October 30, 2014 at 6:18PM
So I shot this talk-show type thing where two hosts talked to alumni at a homecoming game (I work at a high school.) Since I'm the school's only video guy, I was literally jumping between two dSLRs with a GoPro catching a wide shot from the coffee table. I had second system sound with the anchors passing around a handheld mic.
On top of all of this, the dSLR batteries would periodically die and/or the memory cards from all three cameras would run out of space.
What this is all leading up to is the massive headache of editing all this footage. I have the unbroken second system audio which clocks in at just under two hours, and the dSLR stuff is a mess. Not only are they broken into 12 minute files, I have all those gaps from having to change batteries and run up to my office to free up the memory cards. Oh, and I had shotgun mics mounted on the dSLRs and one of them died so I can't easily sync via waveforms for that stuff.
Is there a right way to go about my process in Premiere CC? Normally, I'd grin and bear the clunkiness of how I had to shoot it and post would be merely annoying... but that's if I had only shot twelve minutes or whatever. But I'm tasked with condensing two hours into a two minute highlight reel and it feels like a nightmare. I'm about 10 hours into editing this project and maybe 20% done with the process. I've never had to work with this amount of footage before.
At first I listened through the audio and marked the usable quips and whatnot. But then half the time I'd be short on coverage because there were moment where I'm changing batteries or whatever and all I'm left with is a static close up on one face for a three person conversation.
I'm not even sure what I'm asking at this point. I think I'm just tired and frustrated and needed to complain on the internet. =P