Editing an Interview

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Student Samples

Fall 2017

Spring 2017



  • Learn shortcuts to effective editing workflow
  • Edit for the intended audience of students ages 14 to 18
  • Must be age appropriate; no swearing or drugs or alcohol reference may be included
  • Must be less than 3 minutes
  • Include at least 3 cutaways to other James Clark work


Making the Right Editing Choices with Walter Murch

Terms and Concepts

Overall Editing Skills

(showcase many of these skills in your editing choices and explain where you performed these in the What I Learned section of the blog post)

  • Organize Files
  • Import Footage
  • Create a Sequence
  • Add a Title
  • Add Audio
  • Adjust Sound Quality
  • Align Audio Clips
  • Separate Audio from Video
  • Make Color Adjustments
  • Change Specific Color
  • Match Color
  • Apply Visual Transition
  • Apply Audio Transition
  • Customize Transitions
  • Apply Effects
  • Apply Filters
  • Export File Sizes and Types
  • Export to YouTube

Keyboard Shortcuts

(use these to edit faster)

  • 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 You Should Be Comfortable after Project

  • 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.

Editing Tutorials

  • Adobe Premiere Tutorials (Beginning and Advanced)
    • All tutorials are linked below in the time line and resources sections


  • Blog posts with embedded video from YouTube of the various editing techniques demonstrated and explained


  • Coming soon…


  1. Create blog post titled, Editing an Interview
    • Create headings for:
      • Summary
      • Terms and Concepts
      • Collating Files and Storyboard
      • Project Skills Evidence
      • What I Learned
  2. Explore the editing worksheets
  3. Examine the Adobe Premiere Tutorials (Beginning and Advanced)
  4. Watch and take notes on Editing Documentaries and Interviews with Premiere Pro Part 1
  5. Review the list of questions which are in the Assets section this blog post, above
    • Pick 3 questions to include in the edited version
  6. Watch the A Roll of Jame Clark, about 30 minutes and take notes of which 3 answers you like most
  7. Watch the B Roll film clips, and take notes of which clips would help you tell James’ story
  8. Establish a theme for your video edit
    •  EXAMPLE: Inspiring Words to a Creator
  9. Write your theme in your Summary
  10. Organize (or Collate) the clips you want and create evidence of your organization in a screenshot uploaded to Flickr and embed into your post
  11. Create the editing log for the project, upload to Flickr, and embed in post or create one in your blog post like the tutorial below demonstrates  
  12. Decide on titles, font(s), and transitions you will want on screen
  13. Edit shots in Adobe Premiere Pro CC
  14. Export film in the highest resolution possible (1080), upload to YouTube, and embed in blog post
  15. Complete Summary section of the blog post
  16. Complete What I Learned section of the blog post


  • Paper storyboards/notes
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Editing Tools Resources

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