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Importing footage

From: Documentary Editing with Final Cut Pro X v10.0.9

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When you shoot your own documentary, you might begin the editing process by attaching the camera's media card to the computer, launching Final Cut Pro, and then importing the footage directly from the card. In this project, however, the assets have already been organized into exercise files you will use to edit. But before you begin working with those files, let's continue looking at ways to organize the Assets as if you were working with raw footage someone gave you. First, you'll want to import the files, and if you remember on the desktop we had a folder called Raw Footage.

Importing footage

When you shoot your own documentary, you might begin the editing process by attaching the camera's media card to the computer, launching Final Cut Pro, and then importing the footage directly from the card. In this project, however, the assets have already been organized into exercise files you will use to edit. But before you begin working with those files, let's continue looking at ways to organize the Assets as if you were working with raw footage someone gave you. First, you'll want to import the files, and if you remember on the desktop we had a folder called Raw Footage.

So we're going to break the importing process up into a few steps, and you'll see why in just a minute. But let's start with the video footage. Remember, in the previous movie, you organized the footage into four different folders based on locations. Now, when you import based on a folder, or import an entire folder, what will that do? Of course, Final Cut Pro will add a keyword with the name of the folder to that clip. If we selected video and imported these clips, the word Video would be added as a keyword to all of the other names of these folders.

And that's not necessarily that helpful because most of the clips in this project will be video clips. So rather than start here to import, I would suggest you move down into the next level and select the folders of the actual locations. In the import window you would choose to import folders as keyword collections and then click Import. Now what that's going to do--and it's going to add it to this existing event--that will create keyword collections for every folder.

Notice in the Event library we have Downeys, Earthtrine Farms. Notice some of the pictures that you may have seen before, here's the Driving Clip that we included, farmers market, and Interviews. So these are the four collections that you started by simply importing those four folders. Let's take a look at importing the other files that we want to use and see if we want to follow suit in the same way. Now we know we want to import graphics and music, let's take a look at the Stills folder.

In this case, we could import these three individual folders but would it be a bad idea or a good idea? In other words, would it help you if you also had the word Stills attached to everything inside the Stills folder as a keyword? I think it would, from my point of view. So, rather than step into that folder, we'll select the folders at this level and know that the Stills will have two different keywords. So we've got the import as keyword collections, and we choose Import.

Now we have quite a few collections started. We have the Archival, we have the DSLR Images, and down here we have Stills so we can see the combination of Archive and Still Images, both the iPhone Images and the DSLR. So we're starting to build quite a list of collections, which is a good way to think about what you have. So you've got graphics, you've got music, you've got Downeys Restaurant, and you've got these different locations. So, all of your assets start to take shape now.

The more you handle the footage for this project, and answer the questions about where it belongs and how you want to label it, the more familiar you'll become with your editing options.

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Documentary Editing with Final Cut Pro X v10.0.9

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Diana Weynand
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  1. 3m 30s
    1. Welcome
      59s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 13s
    3. A word about Final Cut Pro X versions NEW
      1m 18s
  2. 11m 21s
    1. Understanding what makes a good documentary
      3m 38s
    2. Interpreting a creative brief to establish goals
      3m 32s
    3. Reviewing the project's media assets
      4m 11s
  3. 24m 5s
    1. Organizing and screening footage
      4m 12s
    2. Importing footage
      3m 37s
    3. Organizing and screening interview and B-roll footage
      6m 53s
    4. Annotating and renaming clips
      5m 1s
    5. Filtering and searching for clips
      4m 22s
  4. 25m 26s
    1. Make preliminary editing decisions
      6m 38s
    2. Creating mini-storylines to contain groups of clips
      5m 42s
    3. Syncing audio tracks from two different cameras
      5m 32s
    4. Deciding what you don't want in each segment
      7m 34s
  5. 25m 31s
    1. Combining primary story segments into a primary storyline
      6m 43s
    2. Clarifying the story
      5m 42s
    3. Identifying and marking project needs
      5m 32s
    4. Adding cutaways from B-roll footage
      7m 34s
  6. 25m 14s
    1. Evaluating the project's pace and timing
      6m 57s
    2. Tying up loose ends
      7m 49s
    3. Smoothing the project's story content
      4m 29s
    4. Retiming clips
      5m 59s
  7. 15m 17s
    1. Editing still images or creating a montage
      6m 8s
    2. Animating still images
      4m 11s
    3. Incorporating sound effects
      4m 58s
  8. 31m 29s
    1. Adding titles and lower thirds
      7m 37s
    2. Smoothing out the rough edges with transitions
      5m 23s
    3. Combining and mixing sound sources
      10m 45s
    4. Matching and correcting color in clips
      7m 44s
  9. 10m 21s
    1. Sharing the movie
      5m 13s
    2. Archiving the project
      5m 8s
  10. 51s
    1. Goodbye
      51s

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