How to Cook a Country Ham

How to Cook a Country Ham

Every year at Christmas we cook a country ham. Perhaps you have seen country hams hanging from hooks at your butcher’s shop and didn’t know what they were.

These hams are salted, cured and smoked the old-fashioned way and can be stored at room temperature for a couple of years and then safely eaten. It is prepared in the same method as Italian prosciutto. Traditionally people heat up the hams in the oven, and this video shows how our family does it.

How to Cook a Country Ham

Recording SFX

I first put the video together without dialogue or sound other than the music. It sounded way too bland. So I went back and added some live sound. Then I recorded foley for each action, including doors opening and shutting, footsteps, car sounds, paper sounds, water, clunking of the ham in and out of containers, and absolutely anything I saw on the screen. Then I went back and reenabled and enhanced the dialogue where needed. All of these sound effects gave a sense of reality to the story. Normally I mix the dialogue to about -6 db, the SFX to -12 db, and the music to -18. Since the dialogue was incidental I boosted the SFX and the music to tell the story.

Final Cut Pro X makes it easy to keep clips and audio organized by using roles. Of course rolls always go well with country ham ;). FCPX assign roles automatically on import to all media, but you can reassign roles as needed, and define new roles as you see fit. FCPX roles are part of the metadata infrastructure.

Assigning Roles in Final Cut Pro X

Assigning Roles in Final Cut Pro X

The screenshot to the left shows the basic roles I used. You can see in this shot that the effects roles are greyed out as I disabled them to produce the first clip below. You can also have FCPX automatically export stems and different mixes utilizing roles chosen during the export process. I just activated/deactivated them in the timeline by using the roles interface. It is a great help to keep things visually organized.

Below find 3 versions, the first 2 just cover the first half of the video. The first uses music only, and the second adds foley to the music track. I wanted you to see what a difference the sound effects make. The final version is the full length version which also includes the random dialogue found in the beginning of the video.

To me foley makes all the difference between simply a video and a film that tells a story. I have the greatest respect for Hollywood foley artists who bring reality to the screen and make films come alive, all in anonymity for the most part. They are the real unsung heroes in the film industry.

Thanks to Randy at Busch’s Country Corner at Findlay Market in Cincinnati, Ohio, and to Mary Beth Pocock for their excellent acting skills. I heartily recommend the Clifty Farm country hams sold by Busch’s.

Music Only
Music and SFX

Here is the complete full length version, with music, SFX, and dialog:

 

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  1. Mike Busch
    January 28, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT. GREAT ADVERTISEMENT
    THANK YOU…………………..

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