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Don't be puzzled over your first edit

From: Effective Storytelling with Final Cut Pro X

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Have you ever tackled a jigsaw puzzle? What's the first thing you do? You dump the puzzle pieces onto a table and then turn them all up to see what they look like. Then you sort through the pieces based on color and shape. Eventually, you find a home for each piece. If you're still puzzled over how to start your story, you can use this same approach. In the Event Browser, we're looking at the clips in the Coffee Growing keyword collection. Notice that each clip has a portion of it that's been identified as a favorite.

Don't be puzzled over your first edit

Have you ever tackled a jigsaw puzzle? What's the first thing you do? You dump the puzzle pieces onto a table and then turn them all up to see what they look like. Then you sort through the pieces based on color and shape. Eventually, you find a home for each piece. If you're still puzzled over how to start your story, you can use this same approach. In the Event Browser, we're looking at the clips in the Coffee Growing keyword collection. Notice that each clip has a portion of it that's been identified as a favorite.

And from a previous movie, we talked about finding a particular action, and naming that a favorite. Once you've done that, you can filter to just show your Favorites. So now we're only looking at the heart and soul of each of these clips. Well, what we're going to do is use these as puzzle pieces and throw them all into a project in the Timeline. But first let's create that project. If you've been following along with the exercises in this course, you'll see our Storytelling with FCP X drive up here.

When you peek inside, you'll see folders that contain projects that we'll be working with throughout the rest of this course. Now, if you haven't been following along using these files, then hopefully, you've taken a moment to create a drive such as this for your own media, and project files, because it's very helpful in terms of separating it from all the other events and project files on your computer. We're going to create a new project, and since we're in Chapter 04, let's go ahead and create it inside Chapter 04 by right-clicking on that folder.

Let's name this project file after our movie, 04-02. And of course, the event that we want it to relate to is the DP Storytelling event. In our new empty project, we're going to edit every one of our clips that are the Favorites that we've chosen. These favorites represent all of the primary action in each of these clips. But rather than make an editorial decision now about do I want this clip, where do I want it to go, what order do I want to edit each of these clips? That's way too much pressure.

Nope! What we're going to do is simply say Select All, and don't forget the shortcut for that is Command+A, and we're going to dump these puzzle pieces onto our tabletop by just pressing the Append button. Final Cut Pro edits all of the selected clips at one time into your project. So now you have what is very similar to your puzzle pieces on a tabletop. You can play through these to view them. (Video Playing) Diana Weynand: And rather than screen a clip individually one at a time, stop and start, placing all of these clips into a single project allows you to start to get your head around the group of clips, the group of the favorite portions, those pieces of dramatic action from each of these clips that you can use to tell a story.

They're not in order yet, that'll come later. Right now, all you're doing is emptying the puzzle blocks, so that you can look at them. Now don't forget you have a few transportation keys that will help you such as the down arrow. Pressing the down arrow will move the playhead to the first frame of the next clip. This will allow you to step through, and remind yourself what all the different clips are that you have to work with. Pressing the up arrow will take you backwards and allow you to just simply get familiar.

If you're not sure what a particular clip is about or if it doesn't come to you, just play the clip to refresh your memory. (Video Playing) You can play this project over and over again just to allow that footage to settle into your mind, and to remind yourself of what you have already chosen to be some of the favorite portions of these clips. Now if you're working with a blueprint for your own project, such as a script or an outline, by all means, you can follow that path.

But if you're still puzzled on how to begin your story or what story to tell, don't worry, use my puzzle approach, and start by throwing all your favorite puzzle pieces from one topic into a project, and you can kick back and screen the entire batch. Remember, story ideas will emerge with repeated screenings.

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Effective Storytelling with Final Cut Pro X

39 video lessons · 11771 viewers

Diana Weynand
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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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