Editing an Interview


This project was an editing exercise where we were given and un-edited 30-minute interview and tried to cut it down and make a short, compelling piece based on what we found to be interesting. I decided to focus on his take on telling stories and how he takes on these stories as an actor.

Terms and Concepts

Keyboard Shortcuts

  • V – Selection tool
  • Q – Cuts everything to the left
  • W – Cuts everything to the right
  • Cmd, K – Makes a cut
  • \ – Shows the entire timeline
  • Home – Moves cursor to the beginning of the timeline
  • I – In-point
  • O – Out-point
  • ; – Lift (leaves a gap)
  • ‘ – Extract (fills the gap)
  • B – Ripple edit tool
  • Up Arrow – Moves cursor to the left edit
  • Down Arrow – Moves cursor to the right edit
  • Left Arrow – Moves cursor to the previous frame
  • Right Arrow – Moves cursor to the next frame
  • Cmd, Shift, D – Crossfade
  • Number Pad – Moves cursor to a specific location on the timeline
  • A – Selects all tracks forward
  • . –  Drops a clip into the timeline
  • Opt, X – Clears all in-points and out-points

Techniques / Tools

  • Cross Fade: Smooths out jolts between clips.
  • Three-Point Editing: Add one in-point and one out-point on the timeline, and one in-point on the individual clip. Or add one in-point on the timeline, and one in-point and one out-point on the timeline. Then simply drop the clip into the timeline.
  • Morph Cut: Helps fix jump cuts. To use it, go to Effects and search for “morph.” Drag and drop the Morph Cut onto an edit. After it finishes analyzing, render it by clicking Enter.
  • Adjusting Audio Levels:
    • To adjust the levels of all the audio, select all the audio clips, right-click, choose Audio Gain, and adjust.
    • To create keyframes, hold down Cmd and click on the audio level bar. Use these keyframes to adjust the audio levels of just a specific section.
  • Color Grading: Select a clip, go to the Color layout, and make adjustments. To apply this color grading to several other clips, select the main clip, go to Effect Controls, click on Lumetri Color, and copy it. Then select all the clips that need the filter and hit paste.
  • Razor Blade Tool: Used to cut out a section of a clip.

Collating Files and Storyboard



Project Skills Evidence

What I Learned

Having a good amount of editing experience in the past I was expecting to go into this knowing everything that would be thrown at me but I discovered the nitty-gritty specifics of how to make a fluid and strong interview. Using the morph cut and B-roll for the first time proved to be valuable and I am looking forward to using these in the future.

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