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Migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to Final Cut Pro X gives video editors a comprehensive tour of the new tools and the interface makeover for Apple's premier video editing software. It showcases the differences from Final Cut Pro 7 and paves the way for a painless upgrade experience. Author Abba Shapiro covers the new interface and workflows in Final Cut X, the magnetic timeline, connected clips, and the deep integration of color correction and sound editing.
This course helps experienced Final Cut Pro editors understand new ways of performing traditional editing techniques. New terminology and new tools for performing editing functions are also clarified.
Now working with markers in Final Cut Pro X is different than working with markers in Final Cut Pro 7, because you no longer can make markers to export to DVD Studio Pro, or compression markers, or markers for Soundtrack Pro. And of course, since you're working with a dynamic timeline with connected clips, putting markers on a timeline isn't appropriate either. However, markers can still be really useful in Final Cut Pro X. Let's step into the Markers project and take a look how to best use them. Now if I want to put a marker on a clip, I can just skim over to the spot where I want to place the marker.
For instance, I may want to make a note to myself that I'm starting the still image montage at this point. Just like in Final Cut Pro 7, if I hit the M key, it creates a marker. Now I want you to make note of something. Nothing was selected in my timeline, so by default it put that marker on the main storyline. If I wanted to put a marker on say the audio track or a connected clip, I need to select that clip first and it will put the marker wherever the skimmer is parked on that clip. Let's go ahead and move the skimmer over to this next shot of Jackie.
Once again, I'm going to hit the M key and you'll notice the skimmer was over the second shot and the playhead was still over the original shot. Final Cut Pro X puts the marker where the skimmer is. Now of course, we don't want to just create markers. We want to label markers. And exactly like in Final Cut Pro 7, if I hit the M key a second time or double-click on the marker, it'll open up a dialog box. So I'm going to go ahead and label this Confirm Jackie's age. I want to make sure that she was really 14 in this shot and I just didn't pick a shot that might be very recent.
But in addition to writing myself this note, I'm going to actually make this a to-do item. So now I have to go back and check something. Now take a look at what happens to color of the marker when I click on Make To Do Item. It turns red, so this is a flag that says I need to do something with this marker. It's more than just "find this location." I'm going to go ahead and click Done and we're going to put one more marker in. I'm going to put a marker here right when we first see Pablo at the head of his interview, so we can put in the lower third. Again, I'm going to hit the M key twice, not only to create the marker, but to open up the dialog box, and I'll type in Remember to make lower Third.
And once again, I'm going to make this a to-do item. Now this is where it gets really cool. We'll go ahead and hit Done, and I want you to look at this button over here to the lower left. It says Show or Hide Timeline index. Now if we go ahead and click on All, I see every single shot that's in my timeline and simply by clicking on those shots, I can jump to them in the timeline. This is incredible, because if you want to find any piece of footage, you can click on it or you can even type in its name, or perhaps even one of the keywords that you apply to it.
Now what I want to do is just look at markers, so I'm going to go down here and click on the Marker button. Now to my surprise, I made three markers, but I'm only seeing one. That was the very first one I made and I didn't write a note on and I also did not make it a to-do item. If we move our cursor over here to what looks like a sheet of paper, I can show incomplete to-do items. There it is! Confirm Jackie's age. Remember to make a lower Third for Pablo. Now let's suppose I go ahead and make the lower third and I'm all done.
I simply check it off as completed and if we go down here to the next column, we see that our to-do is done. Also take note that the color of the marker has now changed from red to green. Now one way markers work exactly like they did in Final Cut Pro 7 is you can simply snap a clip to a marker. If I want to make sure a certain sound effect happens when I see a certain image, I can just use markers to get the job done. So even though markers can't do exactly what they did in Final Cut Pro 7, the engineers at Apple have added a couple of really new features that make markers even more robust.
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