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Migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to Final Cut Pro X
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Preferences and settings


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Migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to Final Cut Pro X

with Abba Shapiro

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Before we get started editing let's take a look at the new simplified preferences in Final Cut Pro X. Our goal here is to cover some of the major settings and make Final Cut Pro X work a little bit more like Final Cut Pro 7. If you click on the Final Cut Pro pulldown menu you'll see Preferences are located just where they were in Final Cut Pro 7. But you don't have as many to choose from. The keyboard shortcut if you'll be going to the Preference menu by the way is Command+Comma, just like with most other Apple applications.
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  1. 4m 13s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 55s
  2. 16m 47s
    1. Touring the new interface
      7m 58s
    2. Running Final Cut Pro 7 and Final Cut Pro X on the same machine
      4m 45s
    3. Preferences and settings
      4m 4s
  3. 37m 12s
    1. Importing and analyzing media from a folder on your computer
      7m 47s
    2. Importing media from a camera storage card
      3m 54s
    3. Importing video from a tape-based camera
      3m 12s
    4. Organizing media in the Event Library
      6m 31s
    5. Organizing and keywording clips
      10m 1s
    6. Viewing clips in the Event Library
      5m 47s
  4. 59m 20s
    1. Creating and managing projects
      6m 45s
    2. Performing basic edits in the Primary Storyline
      8m 36s
    3. Editing in the timeline, including Ripple, Roll, Slip, and Slide edits
      6m 36s
    4. Adding and adjusting audio
      9m 21s
    5. Editing B-roll with connected clips
      5m 0s
    6. Creating compound clips as an alternative to nested sequences
      2m 13s
    7. Legacy editing paradigms
      3m 31s
    8. Fine-tuning with the Precision Editor and performing three-point edits
      6m 22s
    9. Using favorites to create subclips
      6m 54s
    10. Using markers
      4m 2s
  5. 38m 45s
    1. Adding and adjusting transitions
      8m 22s
    2. Creating titles
      7m 13s
    3. Applying motion effects to clips
      7m 34s
    4. Retiming clips to create speed effects and creating freeze frames
      7m 11s
    5. Making color corrections
      8m 25s
  6. 14m 17s
    1. Exporting from Final Cut Pro X
      6m 11s
    2. Advanced exporting using Compressor
      2m 10s
    3. Collaboration and archiving
      5m 56s
  7. 3m 26s
    1. Next steps
      3m 26s

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Migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to Final Cut Pro X
2h 54m Beginner Jul 11, 2011

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Migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to Final Cut Pro X gives video editors a comprehensive tour of the new tools and the interface makeover for Apple's premier video editing software. It showcases the differences from Final Cut Pro 7 and paves the way for a painless upgrade experience. Author Abba Shapiro covers the new interface and workflows in Final Cut X, the magnetic timeline, connected clips, and the deep integration of color correction and sound editing.

This course helps experienced Final Cut Pro editors understand new ways of performing traditional editing techniques. New terminology and new tools for performing editing functions are also clarified.

Topics include:
  • Touring the X interface
  • Running Final Cut Pro 7 and X on the same machine
  • Importing and analyzing media
  • New editing methods (including append and connected clips)
  • Timeline editing (including ripple, roll, slip, and slide edits)
  • Adding audio
  • Fine-tuning with the Precision Editor
  • Adding and adjusting transitions
  • Creating titles
  • Applying motion effects to clips
  • Performing color corrections
  • Exporting
  • Archiving and collaboration
Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Software:
Final Cut Pro
Author:
Abba Shapiro

Preferences and settings

Before we get started editing let's take a look at the new simplified preferences in Final Cut Pro X. Our goal here is to cover some of the major settings and make Final Cut Pro X work a little bit more like Final Cut Pro 7. If you click on the Final Cut Pro pulldown menu you'll see Preferences are located just where they were in Final Cut Pro 7. But you don't have as many to choose from. The keyboard shortcut if you'll be going to the Preference menu by the way is Command+Comma, just like with most other Apple applications.

Notice how simple the preferences are. There are three basic areas for preferences: Editing, Playback and Import. Let's take a look at the key ones you need to change to make Final Cut Pro X work how you would expect it to work like Final Cut Pro 7. The first one you should change is under Timeline to say Show detailed trimming feedback. With this unchecked, when you do a slip, a slide, a ripple or a roll you won't see the 2-up display that you're used to seeing. So go ahead and turn that on.

Position Playhead after edit operation is much like you would expect it to work in Final Cut Pro 7, where after you make an edit the Playhead jumps to the end of the edit point. With that unchecked it actually stays in the same position and does not move to the end. If you click Show reference waveforms, when you increase or decrease the volume of a clip, the waveform actually grows bigger or smaller. But there will be a ghost of the original waveform which is created as a reference to see what your peaks are.

As with Final Cut Pro 7 you can set the default length of all still images. Where in Final Cut Pro 7 it was 10 seconds, here the default is 4 seconds. The next selection is pretty critical to make Final Cut Pro X work like Final Cut Pro 7. The default setting is that if you apply a transition it will use full overlap. This is kind of how iMovie currently works. If you want to work the way that Final Cut Pro 7 works, you want to change that to Available Media. Now instead of shortening a clip to make sure you have enough media to do the transition Final Cut will just use what media is available.

Taking a look at the Playback preference you see you have a choice to have background rendering on or off. If this is checked whenever Final Cut is idle for 5 seconds or longer, it will start rendering in the background. My suggestion is either increase this to something greater than 5 seconds, such as 60 seconds, so that you can tweak and move things around without it having to render and create extra render files, or turn it off altogether and render when you want to by hitting Ctrl+R. Final Cut Pro will allow you to edit using media in its native format, or you can transcode that to an optimized format.

If you check the Playback: Use original or optimized media, Final Cut Pro will use the original media if you choose not to transcode it, or we use the optimized media if you choose to transcode it to ProRes. You'll notice Warn when dropping frames doing playback is now unchecked by default. Pre-roll and post-roll durations have also been changed. Instead of being 5 seconds before and 2 seconds after, it's a much more useful 2 seconds and 2 seconds. Under Import there is a couple of key things to take note of.

The first is under Organizing. If you have Copy files to Final Cut Events folder checked, Final Cut will move any media that it imports into the Events folder. If you want to work the way that you are used to working in Final Cut Pro 7 by leaving the media where it is and making an alias to it, uncheck this setting. We talked a little bit about transcoding in the Playback section, and here you can choose when you input media to use the native format, or transcode it to either optimized media, which is ProRes, or create proxy media, which is ProRes Proxy.

We'll look at some of the other details of the import preferences when we actually start importing footage. As you can see, the preference settings in Final Cut Pro X are as streamlined and efficient as its new interface.

There are currently no FAQs about Migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to Final Cut Pro X.

 
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