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Performing searches and creating Smart Collections


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Final Cut Pro X Essential Training

with Ashley Kennedy

Video: Performing searches and creating Smart Collections

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.
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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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Final Cut Pro X Essential Training
6h 55m Beginner Mar 14, 2013

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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.

This lynda.com course and its exercise files are not compatible with Final Cut Pro X v10.1 or later. If you are running Final Cut Pro X v. 10.0.8 or 10.0.9, please do not upgrade your software to v10.1 if you would like to use these exercise files. For more information, please see the FAQs tab.

Topics include:
  • Understanding nonlinear editing
  • Creating and organizing events
  • Organizing footage with keywords and ratings
  • Playing and marking clips
  • Performing Insert, Append, Overwrite, and Replace edits
  • Moving and removing clips
  • Trimming in the timeline: performing ripple, roll, slip and slide edits
  • Working with connected clips and multiple storylines
  • Adjusting audio levels, EQ, and more
  • Performing a multicam edit
  • Adding and animating video and audio effects
  • Working with motion effects, speed effects, titles, themes, and generators
  • Performing primary and secondary color correction
  • Importing and analyzing footage from multiple platforms
  • Managing media and project data
  • Sharing and exporting projects
Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Software:
Final Cut Pro
Author:
Ashley Kennedy

Performing searches and creating Smart Collections

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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Q: Why are the exercise files not compatible with my version of Final Cut Pro X?
A: The exercise files for this course require Final Cut Pro X 10.0.07 or higher. Final Cut Pro X upgrades are free in the Apple App Store and we recommend upgrading your software if you are able.

 

Q: The exercise files aren't working for me in Final Cut Pro X 10.1.
A: This lynda.com training and these exercise files are not compatible for FCP X v. 10.1 OR 10.0.7 and earlier versions of the program. If you are running FCP X v. 10.0.8 or 10.0.9, please do not upgrade your software to v. 10.1 if you would like to use these exercise files.
 
Note: We are currently in the process of updating this training to be compatible with v. 10.1 and later, but that training won’t be available for several weeks. We appreciate your patience as we optimize this training.
 
FYI: If you’ve already upgraded to v. 10.1 and would like to use these exercise files, then it is actually possible to work with them to a limited degree. Simply follow the directions in the “Using the Exercise Files” movie of this course to place the Final Cut Events and Final Cut Projects folders in the appropriate location. Then, from within FCP X 10.1, choose File > Update Projects and Events. Choose Locate > and navigate to the appropriate location.  Your projects and events will be updated, but the file structure won’t mirror the experience within the current training.  If you are new to FCP X, it will likely be confusing to follow along through some of the training.  Again, we recommend that you check back for this training in several weeks to get the optimal experience.
 
Also, because FCP X exercise files are not backward compatible, you won’t be able to use the exercise files if you have FCP X v. 10.0.7 or earlier. You will need to upgrade to v. 10.0.9. Apple only offers 10.1 in the App Store, but if you have not yet upgraded to OS X Mavericks, you can click the Install button for 10.1 and the App Store will ask if you want to download an older version of the software (10.0.9). If you have already upgraded to Mavericks, unfortunately downloading FCP X 10.0.9 is not possible.
 
 
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