Logging with the iOS Logger
Download the Lumberjack iOS Logger from the App Store.
At the heart of Lumberjack System is Universal Time (time of day with time-zone offset included). Getting accurate time on the cameras and audio recorders is important so we've provided a few tips in our How to get Accurate Time page.
If you do not yet have an Event, Create an Event.
While connected to the Internet, sign in to your account. Once your library of Events has been downloaded, Internet Access is no longer required for logging or moving between downloaded Events.
Optionally: shoot the logger interface clock with one of the cameras - if there is a camera offset, this will help the editor.
See Get Accurate Time for more details.
Tap any of the keyword buttons to start logging. The clock heading will change from white to red while logging is active. The Keyword will be highlighted with a blue square to its left.
Tap any active Keyword to to turn it off and finish the Keyword Range, or tap the ‘Stop’ button to finish logging the Event.
You can use as many or as few of Lumberjack’s logging features as you want.
When the Lumberyard desktop app merges your Final Cut Pro X Event with the logged Lumberjack Event, Keyword Ranges are created to match the time between button ‘on’ and button ‘off’ for each keyword. Keyword ranges will appear within a clip, or spanning multiple clips from multiple cameras when displayed in Final Cut Pro X.
Lumberjack is not limited to applying keywords to full clips. Unlike other products Lumberjack logs exactly the keyword range that the operator enters in the app.
You can add keywords while logging. This accommodates changes in the shoot that were not anticipated: activities or people not expected or other keywords that were not predictable.
Use the + next to each keyword heading to add a new keyword for this Event.
Keywords added in the iOS logger, and logged at least once, will be added to the online database when the Keyword logs are uploaded (after logging).
Logging Keyword Ranges
To start logging a Keyword Range, click the Keyword on.
Note: You can click anywhere on the Keyword to start, or stop, a Keyword Range. You do not have to click the check box, although you can.
To stop logging a Keyword Range, click the Keyword off.
Most of the time you will want to add Keyword Ranges but there are times when adding a Marker to a specific moment of time can be useful.
To add a Marker:
If a Keyword is not logged for at least five seconds, no Keyword Range is logged, but Lumberyard will interpret the short Keyword as a Marker at the start time.
Tip: Keep the Back-time at 0 seconds otherwise adding a Keyword would always be longer than five seconds. Lumberjack logs a backtimed Keyword to start at the backtime amount, and switch off at the current time, so any Keyword Range logged with backtimer active will be longer than five seconds.
Because it takes time to enter a new keyword, or because we sometimes miss the start (or end) of actions, Lumberjack has the ability to log “in the past”, up to 90 seconds (1½ minutes) ago. The default back-time is 0 seconds.
Note: The most important function in either logging interface is the ability to back-time the start (checkbox on) of a Keyword. The end (checkbox off) will always be current time.
Back-timing is the secret to relaxed logging.
Back-timing allows time for the action or topic to start, before we have to log it. In the example above, all keyword ranges will start 15 seconds in the past. All Keyword Ranges finish at the current time.
The Out time will automatically change to current time, regardless of the setting in Back-time.
Back-time only affects Keyword start time.
Tip: If you keep the Back-time at 5 seconds, you'll always have time to assess
and respond without panic.
As you can in Final Cut Pro X, you can Favorite or Reject a range during logging.
The problem is that when you're logging you don't know that a range of time is going to be a Favorite or Rejected until after it has passed. For example, say an interview subject starts talking then a minute later stumbles and wants to start again. We can mark this range as Rejected.
Or their is a particularly good quote said in an interview, or some spectacular action, that you want to Favorite, even though the time has past.
Marking these ranges takes advantage of the Back-time function to log a Favorite or Rejected range.
The Favorite or Reject button will momentarily highlight to indicate that the range has been logged.
With iOS Logger 3 you can add, and edit, notes on Keyword Ranges logged with the iOS Logger on iPad or iPhone.
To add a note to a Keyword Range when logging:
Note: You can press the microphone icon on the keyboard to dictate your note if the environment allows.
To add or edit a note to a Keyword Range already logged:
Once you have finished logging, an Internet connection is required to upload the logs to the Lumberjack server.
If there are logs that have not been uploaded, the Cloud button will display red.
Tap the Cloud icon then tap to confirm the Upload to Server.
The iOS app will send the logs to the Lumberjack server where they can be accessed by the Lumberyard desktop app.
If you want to view the logs uploaded to the server:
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