Editing the New York Minute series was a Fusion first for me. Working on a project that was filmed entirely without me is an unusual experience. Up to this point I have either filmed or been a part of every video ever made under the Fusion brand. As such I thought, rather than have Alan or Raj write about their trip, I would talk about the process. Hopefully this will give you a good idea about dealing with a lot of footage and turning it into something that people will watch.
Before the trip
At this point Raj was already in America and Alan was preparing to go to meet him there. He asked me if he could take the two GoPro Hero 5’s that we have so of course I obliged. Alan hasn’t actually worked within Fusion as a camera op of any kind so I had to run him through the basics. After reviewing the footage I was really impressed. By sticking to the simple tips I gave him, they managed to get more than enough shots and a good range of smooth movements and stills.
The plan was for me to leave them to it and then pick up my cameras afterwards to put the footage together. As you may have seen I love turning these kinds of videos into short series’ that tell a quick and concise story. The guys used a mixture of the 3-way arm, head cam strap and the chest strap. Find all the links to them at the bottom of the page.
The Empire State Building – Raj’s Thoughts
The Empire State building, located in Midtown Manhattan. Once the tallest manmade structure in the world. Home to multiple businesses while also being a tourist magnet. It attracts millions to its observatories to witness NYC in all its beauty from its skyline view. When you think of NYC, it is usually the first to come into people minds. It is an iconic symbol throughout the world, appearing in many forms of media from films to novels.
Visiting this wonder personally is like stepping into a place in a film or picture that you have come across so many times. The feeling awe of finally being there can only be experienced by being there.
After the weekend spent in Philadelphia, we returned to NYC with a clear plan of what we were going to see and when. Like most major tourist attractions, we had to book tickets in advance and we planned to go in the evening so we could see the city at night from the top of the tower. We spent most of the day walking around times square and around sundown we made our way towards the empire state.
Once we got there, we cleared security and got our bags checked before we claimed our tickets. Most of the floors were out-of-order apart from the 82nd and 102nd. We were taken up in an elevator which included a voice over informing visitors about the history of the building and how it was constructed.
This was further emphasised on the 82nd floor where it was like a mini museum that detailed the making of the tower. It also had an exit which took you outside to allow your first glimpse of NYC at night. At this point, many pictures were taken for the record but little did we know that this was only a taster of what was to come.
We then took the elevator to the 100th floor before taking the steps to the top of the building. What greeted us was the breathtaking nighttime view of NYC. Being up so high, the breeze was also quite strong but felt nice after walking up the flight of stairs. The city felt alive even at night with all the lights and cars illuminating the surface. I mean to be fair, it is called “The city that never sleeps” for a reason.
Editing the footage
Not only did the guys film their time at the Empire State building. But they also recorded several other locations. My first task was to scrub through all of the footage from two different cameras. To figure out which clips from Raj’s head cam lined up with Alan’s 3 way mount. I had the idea to turn the footage into short 1 minute glimpses into their trip from the start. Luckily it worked out quite well to organise them that way. The series will be four 1 minute videos from different locations in New York that Raj and Alan made it to.
With their first destination being the Empire State Building which Raj has so eloquently described. I got to work on editing.
Usually I will sync the perspectives from both cameras in the timeline and cut from there. That way I can pull of some transition shots where it switches between the perspectives. To gives you multiple views of the same point of interest. I didn’t feel like I needed to do that with this video due to the length. Especially since they tended to turn the cameras on and off at different times. So I just went through the footage taking short clips into the timeline to put together a sequence.
Bringing it together
As with all of my videos the focus is trying to tell a story. Whether it be something as simple as two friends arriving in New York and visiting tourist attractions. Or something much more complex. I really like the way that it turned out. So I want to thank the guys for getting some really nice footage that I could put together.
Finally when everything was put together in a neat and tidy minute, I put together some name plates to introduce Raj and Alan. Creating name plates in Premiere isn’t as easy as it would be in After Effects but I feel like I managed to do a pretty good job with them.
Anyway, here’s the link to the video and I hope you guys enjoy it.
Let me know what you guys thought about my editing process. In the future I plan on creating some more detailed posts about editing some more complicated projects. Do you have any experience with editing? If not, what did you think about it?
As always, see you guys next time.
Links to Equipment used
Camera – GoPro Hero 5 Black – https://amzn.to/2JbFecj
Alan’s Mount – GoPro 3 Way Mount – https://amzn.to/2sBFSbF
Raj’s Mount – GoPro Head Strap – https://amzn.to/2Heemqb
– Adam Pemberton