Documents Compass

We provide non-profit assistance to those who are engaged in or planning documentary editing projects in the electronic age.

Editorial Methodology

Documents Compass will assist editors to develop their project methodology such as transcription procedures and deciding on the tagging they need to reproduce things in a digital way.

Data Tagging

Documents Compass assists editors in converting legacy content, moving it into the XML environment.We provide projects help in a simplified, understandable, and user-friendly way.

Training

Documents Compass provides hands-on training to project editors onsite. We train editors to work with new tools and systems, install software, identify problem areas, and solve digital work flow issues.

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Services We Provide

Project Planning

Documents Compass consults with editors of new projects to define scope, document collection strategies, editorial methods, and publication outcomes

Funding Guidance

Documents Compass assists projects in locating potential funders and writing grant proposals. We have worked to date with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Content Processing

Documents compass assists editors in converting legacy content, moving them into the appropriate electronic environment.

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Documents Compass

Documents Compass is a non-profit organization. It was formed in 2007 by two Documentary Editors who recognized the need to provide tools for bringing their works to the Internet in a rapidly changing environment. They established this service provider as a resource for scholars and editors who want to create digital editions of historical and literary documents. Documents Compass provides consultation services in areas such as project management, workflow, transcription standards, metadata and tagging. Documents Compass is a digital program of The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

“Documents Compass is one of the best document editing service. They are very precise and have some of the best talents in the field.”

Jone Than

“They are very considerate about their customers. They put the customer’s needs first without compromising on the quality of work. When it comes to document editing Document Compass is a name you can trust.”

Stacy Waller

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Professional Video Editing Tips and Techniques

Video editing process is an essential part of the Post-production. In the post-production, the video’s shot are brought in to be arranged in a sequence and then they are edited as per required. Video editing software’s are used in various places such as films — television production, documentaries, music videos, etc.

Video editing has evolved drastically over the few years, during the 1950s video were recorded on 2-inch video strips that were then cut using razors physically. This was a complicated process as one had to keep in mind the audio sequence while trimming the video strips. The current millennium has absolutely no issue as such as videos are easily recorded and can be edited very quickly. One of the main advantages of today’s video editing software is that one can undo their mistake using a click of a button and correct their error without any form of risk involved.

One of the most commonly used and preferred software for video editing is Adobe premier pro and final cut pro. They are easy to use and have shortcut keys that enable faster editing with better results. There are various ways of editing videos such as-

1)Linear Video Editing –

Linear video editing was the original way of editing videos before computer software’s came into place. Films would have to be cut into tiny strips and then glued back together in the order of their respective sequence. In this process, each videotape is cut separately and constantly played individually till the perfect shot is acquired.

2)  Non-Linear Video Editing –

This form of video editing is widely used in the current generation. Videos are recorded and then edited using computer software with special effects. Commonly used software in this form of editing are Adobe premiere pro,  Avid, and Final cut pro. This form of editing is convenient as a person can go a few steps back and make changes without affecting the original film.

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3) Offline editing –

Offline editing is the most common form practice followed in the film and television industry. Copies are made of the original recording in a lower resolution, and then they are edited without harming the original film itself. Once the editing process is completed the copied files are simply put online and replaced with the original footage thus simplifying the editing process.

4) Online editing –

The online editing process is when the original raw footage is edited in their raw form. This is not commonly followed, as the risk of making an error is highly probable. Due to the advancement in technology, online editing process has been replaced by video editing softwares.

5) Vision Mixing –

Vision mixing is widely used during live shows when the video angles have to be switched continuously among various cameras.  Vision mixers are commonly used in television studios, production trucks or OB vans.

Best Video Editing Software For Your Documentary Project

Documentaries are feature-length films that are based on real events, era’s, life events, etc. They are Non-fictional and are factually accurate. Documentaries appeal both to the analytical and the emotional factor is human beings.

Documentaries depict real-life scenarios of human history. The audience must be easily able to relate to documentaries, even if it describes incidents of the past. It is not compulsory to have dialogues in a documentary. At times it is all about the video and the background sounds that describes a scenario of a documentary. Thus they must be edited to the level of perfection where they create an impact on the audience.

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Various parts go into the making of a documentary such as Pre-Production, Production, and Post-production. The role of post-production is where everything comes together. All the filmed videos are brought in to be carefully edited according to the requirements and then they are placed based on their sequence. This is one part where Colour correction, Trimming, Audio mixing and many other forms of adjustments and corrections are done. In the current generation, video software’s or offline video editing process is used to edit videos as it is much more convenient and corrections can be made easily.

There are various kinds of software’s that are available on the internet that can be used in editing videos. The most commonly used software to edit documentaries are Adobe premier pro and iMovie maker. These two software’s in specific are widely used because they give the user the freedom to edit as much as they want. Various changes can be made in the video’s using these softwares such as Pre-configured filters for documentaries, color grading, shit focus, etc. One of the best feature of Adobe premier pro is that it has a separate section for audio editing, where all the audio discrepancies can be edited easily.  The sound quality can be enhanced, and the pitch of the sound can even be changed based on the requirement.

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These Softwares are reliable and user-friendly thus using them is easy to use. It allows making last-minute adjustments to specific video frames easily with disturbing or harming any other frame. It allows to change the quality of the video and gives the user freedom to add special effects to the footage. It allows the editor to bring in his vision and creativity.

Adobe premier pro and iMovie might be two of the best software’s for editing documentaries, but alongside it, there are many more software packages that although might not be to a complete professional level but might as well get the job done. Softwares like Final cut pro, InShot, Windows movie maker are some of the other software’s that can be used to edit documentaries.