Join Jeff I. Greenberg for an in-depth discussion in this video Building a Smart Collection of sync clips, part of Final Cut Pro X Guru: Sync Sound Workflow.
- Now, while keywording is great, and you can use like I have set up on my system, the keyword list, you can add them to a full clip, or add them to a portion of a clip based on the selection, a way, way smarter way to work is with that metadata, whether its name, whether its angle, whether the word synchronization, I just want to show you a couple ways that you can work with Smart Collections. So I'm going to go here to my entire project, and I'm just going to start by saying "Let's create a new Smart Collection." This is kind of like Smart Playlists in iTunes.
I'm going to choose the Smart Collection here and we'll say, "Synced clips," and I'm going to build this first one with a double-click, and you can see I can use a filter. The first time I do this, let's build this this time by adding a filter based on text, and anything that has the word "sync" in it. You can see it's putting everything in this Smart Collection. Now, unfortunately, the way this works is it's also putting in this project here, which is called "Manual Sync," so I might say, "Let's also add a type," and say "type is not a project".
You can see how this becomes tremendously dynamic, that you can build these sort of Smart Collections. Now, I'm going to do this again, but a little bit differently, because I want you to see another way to work, and it's a way I often find myself working. I'm going to go back up to all of my footage, and I'm going to come to this search box up here and start typing, and maybe I'll type in the word "sync". When I do that, it's giving me all the sync clips here. If, instead of you going just up to that box, you go to the edit menu, and you choose Find, you get that box again, but with a one difference: That you can save it as a Smart Collection.
Now, an even smarter way to work, and the way I find myself working more commonly, is by coming up here and typing for information. Now, I could just type in here, but that Command + F for find, which you're going to find under the edit menu, just does something really cool there, it brings up that list, that ability for me to start filtering for information, but with the button at the bottom that says, "Create a New Smart Collection". So, instead of it being two steps, it only ends up being one, and it's a smoother step, so I'm not gonna say "find any text" at all, I'm just gonna say, "Go for me and find "everything that's type happens to be "a synchronized clip," and maybe, because later I also want this to be for multicam, because multicam is a type of sync, I'll go ahead here and say, once again, "Type is multicam," and I don't want all, I want any.
So this is now showing me, across this project, any clip that had any sort of sync done to it, and I'll create it a new Smart Collection, and I'll call this Smart Collection "sync and multicam". And look! I now have all those elements, including a couple multicam clips that I've built earlier.
Luckily, Final Cut Pro X has amazing ability to sync your media—and it gets even better when you incorporate the powerful third-party plugin PluralEyes. This course will help you quickly master the nuances of this workflow, save time, and get the best results when syncing media in Final Cut Pro.
- Syncing clips based on audio and markers
- Cleaning up sound in the Inspector
- Fixing syncing in complex clips
- Adding metadata
- Organizing sync clips
- Performing multicam syncs
- Syncing clips in PluralEyes