Join Nick Harauz for an in-depth discussion in this video Appending, inserting, and connecting from the media library, part of Final Cut Pro X Guru: Keyboard Shortcuts.
- The same way that we can append, insert, and connect clips from the media library onto our Timeline, we can do with the content that exists in our media browser. Let's select a few titles and generators and add them to our project. So, I'm here in my 5.12 keyword collection, with my project all open up and ready to go. And your media browser consists of all of this, your effects, you can see here, there's transitions and titles, and if I click on them, I'm able to get these individual areas of the media browser.
Or I can press command + 5, which will bring me into the effects area of the media browser. That would be available under the window menu. So here, you can see all the effects that ship with Final Cut, and in fact, I have additional effects from third-party plug-ins that are listed here, too. But you got all your effects that are down here are listed in the effects browser of the media browser. I'm going to go over to my titles. I want to add a 3D title that ships with Final Cut Pro 10.2 over my first clip in the Timeline. Now, because it's the title, I'm going to want to connect it.
So, in order to connect this, I'm going to actually select my clip and use a handy trick. I'm going to hit x to mark it. So, x marks the clip in your Timeline. And now, if I select this basic 3T title and hit q to connect it above, it comes in being the exact same length as the clip underneath. So, marking the clip with an in and out on the primary story line and then hitting q to connect this basic 3D title, added it above, being the exact same length as the clip underneath. Now, the great thing about this basic 3D title is that, in fact, it is 3D, it's been brought in from the 10.2 workflow.
But we can select it. And, actually, I'll just go to this area here called The Inspector to reveal some of the properties, but you have things that you can do to build these in and build these out. And what I'll do right now is actually just show another 3D title here, where you can see that 3D extrusion. I'm just skimming over this rotate 3D to show you that there is, in fact, real 3D extrusion here on these titles, and how quick you can get to work with them right away.
So, we saw how easy it was to connect, but you can also append onto the Timeline. So, I want to just append something from my generator's category. The generator's category's this little two here, next to the T, for the titles. So, that's the generators browser. I'll go inside and I'll just choose here a background. And you can see here that I have some lovely clouds that I'm skimming over, that's a background, and I want to just add that to the end of my project. So, I'll select it and hit e to append that after everything else in the Timeline.
Now, you might not see all those other clips right now, but I'll hit shift + z to fit everything to the window, and you can see that that clouds clip actually came in after the last clip here in my Timeline. So, whether it be connecting those titles or appending them, another thing I can do here is actually do an insert. So, I'll take my playhead, and I'll hit the upward arrow key a couple times, to move in between my second and third last clip, and I'll go into my generator category. But this time, I'm going to perform a search under all for an item called a placeholder.
And this is just a great file that you can use to insert into your projects when you're waiting for things such as graphical elements. So, here's a placeholder where I can put information into it, but I can also insert it into the Timeline where my playhead currently is by hitting the w key. And you can see that that placeholder goes in right where my playhead was. Knowing that can perform the same editing operations in the media browser as we can do in the event browser, can help select and place things in our projects with a little more ease.
- Using global keyboard shortcuts
- Adding keywords with shortcuts
- Rejecting clips with shortcuts
- Navigating and marking footage with shortcuts
- Editing with shortcuts
- Customizing keyboard shortcuts