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Setting preferences for narrative editing

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Now, there are a few preferences that I want to set, and I want to make sure that your preferences match mine, so if you've been working with Final Cut X, you may have modified some elements. So let's just go up to the Preferences, you'll find that under Final Cut Pro, click on Preferences, and there will be four sets that we'll look at. It's important that you have Show detailed trimming turned on because this will be very helpful when we discuss Ripple, Roll, Slip, and Slide Edits. I'd also want to make sure you have Show reference waveforms turned on. Now another change that I always make when I am cutting a narrative film is I change my Transitions from 1 second to a half a second, I feel that a full second is too long.

Setting preferences for narrative editing

Now, there are a few preferences that I want to set, and I want to make sure that your preferences match mine, so if you've been working with Final Cut X, you may have modified some elements. So let's just go up to the Preferences, you'll find that under Final Cut Pro, click on Preferences, and there will be four sets that we'll look at. It's important that you have Show detailed trimming turned on because this will be very helpful when we discuss Ripple, Roll, Slip, and Slide Edits. I'd also want to make sure you have Show reference waveforms turned on. Now another change that I always make when I am cutting a narrative film is I change my Transitions from 1 second to a half a second, I feel that a full second is too long.

So I'm just going to go ahead and type in .5, and we'll be in good shape. Let's step into the Playback section, and there are a couple of things that are really important in this case. I want you to turn off Background render because this will slow down the performance of your machine, and if you are using, say a laptop, it's going to fill up your hard drive very quickly. If you don't want to turn Background render off, at least change it from five seconds to a couple of minutes. Another thing that I need you to uncheck is Create optimized media for multicam clips.

This is useful in the case of the lessons because they are using a JPEG compression and Final Cut will want to convert them to optimized media. Again, this will fill up your hard drive. You may want to also turn this off if you are using highly compressed media, for instance using an H.261 codec, because if it optimizes it, for multicam, you may jump from a four gigabyte file to a 50 gigabyte file. Take a quick look at the other settings as these are the defaults, and when we go to Import, we're going to leave these the way they are now, and as for Destinations, these are the default destinations, and you don't need to touch this either.

We'll go ahead and close this box, and now with common preferences, we are ready to start importing and analyzing our media.

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Narrative Scene Editing with Final Cut Pro X v10.0.9

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Abba Shapiro
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  1. 27m 33s
    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
    6. A word about Final Cut Pro X versions NEW
      1m 18s
  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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