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Chapter 5. Editing Techniques > Finalize Your Audio Track

3. Finalize Your Audio Track

Editing styles differ, and there’s no right or wrong way to start. However, when I’m editing, my first goal is to finalize my audio track. This means identifying all clips containing audio I want to include in the final video—usually interview footage, noddies, and some B-Roll—and inserting them into the project. This will create a complete and final audio track that will run throughout the project, regardless of the video that may accompany it at any given time. After the audio track is set, I’ll insert noddies without audio, cutaways, and establishing shots, then work on logos and titles.

How I categorize and isolate clips from the captured video depends on the program I’m using. Many programs allow you to split clips up in the library (or wherever the captured video is stored), which simplifies the process of identifying keeper clips and discarding the rest. Figure 5.1, a screen shot from Microsoft’s Movie Maker 2, illustrates this.


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