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Effective Storytelling with Final Cut Pro X
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Organizing separate story segments into independent storylines


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Effective Storytelling with Final Cut Pro X

with Diana Weynand

Video: Organizing separate story segments into independent storylines

So far the techniques we've been seeing in this course could be generally applied in any editing application. But in this movie you'll see an editing technique specific to Final Cut Pro X. With this technique you can organize your separate story segments, such as coffee making, importing, and so on, into independent storylines that would give you lots of flexibility as you edit and finesse your story. In the Delicious Peace projects we've edited narration clips, as well as sound from interview clips to provide an audio track for the story.
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  1. 5m 54s
    1. Welcome
      1m 20s
    2. Using the exercise files
      4m 34s
  2. 16m 21s
    1. Exploring different types of storytellers
      7m 9s
    2. Identifying story elements
      5m 9s
    3. Finding the essence of the story
      4m 3s
  3. 15m 6s
    1. Organizing footage into folders
      5m 29s
    2. Creating a disk image as a contained workspace
      4m 51s
    3. Importing folders and stills as keyword collections
      4m 46s
  4. 22m 52s
    1. Adding keywords to make clips accessible
      3m 33s
    2. Using favorite tags to call clips into action
      7m 16s
    3. Making notes to capture observations
      4m 1s
    4. Performing a complex search
      2m 28s
    5. Prepping clips for editing
      5m 34s
  5. 28m 47s
    1. Finding the meat of the clips
      5m 11s
    2. Don't be puzzled over your first edit
      4m 27s
    3. Creating project versions and developing story diversity
      5m 16s
    4. Putting story threads in order
      7m 25s
    5. Sculpting the story within the timeline
      6m 28s
  6. 46m 5s
    1. Trimming distractions from a story
      6m 48s
    2. Compounding thoughts into one primary story project
      9m 52s
    3. Evaluating the project for story content and pacing
      7m 1s
    4. Fine-tuning the edits in a project
      7m 36s
    5. Refining the primary sound bed
      7m 55s
    6. Organizing separate story segments into independent storylines
      6m 53s
  7. 24m 11s
    1. Storyboarding a narrative script using placeholders
      7m 22s
    2. Recording a narration track to explore script ideas
      4m 40s
    3. Changing pitch in a temporary narration track to identify different characters
      5m 27s
    4. Adding sound effects to create depth
      6m 42s
  8. 41m 2s
    1. Embellishing the story with cutaways to B-roll footage
      9m 3s
    2. Finessing cutaways to enhance the story
      5m 3s
    3. Editing and arranging a still-image storyline
      6m 22s
    4. Applying the Ken Burns effect to still images
      6m 33s
    5. Altering your story's "look" using the Color Board
      8m 4s
    6. Applying effects to enhance story elements
      5m 57s
  9. 28m 57s
    1. Retiming to lengthen or shorten music and clips
      6m 48s
    2. Adding freeze frames to end or start sections
      6m 40s
    3. Video finishing touches
      8m 6s
    4. Audio finishing touches
      7m 23s
  10. 1m 7s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 7s

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Effective Storytelling with Final Cut Pro X
3h 50m Intermediate Feb 01, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Identifying story elements
  • Finding the essence of a story
  • Importing folders and stills as keyword collections
  • Using keywords to make clips accessible
  • Prepping clips for editing
  • Developing story diversity
  • Sculpting the story within the timeline
  • Fine-tuning edits
  • Organizing separate story segments into independent storylines
  • Recording a narration track
  • Adding sound effects
  • Applying effects to enhance story elements
  • Adding freeze frames
Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Software:
Final Cut Pro
Author:
Diana Weynand

Organizing separate story segments into independent storylines

So far the techniques we've been seeing in this course could be generally applied in any editing application. But in this movie you'll see an editing technique specific to Final Cut Pro X. With this technique you can organize your separate story segments, such as coffee making, importing, and so on, into independent storylines that would give you lots of flexibility as you edit and finesse your story. In the Delicious Peace projects we've edited narration clips, as well as sound from interview clips to provide an audio track for the story.

If one audio clip connects nicely to a video clip that's never going to move, then you're in good shape. But if you find yourself doing a lot of finessing with both the video and audio clips, you might end up frustrated by the connecting process. By creating additional storylines in a project and working with the Magical Gap Clip, you can create all the flexibility you need. In the Project Library let's open the Storylines project. You might remember from a previous movie that this project has clips of Ben talking beneath clips of coffee.

And at times we have a gap clip where we see Ben come through on camera. And then when Ben's clips are beneath the clips in the primary storyline, we hear his voice mixed in with the audio of the coffee clips, but we don't see him until we get to a gap clip. And gap clips are transparent in that respect. Well, what we want to do is think in terms of what happens when you're still in that finessing process, which is what editing is really all about.

For example, what if we wanted to take this clip, and I am going to zoom in so we could see that this is called the coffee tree clip. What if I wanted to take this clip and move it somewhere else in this project? Well, when I move it guess who comes with me. Ben is coming with me, and of course the reason is that Ben is connected to that clip at this point, and you see the connecting line right here. Well, I really like the way Ben's audio is working with this clip, so I want a little more autonomy, I want some more independence between my Ben set of clips and between these clips.

Well, I can do that fairly easily. First I am going to press Shift+Z, and the way I am going to do that is to select the Ben clips. And this is where we go a little bit outside the typical process of storytelling, and work with a feature that is perhaps more specific to Final Cut Pro X. By selecting this group of clips, I can right-click and choose Create Storyline, or press the shortcut Command+G. When I create a storyline out of all of the Ben clips, a Storyline bar is formed around them and I now have a single connection line.

I have the flexibility of moving all of these clips together. And moving a single video clip would not be a problem, because it's not connected, at least at that point. But there are other things that could happen. For example, what if I decided I wanted to delete this coffee tree clip because I was going to start a little bit further in the coffee process. Watch what happens when I delete the clip. Well, it deleted the clip and everything that was connected to it. I am going to press Command+Z to bring back those clips of Ben.

So, again I would also like a little more independence. Gee! Is there anyway that I can not attach these clips of Ben to these clips. I almost want to make this group of coffee clips a separate storyline. Well, I can do that as well. Now in order to see this more clearly, I'm going to change the Clip Appearance and make them all very, very short. That will just simply give me more room to see more levels. So, if I wanted to take this group of coffee clips and make them a separate independent storyline, not the primary storyline, I can select them and choose Lift from Primary Storyline, or press Option+Command+Up Arrow.

What that did, was that it took those clips and bumped them all up, each one of them, individually bumped them up above the primary storyline. And what we have in the primary storyline now is just individual gap clips. And notice all the individual places that these clips are connected. If we wanted to clean this connection up, so like the audio or like Ben's clip, there's one single connection, I can select these clips and do what I did with Ben's clips and that's to create a separate storyline.

By doing that, I have now placed all of the coffee clips into their own independent storyline that I can move around wherever I want. And as I have this now, I see that I have individual gap clips that were created the length of the original coffee clips, which I no longer need, because everything is connecting off this first gap clip. So what I can do is I can actually, since nothing is attached to these gap clips in the primary storyline. I can delete those, and instead drag out or trim the gap clip that's currently in the primary storyline.

This gives me a tremendous amount of flexibility, not only between segments in a story, but within each storyline itself. For example, now that I have made this group of clips a storyline, a gap is placed automatically where there were no clips and I can go in and I can make trims with those gaps, or with the clips, and I am going to undo those. So I can make whatever adjustments I want. When you create an additional storyline, you have other editing options as well.

For example, if I wanted to continue adding coffee clips to this clip, I would go to the Coffee group of clips and I would say you know what, let's go ahead and we see grinding the beans. Let's go ahead and see making the coffee. Well, I see I've got my favorite. So with the Storyline selected in the timeline, I can select Append and append to that particular storyline. I could do the same thing with narration or with the Ben clip and continue to grow the storylines and edit within them.

So anytime you create a separate individual storyline, it gives you a great deal of flexibility. So now for example, this clip that we wanted to move and we couldn't before, I can relocate it anywhere in this storyline and it doesn't affect Ben at all. So, as you start to work with putting together your different story segments, make sure you give yourself all the flexibility you need by creating separate or additional storylines.

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