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Managing events between different drives and destinations

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We have been working with events through this entire course, so hopefully they make a lot of sense to you by now. However, there are some things you can do with events that we haven't discussed yet. Like moving clips between events, splitting events up, merging them, and moving events around from drive to drive. Let's talk about some of these. So, I'm going to create a new event on my Media Drive, Opt+N, and I'll name it "Broll". And basically what I want is a bunch of blanket beauty shots that I can use to demonstrate very basic montage cutting techniques in my intro editing class.

Managing events between different drives and destinations

We have been working with events through this entire course, so hopefully they make a lot of sense to you by now. However, there are some things you can do with events that we haven't discussed yet. Like moving clips between events, splitting events up, merging them, and moving events around from drive to drive. Let's talk about some of these. So, I'm going to create a new event on my Media Drive, Opt+N, and I'll name it "Broll". And basically what I want is a bunch of blanket beauty shots that I can use to demonstrate very basic montage cutting techniques in my intro editing class.

I know where I have a lot of really nice beauty shots, and that is in the Farm to Table, Farm Scenery keyword collection. Now you may think that I can just drag this keyword collection up to my new event. But when I do that, look there's no clips in here. This is just metadata, so this isn't going to work. I am going to delete this, and let's head back down to my Farm Scenery keyword collection. Instead, what I have got to do is come into the Keyword Collection and drag the clips to my new event.

Look what happens when I do that, though. If I grab this clip and drag it to my new event, notice that it leaves this event completely. It's no longer in this keyword collection, and it's not in this event at all, it's now here in this new event. If I go ahead and minimize Final Cut and go into my Media Drive, we can see that we have a new event. And inside here we have Original Media, and we have literally moved that clip and the title of this is Field mountain in background.

If I come to Find to Table > Original Media, you will notice that it's no longer here. So we have literally moved it. It's not exactly what we want to do. So let's talk about duplicating media instead. Let's go ahead and move this back. So now it's no longer here and again I am just going to delete this keyword collection to avoid confusion. And this time I'm going to just select all of these clips, Cmd+A, and then I am going to press Cmd+D to duplicate, and you will see that I have a copy for every single one of my clips.

You will also see that they're all selected so that will make it easy to move over. So now I'm going to move the copies over to my new event, like so. It said that these clips will be copied; I am going to say OK. So now I have left the Original Media here in my Farm to Table event, and I have it here in my new Broll event. So that's a very important difference. Again, we'll go ahead and check here. My b-roll event now contains all of this media, and then we also have it retained within our original event.

So that's moving media from one event to another on the same drive. But what if I want to move media from one drive to another? Well as you can see in my Event Library, I have another drive connected to my system. Let's move this Broll event to this drive. I am going to close a couple of these events to clean up my view a little bit. So I am just going to drag Broll up to my backup drive and notice that when I do that, I get this green plus sign. This means that Final Cut is going to create a copy of the event and place it in the new destination.

So when I release my mouse, you can see that this dialog box comes up letting me know that I'm duplicating this event. Well, I don't necessarily want two copies of the same event, instead I'd like to move the event completely. So I am going to press Cancel here. And instead what I am going to do is hold down Command while I track. Notice that I do not get the green plus sign. Instead of duplicating it, I am moving it. And now when I release my mouse it's telling me that I'm moving the event, and I'll say OK.

So I have moved the Broll event to the new drive; it's no longer on my Media Drive. Now another way to do this is to just select your event and come up to File and Move Event, and you'll see that we have the same dialog box, and you can choose the drive to move it to from this pop-up. I am going to go ahead and cancel this for now. Coming back up to the File menu, though, I do want to show you one more thing, and that is merging events. You will see that right now it's grayed out, but if I have more than one event selected--if for example, I wanted to just merge these two events--I can come up to File, and now it's not grayed out. I can merge events, and it's going to ask me what my new event name is going to be and where I want to put it.

Now I cannot undo this, and obviously I don't want to do this to my media right now, so I am going to cancel, but in some cases you might want to do this. I am going to go ahead and cancel. Finally, let's talk about deleting. Now you can delete individual clips as we have talked about before or entire events. Let's come up to my b-roll event, and as you may remember, you can delete a clip by simply selecting it and right-clicking and saying Move to Trash or Cmd+Delete. Remember, you can't just press Delete, or it's just going to put a rejection mark on this.

Now if you want to delete an entire event, you do the same thing, you just select it, right-click, and Move Event to Trash. And it's gone. The entire event is now in my system trash, so I still do have the opportunity to go in there and get it back if I need to. Now if you do delete clips or events, then any project files that use media from that event will go offline, so be very sure that when you delete a clip or event, you don't really need anything from the material that you're deleting. As you can see, copying and moving material around the Final Cut environment is pretty easy.

However, I will say that one of the most common mistakes people make is that they do some of this type of thing on accident and then wonder where their media is. So bottom line, be aware and be deliberate. Don't move things around without having a firm grasp of exactly what you're doing. If perchance things do go offline or missing, you can take a look at the Troubleshooting chapter later in the course.

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Final Cut Pro X Essential Training

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  1. 6m 16s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
    2. Using the exercise files
      5m 16s
  2. 23m 30s
    1. Understanding the world of nonlinear editing
      5m 2s
    2. Understanding how FCP X works: A new take on story creation
      1m 48s
    3. Taking a tour of the FCP X interface
      8m 59s
    4. Accessing additional tools
      6m 23s
    5. Getting to know the projects for this course
      1m 18s
  3. 24m 41s
    1. Creating and organizing events from scratch
      5m 20s
    2. Organizing footage with keywords and ratings
      8m 19s
    3. Performing searches and creating Smart Collections
      4m 59s
    4. Displaying event data
      6m 3s
  4. 42m 11s
    1. Playing and marking clips in preparation for editing
      7m 16s
    2. Understanding different types of editing tools
      6m 20s
    3. Making the first edits: Using Insert and Append edits
      7m 31s
    4. Changing shots: Using Overwrite and Replace edits
      5m 54s
    5. Performing video- and audio-only edits
      3m 45s
    6. Moving clips within the primary storyline: Swapping shots and creating gaps
      3m 28s
    7. Removing material from the primary storyline
      3m 44s
    8. Understanding timeline navigation: Snapping, skimming, zooming, and panning
      4m 13s
  5. 23m 58s
    1. Trimming clips: Using the Ripple tool
      9m 9s
    2. Manipulating transitions: Using the Roll tool
      5m 36s
    3. Changing clip content and position: Performing Slip and Slide edits
      5m 40s
    4. Using the Precision Editor for fine trimming control
      3m 33s
  6. 14m 2s
    1. Connecting clips to the primary storyline
      7m 0s
    2. Understanding the features and limitations of Connected Clips
      3m 40s
    3. Working with secondary storylines
      3m 22s
  7. 31m 23s
    1. Adjusting the audio level and channel configuration via the Inspector
      8m 47s
    2. Keyframing audio in the timeline
      4m 57s
    3. Repairing audio problems automatically
      5m 25s
    4. Adjusting audio EQ
      4m 46s
    5. Recording audio
      4m 4s
    6. Syncing audio from multiple sources
      3m 24s
  8. 25m 6s
    1. Nesting and breaking apart clips
      4m 1s
    2. Performing quick extractions using Top and Tail edits
      6m 16s
    3. Auditioning clips to try multiple editing options
      4m 9s
    4. Working with markers
      4m 57s
    5. Customizing the keyboard and workspace
      5m 43s
  9. 14m 28s
    1. Syncing your multicam group clips
      6m 47s
    2. Performing a multicam edit
      3m 53s
    3. Refining the multicam edit
      3m 48s
  10. 1h 26m
    1. Working with basic motion effects: Transform, Crop, and Distort
      10m 32s
    2. Using motion effects with still photos and graphics
      6m 25s
    3. Adding and adjusting transition effects
      7m 46s
    4. Adding and adjusting video effects
      6m 26s
    5. Adding and adjusting audio effects
      4m 30s
    6. Keyframing video and audio effects over time
      6m 18s
    7. Copying and pasting effect properties
      4m 15s
    8. Creating and adjusting titles
      7m 18s
    9. Working with generator effects
      6m 46s
    10. Adding animated themes
      4m 7s
    11. Creating freeze frames
      3m 51s
    12. Using speed effects to retime clips
      8m 2s
    13. Working with layered Photoshop files
      6m 19s
    14. Understanding rendering options and preferences
      4m 4s
  11. 36m 15s
    1. Analyzing footage for problems
      3m 49s
    2. Following a proper color correction workflow
      10m 29s
    3. Apply multiple color corrections to clips
      3m 41s
    4. Using color correction templates
      3m 11s
    5. Using automatic color correction tools
      6m 15s
    6. Performing secondary color correction with color masks
      4m 30s
    7. Performing color correction adjustments using shape masks
      4m 20s
  12. 18m 54s
    1. Taking a closer look at the import and analysis options
      5m 56s
    2. Importing from cards and file-based cameras
      4m 14s
    3. Importing iMovie projects and events
      1m 58s
    4. Capturing from tape
      3m 18s
    5. Making a tape archive
      3m 28s
  13. 16m 13s
    1. Managing events between different drives and destinations
      6m 13s
    2. Managing render files
      2m 56s
    3. Collaborating and archiving
      7m 4s
  14. 34m 38s
    1. Sharing projects using presets
      7m 41s
    2. Exporting a hi-res QuickTime movie
      3m 46s
    3. Using Compressor to export with custom settings
      7m 54s
    4. Exporting a still image
      1m 22s
    5. Exporting to DVD or Blu-ray with chapter markers
      5m 33s
    6. Exporting stems out of the timeline using roles
      8m 22s
  15. 14m 1s
    1. Solving offline media problems
      10m 29s
    2. Troubleshooting data and settings corruption problems
      3m 32s
  16. 3m 28s
    1. Next steps
      3m 28s

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