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Effective Storytelling with Final Cut Pro X

Adding keywords to make clips accessible


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Effective Storytelling with Final Cut Pro X

with Diana Weynand

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With some keyword collections in your Delicious Peace Storytelling event, you may feel as though your project is well-organized. Remember though, clips can have multiple uses. If a clip is tucked away in a single keyword collection, you might not remember it's even there. It's worth taking the time to add additional tags and make your clips more accessible, so they'll pop-up and remind you they're waiting to be part of your story. Now, don't forget, when you've added a keyword to a clip, a thin horizontal blue line appears across the clip.
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  1. 5m 54s
    1. Welcome
      1m 20s
    2. Using the exercise files
      4m 34s
  2. 16m 21s
    1. Exploring different types of storytellers
      7m 9s
    2. Identifying story elements
      5m 9s
    3. Finding the essence of the story
      4m 3s
  3. 15m 6s
    1. Organizing footage into folders
      5m 29s
    2. Creating a disk image as a contained workspace
      4m 51s
    3. Importing folders and stills as keyword collections
      4m 46s
  4. 22m 52s
    1. Adding keywords to make clips accessible
      3m 33s
    2. Using favorite tags to call clips into action
      7m 16s
    3. Making notes to capture observations
      4m 1s
    4. Performing a complex search
      2m 28s
    5. Prepping clips for editing
      5m 34s
  5. 28m 47s
    1. Finding the meat of the clips
      5m 11s
    2. Don't be puzzled over your first edit
      4m 27s
    3. Creating project versions and developing story diversity
      5m 16s
    4. Putting story threads in order
      7m 25s
    5. Sculpting the story within the timeline
      6m 28s
  6. 46m 5s
    1. Trimming distractions from a story
      6m 48s
    2. Compounding thoughts into one primary story project
      9m 52s
    3. Evaluating the project for story content and pacing
      7m 1s
    4. Fine-tuning the edits in a project
      7m 36s
    5. Refining the primary sound bed
      7m 55s
    6. Organizing separate story segments into independent storylines
      6m 53s
  7. 24m 11s
    1. Storyboarding a narrative script using placeholders
      7m 22s
    2. Recording a narration track to explore script ideas
      4m 40s
    3. Changing pitch in a temporary narration track to identify different characters
      5m 27s
    4. Adding sound effects to create depth
      6m 42s
  8. 41m 2s
    1. Embellishing the story with cutaways to B-roll footage
      9m 3s
    2. Finessing cutaways to enhance the story
      5m 3s
    3. Editing and arranging a still-image storyline
      6m 22s
    4. Applying the Ken Burns effect to still images
      6m 33s
    5. Altering your story's "look" using the Color Board
      8m 4s
    6. Applying effects to enhance story elements
      5m 57s
  9. 28m 57s
    1. Retiming to lengthen or shorten music and clips
      6m 48s
    2. Adding freeze frames to end or start sections
      6m 40s
    3. Video finishing touches
      8m 6s
    4. Audio finishing touches
      7m 23s
  10. 1m 7s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 7s

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Effective Storytelling with Final Cut Pro X
3h 50m Intermediate Feb 01, 2012

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Dive into narrative with Diana Weynand, as she shares a comprehensive method for finding, crafting, and developing a compelling story in Apple Final Cut Pro X. The course also covers key concepts such as building a primary storyline, evaluating content and pacing, trimming distracting clips, creating different story versions, and storyboarding. The course also explores how to capture and organize media, incorporate B-roll cutaways, apply the Ken Burns effect to still images, re-time music and clips, and add finishing touches.

Topics include:
  • Identifying story elements
  • Finding the essence of a story
  • Importing folders and stills as keyword collections
  • Using keywords to make clips accessible
  • Prepping clips for editing
  • Developing story diversity
  • Sculpting the story within the timeline
  • Fine-tuning edits
  • Organizing separate story segments into independent storylines
  • Recording a narration track
  • Adding sound effects
  • Applying effects to enhance story elements
  • Adding freeze frames
Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Software:
Final Cut Pro
Author:
Diana Weynand

Adding keywords to make clips accessible

With some keyword collections in your Delicious Peace Storytelling event, you may feel as though your project is well-organized. Remember though, clips can have multiple uses. If a clip is tucked away in a single keyword collection, you might not remember it's even there. It's worth taking the time to add additional tags and make your clips more accessible, so they'll pop-up and remind you they're waiting to be part of your story. Now, don't forget, when you've added a keyword to a clip, a thin horizontal blue line appears across the clip.

Whether you have one keyword or twenty, you'll only ever have a single line. Let's take a look at the Coffee Growing clips. Now, I'm looking for JJ. There is a clip of JJ where he's tying a bag. Here's another one, but remember we talked about naming clips, so that they'll appear together, and that would be really great if I could get all of JJ's clips together, that will only happen though if I sort my clips or arrange them by name. When I do that, I can scroll through and see the three JJ clips appear together.

Now, it would be really great to add a keyword collection called JJ since he is a prominent figure in this particular documentary. So we can click on the Keyword Editor, and we can add JJ as one of our keywords. Then all we have to do with those clips selected is just click the Ctrl+1 key and JJ is added as a keyword. Notice over here in our Event Library JJ appears also as a keyword collection. Well, you can also do that another way, as you probably know, in Interviews JJ talks so we can drag him from the interview section into the JJ keyword collection.

So, we now have different clips of JJ all in one place. If you look at the America keyword collection there's three clips that are B-Roll clips, and that's great, but now that you're sitting back and looking at these, you might think well, gee, there're other clips that were shot in America. For example, the interview clips. Ben and Paul, those interviews were both shot in America. So, let's drag them to our America keyword collection. So, now when we look at these clips we say, okay, if I want to cut together a little segment on the American coffee importers, they're all together, I just have to go to this one place.

Likewise in the Interviews, we have Sinina and we have JJ. Let's drag them into the Uganda keyword collection. So now when we go there, we see that they're part of this group. We can do the same things with the stills and the animal shots because we have an Animal keyword collection, but rather than try to drag through and get them in this way, which might be a little harder, let's switch to the Event List view, and here we can just simply go through and select Command+Click all of the different clips that we might want to put into the Animal keyword collection.

Once we've selected them, just drag into Animals and release, and now our Animal keyword collection, now I'll go back to looking at the Thumbnail view, includes stills and video, but all animals. So, when you get ready to edit that segment on African animals or animals around this area, they're ready to go. By adding more keywords and tags to a clip you're making that clip more accessible and giving yourself more opportunities to find it and use it when the story calls for it.

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