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Little details will stick with you more so than a generic term. For example, you might forget the name of someone you met at a party, but remember that she was called Snookums, when she was a child. Snookums may not be a good name for a clip, but you'll never forget that little detail. And if you were smart enough to add it as a note to that clip's metadata, then finding Snookums when you need her, will be a cinch. Final Cut Pro has a great search mechanism. Simply click the Magnifying Glass in the Search field and it brings up the Search Filter.
The default is Text. If we wanted to find the clip that you entered the note love to, Paul's clip, simply type the word love, and notice that Paul's clip appears in Event Browser. If creating a group of clips around the concept of loving the coffee, loving the family, loving what people are doing appeals to you, then go ahead and create a new Smart Collection. Notice that in the Event Library a Smart Collection is created.
Let's just call this love. So far we only have one clip in the Smart Collection, but if you look at other clips, for example, this clip of JJ and his son moving his hands through the coffee beans; that might show and demonstrate a sense of love of the coffee. So what we can do, and let's go ahead and go to List View, it's a little easier to work with notes on that. Select the JJ beans clip, click in the Notes and type the word love.
Now let's take a look at our love Smart Collection. Notice we see two clips have been added. You didn't have to add that JJ beans clip by yourself. It was added automatically, because that's what a Smart Collection does. Any time you go through your series of clips and you see something that you feel has a sense of love about what the person is doing, around the beans, or their family, go ahead and take a moment to add that as a note. And every time you do, that clip will be added to the Smart Collection.
This will move you much further along in your storytelling process, because now you will have collections of clips around concepts. So putting a spotlight on clips by searching for detailed metadata will save you time and more importantly, help you get to the exact clip you need to tell your story.
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