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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.
NOTE: This course and its exercise files are not compatible with Final Cut Pro X v. 10.1 or later. If you are running v. 10.1 or later, please watch Final Cut Pro X 10.1.1 Essential Training instead.
Once you have the tools to appropriately categorize and search for your footage, there are just a few more things about the event library that you should know before starting the editing process. Let's take a look. So we have our event here, our Farm to Table event, and if you want to hide your event library area right here, you can do so by clicking on this toggle switch right here, and this just gives you a little bit more real estate if you don't need your event library information. We'll go ahead and show it, though.
And to the right of that is a gear with a dropdown menu which allows you to view the event data in various ways. So, as you can see, by default it groups the different events visually by what drive they live on or disk. So you can see here that I have my Mac hard drive, my Media drive. If I click this off, those go away, and I'm just looking at the events without any drive indication. Let's put that back on. Now below that are options to display date information.
While data regarding a clips creation date isn't as useful for a narrative project, it can be really great when you're working with documentaries if you need to locate footage from a certain time period. So if I ask Final Cut to show information by year, notice that it puts on the year here, and no more information than that, so let's go ahead and filter it further to year and month, and so we see we have some September and some November dates here, and I can even go further Show Date Ranges in Event Library, and it's showing me kind of exactly when that footage is coming in.
So not a lot of date information here, I'm going to go ahead and turn that off, but this can be very useful if you have a lot of footage coming in over a longer period of time. Let's go ahead and Don't Group Events By Date, and I'll turn off my date ranges and below that I have the option of categorizing my events from the Most to Least Recent. But down here I have clip organization information. So this is events basically how the information in this setup is shown, and clips are over here in this window. So we have both Group Clips and Arrange Clips.
The difference between these are that when I'm grouping clips, a heading is placed above the categorized clip options, and when I'm arranging clips, there are no headings, the clips are just organized in the manner that you choose. So let's take a look. So let's choose to Group Clips by Duration. So, as you can see, we have the longest clips up here at the top, 1 to 10 minutes, and the shortest ones toward the bottom, 0 to 10 seconds, and you can see that everything has a heading.
So it allows you really quickly and easily find clips that match a certain duration. Now if you want the reverse of this organization, you just come in here and say Group Clips By and then say Ascending instead of Descending, and now we have all of the shortest clips up at the top and all of our longest clips grouped at the bottom. As you can see, we do have quite a few different grouping criteria that we can use here. For now I'm just going to turn this off. Now let's explore some arranging options.
I can come down to Arrange Clips By, and for example, if I want to arrange them by name, so alphabetically, I have got let's see that starts with a number so that comes first, or we should probably have our As and Bs here, all the way down to our Ws. Notice that there are no headings like there was in grouping, it's just simply Arrange the Clips in Alphabetical Order. If I want to reverse that, I can come down to Descending, and I get all of my Ws up here, change that back to Content Created for now, and Ascending.
So we're back to where we were. Now the last thing I want to show you about working with your event media is changing back and forth between Filmstrip View and List View. But so far we have been working in Filmstrip View, which is where we see the thumbnails of all of our clips. Again, I can use the slider here to show more visual representation related to the duration of the clips--drag that back over to the right here--but that's about it for showing any additional information.
If you need to know more about your clips, then you can switch to List View by pressing this button here. As you can see, there are many columns of data you can display. I can drag this over, and you can take a look at all the ones that are here by default or you can actually customize what columns you see by right-clicking here and choosing the options that you want from this list. So if I have input data on shot and take information, I can display that, and here it is.
You can move these around by simply dragging back and forth, like so. You can also remove them by right- clicking and just unchecking, like so. One thing about List View, if you need to remove a clip from the Keyword collection you'll want to do it in this view. So let's see, if I want to come in to this one right here where I have this clip, and I want to take it out of the Farmer's Market, I could just right-click and say Remove All Keywords, and that keyword disappears.
So that's how you would want to remove a keyword from a clip. So real quick, I am just going to add this back into the correct Keyword collection, Farmer's Market, it's back, there we go, and I will go back to thumbnail view, and we're ready to go. Okay, so as you can see, there are quite a few options for viewing your event and clip data in Final Cut Pro. It's good to know these useful techniques so that you can customize various options to make your media retrieval process that much more efficient.
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