Control the content of your own edit
If your video interview project needs to conform to strict content and ethical guidelines but also have a public web video outcome, then you have a big problem that I am very familiar with. I have developed a way of managing projects using transcripts at 5s intervals transferred to an excel workbook, where each individual interview is on a different worksheet within the workbook. This enables stakeholders to have a window into the content and be able to make their own edit choices by marking up the worksheets. I call this a ’roundtrip’ workflow, as it goes from Adobe Premiere sequence to excel transcription to reworking in excel (‘paper edit’ ) then transferring the excel edit back to Premiere video sequences for final assembly.
- Data asset management, transcription of interviews from Premiere sequence to excel at 5s timecoded intervals, compilation of interview sets to excel workbooks
- Distribution of transcription workbooks to stakeholders for colour coded transcript markup of their editing choices
- Round-trip transfer (via timecode) of marked up excel paper edits to real video draft edits
- Further editing adjustments to client satisfaction completion reflecting stakeholder feedback
These techniques are equally applicable in non-research related video production projects that require a need to demonstrate the editing decision trail, for example projects which convey precise and detailed information. It gives a ‘paper trail’ to all concerned in the project to transparently demonstrate that the editing process is considered and appropriate.
Examples of projects I have produced in this way:
University of Notre Dame Australia Research Office – A series of interviews with UNDA researchers involved in Collaborative Research Network projects in Fremantle, Sydney and Broome in collaboration with Dr Mignon Shardlow. Client representative: Dr Bahareh Badrian/Dr Marc Fellman
Nulungu Research Institute – Post production of a series of research video interviews at universities across Australia Client representative: Steve Kinnane
University of Notre Dame 25th Anniversary video – in collaboration with Dr Mignon Shardlow