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Editing B-roll with connected clips

From: Migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to Final Cut Pro X

Video: Editing B-roll with connected clips

Now let's export how Final Cut Pro X handles B-roll with something called connected clips. Now we've use connected clips a few times in earlier movies, but let's really dig in a little deeper so you can really wrap your head around it. Go ahead and step into the Connected Clips project. Now as you see we don't have any B-roll or cutaway footage above Pablo's interview. Let's go ahead and focus in on his interview. I am going to go Command+Plus to zoom in and I'm going to scroll up just to make sure that I have a little space above here on the top.

Editing B-roll with connected clips

Now let's export how Final Cut Pro X handles B-roll with something called connected clips. Now we've use connected clips a few times in earlier movies, but let's really dig in a little deeper so you can really wrap your head around it. Go ahead and step into the Connected Clips project. Now as you see we don't have any B-roll or cutaway footage above Pablo's interview. Let's go ahead and focus in on his interview. I am going to go Command+Plus to zoom in and I'm going to scroll up just to make sure that I have a little space above here on the top.

Now I want to make sure that we have sometime to put a lower third in, so I probably want to bring my first B-roll cutaway in at this point. Now I want to find all the shots with Pablo in them. Well, thanks to the fact that we were able to keyword Pablo into many of the shots, I simply select the entire Event Library and I'll type Pablo into the search field. Immediately, I have all the shots that I put the metadata in that we see Pablo dancing. So the first thing is let's start with a nice establishing shot of him sitting on the floor.

So I can click and scrub through and pick a nice range that I want and I guess about three seconds works. Now that I'm happy with the range, I can bring this connected clip on in one of two ways. I'm going to bring it on with the keyboard shortcut of Q. If you notice, the connected clip is now attached to the main storyboard. I can go ahead and bring in another cutaway a little bit later. Let's go ahead and grab a shot of Pablo dancing. Once I have this range, I'm going to bring this one into our Timeline with a drag and connect it to a later part of the clip.

Now I want you to see something very interesting. If I go ahead and I move Pablo's clip either earlier or later in the Timeline, these video cutaways stay with his interview. And this is the beauty of the connected Timeline. Once I attach video to an interview or B-roll to a narration, I can move that narration or video anywhere I want and the B-roll stays exactly where I want. And I can still edit this B-roll. Let's say for example I wanted to lengthen this clip of Pablo on the floor.

I can simply drag it to the right and if you notice if I drag it far enough to the right, instead of having a clip collision, where I couldn't drag it any further, it lets me drag it as far as I want and it moves the other clip out of the way. Now if want the second clip to happen earlier, I just simply move that to the left or move that to the right. I could even put it over the middle of the clip, so we cut away from Pablo on the floor, to Pablo dancing, to Pablo back on the floor. If I move the Pablo clip on the floor back to the left leaving a space you'll see that immediately the Pablo dance clip will pop down and be directly adjacent to our storyline.

Let's go ahead and add one more clip for cutaways. I really like what Pablo's doing in this next clip, so I'm going to pick that as my third clip. And I will again bring it down to the Timeline and if I bring it close to the second clip, you see we'll actually snap into place. But I do want to point something out about connected clips. These clips are not connected to each other. They're connected to the main storyline.

So if I wanted to move them as a group, I have to do one of two things. I'd have to select them all and drag them at that point, because if I selected just one, it moves it out of the way. Sometimes it's a lot more convenient to link these clips together, and to do that I'll select these clips and I'll right-click on them and I'll create a storyline just out of my B-roll. Now as soon as I do that, take a look at what happens to the top of the clip. There is a thin gray line that indicates these three clips work together in concert.

So now if I wanted to move all three clips, I can just simply grab the gray bar, position it exactly where I want the event to happen, and keep editing. Let's go ahead and watch the cutaways and Pablo's interview. (Pablo: And it's really not just a taking the class, having a teacher.) (Pablo: It's more of a taking the class, having a teacher, becoming friends, getting to know the person.) (Pablo: And really not just being friends but being?) And even though these clips are now in their own storyline, I can still extend this clip because we don't quite see the end of Pablo's move.

And there we go. (Pablo: And really not just being friends but being (inaudible) but also being friends (inaudible)?) So don't be afraid that Final Cut Pro X doesn't have tracks, because connected clips solve that problem. As a matter of fact, I can stack as many connected clips on top of each other as I need and they will stay in sync with the video that they're attached to.

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Migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to Final Cut Pro X

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  1. 4m 13s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 55s
  2. 16m 47s
    1. Touring the new interface
      7m 58s
    2. Running Final Cut Pro 7 and Final Cut Pro X on the same machine
      4m 45s
    3. Preferences and settings
      4m 4s
  3. 37m 12s
    1. Importing and analyzing media from a folder on your computer
      7m 47s
    2. Importing media from a camera storage card
      3m 54s
    3. Importing video from a tape-based camera
      3m 12s
    4. Organizing media in the Event Library
      6m 31s
    5. Organizing and keywording clips
      10m 1s
    6. Viewing clips in the Event Library
      5m 47s
  4. 59m 20s
    1. Creating and managing projects
      6m 45s
    2. Performing basic edits in the Primary Storyline
      8m 36s
    3. Editing in the timeline, including Ripple, Roll, Slip, and Slide edits
      6m 36s
    4. Adding and adjusting audio
      9m 21s
    5. Editing B-roll with connected clips
      5m 0s
    6. Creating compound clips as an alternative to nested sequences
      2m 13s
    7. Legacy editing paradigms
      3m 31s
    8. Fine-tuning with the Precision Editor and performing three-point edits
      6m 22s
    9. Using favorites to create subclips
      6m 54s
    10. Using markers
      4m 2s
  5. 38m 45s
    1. Adding and adjusting transitions
      8m 22s
    2. Creating titles
      7m 13s
    3. Applying motion effects to clips
      7m 34s
    4. Retiming clips to create speed effects and creating freeze frames
      7m 11s
    5. Making color corrections
      8m 25s
  6. 14m 17s
    1. Exporting from Final Cut Pro X
      6m 11s
    2. Advanced exporting using Compressor
      2m 10s
    3. Collaboration and archiving
      5m 56s
  7. 3m 26s
    1. Next steps
      3m 26s

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