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Final Cut Pro X Essential Training
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Taking a closer look at the import and analysis options


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Final Cut Pro X Essential Training

with Ashley Kennedy

Video: Taking a closer look at the import and analysis options

Up until this point we have been working primarily with footage that's already been brought into the Final Cut environment. We have had limited exposure to the various options we have when importing assets, but in this chapter we are really going to go through every possible scenario about how you get material into the application. And in this movie we will get a little more acquainted with the Import dialog box. So let's start from scratch, I have got some footage I am going to import and just so you know this material is not included in the exercise files. But because we won't actually be editing with it you can use any of your own media that you like to follow along with if you wish.
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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

Taking a closer look at the import and analysis options

Up until this point we have been working primarily with footage that's already been brought into the Final Cut environment. We have had limited exposure to the various options we have when importing assets, but in this chapter we are really going to go through every possible scenario about how you get material into the application. And in this movie we will get a little more acquainted with the Import dialog box. So let's start from scratch, I have got some footage I am going to import and just so you know this material is not included in the exercise files. But because we won't actually be editing with it you can use any of your own media that you like to follow along with if you wish.

So I am going to create a new event on my Mac hard drive. I'll just press Opt+N, and I am going to call it "Swing Dancing". Then I'll import media, I can click on this big button right here or just press Cmd+I and my Import dialog box opens. The footage I want to import is on the desktop in this folder called Swing Dancing. So I'll just go ahead and click on the Swing Dancing folder and say Import All. And let's take a look at the Import dialog box here.

Starting at the top let's just review several things we have already covered. We are already aware that we're bringing the media into the Swing Dancing event, and that the event resides on the Mac hard drive. If I wanted to create a new event and then move it to another hard drive, I could do it up here. We also already know that if I select Copy files to Final Cut Events folder that brand-new copies of media files will be created inside the Final Cut Events folder. If I leave his option unselected I'll just end up with pointer files in my Final Cut Events folder that will refer to that media on my desktop.

So I am going to go ahead and check this and also we already know that if I check this box that says Import folders as Keyword Collections that any subfolders that I have will come into Final Cut as Keyword Collections. I don't have any subfolders, in fact I just have that one folder that says Swing Dancing, so I'm not going to check this box. Now let's head down to Transcoding. Under Transcoding I have two options, Create optimized media and Create proxy media. If I select Create optimized media, then Final Cut is going to transcode or convert the footage from its native format into Apple ProRes 422 media, which essentially is the optimal type of media that Final Cut likes to work with.

So if I do this I'll end up with the best possible combination of performance and image quality but I'll need some additional storage space, since optimized media is roughly 60 GB per hour of material. If I select Create proxy media then Final Cut is going to convert the media from its native format into ProRes 422 proxy. Now this option improves system performance significantly and still provides a pretty good image quality and requires less storage space than regular old ProRes 422 at roughly 18 GB per hour of material, so about a third of the space.

And of course if they leave these boxes unchecked than my media is imported in its native format, this generally gives you the most saving and storage space but could cause some performance issues for slower systems. And moving down to Video options just really briefly this Remove pulldown check box. We won't have the opportunity to go into what a pulldown removal really is but essentially if you check this box Final Cut analyzes video clips and removes pulldown patterns. This option is only available when importing from a tape-based camera or device and should really only be used in very specific workflows when your original footage was shot on film or shot with a camera with a 24p advance setting.

Bottom line, most of the time you leave this box unchecked or it's simply uncheckable as it is now. And then below that we have already touched on the Analyze for balance color option, if you check this on Import then Final Cut is going to go through each clip to get a sense of any color balance problems. It's not going to fix the problem immediately, but it's going to offer an immediate suggestion for a correction if you choose to click the balance button in the Inspector. Now below that we have Find people. Find people is going to employ facial recognition technology or Final Cut is going to try to analyze your video to determine if there are any human faces in the frame.

After Final Cut finishes the analysis the shots are key worded with labels such as one person, two people, group, close- up shot, medium shot, and wide shot. It doesn't always work so you'll need to go through and make sure it did the analysis correctly, but I have to say it does a pretty decent job. Again, you can choose to create smart collections after analysis which will appear in your Event Library. Now below that are some Audio analysis options many of which we have covered briefly. Analyze and fix audio problems will analyze any issue regarding audio levels, background noise or hum.

And again will give you the option to check buttons within the Inspector to perform immediate corrections which you can then tweak further. Then take a look at the bottom two options Separate mono and group stereo audio and Remove silent channels. Now neither of these options is actually destructive. It's not actually stripping media. They are simply arranging how the audio channels are configured within the Inspector. The first option actually analyzes each audio channel's waveform, and if they don't match each other then Final Cut makes them dual mono.

If they do match then Final Cut will configure them to be a stereo pair. The second option will simply mute any channel that contains no sound. So that's the Import window. A lot of options, and I didn't necessarily want to go into all of them at the beginning of the course before you had a chance to get your feet wet with editing. But as you can see, there are quite a few useful selections that you can make in order to get your media into the Event Library exactly how you want it.

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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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