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In the last movie, we learned how to bring media in from scratch to create an event. Now because we created the Farm to Table event from scratch, we have now got the files organized how your exercise files should be, so feel free to follow along again. Okay, so if I open up the Farm to Table event and move this over just a little bit so that we can read everything, as you can see, we already have a lot of structure going on, and that's because we chose for our folders to come into Final Cut as Keyword Collections. Now Keyword Collections are the main way that you can label your shots in Final Cut Pro X.
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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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Final Cut Pro X Essential Training
6h 55m Beginner Mar 14, 2013

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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.

This lynda.com course and its exercise files are not compatible with Final Cut Pro X v10.1 or later. If you are running Final Cut Pro X v. 10.0.8 or 10.0.9, please do not upgrade your software to v10.1 if you would like to use these exercise files. For more information, please see the FAQs tab.

Topics include:
  • Understanding nonlinear editing
  • Creating and organizing events
  • Organizing footage with keywords and ratings
  • Playing and marking clips
  • Performing Insert, Append, Overwrite, and Replace edits
  • Moving and removing clips
  • Trimming in the timeline: performing ripple, roll, slip and slide edits
  • Working with connected clips and multiple storylines
  • Adjusting audio levels, EQ, and more
  • Performing a multicam edit
  • Adding and animating video and audio effects
  • Working with motion effects, speed effects, titles, themes, and generators
  • Performing primary and secondary color correction
  • Importing and analyzing footage from multiple platforms
  • Managing media and project data
  • Sharing and exporting projects
Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Software:
Final Cut Pro
Author:
Ashley Kennedy

Organizing footage with keywords and ratings

In the last movie, we learned how to bring media in from scratch to create an event. Now because we created the Farm to Table event from scratch, we have now got the files organized how your exercise files should be, so feel free to follow along again. Okay, so if I open up the Farm to Table event and move this over just a little bit so that we can read everything, as you can see, we already have a lot of structure going on, and that's because we chose for our folders to come into Final Cut as Keyword Collections. Now Keyword Collections are the main way that you can label your shots in Final Cut Pro X.

They are more like tags than folders, because you can label a clip with as many different keywords as you like. So in this sense, shots can exist in multiple locations, making it easier for you to find what you need. Let's take a look at the shots that used to reside in my folder called Interviews and are now branded with the keyword Interviews. So here are all of my interview shots, and just so you know, my slider over here is dragged all the way to the right so that each one of these appears as a single thumbnail. Now we have got several interview subjects in here, so let's filter these down even further.

I have got the shots of BD Dautch. He is the main subject of the documentary, and so let's add the appropriate keyword. I'm just going to click on the shot, and I'm going to come down to this Key button here and the keyboard shortcut is Command+K, and as we see Interviews is already part of this clip keyword collection, but I'm going to add another one. I'm going to just type in BD, and then I'm going to press Enter. And right now this shot is now branded with two keywords, Interviews and BD.

Also we have BD attached to Ctrl+1. So we can do a couple of things here. I could just come in and Command-click on the rest of many BD shots and press Ctrl+1, and all of them have been added, and notice over here that the keyword collection has been added, so now when I click on BD, I only get my BD interviews. So that's really handy. Let's go ahead and add one for John Downey. So I could select both of these at once but I want to show you one more way that you can add a shot into a keyword collection, so I'm just going to do one for now, and I'm going to press Command+K to open the Keyword Editor, and I'm just going to type in John Downey and Enter.

And I'm just going to close this, and we want to add that one to John Downey as well, so one other way that you can add a shot to a Keyword Collection is to just click and drag right on top of the keyword collection and let go, and here are both of my John Downey shots. Notice they did not leave the Interview keyword collection, they are still in there because they are interviews, but we filtered it down further to make that a lot more useful to us. Now you can even label portions of clips, so instead of clicking on the entire shot you just drag over the section you want to label and include that.

So I'm going to back in the Interviews, and I have already screened this, so I know kind of what parts of the interview I want to use. My Owen interview, it's at the very beginning, so I'm just going to drag this over a little bit to the left, so we get a little bit more of an indication on length. And let's go ahead and take a listen. I know it's at the beginning, I know he says eating local is the way we should be eating, that's the part I would like to section out as a sound bite. Let's go ahead and take a listen by pressing Spacebar. (Owen: Organic and local because it's just--it's um-- eating local is the way we should be eating.) So there it was. I'm just going to drag to that part, and let's see if I have got it.

(Owen: Eating local is the way we should be eating.) All right, perfect! Now I could go ahead and drag all of this over to get to that point, but what you can do-- and we'll explore this in much more detail in a future movie--is just press O to mark an out, so you can actually mark an in by pressing I and an O by marking out. And we have got this sound bite. So let's take a listen... (Owen: Eating local is the way we should be eating.) So let's go ahead and mark that out as a sound bite. So I'm just going to open up my Keyword Collection, Command+K, and I'm just going to type soundbite Enter, and now this portion is in there.

So if I click on soundbite and play this... (Owen: Eating local is the way we should be eating.) All right, so we can go ahead and put all of our sound bites in here so that we have everything ready to go for when we start editing it, it's very, very handy. Now another way you can categorize your footage is through ratings where you can attach both positive and negative labels. So if I want to characterize a shot with a favorable rating, I can simply click on the clip, so let's go ahead and find one of my favorite shots.

I definitely like this close up of the orange as the keeper, so I'm going to click on it, and then I'm simply going to either come down to this green star down here or press F on the keyboard, which is what I'm going to do. So I'll press F on the keyboard and notice that I have a green line that appeared here. So the blue line is from a keyword collection, it's keyword collection that it's Farm Scenery Keyword Collection, so it's already got that attached to it, but now it's also got a green line which represents that it has a favorite attached to it.

I can also do a portion of a clip, so if I come up to the shot here in my Flower rack focus, I definitely like that right here. My rack focus, it got a lot of other kind of parts of the shot that I can include as well. But I want to make sure that I favorite that section right there. So I'm just going to click and drag, or I could just press I mark an In and O to mark an Out, that's perfectly fine too.

But let's go ahead and favorite that so I'll press F, and you can see that the green line appeared just in that section. Now if I want to give an unfavorable rating to a clip, I do the same thing, but instead of pressing the green star or the F button, I press this Red X or the Delete button on the keyboard. So let's say I have some Farmers Market footage here, and let's just say that I did not secure the rights to show any of these people. So, I actually just can't show the shot at all.

So let's go ahead and attach an unfavorable rating to this. I have selected it, and I'm just going to press Delete, and now you can see that we have a red line marking this clip. Now, realistically you can use these for anything, not just favorable and unfavorable, maybe the green line represents the shots you know you'll use in the program and red represents shots you know you won't use, or maybe green represents primary materials and red represents supplementary materials. But regardless of what you have set them as, you can specify how you view these clips from this menu up here.

If I click up here and click on Favorites, ah-ha! There is nothing in here. Well, the reason is that it's looking at favorites, and it's looking at my keyword collection Farmers Market. I didn't mark any favorites in the Farmers Market keyword collection. So if I come back up here and select the entire event at large, you'll notice that there are my two favorite shots that I made. And if I want to go back up and just hide my rejected clips, then it's going to show me absolutely everything in here except the stuff that I have rejected. So that shot that I rejected from the Farmers Market of the crowd of people is not going to be in here, and you can see there are several other criteria as well.

But I would say that those are the two main ones that you'll use. Now if you want to remove a rating from a clip-- for example, let's say that I want to just take away that Favorite rating--it's this white star here or the U key on the keyboard. So if I want to take that away, I'm going to press U, that's gone, and if I show my Favorites again, now that shot is gone. So it's been unrated. So, as you can see, adding metadata to our clips allows us to really hone in on exactly what materials we are working with.

I recommend spending a lot of time up front doing this type of organization, because it really helps out later when you're deep in the creative process, and you need to quickly access your shots.

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Q: Why are the exercise files not compatible with my version of Final Cut Pro X?
A: The exercise files for this course require Final Cut Pro X 10.0.07 or higher. Final Cut Pro X upgrades are free in the Apple App Store and we recommend upgrading your software if you are able.

 

Q: The exercise files aren't working for me in Final Cut Pro X 10.1.
A: This lynda.com training and these exercise files are not compatible for FCP X v. 10.1 OR 10.0.7 and earlier versions of the program. If you are running FCP X v. 10.0.8 or 10.0.9, please do not upgrade your software to v. 10.1 if you would like to use these exercise files.
 
Note: We are currently in the process of updating this training to be compatible with v. 10.1 and later, but that training won’t be available for several weeks. We appreciate your patience as we optimize this training.
 
FYI: If you’ve already upgraded to v. 10.1 and would like to use these exercise files, then it is actually possible to work with them to a limited degree. Simply follow the directions in the “Using the Exercise Files” movie of this course to place the Final Cut Events and Final Cut Projects folders in the appropriate location. Then, from within FCP X 10.1, choose File > Update Projects and Events. Choose Locate > and navigate to the appropriate location.  Your projects and events will be updated, but the file structure won’t mirror the experience within the current training.  If you are new to FCP X, it will likely be confusing to follow along through some of the training.  Again, we recommend that you check back for this training in several weeks to get the optimal experience.
 
Also, because FCP X exercise files are not backward compatible, you won’t be able to use the exercise files if you have FCP X v. 10.0.7 or earlier. You will need to upgrade to v. 10.0.9. Apple only offers 10.1 in the App Store, but if you have not yet upgraded to OS X Mavericks, you can click the Install button for 10.1 and the App Store will ask if you want to download an older version of the software (10.0.9). If you have already upgraded to Mavericks, unfortunately downloading FCP X 10.0.9 is not possible.
 
 
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