Logging footage is essential step in the process of organizing footage in prep for the edit. An assistant editor once they have created the edit projects (edit ecosystem) begins to organize footage into two major catagories; B Roll and Interviews.

BROLL - sometimes called beauty shots host of other creative pseduo nomenclature may be used by producers and the likes, still to the assistant editor this is BROLL. BROLL is organized and given descriptions or meta-tagged in order to find shots quickly once we are in the offline edit process.

INTERVIEWS - There are two main types of interviews (INTV); OTF or Controlled Interviews. OTF or On The Fly interviews are typically verite style shot and recorded while in the field. The subject will talk to the camera or an interviewer off screen. OTFs are typical in reality, doc-series and documentary. CONTROLLED INTERVIEWS are generally planned indoors or outdoors. The controlled interview is generally planned out for location, time and crew.

Once footage has been ingested / backed up and organized into its edit ecosystem. The next step is logging the footage and in some cases the interviews may even be transcribed by a vendor. When the budget for a project does not allow us to send out for transcription the decision is made to spot log.

GOAL: Create a summary of the major conversation points in the interview using markers to outline


The footage has already been laid out in a sequence for you. You can find the sequence in the Project pane here: 00 CURRENT CUTS / PREP SEQUENCES / Logged Sequence. Double-click it to open it in the timeline.


Using Markers

With the timeline selected, begin to play the footage. As you listen to the interview, add markers whenever a) a new question is asked and b) the respondent says something important in his answer. Put markers at the beginning of each new point or question rather than at the end.

  • • New questions = Red marker
  • • Important points in the answer = Green marker

To add a marker to the sequence:

  • Hit F1 - Adds a marker
  • • Hit F1 again (while the marker is selected) - Edit the marker in the Marker Window
EXAMPLE: What markers look like in the timeline


EXAMPLE: Editing in the Marker Window. Red Marker = Beginning of a new question

“Name”: Enter the question being asked here

“Marker Color”: Change to red


EXAMPLE: Editing in the Marker Window. Green Marker - Important point in the answer

“Name”: Some indication about what question is being answered
“Comments”: Summarize the important point the respondent just gave

“Marker Color”: Green (this is the default color)