New Feature: Playlist Center! Pick a topic and let our playlists guide the way.

Start learning with our library of video tutorials taught by experts. Get started

Documentary Editing with Final Cut Pro X
Illustration by John Hersey

Archiving the project


From:

Documentary Editing with Final Cut Pro X

with Diana Weynand

Video: Archiving the project

Even though you've delivered the final version of the documentary, your job as editor is not over. You want to make sure a copy of the final project, and its associated files, are neatly tucked away. Just in case you or other team members want to make changes later. Final Cut Pro can handle the job of duplicating a project quite easily. But first, let's take a slight detour and create a sparse image drive so you can easily move your project files when you need to. Now, remember, don't change the location of any folders or clips after the project has been completed or Final Cut Pro won't know where to find them next time.
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 2m 12s
    1. Welcome
      59s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 13s
  2. 11m 21s
    1. Understanding what makes a good documentary
      3m 38s
    2. Interpreting a creative brief to establish goals
      3m 32s
    3. Reviewing the project's media assets
      4m 11s
  3. 24m 5s
    1. Organizing and screening footage
      4m 12s
    2. Importing footage
      3m 37s
    3. Organizing and screening interview and B-roll footage
      6m 53s
    4. Annotating and renaming clips
      5m 1s
    5. Filtering and searching for clips
      4m 22s
  4. 25m 26s
    1. Make preliminary editing decisions
      6m 38s
    2. Creating mini-storylines to contain groups of clips
      5m 42s
    3. Syncing audio tracks from two different cameras
      5m 32s
    4. Deciding what you don't want in each segment
      7m 34s
  5. 25m 31s
    1. Combining primary story segments into a primary storyline
      6m 43s
    2. Clarifying the story
      5m 42s
    3. Identifying and marking project needs
      5m 32s
    4. Adding cutaways from B-roll footage
      7m 34s
  6. 25m 14s
    1. Evaluating the project's pace and timing
      6m 57s
    2. Tying up loose ends
      7m 49s
    3. Smoothing the project's story content
      4m 29s
    4. Retiming clips
      5m 59s
  7. 15m 17s
    1. Editing still images or creating a montage
      6m 8s
    2. Animating still images
      4m 11s
    3. Incorporating sound effects
      4m 58s
  8. 31m 29s
    1. Adding titles and lower thirds
      7m 37s
    2. Smoothing out the rough edges with transitions
      5m 23s
    3. Combining and mixing sound sources
      10m 45s
    4. Matching and correcting color in clips
      7m 44s
  9. 10m 21s
    1. Sharing the movie
      5m 13s
    2. Archiving the project
      5m 8s
  10. 51s
    1. Goodbye
      51s

Watch this entire course now—plus get access to every course in the library. Each course includes high-quality videos taught by expert instructors.

Become a member
please wait ...
Documentary Editing with Final Cut Pro X
2h 51m Intermediate Oct 03, 2012

Viewers: in countries Watching now:

This course shows how to build a polished documentary using Apple Final Cut Pro X and a few essential editing techniques. Author Diana Weynand demonstrates documentary editing in a real-world project, breaking down the process into a series of manageable steps and milestones. After reviewing existing footage, explore how to build and define a narrative, assemble rough cuts, and create motion graphics. Then see how to adjust B-roll shots, incorporate color correction and audio mixing techniques, and export the final movie.

This course is part of a series that looks at documentary editing from the point of view of 3 different editors in 3 different editing applications.  For more insight on editing documentary projects, take a look at Documentary Editing with Avid Media Composer and Documentary Editing with Premiere Pro.

Topics include:
  • Interpreting a creative brief
  • Logging interviews and organizing footage
  • Pulling selects and focusing ideas
  • Assembling scenes into rough cuts
  • Creating a title graphic sequence
  • Animating images
  • Tightening clip timing
  • Compressing and exporting multiple files
Subjects:
Video Video Editing Projects
Software:
Final Cut Pro
Author:
Diana Weynand

Archiving the project

Even though you've delivered the final version of the documentary, your job as editor is not over. You want to make sure a copy of the final project, and its associated files, are neatly tucked away. Just in case you or other team members want to make changes later. Final Cut Pro can handle the job of duplicating a project quite easily. But first, let's take a slight detour and create a sparse image drive so you can easily move your project files when you need to. Now, remember, don't change the location of any folders or clips after the project has been completed or Final Cut Pro won't know where to find them next time.

First of all, let's start by creating that drive we talked about, which is called a sparse image drive. You do that in the Disk Utility Program. When you launch Disk Utility, you have different options. One is to create a New Disk Image. Now, we're going to do that and then we're going to make changes to choose what kind of disk image. Now, we can save this, and we'll just save this as FTT Drive--because that's how we're going to use it--and we'll save it to the Desktop, that's fine. And when we mount the drive, what do we want it to be called when we mount it? I like to start with the date, the year, the month, the day, followed by what's on the drive, or what I'd like to put there.

And Size, well, it's best to customize the size, and always go for something larger than what you think you have. So, for example, why don't we just go up to 10 gigs to make this a 10 GB drive. Now, you may be thinking to yourself, gee, I don't have 10 gigs of space on my computer. Well, that's where the beauty of a sparse drive comes in. If we come down to the Image Format and choose sparse image, this particular kind of drive is designed to hold up to 10 gigs, but it only takes up the amount of space that's actually on the drive.

So if your material only takes about 3 gigs, that's all the space on your computer that it will take. We're just making it 10 gigs so that you can add later down the road if you choose to. Let's go ahead and create the sparse image drive. Now I can get out of Disk Utility, and notice what happened. On the Desktop we have the disk image, but then that automatically mounted as a drive called 2012. Now that we have a place to save our project to, the disk image, well, now let's go into Final Cut Pro and duplicate the project that we ended up with, the one we were sharing, but let's change the name.

I always like to add the word MASTER to the end of a project, if this is the final one. You don't want to make it hard for yourself, or anyone else, to question which one was the final version. The next is the Location, let's click that pop-up. Notice that our drive, the one we just created, appears as an option, a target option. So let's select that, that's now our new target drive. Rather than just duplicate the project, we're going to click the second option. In this case, Final Cut will duplicate this particular project, the Farm To Table one, and any referenced events so that will bring all the media over on to this drive that we used to create this particular project. Let's go ahead and click OK.

Notice, in the dashboard, that we have a background task going on. Final Cut is in the process of copying those clips to that drive. We'll give it just a second to do that. Once Final Cut Pro has completed copying the media, you can close the background task windows, and I'm going to go ahead and quit Final Cut Pro. When you quit Final Cut Pro, you can take a look at the drive on the Desktop. At this point it now has the Final Cut Events, FARM TO TABLE, which includes all of the original media that you used to cut the project. It also includes the project itself.

So you've got everything you need to go back into this project and make changes. Now, the beauty of the sparse drive too is that it can grow, so if someone comes in at a later date and gives you other footage, you can add to the sparse drive and continue building on the project. Once you've copied your files to the drive, you can simply eject it, and now you would take this disk image and place it somewhere on another drive or in a different location. But in this particular configuration, Final Cut won't try to read it as an active project when you launch Final Cut, so it allows you to tuck this project away, set it on the shelf, until you're ready to use it again.

To mount it again, when you're ready to use it, just double-click the image, and it becomes loaded and then launch Final Cut. Even as a freelancer you never know when you might be called back to tweak or change a documentary project, so take a few extra minutes to duplicate the project and archive the files in an organized way, so you'll have everything at your fingertips when, and if, you need it.

There are currently no FAQs about Documentary Editing with Final Cut Pro X.

 
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.
Upgrade now


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ.

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

join now Upgrade now

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Documentary Editing with Final Cut Pro X.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferencesfrom the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.