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Importing folders and stills as keyword collections

From: Effective Storytelling with Final Cut Pro X

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I love efficiency and I hate redundancy. I'm always happy when something I've done can be used again. If you share that feeling then you're in luck, because the work you did gathering your elements into folders on the desktop level can be used when you're importing those clips into an event in Final Cut Pro. You can even import stills you've already edited from Aperture or iPhoto. Let's start in Final Cut Pro. I created a Storytelling with FCP X virtual drive. This is going to be my target drive.

Importing folders and stills as keyword collections

I love efficiency and I hate redundancy. I'm always happy when something I've done can be used again. If you share that feeling then you're in luck, because the work you did gathering your elements into folders on the desktop level can be used when you're importing those clips into an event in Final Cut Pro. You can even import stills you've already edited from Aperture or iPhoto. Let's start in Final Cut Pro. I created a Storytelling with FCP X virtual drive. This is going to be my target drive.

First, I'm going to start by creating a new event. Let's call this event DP for Delicious Peace, Storytelling, and let's click Import Files. We're going to import all the files in our DP STORYTELLING folder, except for the very last one, which is in the Unused folder. Now, all of these folders will be used to create a keyword collection and when you have taken the time to screen clips and create additional folders, such as these in the B-Roll folder, this is another keyword that's going to be added to this group of clips.

So let's go ahead and choose B-Roll, and then I'm going to Shift+Click Stills to include all of these folders. We're going to add these to the existing event DP Storytelling, and we're going to Copy the files to a Final Cut Events folder and Import folders as Keyword Collections. We're going to just skip over the rest of these importing options and choose Import. So even though there is still some processing going on in the background as Final Cut imports this media, the first thing that you see is all the different keyword collections that appear in our DP Storytelling event, and notice that when you click on B-Roll, you see a combination of graphics, of animals, of Uganda footage, and even of American footage.

If we click on this clip, and click the key icon, it brings up the Keyword Editor and it shows us that there are two keywords attached to this clip. B-Roll because it was in the B-Roll folder, and America, because it was also in the subfolder called America. This will be a great asset to you when you start to search for clips, and simply from being able to organize them here in the Event Library. Then just as you can import clips and stills, we have imported the stills here.

Notice that in the Stills, there are a few different stills. For example, there is a still right here that would be great to use, it's with the kids and the Kawomera sign, but there is some text under it. So if someone, yourself, or someone else has been working in editing on the stills that were shot for the project, don't forget that you have a Media Browser. And when you get into the Media Browser, in this case we're in iPhoto, you can also import from Aperture as well, you get access to edited clips and in this case the kid's image was cropped, which is how you probably want to use it in your story.

This image called piggy back, is a beautiful image of a boy carrying a sibling, but notice in the original it's very green, and in the edited version it creates a nice vignette. So if you feel that the work that's been done, editing the stills in an application such as iPhoto or Aperture, if you feel that those take you further along the process then by all means go ahead and select them all and drag them into a waiting keyword collection. First, before we drag them into our event, let's create a new keyword collection, and in order for the stills to appear together I'm going to name this keyword collection Stills Fixed, that places it right next to the original stills.

In the Media Browser, I'm going to select all of these still images and drag them into the Stills Fixed keyword collection. Now, when we scroll through we see we have the clip that's been cropped of the kids and the sign, and also the beautiful clip of the boy carrying his sibling. So this is a great way to get you started. Could you bypass creating folders on your desktop since Final Cut Pro does it for you? Of course you could.

The thing you'd miss out on starting the repetitive screening process to listen to what a clip wants to say, and that would put you at a disadvantage in knowing more about your story sooner.

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Effective Storytelling with Final Cut Pro X

39 video lessons · 11763 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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