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Organizing and keywording clips

From: Migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to Final Cut Pro X

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In this movie we are going to work with clips in our Event Library. We are going to show you how to rename clips, how to rate clips, add keywords, and then be able to find and search all your media by those keywords. The first thing you'll notice is that the clips that we imported were already in folders and because they were in folders the name of those folders were placed in the metadata. So right now if I wanted to search for the word dance, if I click on the upper right-hand corner in the search folder, I can type the word dance and it will show me all the clips that have the word dance either in their name or they may have come from a folder named dance.

Organizing and keywording clips

In this movie we are going to work with clips in our Event Library. We are going to show you how to rename clips, how to rate clips, add keywords, and then be able to find and search all your media by those keywords. The first thing you'll notice is that the clips that we imported were already in folders and because they were in folders the name of those folders were placed in the metadata. So right now if I wanted to search for the word dance, if I click on the upper right-hand corner in the search folder, I can type the word dance and it will show me all the clips that have the word dance either in their name or they may have come from a folder named dance.

If I wanted to find all the clips that maybe had Pablo in them, I simply type pablo and now I can find all that footage. But you don't have to stick to way the clips were labeled when you brought them in. Just like in Final Cut Pro 7, you can simply click on a clip and you can change its name. Now you can work either in the Film Strip view and do this or you can switch over and do the same thing in the List view. Now if you notice in the List view there is a little disclosure triangle next to each of the clips. If you click on that disclosure triangle it will actually show you the keywords associated with that clip.

Now let's look at how we can add even more keywords and further refine the sorting of our clips. In the lower left side of the Events Library there is a small key. And if I click on that key I get the Keyword HUD. Now this clip is from the B-Roll folder and it's from the master folder of Everybody Dance Now. But I also know the Pablo's in this clip. So I can go ahead and I can type Pablo and hit the Enter key and now he is a keyword that's associated with this clip.

You'll also notice that in the register it put Pablo in where it says Ctrl+1. By default as you add new keywords, you can add these items to register so later on if I find another clip that has Pablo in it that isn't identified, I can simply select it, hit Ctrl+1, and it will add that keyword to the clip. Let's go ahead and do that. Select pablo_solo, Ctrl+1. As you see Pablo is pushed in there. If I click down here we will be able to see that that is one of the options if I stretch out this window.

There it is, pablo. So even if I did not label it properly in the right folder when I import the media I can always add additional metadata. Now I may want to further refine my metadata again using the Keyword HUD. For instance, let's say I want to label all the clips that might have been performances in the practice studio. So I am going to type practice studio and hit Return. Now if you noticed, when I did this in the register it did not apply directly to the clip yet.

So you can fill your registers with a variety of standard keywords such as interior, exterior, day, night, male, female, even in this case some other keywords such as student, teachers, and performances. Now if I wanted to apply practice studio to any clip, I can go back to my Film Strip view and I am going to go ahead in the upper right-hand corner-- and this is a gotcha. If you have pablo typed in here, it's only going to show you the Pablo clips.

Let's go ahead, hit the X key to reset that to see all of my clips. Now what I want to do is I want to label all their performances and I am going to go ahead and select multiple clips. I can select the first clip, hold down the Command key, I'll select the second, I'll select this third one here, and we will select one more just for fun, this practice session. Now if I hit Ctrl+2 it's going to label these as all practice studio and I can now sort by practice studio. As a matter of fact, if we go over here, when we click on practice studio I can see all of these clips.

For instance if I wanted to add the practice studio keyword to this clip here, all I have to do is select it and drag it and drop it right onto practice studio. Now you see this clip is available in the practice studio keyword collection. You can also combine keyword collections. As an editor, there is a lot of times that you want to even further organize your media. Maybe I want all my practice studio and my performance media to be in the same location or in this case the same folder.

I am going to go ahead and create a new folder in Everybody Dance Now by right-clicking on the Everybody Dance Now icon or I can hit Shift+Command+N. As you see, I have an untitled folder and I am going to just type in here dance footage. I can now drag any of my keyword collections into dance footage and see them as a group. So let's go ahead and drop practice studio as well as performance into the dance footage folder. Now whenever I click on dance footage I can see all of those shots or I can still see them refined in their specific categories.

Another really cool feature of Final Cut Pro X is the ability to label clips as favorites, not favorites, or not used. Simply select any clip in your Event Browser and then go down to the lower left side of the screen and you'll see there is a green star, a red X, and a clear star. If you click on the green star, this clip is marked as a favorite. If I want to remove that as a favorite, I can simply go to the middle star and click Remove rating or U. So favorite is F for favorite, U for un-rate, and then the X is a reject, and that's simply the Delete key.

So if I select a clip and I say I don't want to use this clip, I know that it's out of focus, I can go ahead and I can reject that right there on the spot. And as a matter of fact you'll notice there is a little new stripe up here. The red stripe indicates that you've rejected that clip and the green stripe indicates that that's the favorite clip. If I have a clip for instance that I rejected and I decide afterwards that I would like to use it, I can go back and I can un-rate that clip and you see the line is removed. Well, having this little visual reinforcement's great but I can actually go a little bit deeper.

If you look at the top of the Event Library, see what it says. All Clips. If I click on that I have a bunch of options. I can hide any clip that I rejected, so I don't even have to look at it. I can look at clips that have no ratings or keywords, which is really nice if I have a clip that I forgot to rate and I want to make sure that I rated or add a keyword to it so it's in its appropriate library. I can look at all my favorite clips, or maybe I want to go back and I want to look at all the clips I rejected because maybe I am looking for that piece of shot that just might be there for a few seconds.

This is very valuable, but it's also a gotcha, because a lot of times people forget that they've switched from All Clips to one of these other settings and they are wondering where their media has gone. So if you ever notice that your media might be missing, make sure that you're in All Clips and also make sure that this search box is empty. We are going to do one more thing with our Keyword HUD. This is very useful if you accidentally put keyword metadata on a clip and you don't want to sort it that way. I can simply select any keyword there and simply hit Delete.

So for instance maybe I don't want this clip to be labeled as practice anymore and I can remove that and it's no longer in the practice studio keyword collection. Another thing I can do is I can create new keyword collections of multiple keywords in the search box. So for instance, if I go to Everybody Dance Now, instead of just typing into the keyword box go ahead and double-click on it. And what you see is a Filter search box and this allows me to search and filter my clips by multiple terms.

So I can actually search by text, in this case everything that may have Pablo in it. And then I am going to go ahead and I can add a variety of other ways that I can search my media. I can search by Media Type, I can search whether it needs to be stabilized or not, of course Keywords, People, one, two, three, groups of people, as well as perhaps a date range that I want to search. Once I define my search parameters I can actually make a new smart collection based upon those specific search parameters.

So I'll click on New Smart Collection, I can label it my special sort, and then all the clips that meet those parameters would be inside this specific smart folder. Now as you can see my criteria were just too refined and I have no clips, but it's very easy to be able to find the clips you are looking for very quickly. Now obviously this was too refined and I have nothing here. So instead of deleting it if you simply double-click it, it brings up the HUD and let's go ahead and remove some of the constraints.

I am going to uncheck the Text, looking for pablo, and I am going to uncheck the Date. And what I want is I just want any shots that might have one person or two people in them. So I am going to uncheck Medium, Close Ups, Wide, and Group, and go ahead and close the window. So as you see my special sort actually shows me all the clips that primarily have one or two people in them and I can re-label it 1 or 2 shots. Now if you look closely at the way it sorted the media, I have both still images and movies.

If I wanted to I can further refine this and say I just want still images. Now I have all the still images with either one or two people. Organizing your clips using keywords, smart folders and keyword collections is one of the most powerful features of Final Cut Pro X and can really speed up your edit.

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Migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to Final Cut Pro X

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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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