Once you have your interview selects, you can now lay them down in the timeline and start to play with the timing of your piece. You can do this in Final Cut Pro X by creating a storyboard edit. In this video, author Nick Harauz walks you through how to make a storyboard edit in Final Cut Pro X.
- Now that we have our interview selects, let's lay them down in the timeline and start to play with the timing of our piece. I left you off to make some additional selects from this Raw Interview Proxy keyword collection and if you want to see the selects that I made, there is a library included in your project files so if you actually go into the Project folder with the exercise files that I gave, you can double click the library, it's just named World of Stories Chapter 2 On and you'll see here a bunch of selects I made on the Raw Interview Proxy clip.
So these are just favorites I made. I hit i and o and then hit f to make various favorite selections and you could see them by simply clicking on them and then clicking on the green line and then if you hit the question mark, you can play back to see some of those selections. So I'll point out one of the selections I made here. So I'm just selecting the second selection and I'll hit the question mark. - A World of Stories is a series of three cross-cultural story theater presentations that were developed for an intergenerational audience. They're the kind of shows that you can bring little tykes and your grandma and grandpa to and everybody will love the show.
They were also developed for touring to elementary and middle schools and other community venues. - [Instructor] So you might have noticed that that's almost the exact same sentence that the lady being interviewed mentioned over here and what happened is if you paid attention to the footage, they had to do a slight reset where they took off one of her clothing items because it was making a sound there to the mic so they removed that in order to get a better take. So we now have actually a favorite that we don't want and if you're following along with this library, we're going to go up here into the library into our Smart Collections and see these separate favorites.
I want to go here to the Favorites selection and here are all of the favorites in the order that it was made and this is one of the favorites that we no longer want. So you can see here, if I hit the question mark. - A World of Stories. - [Instructor] And I play back this clip. - A World of Stories. - [Instructor] It's the exact same thing. So what I'd like to do is actually select this clip and I'm going to ignore it for when we bring it into the timeline but there are ways that you can come in here and actually clear the rating for it or the star rating from that clip but another thing we could do is if you actually hit the Delete key, it removes it from the Favorites selection.
Rest assured, it doesn't delete it from the actual project, just from the keyword collection that we have. So here are all of our selects. They're not necessarily in the order that we want to lay them into the timeline but one thing you can keep in mind if you're following along with your own footage is if I started to click and then Command clicked various clips, we could bring them in based on that selection that you selected your clips. Now, before we do that, we need to create a project. So I'm going to go here and create a new project and we're going to name this instead of Untitled Project, World of Stories Trailer.
Keep in mind it's being stored in our media event that was created and notice its starting timecode. Now, the automatic settings have the project set to be the, based on the properties of the first clip that we drop inside and that clip happens to be 1920 by 1080 as well as a frame rate of 23.98 but if you needed to, keep in mind you can go down here for your own projects and change those settings to another format but in here just keep in mind that we are dealing with or the automatic settings are going to be based on the first clip that we drop inside the timeline.
So I'm just going to hit Okay to accept this project and now we have a blank timeline. The easiest ways to get in these clips is to append them all at once and then we can begin to reorder them. So what we can do is select all these clips. What I like to do is click and drag. You can see there that all of our clips are selected and the handy Append button is right here. You can see there that the shortcut key is in fact e and what it does is it just brings in the clip after the last clip inside your project. Now, since there's nothing there, it's going to bring it into where our playhead is located but this is just a very handy edit 'cause we don't have to be aware of where our playhead is.
It's always just going to add the clip after the last clip there on your project. So with my clip selected, I want to hit e and you'll notice now that I have a bunch of interview clips already laid out into my timeline. Now, I'm just going to hit Command + Z for a second just to remind you that you could click and then Command click to decide on the order of your clips and this will bring it down as a storyboard edit or based on those selections. You could use other things such as some of the sort options available under the Appearance window here to order your clips in a new way based on the metadata attached with your clips.
So I'm just going to bring these in again and hit e and now they're laid out in the timeline. So one of my first handy shortcut keys that I'll mention to you in the timeline is Shift + Z. It's just going to fit all of the clips into the window. Now, if you're on an extended keyboard and you hit the Home key, if you're on a laptop, you can hit Function + left arrow, that's going to bring you to the beginning of your actual project. So I'm just going to start to play back these clips. - A World of Stories is a series of three cross-cultural story theater presentations that were developed for an intergenerational audience.
- [Instructor] So I think that's great as a starting clip so I'm actually going to move my way over to the second clip now. I'm going to hit the downward arrow key and you'll notice that it jumped to the edit point between these two clips. I'll start to play back again. - We work with Coffey Dennis who's a master West African storyteller and drummer and Juan Carimpoma who's a. - [Instructor] So I'm actually going to move over to the next clip just to play that back. - And we thought it might be a wonderful idea to collaborate with some of the amazing tradition bearers that we've been working with.
- [Instructor] So I love the first clip starting off but the second clip doesn't really have a good context as the second clip here in the timeline and what I'd like to do is actually have this clip start off first before this clip. An easy way of changing the order is to simply just select the clip and drag to your left and that's how easy it is to work with the magnetic timeline. It's just going to shove other clips out of the way without you having to worry about unnecessary gaps. So with that, I've just simply selected and dragged this clip to be the second one in the timeline.
I'm now just going to with this clip selected hit the question mark key just to play it back. - And we thought it might be a wonderful idea to collaborate with some of the amazing tradition bearers that we've been working with, musicians, storytellers, dancers and have them work with our professional actors to create these unique story theater performance. - [Instructor] The person being interviewed is talking about working with various people, the musicians and actors and dancers from various cultures working with the actors of the storytelling troupe and what I'd like to do is after she talks about the dancers, so this part right here.
- Musicians, storytellers, dancers. - [Instructor] Is insert this third clip in between these two clips. So there are a couple ways that we can do this but in this particular case what I'd like to do is actually cut this clip in half. An easy way to do that is you can actually go to the toolbar and select the Blade tool or alternatively we can hit b. What b is going to do is allows us to make an incision and because our playhead is right here at this particular area, you'll see there that I've actually made a incision on my clip so I'll just point out that incision.
So I'm going to now just go back to my Selection tool. We can do that by pressing the a key and a quick way of moving this clip in between those two clips now is just to simply drag it and there, we've rearranged that order. So I'd like to encourage you to move on here in the timeline and start to rearrange the clips in how you'd like them to play out. Keep in mind that we're going to add some b-roll in between. We're going to add music on top to really get a good time piece but for now, just simply worry about reorganizing the clips in the order that you'd like to see them.
So right now, I would like to encourage you to rearrange the order of your interview selects. Don't worry about b-roll right now. Don't worry about music. We're just trying to lay a basic foundation so we can start to add additional elements overtop later. So give this piece a play back and then just remember you can simply select a clip, drag it later into the timeline or even drag it earlier and clips are just going to move out of the way and everything's going to be structured. So go ahead, dive in and start to create your message or story.
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- Organizing project assets and creating libraries
- Using Keyword Collections and Smart Collections
- Creating a storyboard edit from favorites
- Making placeholders for graphics
- Adding to-do markers to make notes
- Using the Timeline Index
- Refining with the Trim tool
- Adding motion effects, fades, and transitions
- Applying color looks to compound clips
- Animating graphics and lower thirds
- Fixing sound problems
- Creating split edits
- Maximizing keywords for export
- Exporting a video to YouTube or Vimeo