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Playing and marking clips in preparation for editing


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Final Cut Pro X Essential Training

with Ashley Kennedy

Video: Playing and marking clips in preparation for editing

Now that we have got a good handle on how we can access and organize our event data, let's begin combing through the footage to begin editing. Now the first scene we are going to edit is the opening scene of the documentary which is essentially just getting us acquainted with the Farm to Table movement. We'll have several people talking about the benefits of organic farming and then later we will add B-roll to enhance their words and really make it work. So let's go ahead into the Farm to Table event, and we want to take a look at couple of interviews, and specifically, actually, I want take a look at BD's interviews right here because he is going to start us out, and just as you know, I have really screened all of this footage very well and taken good notes, so I have a pretty good idea of how I would like this to come together.
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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

Playing and marking clips in preparation for editing

Now that we have got a good handle on how we can access and organize our event data, let's begin combing through the footage to begin editing. Now the first scene we are going to edit is the opening scene of the documentary which is essentially just getting us acquainted with the Farm to Table movement. We'll have several people talking about the benefits of organic farming and then later we will add B-roll to enhance their words and really make it work. So let's go ahead into the Farm to Table event, and we want to take a look at couple of interviews, and specifically, actually, I want take a look at BD's interviews right here because he is going to start us out, and just as you know, I have really screened all of this footage very well and taken good notes, so I have a pretty good idea of how I would like this to come together.

When you are putting together your own program, I highly recommend that you do the same. All right, so I think I would like this section to open up with BD talking about how there is this growing organic food movement worldwide, and I know that he talks about it here in Interview 4. So I am just going to play this part of the clip, and I am actually going to hop over to List View, so we have a little bit more room here, and I am going to play this, and we already know that we can play and stop a clip by pressing the spacebar. However, I want to introduce a navigation method that is definitely far more efficient, and that is JKL.

Now JKL is a three-button play tool, whereby J plays in reverse, L plays forward, and K pauses. So if you just look at the J, K, and L buttons on your keyboard, you can sort of see why this is really great. Just put your three fingers on J, K, and L, and you have total control. All right, so what am I going to do is play over this section and then when I want to mark an In, which is where my edited shot is going to start, I am going to press the I key. Then when I want to mark an Out point, which is where I want my edited shot to end, I am going to press the O key.

Again, look at your keyboard, the I and O keys are right above the J, K, and L keys, so hopefully you are getting the idea that this playing and marking business is very efficient if we just use our keyboard. All right, so better go ahead and play, and I will mark an In and an Out where I see fit. I will press L to go forward. (female speaker: Can you talk more about this movement? Like, do you see a movement going on?) (BD Dautch: Yeah, there is definitely a movement happening. It's not just here, it's worldwide, and in a way, like I said, it's a renaissance, it used to exist--) Okay, so I have marked an in and an out, and I don't think it's perfect, but I am just going to finesse it just a little bit.

Let's go ahead and play the selection. I am going to press the Forward Slash key, which is the same button that the question mark is on. So let's see how close we got it. (BD Dautch: Definitely a movement happening. It's not just here, it's worldwide, and in a way, like I said, it's a renaissance, it used to exist--) Okay, so let's go ahead and just tweak this just a little bit. I am going to go back over to Thumbnail view, and I am going to just give myself a little bit more room, 5 seconds or so, so each one of these thumbnails is 5 seconds, and here you can see my marked portion.

This time instead of just using J, K, and L, what I am going to do is go in Slow motion, and I am going to do this by holding down the K button and then rocking forward with either J or L. This is going to go about one-quarter speed, and it's going to allow me to really hone in on the word that I want to mark. (BD Dautch: There is definitely--) Okay, let's go ahead and play that, see if it's okay. (BD Dautch: There is definitely a movement happening.) All right, I like that, and I am going to go to the end and do the same thing.

(BD Dautch: It's not just here, it's worldwide, and in a way, like I said, it's a renaissance--) And I am just going to mark an out right there, and I think I am in good shape here. Let's go ahead and press the Forward Slash key and see how we like it. (BD Dautch: There is definitely a movement happening. It's not just here, it's worldwide, and in a way, like I said, it's a renaissance--) All right, and I am just going to the end here and make sure that I have this perfect. So I am going to go in slow motion here.

(video playing) Okay, I have got it there, and I want to make to sure that I permanently save this sound bite. Now we have already mentioned several ways to do this, one way is if I press F and favorite this section and then if I come over to my List View, you can see that I have my sound bite right here, and it's very easily marked, and I can even rename this. So if wanted to call this Growing movement, I can. Okay, and then when I show just my Favorites, it's just going to be right there, and it's ready to go.

And I also want to remind you that you can save it out in the soundbite Keyword collection, as we examined in a previous movie, so if I wanted to grab that, and I can open up my Keyword Editor, soundbite is already attached to Ctrl+3, so I can click on that, I can press Ctrl+3 on the keyboard, but now I also have this in my soundbites there as well. So there are a couple of ways to save that out. The reason that I mention this is that when you have a portion of a clip that you have marked, and you want another part of this interview that you also want to mark, once you do that, this goes away, so you need to make sure that you save it.

Just to show you that, let's go to List View, and I have placed a marker, and we haven't actually covered markers yet, but just realize that a marker is a digital Post-It note, it allows me to leave notes to myself or to other people working with me about something in the editing process, and in this case, it's just that I want to include a sound bite in this general area. So I am going to play this, I am going to do the same thing that I did before, notice that when I mark my in and my out, this in and out goes away. So that's why we put that permanent marker there.

All right, so I am going to again use J, K, and L and get this section just perfect. I will go ahead and press L to go forward. (BD Dautch: --consumer's point of view, so many people now--) And I am trying to get it right on that so, so I am going to go in slow motion. Okay, and let's see how this goes. (BD Dautch: So many people now are aware that getting it directly from the producer is the way to go.) Okay, and I have marked my out, and I am just going to go ahead and press my Forward Slash key to make sure that everything sounds good.

(BD Dautch: So many people now are aware that getting it directly from the producer is the way to go.) All right, perfect! So I have marked this section, and then I want this to come right after it. Again, I could press F to give it a Favorite, I could just drag it over to my soundbites, there are a couple of ways to save that as a permanent solution. But you can pick your own way. So, as you can see, we now have two soundbites subclipped out and ready to use. You can keep going through each of the interviews in order to get what you want for your sequence.

I recommend that you take your time here, screen your footage, mark the material. Taking the time up front to prep your footage will certainly help you later in the scene construction part of the process.

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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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