Join Nick Harauz for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding clips to favorites or rejecting clips, part of Final Cut Pro X Guru: Organizing Assets.
- We can identify any clip or part of a clip as a Favorite and even reject clips in Final Cut Pro X. Let's see how we can do this and explore a few reasons why we might want to identify assets as Favorites rather than Keyword or Smart Collections. So I'm back in my Final Cut Pro Library that we created from the first chapter, filled with Keyword Collections and those Smart Collections that come with the Library. If you followed with me in the last exercise where we performed a filter search it might still be populated up here and you just want to hit X to clear that in order to see all of the footage that comes within the event.
So besides these lovely Keyword Collections, we also have the ability to identify a clip, or part of a clip as a Favorite. So I'm gonna go into List View right now. And let's work with some of our clips from the BM Pocket Keyword Collection. So we can see all of the clips in this Collection alone. We also see the length of those clips. I just wanna select a few of these. I'm actually gonna click on them, to bring them up in that List View.
And I'm gonna select it and play it back using that Forward Slash key, which will play from In to Out. I'm gonna mark and In an Out Point around the favorite part of my clip, and then make it into a Favorite. So I'm gonna hit that Forward Slash key. Definitely don't want that shaky camera. And right around here I'll hit I to make an End Point. I'm gonna go back a bit and the handy tool to go back is to hit the J key. So right when her leg is at its highest point in the air, I'll hit I.
And if you have trouble trying to get to that point, you can use your left and right arrows to move frame by frame to get to that point. I'll hit the Space bar to playback. And then when she puts her leg down on the mat and raises her hands I'll stop, I'll hit O. I've made an In and Out Point on that clip. If I wanna be more precise I'll use that left arrow key to move back, for her arms to be fully extended, and I'll hit O again. That clip is now Range Selected.
Now to make it a Favorite all you have to do is press the green star, or hit the F button. If I click on this you'll see at the very top here is a green line. In fact all of our clips pretty much have blue lines, which says, "I am part of a Keyword Collection." But this green line says, "Hey, I'm part of a Favorite Collection. " Now, on top of this, the first part of the clip, the shaky part I'm never gonna use. And I would prefer just not to see it in Final Cut. So I'm gonna select it now.
I'm actually gonna make another selection on this clip. So I'm gonna go to the beginning and I'm gonna hit I. I'm gonna hit the Space Bar to playback. And right after that shake happens I'm gonna hit O. And to reject the clip I can hit this X, the red X. Or I could actually hit Delete. Now this doesn't remove it from Final Cut, it hides it from view. And what you see up here, is it says, "Hide Rejected". If I wanna see my rejected clips, which would just be that one section of the clip, I could click on this, and go to Rejected.
There's that shaky portion of the shot I removed. I'll hit the Forward Slash key. I'll now go into Favorites and see my favorite portion of that clip, saved and ready for use. If I hit the Forward Slash key I've got that full sequence that I really liked, now saved and ready to bring into a project. The great thing about Favorites is that we can essentially create several Favorites and then do a Storyboard Edit into a project all at once whether it be with biro material or even interviews.
And on top of that don't forget under your Smart Collections folder is an area specifically for Favorites ready to go.
- Importing media
- Transcoding files
- Using keywords and Smart Collections
- Creating markers
- Working with favorites and rejects
- Understanding metadata views and applying custom fields
- Working with advanced search functions and criteria
- Exporting metadata
- Archiving and moving libraries