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Migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to Final Cut Pro X
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Legacy editing paradigms


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Migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to Final Cut Pro X

with Abba Shapiro

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This movie is titled legacy editing, and what I want to cover here is working with something new called a gap edit to make Final Cut X work a lot like Final Cut 7. Let's go ahead and step into the project. Now you'll notice we have two clips on the Timeline and there are a couple of things you cannot do in Final Cut Pro X with the Selection tool. For instance, if I wanted to drag this clip to the right to leave a space in the middle to video in later, it will automatically snap back. Now don't think you can't do this. All you have to do is switch to the proper tool.
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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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Migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to Final Cut Pro X
2h 54m Beginner Jul 11, 2011

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Migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to Final Cut Pro X gives video editors a comprehensive tour of the new tools and the interface makeover for Apple's premier video editing software. It showcases the differences from Final Cut Pro 7 and paves the way for a painless upgrade experience. Author Abba Shapiro covers the new interface and workflows in Final Cut X, the magnetic timeline, connected clips, and the deep integration of color correction and sound editing.

This course helps experienced Final Cut Pro editors understand new ways of performing traditional editing techniques. New terminology and new tools for performing editing functions are also clarified.

Topics include:
  • Touring the X interface
  • Running Final Cut Pro 7 and X on the same machine
  • Importing and analyzing media
  • New editing methods (including append and connected clips)
  • Timeline editing (including ripple, roll, slip, and slide edits)
  • Adding audio
  • Fine-tuning with the Precision Editor
  • Adding and adjusting transitions
  • Creating titles
  • Applying motion effects to clips
  • Performing color corrections
  • Exporting
  • Archiving and collaboration
Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Software:
Final Cut Pro
Author:
Abba Shapiro

Legacy editing paradigms

This movie is titled legacy editing, and what I want to cover here is working with something new called a gap edit to make Final Cut X work a lot like Final Cut 7. Let's go ahead and step into the project. Now you'll notice we have two clips on the Timeline and there are a couple of things you cannot do in Final Cut Pro X with the Selection tool. For instance, if I wanted to drag this clip to the right to leave a space in the middle to video in later, it will automatically snap back. Now don't think you can't do this. All you have to do is switch to the proper tool.

If you go to your Tool drop-down menu, and instead of having Select chosen, switch to Position. Now if you look closely, the difference between the icon for Select is an arrow with a tail and the Position is an arrow with outer tail. Once you switch to the Position tool you can simply drag the clip exactly where you want it and you'll notice it stays where you leave it. But it's done something else. Final Cut has created what's called a gap clip. Think of this kind of as a slug but not a slug, because the slug is not transparent.

So if I put a clip below this, you'll actually be able to see through it. Now a gap clip works exactly like a regular clip. If I grab it by the edge, and let me go ahead and hit the A key and switch to my Selection tool, I can do a ripple edit. If I position my playhead between the clips and press T to switch to my Trim tool, I can do a roll and I can even do slips and slides. You can also easily move a gap clip throughout your Timeline.

Let's switch back to the Selection tool by pressing the A key and if you notice, I can move it around just like a regular clip. Now suppose I wanted to add a gap clip without having to switch to the Position tool. The keyboard shortcut to create a gap clip is Option+W. Let's go ahead and delete the gap clip that we have in our timeline, position our playhead in the middle of an existing clip, and go ahead and press Option+W. Final Cut Pro automatically creates a gap clip with a duration of three seconds.

If I need this to be longer, I can stretch it out or type in a numerical value. Another advantage of a gap clip is as a placeholder. So if I know I need a space for say a three or four second clip, I can go ahead and put a gap clip in and then later on when I want to replace it with a piece of video, I simply select the video I want, click on it, mark an in point in the video and drag it down and do a Replace edit. Now keep in mind, if I do a generic Replace edit, I may ripple my timeline longer or shorter.

So you need to do a Replace from Start or a Replace from End, if you want to back on this clip. Another legacy way we can edit in Final Cut Pro X is something I showed earlier and that's a top and tail edit. So for instance, if my playhead is parked right here and I just want to remove what's beyond the playhead to the end of the clip, I can simply use the keyboard shortcut Option+Right Bracket. Hit Command+Z to undo that. If I wanted to trim everything off the front of the clip, it's the same thing, but in this case Option+Left Bracket.

Editing in Final Cut X with the magnetic Timeline changes the way we play the game. By using gap clips and trimming heads and tails, you can make Final Cut Pro X edit a lot more like Final Cut Pro 7.

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