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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.
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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