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Importing media from a camera storage card

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

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Now we're going to import media off of a card. If you shot on a 7D or you shot on a camera that shoots AVCHD, you might end up with a CompactFlash card or an SD card. We have two slightly different scenarios. in the case of the 7D we actually copied the contents of the card to our hard drive. Let's go ahead and import what was on the 7D. Again we follow the same paradigm. We go up under File > Import > Import Files and then we target the 7D.

Importing media from a camera storage card

Now we're going to import media off of a card. If you shot on a 7D or you shot on a camera that shoots AVCHD, you might end up with a CompactFlash card or an SD card. We have two slightly different scenarios. in the case of the 7D we actually copied the contents of the card to our hard drive. Let's go ahead and import what was on the 7D. Again we follow the same paradigm. We go up under File > Import > Import Files and then we target the 7D.

With the 7D selected, let's take a look at something inside the DCIM folder. You'll notice that inside this card there is Camera RAW, you see CR2, JPEG files, movie files, and a grayed out file that says THM. That simply a thumbnail file and when we import you'll notice we'll get a warning. Don't worry about that. You'll also notice that and remember, the last event that we brought footage into as well as what we had checked. So let's go ahead and click on Import and you'll see the dialog box or a warning box about those THM files.

If you get this, don't worry about it. Simply press Continue Import. Now while that's importing we're going to go ahead and plug-in our AVCHD card. This is a small SD card. As soon as I plug this into my computer it actually will launch the import function for this card. It sees this card as a camera and automatically loads it. As you can see we have 17 clips here that all look like movies but I want you to take a look at how it's organized on the card. Let's go ahead and hide Final Cut.

If we open up the AVCHD card you see three folders here. You don't see any QuickTime movies. Now if we actually drill down into the AVCHD folder we can find the actual files. They're in this folder called Stream and you see it says .MTS. These are our movie files but you can't just drop these into an editing program, they have to be rewrapped so we can work with them and that's exactly what Final Cut Pro X is doing. So we'll swing back over to Final Cut Pro X and we could import all these files as they are. I can simply click on a file and say I want to bring in clip 11.

I can skim through it to say, yeah, that's going to be a great shot and I can click on Import Selected. You'll notice when I hit Import Selected, again it brings up our dialog box. We can choose if we want to, create optimized media, proxy media, search for people, fix audio. Choose what you want and click Import. If I wanted to I could also select several files by simply holding down the Command key and selecting the three or four files that I may want to bring in, and once again click Import Selected and Import. But I can do something really cool.

I can actually just bring in only part of the clip. For instance if I were shooting probably half of the footage will be my foot and the other half of footage will be the ceiling, and hopefully I could actually get the shot in between that I want to use. To do that I simply click on the clip and drag from left to right and select a range of footage that I want to bring in. If I actually want to see this footage, I simply hit the Forward Slash key and it will play from in to out, so I can see the selection that I chose. I was fairly stable on this and I like it, so I'm going to simply hit Import Selected and once again Import.

So you don't have to bring the entire clip in. You can just bring in the part that you think you're going to use. Let's go back into the main part of Final Cut Pro X and check on the import process. As you can see if we go to the HUD and we bring up the background task, Final Cut Pro X is actually bringing in the media and in this case it is transcoding it from AVCHD to our ProRes format. It's also copying the files off the card into our Events folder because it wants to make sure that when we eject that card, our media doesn't go offline.

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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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