Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video Basic library and event management, part of Final Cut Pro X 10.2 Essential Training.
- Once you've brought your assets into the final cut environment, you'll probably want to move some things around and start reorganizing items. We'll take a brief look at how to do some of this in this introductory organizational movie. We'll dig deeper when we get to chapter 12. Now, just a heads-up here, we are going to be copying and moving and deleting items in this movie. You can certainly follow along if you want but I might suggest just watching this through at least once without following along first, because you want to be careful that you don't move or delete anything important.
With that said, let's go ahead. All right, so I have several libraries here, the FCP X Ess T library and the Quickstart library are provided in the Exercise Files. Then I have this DEMO library that I setup earlier in this chapter. I'm going to simplify things a little bit. I'm going to close my Quickstart library and I'm going to close my FCP X Ess T library. My demo library contains just some general letterpress media and then just some footage that I imported from my camera, just some miscellaneous stuff.
By the way, if I ever want to rename my library, it's very easy I just single click and then rename it. I'm just going to rename this MISC. If I hide Final Cut and go to my F drive, you'll see that it was renamed here as well. Back in Final Cut, I'm going to create a new library. I'll go to File, New, Library and I'm just going to put it on my Desktop here, I'm going to call it Training. Okay. By default, it creates an empty date-stamped event.
I'm just going to call this one Training as well. Okay, so I have a library here with stuff in it. I have an empty library here and I want to start talking about how we're going to move clips and events from one library to another. Let's start with clips. I'm just going to go to my Creative Letterpress event which is in my MISC library, and I'm going to twirl this down and just going to grab a couple of these Archival shots.
I'll just select this one and press cmd + a to select all four. If I would like to move these four clips to the Training library, I just drag and drop and notice what happens when I drag to the library level, it's not letting me deposit these clips there. Instead, if I'm dragging and dropping, I have to drag and drop at the event level. I'm going to release and you'll see here that it says "Copy items to the Training library." It's also going to include anything that I've transcoded in the Optimized or Proxy media as well, if I check these boxes.
I'll say "OK" and you'll see that my Archival shots remain in this event and in this library. But take a look up here in the Training library, it's added an Archival keyword collection and here are my four clips. If I hide Final Cut and I take a look in the Training library, I'm going to just right click and show package contents, again, don't go poking around in here, but I do want to show you this, and I'll go into Original Media, there they are. So I have these four clips that were copied on over but they do exist in the parent library as well.
Now, I'm going to undo that, cmd + z. Now, I'm going to move them, so instead of copying them over, I'm going to move them over. I'm going to select them once again. This time, instead of just dragging and dropping, I'm going to hold down cmd as I drag and drop. I'm going to cmd drag over to my Training event. Now, instead of saying copy it says "Move." I still have all the same options here, can bring along my transcoded media if I want, I don't have any though so I'll say "OK." Now, if you take a look here, I no longer have my Archival shots.
The Archival keyword collection is still there but nothing is inside of it. If I come up to my Training library, here they are, and it also brought over my Archival keyword collection. That is copying and moving clips. Let me undo that, cmd + z. Now, I want to go up a level to events. I'm going to take this entire Creative Letterpress event and I want to bring it to my Training library. If I drag and drop without holding anything down, so I'm going to drag and drop to the Training library, you'll notice that I get my little green + sign which is going to tell me that it's a copy.
It's going to copy it over which means it's going to leave it here and it's going to come into my Training library. I'll say "OK," and here we go, here's my entire Creative Letterpress event. If I twirl this down, here's all my keyword collections. If I look inside the library, you can see that here's the event and here's all of that media. So that was a copy. Back in Final Cut. You can see that it was copied because we still have it in our original library.
I'm going to undo that, cmd + z. This time, instead of just dragging and dropping, I'm going to cmd drag. So cmd drag, and notice there's no green + sign which means this is not a copy but it is a move. When I do this, the event disappears from my MISC library and it goes into the Training library. That is a move. Let me undo that, cmd + z. By the way, another way that I can move and copy clips is through the File menu.
If I have an event selected and I come up to File, you'll notice that it says "Copy Event to Library," and I can choose which one, or move event to library, and I could choose which one or create a new one. If I have clips selected, so I'm going to go ahead and just select a couple of clips in here, instead of saying Copy Events and Move Events, it says "Copy Clips" and "Move Clips," so you can do that easily through a menu option. Finally, let's just talk a little bit about deleting. When you delete clips in Final Cut, you're not actually deleting them forever.
You're sending them to the system trash. To delete a clip or series of clips, I'm just going to select them here in the browser. Let's go and just get my Archival shots. I can right click and choose Move to Trash. Don't press delete on the keyboard, that's not going to work. In the next movie, we'll see what that actually does. Instead, you're going to want to right click and choose Move to Trash which is cmd + delete. It says "Are you sure?" Yes. If I go to my system trash, there they are.
Here are the four movie files and then I also have my color balance analysis files and my find people analysis files. When I imported those files, I had some analysis files that accompanied each one of those so those are deleted as well. I can undo that, cmd + z, and they come back. Now, check this out though, If I wanted to delete an entire event, so I'm going to select this and then right click and move event to trash or cmd + delete, "Are you sure?" Continue.
If I go to my Trash, it's not there. You've got to be very, very careful especially when you're deleting events. Fortunately, I can undo that, cmd+ z and it's back. But you don't always have that as an option if you didn't just do it. All right, so that was just a very basic lesson in some introductory media management in Final Cut Pro X. Hopefully, you have a better sense of how libraries and events and clips work and what you are and aren't allowed to do when you're organizing your footage.
Learn how to build and refine your story with the powerful editing toolset in Final Cut Pro X 10.2. In this course, author Ashley Kennedy gets you comfortable with each aspect of the editing process in Final Cut. She begins with a Quick Start chapter to quickly take you through an entire project from start to finish, and then dives deeply into each step of the post-production process—from preparation and organization, to editing and refining, to audio and effects, to media management and exporting. Each stage of the postproduction workflow is explained thoroughly and concisely, and uses real-world examples from both narrative and documentary workflows.
This lynda.com course and its exercise files are compatible with Final Cut Pro X v10.2 or later. Upgrade your software to v10.2 to take this course. For training on older versions of the program, watch Final Cut Pro X 10.1.x Essential Training or Final Cut Pro X 10.0.9 Essential Training.
- Touring the interface
- Ingesting and organizing assets
- Navigating and marking footage
- Performing basic edits
- Moving and removing clips
- Trimming in the timeline
- Working with connected clips and secondary storylines
- Editing audio
- Multicam editing
- Working with effects
- Correcting color
- Managing libraries and projects
- Sharing and exporting projects
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 02/25/2016. What changed?
A: We added one tutorial covering the Final Cut Pro X 10.2.3 update, released in February 2016.