Using the exercise files
Video: Using the exercise filesUsing the exercise files provides you with in-depth training on Video. Taught by Diana Weynand as part of the Effective Storytelling with Final Cut Pro X v10.0.9
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Dive into narrative with Diana Weynand, as she shares a comprehensive method for finding, crafting, and developing a compelling story in Apple Final Cut Pro X. The course also covers key concepts such as building a primary storyline, evaluating content and pacing, trimming distracting clips, creating different story versions, and storyboarding. The course also explores how to capture and organize media, incorporate B-roll cutaways, apply the Ken Burns effect to still images, re-time music and clips, and add finishing touches.
- Identifying story elements
- Finding the essence of a story
- Importing folders and stills as keyword collections
- Using keywords to make clips accessible
- Prepping clips for editing
- Developing story diversity
- Sculpting the story within the timeline
- Fine-tuning edits
- Organizing separate story segments into independent storylines
- Recording a narration track
- Adding sound effects
- Applying effects to enhance story elements
- Adding freeze frames
Using the exercise files
If you are a Premium member of the lynda.com Online Training Library, or if you're watching this tutorial on a DVD, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this title. I've downloaded the exercise files to the Desktop, they are right here in this folder called Exercise Files. When I open this there are two folders, Final Cut Events and Final Cut Projects. You are not going to be able to work with these folders directly where they are. I also do not recommend you copy them directly to your Movies folder, instead for this course, I recommend you create a disk image and copy these folders onto that disk image.
You'll see a lot more on disk images in Chapter 2, but for now I'm going to create a disk image and move my exercise files to that so you can see how to work with the files in this course. First I'll need to open up an application called Disk Utility. So I'll just do a quick Spotlight search, and open Disk Utility from there. Disk Utility has lots of different functions and one of those functions is to create disk images. A disk image is a file that lives on your computer that will mount just like an external hard drive.
So when a disk image is mounted, your computer will treat it just like an external hard drive. So what I will do is create a new disk image by clicking the New Image button right here. I'll have to give this disk image a name, and I'll just call it DP Drive, because the project we'll be working on in this course is called Delicious Peace. I also have to give a name to the mounted volume that will appear when the disk image is opened and mounted as if it were an external hard drive. I'll just call that Storytelling with FCP X. Now these names don't really matter.
You can choose whatever names you want. Next, I'll set the size of this disk. Remember this disk image behaves like an extra hard drive, but you can determine how much capacity that drive will have. I'm going to set this to Custom, and in this case I'll choose gigabytes and set it to 4 GBs. Now this disk image won't take up 4 gigabytes right off the bat. Instead it's going to take up only as much space as the files contained inside the disk image.
That's going to work because we're going to set this Image Format to a sparse disk image. That's the way a sparse disk image works. That sparse disk image will only be as big as the files contained in it, and as you continue to work on your project and add more files, the disk image will grow up to a maximum of 4 gigabytes. Remember you can create a different maximum size by setting Custom to a higher number. I will leave Format, Encryption and Partitions alone.
I'm going make sure that I save this directly on the Desktop, and I'll go ahead and hit Create. Now you see I have the disk image and a mounted volume visible. I'm going to quit Disk Utility. You can see this mounted volume behaves just like an external hard drive. I can right-click on it and hit Eject, and it disappears. This file is the disk image itself, and when I double-click on that, it will remount that volume. So now all you need to do is open up your Exercise Files folder that you downloaded from lynda.com, select the two folders contained inside, and copy them to that mounted volume.
Okay those files are finished copying so I'll close this window, and when I open up my disk image volume, you'll see the contents are there. So now when you launch Final Cut Pro, Final Cut will recognize the contents of that disk image. You may see a window like this asking to update your project for the newer version of Final Cut Pro, I will go ahead and hit OK. And this will update fairly quickly, and once Final Cut finishes loading, you'll see I have all of the raw footage and projects associated with this course.
Now keep in mind there are no exercise files or projects for this course until Chapter 4. For the first three chapters of this course, you won't need any exercise files. So when I'm finished with Final Cut, I can Quit, and I can Eject this disk image, but keep in mind each time you want to work on this project, you should double-click on the disk image to mount that volume before you open up Final Cut Pro. If you're not a Premium subscriber of lynda.com, you don't have access to the exercise files, but you can follow along from scratch with your own assets.
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