Technical Terms on the Lumberjack Website


Adjust media time — sometimes the camera time may be set incorrectly so that the logged keywords do not match up with the media. You can tell the Lumberyard desktop app to adjust the media and it will recalculate the media start and stop times. For best results, shoot the logger interface clock with one of the cameras - if there is a camera offset, this will help the editor determine how to adjust the media times.


Back-time — these buttons allow logging of unanticipated keywords that are entered after the shoot starts. By back-timing the in point, the keyword can be logged from when it should have been logged, rather than after the keyword was created. Back-time can be 5, 15, 30, 60 or 90 seconds “earlier”. This is also useful if an action has happened without noticing (for example, someone coming into the shot).

The Out time will automatically change to current time, regardless of the setting in Back-time. Back-time only affects Keyword start time.


Comment — sometimes keywords alone do not convey enough information to the editor. Comments will appear in Final Cut Pro X as a Comment keyword, with the content of the Comment box in the Notes field of the keyword.


Event — everything starts with an Event. It could be a story, an interview, a set-up… Think of it as a single “chunk” of the production. When you create a new Event you add the keywords you think might be used during logging (these can be easily copied over from a previous Event).


Filter — build a search for clips containing a particular keyword. Notes in a keyword can be filtered using the Text criteria. You can save a filtered search as a Smart Collection. See Find clips and projects in events for more information.


Keywords — the who, what, where and why. These are the keywords you add in the Location Keywords, Person Keywords, Activity Keywords and Other Keywords columns in the Logger web application. Keywords are generally pre-set ahead of the shoot, but Lumberjack is flexible enough to allow entry of new keywords during the shoot. Each keyword becomes a Keyword Range in Final Cut Pro X starting with a letter prefix describing its type — “l:” for locations, “p:” for people, “a:” for activities, and “k:” for other keywords. This allows you to distinguish between “p:John Smith” and “l:John Smith’s Office” when filtering and creating Smart Collections.


Keyword Range — the area of a clip marked with a particular keyword. It runs from when the keyword’s checkbox was clicked ‘on’ by the logger to when the checkbox was clicked ‘off’. In Final Cut Pro X a blue line shows the part of the clip that has keywords applied. See Add keywords to clips for more information about Keywords in Final Cut Pro X.


Lumberjack — a type of logger. Lumberjack is more than OK. In fact, this lumberjack saves trees (think of it as “sustainable logging”).


Smart Collections — a collection of clips in an Event based on a search criteria you created in the Filter window. See Save searches as Smart Collections for more information.


Favorite/Reject — as you can in Final Cut Pro X, you can Favorite or Reject a range during logging. The Favorite/Reject function works in tandem with Back-time to always log a range wth a single tap on either the Favorite button, or the Reject button. The Favorite or Reject range will begin at the time set in Back-time and finish at the current moment.


String-out — a timeline containing a series of selects based on a person or activity or other keyword in time order. The string-out solves the “empty sequence” problem. Once the selects are strung-out — likely the first thing an editor will do — then the real work of editing starts.


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