Lumberjack for Reality or Documentary
Lumberjack System was initially developed for a reality TV show. It allows for easy, efficient logging that has huge benefits in developing story for reality and documentary projects.
Logging real-time with Lumberjack ensures that interviews, activities and b-roll are logged and that the logs are available to the editor with 100% accuracy and minimal effort.
A tiny investment during the shoot and you can start the edit with fully logged clips in well organized Events.
Lumberjack goes beyond Event organization and provides you with select string-outs to kick-start your editing.
Lumberjack supports time-stamped transcript import to Final Cut Pro X where it is aligned to media times via the Lumberyard Transcript mode.
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Starting with ingested media (in this example externally named before import to Final Cut Pro X), export XML to Lumberyard.
In less than two minutes, the Lumberyard app has processed the logs and sends a logged Event back to Final Cut Pro X.
All of the keywords are organized to make the select you want, easy to find:
When I first had plans to produce a reality TV show on, and about, a solar boat journey, I quickly realized that the only way we could meet our production goals, was to log as we shot.
That simple insight, along with the lessons learned from Final Cut Pro X, grew into today’s Lumberjack System. In addition to that basic Keywording mode, Lumberjack now has Story mode, for building story string-outs from logged Events, and Transcript mode, which is used to align time-stamped transcripts with media files.
Simply click a few checkboxes during the shoot, and you'll
Before you shoot an interview, set up the keywords for the people, places and topics you plan on covering during the interview while your at a full size keyboard.
During the shoot you can easily add and log additional keywords as they come up.
Similarly you can add a b-roll activity keyword and content keywords for the shots as they're taken.
The footage is imported to FCPX normally, and then XML is exported to the Lumberyard application where the keyword ranges logged are matched with the footage information in the XML using the time-of-of day from both.
You can also choose to have Lumberyard create string-outs for people, places or the content keywords.
Back in FCPX there will be a new, fully logged event, with folders for the Location, People, Activity and Content keyword collections.
If you selected them, you'll also find string-outs for each person or content keyword selected, which not only gives you a read on where the main stories lie, but also a starting point for editing to begin. You'll notice that each person is identified with a basic title drawn from then person keyword, to avoid confusion.
That's the basics of Lumberjack Keyword Mode - click a few checkboxes during the shoot and you'll be
Because projects can extend over many years, Lumberyard offers Story mode. Take already logged Events from FCP X - whether they've been keyworded in Lumberjack Keyword Mode, or entered in FCP X - or a full Library, back to Lumberyard to string-out keyword-based timelines for the logged content. Get a head start on finding the main story themes from the entire project, while still logging as the shoot progresses.
The Lumberyard app has an additional mode for integrating time-stamped transcripts into FCP X and making the transcript content searchable from within FCPX. Find a specific quote or subject mention from within FCP X's Filter dialog. Go direct to the media file at the time of the quote. According to the Assistant Editor on the OJ Simpson Documentaries having this ability made their lives "10x easier".
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