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Creating a Video From Start to Finish

Lesson 19 of 37

Introduction to Footage Review


Creating a Video From Start to Finish

Lesson 19 of 37

Introduction to Footage Review


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Introduction to Footage Review

We're not gonna move the slide just yet because I think when we throw the word out, footage review, I think there's a bit of anxiety. And I can always, I can sense it right now in the room, how much anxiety there is about the concept of reviewing footage, right? It's just all of a sudden I said reviewing footage and I felt the room just tense up. So, let's actually meet it head on. What are some of the fears that you guys have when it comes to reviewing footage? And I'm asking here in the room and I'm asking also on the web. What is something? Right here? Sometimes I'm worried that maybe, 'cause I've had my audios off, or if it's not in focus on the right spot, 'cause if I'm watching it from the back of my camera and then I watch it big, maybe I like, my focal point isn't as good. Okay. Okay. So, yeah. Just focus and like, audio being bad, and maybe cutting on the wrong time. Okay. Let's keep getting these in. I wanna hear all of them and then we're gonna address them all. I'...

m worried they will just take too long. (Victor laughs) Sometimes I just have hours and hours of footage. Yeah, totally. It's just so painful to go through it and to watch everything and then to remember what I saw. Right. Just being overwhelmed with the sheer volume. Right. And not taking a break to actually be able to recognize when those kinda golden nuggets pop out of things that you may want to actually incorporate. Cool. Because I'm also the person in front of the camera, having to watch myself over and over and over again like a terrible answering machine on steroids. (laughs) Yeah, for sure, for sure. I got another one over here? Just that I won't be able to find the right music to go with the piece. Oh, wow, that's actually a really good one. Anyone else? Organizing, gettin' all that footage and being able to properly label it and understand so I can look at it and go, oh, that's that clip, or that sorta thing. Yeah, for sure, for sure. Those are all legitimate fears, everyone. And I think that what we have to do is you gotta check those fears at the door. The purpose of reviewing footage isn't to stoke your own ego. It isn't to make yourself feel bad about what you didn't accomplish. The purpose of footage is to grab out the things that are gonna push you into your edit. So, it starts different for everybody. I don't, initially when I review my footage, I just scrub through it. A lot of the times, I just wanna scrub through it to kinda see what content I'm getting, ya know? So, what scrubbing means is I'll load it into Premiere and there's a little play head, right? And you can pull it back and forth, and you pull it back and forth really, really quickly just to see what's on that clip, alright? And then I'll just kinda keep going through and I'll just keep scrubbing through, and the thing is, is that the most important thing about this is it is time-consuming. You can't just not spend time to do it. So that's the one thing that we're gonna have to realize, is that it's gonna be time-consuming, and that all of those fears that we have will be allayed because here's the reality, remember with yesterday we looked at all that B-Roll? We looked at five or six clips of B-Roll that ran like 20 or 30 seconds a piece, and most of it was ugly. We only pick out a couple seconds of that. So, even if you're worried about it being out of focus, or mis-framed or something, there's always gonna be a few seconds in that clip that's probably usable. Even if the audio isn't as great as you want it to be, you could always cut the audio and do something else with it, right? Especially if we're not using the audio synced up with the voice. There's always a second, there's always a ripcord. We as photographers are so good at just ripcord mentality, right? We get onto a shoot, we realize we forgot something. We don't go home to get it 'cause we're missing the shoot then, right? We just go forward. So we gotta take that kind of go-get-it attitude and take that same type of personality and that same type of mindset, and take it into footage review. 'Cause footage review is just another thing that we can leverage all of our skills in to do well. And, here's the thing, we might not do it like how Hollywood does it, and we might not do it how editors, and people who are in the space do it. But we're gonna do it the way we're gonna do it because it's gonna get us to an end result. Now, everything that I'm saying from now until the end of this session, until the end of the class, is gonna be a photographer's mentality towards editing. It's not gonna be, oh, I learned this from a filmmaker. It's gonna be, no, I didn't have anyone to learn from. I had to deliver on something, so I jumped in and just started teaching myself. And the things that I taught myself, I was like, oh my god, I'm thinking like this because I'm a photographer and this is the way photographers think. And once you guys get into color grading, you're gonna start to see, oh, it's kinda just like Photoshop. It's just a little bit different. And once you guys get into Audition, it's gonna be like, oh, it's just kinda like Photoshop. It's just a little bit different. So, anyway, what's this lesson gonna cover? We're gonna cover asset management, we're gonna cover setting up for the edit, and we're gonna cover reviewing dailies. So parts of this will get mind-numbingly boring but the purpose of that is to drill into us that some of this stuff is boring. Filmmaking and making videos, and all this stuff, not everything in our production is gonna be exciting. There will be days, there will be moments where you're just gonna be bored outta your mind. But you have to push through it. And I think the purpose of doing the class in this way is just to impress upon all of us that we get through the boring stuff to get to the exciting stuff. And then you're gonna find little things inside of your post-production workflow that are gonna really excite you because you're gonna be like, oh my god, I love technology, right? Or oh my god, I can't believe I learned this already. This is great.

Class Description


  • Confidently make a movie from start to finish
  • Expand your photography skills to motion pictures
  • Tackle pre-production and post-production essentials
  • Capture video and audio expertly
  • Edit in Adobe Premiere Pro and Audition


Photography and videography have several things in common -- but what about factors like audio and telling a story using video editing? In this filmmaking class designed for photographers, learn how to use the DSLR or mirrorless camera that you already have to capture high-end videos. In this start-to-finish course, you'll master everything from planning to post-production. The goal of the class is to teach anyone how to create a video from start to finish.

Dive into video production from the planning and pre-production phase, where you'll learn how to choose an idea, scope out locations, research the client, and more. Jump into video gear -- and what's really necessary on a low-budget -- and learn the essential filmmaking tips for recording. Discover how to capture excellent audio and tackle those B-Roll shots.

But this filmmaking course doesn't just teach you how to use editing software -- you'll learn the editing process, start to finish, from storyboarding to exporting. Work in Adobe Premiere Pro to perfect your footage and Adobe Audition to fine-tune that audio. Tweak color in DaVinci Resolve. Add soundtracks, titles, and keyframes. Then, finalize and export your project.


  • Photographers eager to add motion pictures to their repertoire
  • Beginner filmmakers
  • Self-taught filmmakers ready for additional insight

SOFTWARE USED: Adobe Audition, Adobe Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve


Previously a photographer, Victor Ha is now a filmmaker. His experience working with both stills and motion pictures helps him guide other photographers through the same process, from photo to video. He's known for his straightforward, practical teaching style that's easy to follow along with.


  1. Class Introduction

    In the first lesson, meet your instructor and learn what to expect during the class. Know what's up ahead by pinpointing the goals for this class at each production stage.

  2. Putting Ideas Into Motion

    Start the filmmaking process with an idea. Learn how to flesh out ideas and turn them into successful projects.

  3. Client Profiles

    Video projects come in many different forms, from cinemagraphs and short films to commercials and features. A client profile is a type of video telling a story about a person or business. Learn what's involved in this simple video type as an easy format to get started with.

  4. Choosing Your Subject

    Video projects start with a subject -- but just how do you choose? In this lesson, Victor discusses how to narrow down your ideas to choose the best one.

  5. Scouting Locations

    Part of the planning process is scouting out different locations, an essential part of pre-production. Learn what to look for when scouting out different locations and how to spot good camera angles. Then, work with that information as you prep for shooting.

  6. Researching the Client

    Understanding the client -- and what they are looking for in a video -- sets the stage for a successful video project. Learn how to research your client and the essential pre-production questions to ask.

  7. Choosing Equipment

    You don't need an elaborate amount of gear to shoot video -- Victor goes through the essentials for video, and how that list may change for different products.

  8. Waveforms and Scopes

    Waveform monitors show a visual of the video's exposure. Using waveforms along with vectorscopes can help you get the best results in camera as you shoot. While confusing at first, these tools offer big advantages on set.

  9. Shooting Strategy

    Build a strategy to organize those thoughts from pre-production and create a shooting schedule for the project. Incorporate these factors into a shooting strategy for success.

  10. Interview: Setting Up for Success

    The interview is an essential style for filmmaking. In this lesson, learn how to set up an interview for the best results, including audio suggestions and pitfalls to avoid.

  11. Prepping for the Interview

    Before you head into the interview, have a list of questions -- and practice asking them. Master the essentials for interview prep, including research.

  12. Capturing Audio

    Video and audio go hand-in-hand. Gain tips for capturing the best audio for your video, from dual system sound and setting levels to working with audio gear.

  13. Capturing Room Tone

    By recording the ambient noise in the room, unwanted background noise is easier to edit out. Learn how to capture the room tone and tricks to create better audio by adjusting the room.

  14. Audio Q&A

    Audio is scary stuff -- learn from the most frequently asked questions from students like you.

  15. B-Roll: 3 to 1 ratio

    B-Roll is supporting footage for your video, helping to add interest and fill gaps. In this lesson, learn why B-Roll is important -- and how much you need to shoot.

  16. Planning for B-Roll

    B-Roll should help tell your story -- so what should you capture, especially when the scene doesn't seem so interesting? Find out how to plan for B-Roll and ideas for the most interesting shots.

  17. 5 Rules to Capturing B-roll

    Use these guidelines to capture better B-Roll for your project, from gear tips to determining what's important.

  18. Using B-Roll to Shape an Edit

    B-Roll is secondary footage -- learn how to tackle video editing with B-Roll in mind. Then, jump into editing with Adobe Premiere Pro editing software.

  19. Introduction to Footage Review

    After recording, you may have hours of footage -- how do you decide what goes in and what stays out? Make footage review less daunting by tackling your fears first.

  20. Asset Management

    Organizing footage saves time and helps you get a jump start on that edit -- but the organization doesn't have to be elaborate. Learn how to manage the assets for your film project.

  21. Edit Setup

    Before you edit, preparing helps get the film project off on the right foot. Learn how to prep for editing, from working on audio first to identifying mistakes.

  22. Edit Audio in Adobe Audition

    Victor suggests photographers edit audio first to get the aspect that we're least familiar with out of the way. Build an understanding of audio editing and skills for using Adobe Audition, including eliminating that room noise.

  23. Syncing Your Footage

    Set up for a successful edit by creating "goal posts" and allowing enough time to reach each one. Start working on the edit by laying out the timeline and syncing footage.

  24. Conceptual Storyboarding

    Building a storyboard guides the edit and helps you tell a story, without meandering away from what's important. Create a successful story -- and learn why Victor creates his later in the process -- by working with a storyboard.

  25. Editing Choices

    Video editing is full of choices -- but you can always change your mind. Learn how to get over hurdles and make the best choices for your filmmaking project.

  26. Selecting a Soundtrack

    Soundtracks give your edits a tempo -- but what song should you choose? Victor talks about choosing neutral soundtracks, avoiding songs you already know, understanding copyright, and everything you need to know about soundtracks.

  27. Building the Rough Cut

    Start turning that storyboard into an actual edit by building the rough cut. Learn how to shrink down long footage, decide what to cut and what to trim, and start organizing footage.

  28. Refining the Story

    Take that rough cut and turn it into something less rough. Start moving footage around to match that storyboard. Victor explains the "meat and potatoes of editing" -- going through footage, listening, cutting, and repeating that same process again.

  29. Adding B-Roll

    With the shape of the video in place, work in footage from the second camera and B-Roll footage to fix continuity issues or simply add more interest. Develop not just an understanding of the editing software, but a workflow for editing your film project.

  30. Rough Cut to Final Cut

    Move from that rough cut to the final cut with an overview of the last stretch of the editing process, including mastering transitions, color edits, and polishing that timeline.

  31. Color Grading in DaVinci Resolve

    Create color-graded videos inside DaVinci Resolve. Learn how to use the software, import and export, and color grade your project.

  32. Three-Way Color Corrector in DaVinci Resolve

    A three-way color corrector allows you to fine-tune RGB values. Walk through the basic color correcting process to correct issues like color cast.

  33. Export from DaVinci Resolve to Adobe Premiere Pro

    With the color correction finished, be sure to export your file properly for a seamless transition back into Premiere Pro.

  34. Add a Title in Adobe Premiere Pro

    Adding text and titles in Premiere Pro is simple. Learn how to add text frames to your video project without leaving Premiere Pro.

  35. Export Project from Adobe Premiere Pro

    Once your edit is finished, it's time to deliver. Learn how to export your project from Premiere Pro.

  36. Adding a Keyframe

    Keyframes are simply markers in the video that signify the start and the end of a change. In this lesson, Victor uses keyframes to adjust the audio of only a small portion of the video.

  37. Creating Multiple Projects from Your Edit

    With the main project done, what else can you build from your material? In this lesson, Victor discusses additional options to add to smaller supplemental projects to your main work.


Cheryl Winkles

You're awesome, I learnt a lot from you, this is like a must-have first course for anyone who wants to step into video or filmmaking world. Highly recommended and thank you a million Victor Ha.

a Creativelive Student

Fantastic course, Victor is one of the finest instructors I have encountered. Great stuff, I would highly recommend this for anyone who wants to work in video