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Performing searches and creating Smart Collections

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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.

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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Final Cut Pro X 10.0.9 Essential Training

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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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