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Performing a complex search

From: Effective Storytelling with Final Cut Pro X

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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.

Performing a complex search

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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Effective Storytelling with Final Cut Pro X

39 video lessons · 11593 viewers

Diana Weynand
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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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