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Dive into narrative with Diana Weynand, as she shares a comprehensive method for finding, crafting, and developing a compelling story in Apple Final Cut Pro X. The course also covers key concepts such as building a primary storyline, evaluating content and pacing, trimming distracting clips, creating different story versions, and storyboarding. The course also explores how to capture and organize media, incorporate B-roll cutaways, apply the Ken Burns effect to still images, re-time music and clips, and add finishing touches.
The more frequently you screen your footage the more details you'll observe about each clip, and any one of those details could be an important key to unlocking a part of your story. One way to preserve your thoughts or observations is to add a note to a clip. A note becomes part of a clip's metadata and is one of the search criteria you can use to find it. Let's look at the interviews and make sure we're looking at all of the clips so that it's not hiding the rejected or showing just the favorites. I'm going to choose to view this by list.
Notice that we have two Paul clips, and they're labeled very simply Paul 1 and Paul 2. And notice the framing of each clip is very similar. He's in the same location, there might be a camera zoom that reframes slightly, but Paul is still sitting in the exact same position. So as you begin to edit your story you might look at these two clips and say to yourself, which clip is the one where Paul talked about risk? Which is the one where he talked about the love of coffee? So by adding a note you can start to give this clip more information.
So let's look at Paul 1, and just refresh our memory which one this is. Is this the one about risk? (Video Playing) Paul: focus on people. If you focus on product, then the risk was incredible, the risk was a seventy five thousand dollar risk. Diana Weynand: Here's another green section, which means that there're a couple of favorites in this clip. (Video Playing) Paul: and the story has come to you, and you're ready. Diana Weynand: So what if we call this clip risk and ready? Okay, now the way you add a note is that you can add it in a note column, but why don't we do this.
Let's shorten this Name column, and then we have to go and find the note column, which may not be in visible sight. Once you see it, grab it and drag it left, because now we can bring it as far over, for example, right next to the Name if we choose. To add a note, you simply click once to select the clip, click again in the field, and now we're going to call this risk and ready. That will tell you instantly which clip this is. Now let's take a look at the Paul clip and play a little bit toward the beginning.
(Video Playing) Paul: If people love their trees, their coffee trees, then the coffee trees are going to be taken care of. Diana Weynand: Okay, so this clip has Paul talking a little bit more about loving the coffee trees. So already this tells you something about these clips. So now your focus is a little bit more on what the note about the clip is then the clip itself. But we can take this a little bit further. Notice there were two favorite sections in this Paul 1 clip.
If we show just the Favorites we now have two separate Favorites. Notice that each one says risk and ready, because that's the note attached to the clip. But you can also attach a note to the Favorite star icon. So when we click on this particular favorite and listen to it -- (Video Playing) Paul: what was the risk? There was no risk. It was clear. Diana Weynand: So this is obviously the section on risk. So now we can click on the note and type risk, and notice how it stands alone separate from the note attached to the clip.
Let's do the same for the other Favorite portion of the same clip. (Video Playing) Paul: to you, and you're ready. Diana Weynand: So this is the portion of the original clip where Paul talks about being ready. So now we can just type ready. So now what we've got is a lot of really good reference information to use. And in fact, as you begin to edit, you might bring up your Favorites and sort of give them particular names that you can address and come back to.
So by adding notes to clips, you're preserving any thoughts or observations you made about a clip, which will not only help you find it faster, but will help you start to put your story into words.
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