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Effective Storytelling with Final Cut Pro X
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Effective Storytelling with Final Cut Pro X

with Diana Weynand

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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.
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  1. 5m 54s
    1. Welcome
      1m 20s
    2. Using the exercise files
      4m 34s
  2. 16m 21s
    1. Exploring different types of storytellers
      7m 9s
    2. Identifying story elements
      5m 9s
    3. Finding the essence of the story
      4m 3s
  3. 15m 6s
    1. Organizing footage into folders
      5m 29s
    2. Creating a disk image as a contained workspace
      4m 51s
    3. Importing folders and stills as keyword collections
      4m 46s
  4. 22m 52s
    1. Adding keywords to make clips accessible
      3m 33s
    2. Using favorite tags to call clips into action
      7m 16s
    3. Making notes to capture observations
      4m 1s
    4. Performing a complex search
      2m 28s
    5. Prepping clips for editing
      5m 34s
  5. 28m 47s
    1. Finding the meat of the clips
      5m 11s
    2. Don't be puzzled over your first edit
      4m 27s
    3. Creating project versions and developing story diversity
      5m 16s
    4. Putting story threads in order
      7m 25s
    5. Sculpting the story within the timeline
      6m 28s
  6. 46m 5s
    1. Trimming distractions from a story
      6m 48s
    2. Compounding thoughts into one primary story project
      9m 52s
    3. Evaluating the project for story content and pacing
      7m 1s
    4. Fine-tuning the edits in a project
      7m 36s
    5. Refining the primary sound bed
      7m 55s
    6. Organizing separate story segments into independent storylines
      6m 53s
  7. 24m 11s
    1. Storyboarding a narrative script using placeholders
      7m 22s
    2. Recording a narration track to explore script ideas
      4m 40s
    3. Changing pitch in a temporary narration track to identify different characters
      5m 27s
    4. Adding sound effects to create depth
      6m 42s
  8. 41m 2s
    1. Embellishing the story with cutaways to B-roll footage
      9m 3s
    2. Finessing cutaways to enhance the story
      5m 3s
    3. Editing and arranging a still-image storyline
      6m 22s
    4. Applying the Ken Burns effect to still images
      6m 33s
    5. Altering your story's "look" using the Color Board
      8m 4s
    6. Applying effects to enhance story elements
      5m 57s
  9. 28m 57s
    1. Retiming to lengthen or shorten music and clips
      6m 48s
    2. Adding freeze frames to end or start sections
      6m 40s
    3. Video finishing touches
      8m 6s
    4. Audio finishing touches
      7m 23s
  10. 1m 7s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 7s

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Effective Storytelling with Final Cut Pro X
3h 50m Intermediate Feb 01, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • 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
Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Software:
Final Cut Pro
Author:
Diana Weynand

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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