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Old May 19th, 2003, 02:52 PM   #1
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Editing question - to rough cut or not

The problem with nature videography is no matter how careful you are you end up recording a bunch of cr$%. You just start filming and the bird flies off, etc.

So, while I wait for FCP4 and think about how to deal with old footage I'm wondering about rough cutting my footage in iMovie. Basically, import a tape, trash all I don't ever want to keep and dump back out to a new tape.

Will this cause problems when I go to bring it into FCP? Even now there can be breaks in time code. At least if I rough edit it would record onto the new tape in one unbroken act, although I don't know what it does to the time code.

Thoughts?
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Old May 19th, 2003, 03:04 PM   #2
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I can't quite envision what advantage you would accomplish with such an activity, Jeff. All shoots produce undesirable footage...lots of it. The biggest advantage I see in your proposal is that it will force you to look at your footage again, always a beneficial activity.

Just getting itchy, eh? <g>
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Old May 19th, 2003, 03:13 PM   #3
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Not only itchy but it will reduce the number of tapes I have footage scattered over. For example, I can probably get three tapes worth of footage from Arizona down to one. For stock footage I can start pulling all similar species together (so I pop in one tape instead of using the timecode to grab snippets off of 5 or 10).

Is there a disadvantage to doing this? I can also see going back to some completed projects, reimporting them and cleaning them up, color correcting, etc. once I have FCP4.
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Old May 19th, 2003, 03:55 PM   #4
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Honestly, I've never tried going back to tape from iMovie. I don't think it would hurt anything, though.
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Old May 19th, 2003, 04:03 PM   #5
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It is all a matter of editing style. You have nothing to lose as long as you don't copy over your existing footage.
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Old May 19th, 2003, 04:07 PM   #6
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But will the time code be messed up or might cause problems in FCP? If not, then I really have nothing to loose as long as a tape doesn't get eaten. It's good practice anyway.
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Old May 19th, 2003, 04:23 PM   #7
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I believe that when you export back to your cam, you will create a new timecode. Just send one stream back to the cam and go with the new timecode.
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Old May 19th, 2003, 04:34 PM   #8
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I also do a great deal of nature and wildlife work. I never compile tapes to save a little space or to reuse tapes. I never reuse tapes, too many chances for something to go wrong and tape is cheap. I log each tape as to TC and scenes and keep a data base of all the tapes and scenes.

You never know when you'll need a background noise or obscure shot that you thought wasn't needed. There are too many risks involved and the few advantages don't out weigh the risks for me.
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Old May 19th, 2003, 06:03 PM   #9
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Hey Jeff,
One thing that I've been doing is to have a few tapes going at once. If I Know I'm going to be shooting a lot of a specific subject I'll have a tape for say... one for flowers, insects, time laps, misc, etc. It's almost like doing what your talking about only backwards. It's cut search & downloading time in half. I thought at first that I might get the tapes mixed up but its really worked out pretty smooth.
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