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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.
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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