adapt the final product to best fit into your existing workflow. Whether that means designating different terms for Keywording in Final Cut Pro X, or dividing up you media differently within Premiere, our goal is to set you up for success on the Creative Editing process as quickly and enjoyably as possible.