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Learn how to build and refine your story with the redesigned editing toolset in Final Cut Pro X. In this course, author Ashley Kennedy focuses on getting you comfortable with each aspect of the editing process in Final Cut—from preparation and organization, to editing and refining, to audio and effects, to media management and exporting. Each stage of the postproduction workflow is explained thoroughly and concisely, and uses real-world examples from both narrative and documentary workflows.
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So as we have previously seen, we have two projects that we're working with in this course. However, I wanted to at least show you how to set up an event from scratch, since that's most likely how you'll be starting out when you set up your own project inside of Final Cut. This will be more of a brief introduction. If you would like to learn all of the ins and outs of bringing in media and setting up events from scratch, you can check out Chapter 11: Additional Importing and Capturing Options. Okay, so again, for this movie I'm not working inside the constructs of the exercise files I provided, so if you would like to follow along, you can, you just need to use your own assets.
All right, so here I am, software launched, and I'm ready to bring in my footage. I just need to create an event, and there are several ways to do that. I could come up to File and New Event, or I can right-click here in the Event Library and say New Event, and because organization and awareness from the very beginning is the key to good media management, I recommend right-clicking on the actual drive that you want to create the event in. Then New Event and just name it here.
So I'm just going to type in Farm to Table because I will actually be using the Farm to Table media. So once you have created and named your event, there are several ways you can bring in your footage. As you can see, from the File menu, I can come to Import and then Media, that keyboard shortcut is Command+I, or you can go ahead and click on this button right here. As you can see, the Media Import window is just a basic browser. You just need to navigate to the media you want to bring in and select it and then press the Import button.
You may think that's it, but there's actually one more extremely important window that pops up after that. So let's get our media, it's not Castles, it's Farm to Table, so here it is, Farm Media, and then inside there are all of my subfolders. And I'm going to make this work to my advantage. I have all of these various folders, and I want to keep the metadata attached to these coming into the software. So I'm just going to click on the first one and then Shift-click on the last one on all of my folders and press Import Selected.
This is the very important window, do not pass this over too quickly. I can't say it enough times: the key to good media management is not only proper organization but also constant awareness of all your media decisions. So starting at the top, this window is where we defined the destination event and the destination drive. Make double sure that you're importing the media into the correct event and the correct drive, and if you need to change the information, it's easy enough to do it from right here. Now below that are quite a few additional options, many of which perform various forms of analysis on the footage in order to identify if the footage needs color balancing, or if the audio needs fixing, and some of the options even use facial recognition to find people in the shots.
There are also several options that will actually transcode the media to an optimized format that Final Cut Pro works best with, and we'll go over many of these later in the course. For now, however, let's just focus up here in the Organizing section. If you check this first box that says Copy files to the Final Cut Events folder, this means that new media will actually be created and placed in the Final Cut Events folder. If you leave this box unchecked, then the only thing that will be placed in the Final Cut Events folder is a pointer file that will refer to the media where it currently resides, wherever that may be.
So if you'd like to copy all of your media into one folder without having to worry about keeping the links to the original media, then you'll want to check this box. The option directly underneath that is Import folders as Keyword Collections, and this is actually really great. If you have organized your media in folders outside of Final Cut, then the structure will be maintained when you bring that footage into the software. Now this is really useful because it allows you to first do as much organization as you like, and then you can hit the ground running with great organization when you import the footage.
And as we know, I have already organized the footage in folders outside of Final Cut so this is going to be really great for me. Okay, so once you have set the appropriate options, you can click on import, and the footage comes into Final Cut. You can see that even though I chose for the media to be copied in the Final Cut Events folder, it still comes into the software right away, that's because it does give me the files as pointer files first and then creates the media in the background. In fact, I can check out these background processes by clicking on the HUD, Heads-Up Display, right here, and you can see that media is being created.
You can also see that it's being created if we take a look at the Final Cut Events folder. Go ahead and hide Final Cut and open up my Final Cut Events folder, and you can see here that it's coming online clip by clip. We have a bunch of pointer files down here, but we have that media is being created and more and more thumbnails will be generated as this media is created. Okay, so it's coming along just fine and back into Final Cut.
All right, I'm going to go ahead and close my background tasks. And all right, so we have got the media in, and we were one step closer to get everything organized for editing.
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