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AV3's Get for Final Cut Pro

AV3's Get is a great tool for phonetic searches for soundbites, saving a lot of time and money! By Heath McKnight

AV3's Get for Final Cut Pro is a dialogue search tool that makes it easy to search for soundbites, by using specific keywords you're searching for, and the metadata that Get creates when it analyzes your footage. You won't need to sit in the edit bay for hours taking notes and transcribing interviews! Get does the work for you, making it easier and faster to focus on video editing.

 

 

AV3's Get with Final Cut Pro.

 

How It Works

AV3's Get is built upon Nexedia's special phonetic search technology, and will index and create metadata after analyzing your footage or audio. You can add in your footage from the app, or by dragging it in, including specific folders in your capture folder. This process only takes a few minutes, even if you have a lot of it, about 60 seconds per one hour of footage.

Indexed folders and FCP projects.

 

Once your footage or audio has been indexed by Get, you can then add in the specific Final Cut Pro projects that correspond with the video and audio clips. From there, you can search for keywords in Get's search window.

The results of your keyword or phrase search.

Simply spell out key words and phrases, give it a score, and Get will quickly go through the database and reveal clips containing soundbites with the keyword or phrase. For example, I recently worked on a video featuring parents being interviewed about their children for a corporate video. I used Get to find keywords, such as "research," "child," and "progress." Get found several instances of each keyword, making it easier for me to go through two hours of interview footage.

When it comes to selecting the score, try to find a middle- to middle-high ground. Much higher scores result in less successful searches, while lower scores tend to turn up words and phrases you likely weren't searching for. Also, if you misspell the word, Get will likely find it, as long as it's spelled phonetically correct.

The results will be grouped by the location of the clips (specific folders in the capture scratch folder), plus the score, the name of the clip and the date and time the clip was last modified. You can also categorize the results by the highest confidence, which are the top hits by Get.

Get's Preview window.

To preview the clips, hit the spacebar and a window will open, much like Mac OS X's Quick Look feature. You can view and listen to each selected clip. If you've opened more than one clip, it will stay in the same preview window, and you can go back-and-forth between the clips. The timecode is also displayed, which is great. There are many tools in this window to skim through the video and audio of multiple clips and where, specifically, your keyword or phrase hits are located.

Once you've gone through each clip and its keyword or phrase hit, you can then export it into Final Cut Pro for easy editing.

Exporting a clip with keyword markers.

One way to export is to highlight a clip, hit the "Export New Clip" button (or right-click and select "Export New Clip"), type in the precise name of the clip and select the Final Cut Pro project you're working in. In the specific FCP project, the clip already has the markers where the keyword or phrase hits are located at, making it easy to cut the footage for your interview, documentary, corporate video, etc. If you're still in the preview window, you can select "Export New Clip."

An advanced export feature allows you to take clips you've already exported with markers indicating the keyword or phrase you've chosen, such as "research," and add other keyword or phrase markers from a different search of the same clip.

For example, you have the interview clip already exported to FCP with markers for "research," but you also did a search of the same clip for "progress." Instead of exporting the same clip with different markers, simply go back to the Get app, right-click the clip and select "Reveal in Final Cut Pro," the choose "Export Markers," and it will add in the markers for "progress" in the same clip.

Finding the keywords or phrases visually after export, in Final Cut Pro.

When the exported clips are opened, the markers of the keyword or phrase hit are already there, and you can easily find the soundbite in the Viewer window by navigating to each marker. There is also a small, colored window at each marker with the keyword or phrase, so you can visually scan through your clip and find each specific marker by its name.

Marking in and out points in Get, for easier FCP editing.

Another advanced feature is selecting an in and out point near the keyword or phrase hit, while working in Get's preview window, then exporting that specific part of the clip vs. the entire clip, into FCP. This is a great way of already having your in and out points made for you once they're exported to FCP, so you can do your soundbite editing within Get. Keep in mind, it doesn't create a smaller clip or a subclip in FCP. You can also name these new clips whatever you like, instead of the raw clip's precise name.

AV3's Get supports only a handful of languages, including English (North America and UK) and Latin American Spanish, but they promise more are coming soon.

 Get is a separate app, so you don't necessarily need to have Final Cut Pro open. However, by having FCP open, you can create the marked clips for easier editing.

AV3's Get can support video files such as .mp4, .mov, .m4v, .mpg, .avi and .wmv, plus many more audio formats, including .aiff, .mp3, .aifc, .qt, .wav, .au, .mpeg, .m4a and .mpg4.

Final Cut Pro X

As I was working with AV3's Get in Final Cut Pro 7, I noticed that FCP was bringing in the clips via XML. As of right now (early July 2011), FCP X doesn't support XML, so Get won't be able to export clips and markers for use in FCP X yet. Apple is promising XML support soon, but you can still easily use Get

Pricing

AV3's Get costs $249 to purchase, which is a relatively affordable price when you think of the costs you'll save by not having a production assistant log footage. If you won't be using it as often, you can also rent the app, starting at $59 for three days, $109 for 60 days and $159 for 90 days. You can also demo the software free for 10 days.

Renting may seem a bit odd, but consider that some freelance producers, especially one-man-bands, may only film a handful interviews a year. This is a cost-effective way of using the software without blowing your budget.

Conclusion

AV3's Get is a great tool for phonetic searches for soundbites, saving a lot of time and money, no matter the size of your production company. While searching through interviews I filmed, Get did a great job, but had an issue with a person who had a thick accent, and couldn't turn up searches well, until I dialed the score down, but the results were mixed. Otherwise, it did very well with keyword or phrase searches. Find out more at http://www.getphonetic.com/get/index.html.

Update: "The official statement on the status of Get from AV3 Software - The developer, Nexidia, has instructed us to stop selling Get Phonetic. We will continue to support existing users to the best of our ability."


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Heath McKnight is a filmmaker and author who has produced and directed several independent feature and short films, including Hellevator, 9:04 AM and December. He is currently web content manager for doddleNEWS. Heath was also a contributor to VASST's best-selling book, "The FullHD," and has written for TopTenREVIEWS and Videomaker.


Related Keywords:AV3, AV3 Get, Final Cut Pro, FCP X, video editing, dialog search, soundbites, workflow, metadata


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