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Learn how to build and refine your story with the redesigned editing toolset in Final Cut Pro X. In this course, author Ashley Kennedy focuses on getting you comfortable with each aspect of the editing process in Final Cut—from preparation and organization, to editing and refining, to audio and effects, to media management and exporting. Each stage of the postproduction workflow is explained thoroughly and concisely, and uses real-world examples from both narrative and documentary workflows.
NOTE: This course and its exercise files are not compatible with Final Cut Pro X v. 10.1 or later. If you are running v. 10.1 or later, please watch Final Cut Pro X 10.1.1 Essential Training instead.
Now that we have a good understanding on how metadata can help us further define our footage, I want to go over the methods for actually searching for specific elements. Now Final Cut Pro X has a really robust search tool and even lets us save search criteria in dynamic groupings called smart collections. Let's take a look. So I'm just going to click on my Farm to Table event, and to search through the clips in your event library, you just click in the search field here and begin typing. So, if I want to locate all of the clips that contain the word field, I can just type it in here, like so.
and so all of these clips have field in their name. One word of caution, if you type something in this field and then go on to edit, you may forget to clear out your search criteria. If you do, then you might accidentally find that you have a lot fewer clips than you thought you did, so just make sure to delete your search term after you're done with the search. So I'll just go ahead and click on this X, and we have all of our clips back. So that basic function is fine for quick and dirty searches. But Final Cut has a much deeper search function than that, so this time instead of just typing something into the search field, I'm going to click on this magnifying glass right here.
So, as you can see, a filter box pops up, and we can begin inputting additional data. Now by default, it first comes up with a Text search field, and you can choose that it Includes, Does Not Include, it Is--so it matches exactly--or it Is Not, it does not match. You can also click on this Plus sign and put in any other criteria that you wish, and you can do this as many times as you like. So what I want to do is find all the clips with the Text of BD, and as you can see, it performs it lives, so everything in this view are now my BD clips, both on the Farm and at the Market, and what I want to find are all the shots at BD at the market.
So I'm going to click on this Plus sign and go to Keywords, and it allows us to check or uncheck all of these keywords right here. I think that if I chose Market Setup and Farmer's Market here, that should include everything. All right, so I have BD at the market if I'm looking for B-roll of him when I'm discussing the market. Now that's going to be a group of search criteria, and I'm going to make what's called a smart collection out of it, all of the clips with the Text BD in the keyword collection of either Market Setup or Farmer's Market, I'm going to choose New Smart Collection, and I'm just going to title this BD Broll market.
So we have some B-roll that we can go to right away when we need footage of BD working at the marketplace. Fantastic, Let's do it again, but this time let's show B-roll of BD working on the farm. So I'm just going to click on my event up here and my magnifying glass, and again, we'll do BD keywords, and notice that there are a lot of other things you can search on. You can search on ratings if you favored clips, and you have all sorts of metadata that you can search from. We're going to go into Keywords again, and I'm going to uncheck all, because I just want to get on the Farm and Farm Scenery maybe.
Now we have all the shots of BD at the farm and so that will be a new smart collection, and I'm just going to title this BD Broll Farm, okay, and so we have our two smart collections right here. A lot of times I like to just put my smart collections in a folder, and you can do that, you can go to File and New Folder, and I just typed in Smart Collections I'll click, and I'll Shift-click and move those in there, like so. So now we have our smart collections kind of sequestered from the rest of our Keyword collections.
The cool part about this is that whenever any clips match this criteria, they will automatically be deposited in this collection. So let me just demonstrate this really briefly. If I come back up to let's see the Farmer's Market, and let's just add the word BD to one of these, okay, let's say those are BD's hands, and so I'll just say BD hands Beets foreground. So now let's go ahead and take a look at BD Broll Market.
As you can see, the shot was added, and I didn't even do anything. It's a smart collection, it automatically sensed that the metadata matched this search criteria and put it in there automatically. So, pretty cool stuff. As you can see, it's very easy to perform both basic and dynamic footage searches in Final Cut Pro X, and this is an important thing in letting you stay in your creative mode without needing to hunt and peck through your materials when you are finding the perfect shot.
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