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Learn how to build and refine your story with the redesigned editing toolset in Final Cut Pro X. In this course, author Ashley Kennedy focuses on getting you comfortable with each aspect of the editing process in Final Cut—from preparation and organization, to editing and refining, to audio and effects, to media management and exporting. Each stage of the postproduction workflow is explained thoroughly and concisely, and uses real-world examples from both narrative and documentary workflows.
NOTE: This course and its exercise files are not compatible with Final Cut Pro X v. 10.1 or later. If you are running v. 10.1 or later, please watch Final Cut Pro X 10.1.1 Essential Training instead.
So far we have just reviewed how to import Media files from a location on our system, like when we navigate to a folder full of QuickTime Movies and bring them in to Final Cut. Now in this movie we are also going to talk about how to bring media files into the system, but with one big difference. We are going to talk about how to bring files that reside on a camera card. So you can either plug your camera straight into your computer. Or in my case, put the camera card into a card reader and then plug that into your system. So that's what I have done here, this Untitled drive, I am just going to double-click on it to see what inside. And you'll notice that we have some folders and files, and don't worry, we don't actually have to go in and burrow in to find exactly what files to bring into Final Cut; it does that for us.
So let's take a look at how. For now I'm going to eject this card reader, because I want to show you what happens when you plug it in when Final Cut is open. So let me bring Final Cut back into view here, and then I'm going to plug my card reader back in. And as you notice Final Cut immediately brings up my Media Import window. It auto detects that you need to bring media in, so you don't even need to press Cmd+I. So, notice that my card reader is listed right up here on the left-hand side, and when it's selected, we automatically see all the video clips that reside on that card.
So, all the confusing folders and files don't even matter, Final Cut burrows down to exactly what counts. So just as before, I can select the clips that I want to include on this import, you can Shift-select multiple clips or we press Cmd+A to select all of them. I can import entire clips, or I can import partial clips. So, if I take the shot right here, I can come up and skim to find out the part that I want to import. Really I just care about this action right here, so I am just going to drag to select the range, and now that's going to be the only part that comes in.
I can do that for each and every one of my clips if I want to, so I am only bringing in what I think I'm going to use. For now, I'm just going to press Cmd+A, so I can bring all of these in and choose Import Selected. Now this window should look pretty familiar, we are able to do any of the options that we were previously able to do. We'll need to select an Event in the drive, we can configure the options down here as needed, but I want to draw your attention right up here under Organizing. If you remember before, we had the option of copying the files to the Final Cut Events folder or just creating pointer files, and leaving the actual media in the original location.
In this case that's not an option, the files are on a camera card, and we can't just constantly point to that. So that's grayed out as is the option below it, because we can't import subfolders when things live on a camera card. So for our purposes, I'll go ahead and Create optimized media, so it creates that ProRes 422 Media for me. We will go ahead and perform some video Analysis for balance color, and let it try to find people in the shots, and I am not worried about the Audio, so I am going to go ahead and press Import.
So, my footage is coming in, you can see that I have all of my clips immediately available to me, but I have some analysis that's being done. When I take a look here on the HUD, the Heads Up Display, I see the application is working away, importing the footage, performing any analysis that I programmed it to do. If I click on this to show the Background Tasks window, you can see that there's a lot going on here. I'm Importing Media here and then also we are Transcoding and Analyzing each one of these clips, and you can see the progress on each one.
I am going to let Final Cut finish Importing and Transcoding and Analyzing all of this media. If you take a look down here, my smart collections are forming based on all the facial recognition that i s going on, you can kind of see here that it's identifying the people in the shots so that's pretty cool. So as you can see, bringing in media from camera cards is a pretty intuitive process, and you have a lot of flexibility in selecting exactly the clips, or portions of clips, that you want to bring in.
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