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Preparing and importing media

From: Narrative Scene Editing with Final Cut Pro X

Video: Preparing and importing media

One of the first steps when starting any project, and in this case our narrative film, is to organize and import your media. And I actually said organize first because you don't always organize your media once it's been ingested, a lot of times you can do that before, or it's already done for you before. If you have access to the Exercise files I've already imported and organized and tagged the media for you. But let me go ahead and create a new event just so you can see the steps.

Preparing and importing media

One of the first steps when starting any project, and in this case our narrative film, is to organize and import your media. And I actually said organize first because you don't always organize your media once it's been ingested, a lot of times you can do that before, or it's already done for you before. If you have access to the Exercise files I've already imported and organized and tagged the media for you. But let me go ahead and create a new event just so you can see the steps.

I'm going to right-click create a New Event, we'll call this Part 1 example, and now we're going to import our media. Now one thing I really like about Final Cut Pro X is that I only have to go to one window to import my media whether it's coming off of a camera, whether it's coming off of an archive or a camera card, or whether it's just already on my hard drive, and I can just bring it in. Now I'm going to go ahead and hide this window because I want to show you my organizational structure that I did before so that when I import this media it's automatically tagged, and I have a head start.

I'm going to hit Command+H to hide this, and if you notice I have a folder called Media Organized. And I'm going to open that up and what I did is I structured this so the footage that I'm using to cut in part 1, 2, and 3 is all separate. In your case it might be Act 1, Act 2, and Act 3 of your narrative piece. Now inside each of these folders I've already pre-organized some of my media. If I knew it belong to a specific scene I would put it in that scene.

So for instance, Scene 02 Dialogue has all the footage that I'm going to use--or all the footage that I think I'm going to use--to cut that scene together. Now if I want to add additional footage it's easy enough to bring in and meta tag but this starts me off. And additionally I might have some sound effects, so I put those into a separate folder as well as other scenes, and in this case, I have some Room Tone, and the Rough Cut for you to view. Let me close this folder, and I'm going to step back into Final Cut Pro.

So here we are, we're looking at our desktop. I have Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. I'm going to simply select Part 1 because that's what I want to import and press the Import Selected button. Now we go through a lot of detail in the Essential Training, but I just want to mention a couple of key things that you might want to remember, and that's under Organizing. If you want to keep the media in its current location uncheck Copy files to the Final Cut Events folder. And every editor works differently, if this is on an external hard drive already, if it's on our backup drive, or a loading drive, you may want to move it to your own drive.

So you may want to keep copy files to the Final Cut Events folder checked. If you want to work fast and not duplicate media you can go ahead and uncheck that, but it's important that you keep Import folders as Keyword Collections selected, because this is going to start adding the metadata from the folders that I have that media in. As for all the other selections every editor works differently, go back and watch the Essential Training and make the decision that's best for you. Now remember even after you've imported your media you could always go back, right-click on any piece of media or any event, and run this analysis in the background.

I'm going to click Import, and now take a look at Part 1 example. We already have keyword collections based upon each of the folders. So for instance, if I look at Scene 02 Dialogue, all of those clips are available and already pre-sorted. So it's valuable that if you can organize your media into separate folders before you start working it will cut down on some of the keywording that you need to do in the organizational process once you're inside Final Cut Pro.

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Narrative Scene Editing with Final Cut Pro X

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Abba Shapiro
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  1. 26m 15s
    1. Welcome
      50s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 19s
    3. What you need to know about this course
      19s
    4. Reviewing the rough cut: Long version
      13m 7s
    5. Reviewing the rough cut: Short version
      9m 40s
  2. 7m 58s
    1. Preparing the interface
      4m 2s
    2. Setting preferences for narrative editing
      1m 59s
    3. Getting perspective by reviewing the rough cut
      1m 57s
  3. 21m 29s
    1. Preparing and importing media
      4m 6s
    2. Evaluating shots and performances
      5m 26s
    3. Adding assets
      1m 50s
    4. Understanding editing conventions
      10m 7s
  4. 48m 25s
    1. Planning an editing strategy
      3m 7s
    2. Editing dialogue: Building the basic assembly
      7m 45s
    3. Refining the assembly by adjusting timing
      4m 43s
    4. Adding reaction shots
      9m 3s
    5. Using alternative takes
      6m 21s
    6. Using split edits
      9m 24s
    7. Simplifying your timeline
      2m 27s
    8. Grouping clips together
      3m 35s
    9. Reviewing the first cut
      2m 0s
  5. 14m 52s
    1. Understanding the purpose of a montage
      1m 50s
    2. Selecting and organizing clips
      2m 51s
    3. Laying down and organizing the base
      3m 53s
    4. Exploring montage editing techniques
      6m 4s
    5. Reviewing the first cut
      14s
  6. 24m 27s
    1. Creating a multicam clip
      3m 31s
    2. Cutting multicam
      5m 0s
    3. Using cutaways
      7m 11s
    4. Polishing
      5m 51s
    5. Reviewing the first cut
      2m 54s
  7. 23m 28s
    1. Preparing to fix audio
      4m 21s
    2. Replacing location audio
      7m 24s
    3. Replacing and repairing the dialogue track
      2m 52s
    4. Building a soundscape
      7m 39s
    5. Reviewing the first cut
      1m 12s
  8. 20m 34s
    1. Transitioning between scenes
      6m 13s
    2. Using effects to create a flashback
      3m 43s
    3. Using color to enhance a scene
      6m 7s
    4. Cutting down the rough cut
      1m 18s
    5. Understanding finishing steps
      1m 23s
    6. Looking at your visual arc
      1m 50s
  9. 2m 2s
    1. Next steps
      2m 2s

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