Logging with the Web Logger
After signing in to the Lumberjack Logger in your web browser, select the Event you want to log. The pop-up menu lists Events from newest to oldest.
If you do not yet have an Event, Create an Event.
Choose the Event from the Event popup menu.
(Optionally) shoot the logger interface clock with one of the cameras - if there is a camera offset, this will help the editor.
See Get Accurate Time.
Tap any checkbox, Favorite or Reject to start logging. The clock heading will change from white to red while logging is active.
Tap the ‘Stop’ button to finish logging the Event.
Tap the keyword checkbox ‘on’ to start logging that keyword.
(Tapping either the keyword or its checkbox will turn ‘on’ the checkbox.)
Tap the keyword checkbox ‘off’ to stop logging or click the 'Deselect All' button for each Keyword column to clear all keywords in that column. This is convenient if there are multiple keywords active.
You can use as many or as few of Lumberjack’s logging features as you want.
When the Lumberyard desktop app merges your Final Cut Pro X Event with the logged Lumberjack Event, Keyword Ranges are created to match the time between checkbox ‘on’ and checkbox ‘off’ for each keyword. Keyword ranges will appear within a clip, or spanning multiple clips from multiple cameras when displayed in Final Cut Pro X.
Lumberjack is not limited to applying keywords to full clips. Unlike other products Lumberjack logs exactly the keyword range that the operator enters in the web app.
Most of the time you will want to add Keyword Ranges but there are times when adding a Marker to a specific moment of time can be useful.
To add a Marker:
If a Keyword is not logged for at least five seconds, no Keyword Range is logged, but Lumberyard will interpret the short Keyword as a Marker at the start time.
Tip: Keep the Back-time at 0 seconds otherwise adding a Keyword would always be longer than five seconds. Lumberjack logs a backtimed Keyword to start at the backtime amount, and switch off at the current time, so any Keyword Range logged with backtimer active will be longer than five seconds.
You can add, edit or delete keywords before logging starts, or while logging. This accommodates changes in the shoot that were not anticipated: activities or people not expected or other keywords that were not predictable. It also allows Keywords no longer needed to be permanently removed.
Use the New links next to each keyword heading to add a new keyword for this Event.
Use the List links next to each keyword heading to view all keywords.
You can edit and delete keywords by using the Edit and Delete links beside each keyword.
If you edit a keyword that's already been used for logging it will update all the instances of that logged keyword in all your events. All logged instances will be updated to the new keyword.
When you delete a keyword, it does not affect any logging already done using that keyword.
Because it takes time to enter a new keyword, or because we sometimes miss the start (or end) of actions, Lumberjack has the ability to log “in the past”, up to 90 seconds (1½ minutes) ago. The default back-time is 0 seconds.
Note: The most important function in either logging interface is the ability to back-time the start (checkbox on) of a Keyword. The end (checkbox off) will always be current time.
Back-timing is the secret to relaxed logging.
Back-timing allows time for the action or topic to start, before we have to log it. In the example above, all keyword ranges will start 15 seconds in the past. All Keyword Ranges finish at the current time.
The Out time will automatically change to current time, regardless of the setting in Back-time.
Back-time only affects Keyword start time.
Tip: If you keep the Back-time at 10 seconds, you'll always have time to assess
and respond without panic.
As you can in Final Cut Pro X, you can Favorite or Reject a range during logging.
The problem is that when you're logging you don't know that a range of time is going to be a Favorite or Rejected until after it has passed. For example, say an interview subject starts talking then a minute later stumbles and wants to start again. We can mark this range as Rejected.
Or their is a particularly good quote said in an interview, or some spectacular action, that you want to Favorite, even though the time has past.
Marking these ranges takes advantage of the Back-time function to log a Favorite or Rejected range.
A message displays below the time display, to confirm the addition of a Favorite or Rejected range and the duration. The display remains until the next Keyword action (start or end).
The Comment field is for notes to the editor. It is NOT a logging field. If you want more detailed logging than keyword ranges, then use noteLogger.
Comments will appear in Final Cut Pro X as a Comment Keyword. The content of the Comment will be in the Notes field for that Keyword Range.
Lumberjack System does no string-outs based on Comment.
The Comment field is for notes to editorial about issues that arose during the shoot. For example "Joe forgot the radio mic, so you only have camera audio" or "shoot plagued by aircraft noise coming and going" etc.
Tap the Undo button to undo the last action.
Note: Actions shorter than 5 seconds are not logged. There is no need to undo if you undo an action within 5 seconds.
Sometimes you need to quickly deselect a bunch of Other Keywords if the subject changes quickly.
After tapping the Stop button to stop logging, there is link at the top right of the page
to View Metadata Logs.
Tap this link to list out all the logged metadata for this Event, whether on that day or earlier. Logs from the iOS app need to be uploaded before they will appear in this summary.
Note: This is a read-only list - logs cannot be modified here.
At the top is a Total Duration logged for each keyword, and below that is the listing of each logged Keyword Range.
You can hide an Event by tapping its Hide Event link. Hidden Events no longer appear in the Logger or the Lumberyard desktop app.
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