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Performing quick extractions using Top and Tail edits

From: Final Cut Pro X 10.0.9 Essential Training

Video: Performing quick extractions using Top and Tail edits

In this movie, we're going to explore a technique you can use for quick extraction of material called top and tail editing. It's especially a great technique for editing montage, which is a series of short images that are usually set to music or voiceover, usually to show a progression of time or ideas. Let's go into our 7.2 sequence, and I have already got some music laid down. So again, the best setup for using top and tail is to just loosely edit several shots into the timeline without paying much attention to specific start and end points.

Performing quick extractions using Top and Tail edits

In this movie, we're going to explore a technique you can use for quick extraction of material called top and tail editing. It's especially a great technique for editing montage, which is a series of short images that are usually set to music or voiceover, usually to show a progression of time or ideas. Let's go into our 7.2 sequence, and I have already got some music laid down. So again, the best setup for using top and tail is to just loosely edit several shots into the timeline without paying much attention to specific start and end points.

Let's go ahead and do that now. I'm going to create a montage of Farm Scenery shots set to music. So let's go ahead and open up my Farm Scenery keyword collection. And again, I'm not going to set in and out points, I'm just going to select everything, and then I'm going to drag them down to my Timeline and attach them all as connected clips. Yes, these clips are way too long to fit over the music, but that's fine, that's where top and tail editing is made for.

Now we have already learned that connected clips often don't behave like storyline clips in various forms of editing, and top and tail editing is no different. So what I'm going to is first press Shift+Z to fit everything in my view, and then I'm going to convert these connected clips to a storyline and then everything is going to be okay. So right-click and Create Storyline. Okay, now I have my secondary storyline above the primary storyline, and I'm ready to go. Okay, I'm just going to make sure I have my Selection tool enabled, which I do, and now I'm just going to hover my skimmer where I want each of these shots to start and end.

So I think I'm okay with the duration of this first shot, but let's go ahead and make this shot start right here. So what I'm going to do is basically extract everything from the beginning of the clip to my skimmer location. I'm just going to press Option+Left Bracket to perform a top edit, and I think I'm happy with the end of that. Let's just get that rack focus, okay, so I'm going to press Option+Left Bracket and then let's do a tail edit at the end of that rack focus, Option+Right Bracket. Keep going.

Maybe I'll go ahead and take that out altogether, so I'll just delete that. And then we know our Flower rack focus is right there, so Option+Left Bracket, go to the end of the rack focus and Option+Right Bracket. This is going to be a big extraction because this clip is so long, Option+Right Bracket, and make sure we don't get that zoom. So this is going to be a tail-only edit. Again, I will just hover right here, Option+Right Bracket, and let's get that panned down.

So we'll start the clip here, top edit Option+Left Bracket, Option+Right Bracket, and we'll make sure we don't get that zoom out, so this is going to be a tail edit. Let's end that clip right there. And we will go ahead and include everything up to this point right there. So we'll make a tail edit right here, Option+Right Bracket. All right, it's perfect.

So that was a very quick way to get rid of all the material that we didn't want, and we can even go in and get some more clips and do the same thing to finish out this sequence. Now I want to show you one more thing. I'm going to just grab a couple more shots, maybe some of the On the Farm shots, and let's go ahead and select all of them and drag them down. And Shift+Z to fit everything in. This is a lot of clips, and again, we have to Create a Storyline or it's not going to work.

All right, so I'm all set to go, and this time I'm not going to hover my skimmer, I'm just going to play along in real time. And as it's playing along, I can just press my top and tail edits on the fly and then all of that material goes away. So this is much more instinct-driven where you're just watching it and then deciding what you do and don't want to include. Let's zoom in a little bit, Command+Plus, and I'm not going to do everything because this is obviously going to take a little bit longer going in real time.

But I'll go ahead and start playing and perform my top and tail edits on the fly. (video playing) So you get the idea.

You have the option to play in real time and sort of select them as you go or have a more global approach where you are just skimming through and figuring out what you want. One last thing, I can also perform Gap Clip top and tail editing, and this simply means that instead of immediately extracting the material with everything in to fill the gap, I instead replace the marked area with a gap. So to do this, you just need to switch from the Select tool to the Position tool and then let's say that I want to remove this part of the clip but leave a gap.

We'll go ahead and just perform a tail edit, Option+Right Bracket, and it leaves a gap clip in its place so I can go and find another shot and put that here if I want to. So sometimes you might want to do that, but most of the time, you're going to want to work with the Select tool and perform top and tail Editing like we just learned. So, as you can see, top and tail editing is a really efficient way to work, especially when creating montage.

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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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