Besides all of the available options for organization in Apple Final Cut Pro X, you can break down a series of video clips into roles that you can use for selection and even exporting purposes. In this video, Nick Harauz demonstrates how you can create these roles in the timeline in Final Cut Pro X.
- Besides all of the available options for organizing, we could break down a series of video clips into roles that could be used for selection and even exporting purposes. Let's see how we can create these roles. So, the minute that we brought video inside of our Final Cut Pro events, roles were created for our video, and I just want to show you how this looks. So, I have my clips selected. There are a few ways we can see what the video role assignment might be to a various clip in your project.
So, just notice I have the IMG seven four six nine clip selected. I went ahead to the modify menu, and under that you'll see that there's options to assign video roles, and right now, this is assigned to the video role. This happens to be a video clip, so that makes a lot of sense. If we had a title, it would be assigned to a title role, but the option that I'm most interested in is here, which is edit roles. And this brings us into the option for where we can create roles inside of Final Cut for both video and audio.
Under video roles, I might not want to have every single clip associated with video roles, because there's just so many clips inside my actual footage event. So, what I'm going to do is create a couple additional video roles. How I create a video role is to simply click the plus button. You'll notice that this new role is named untitled, and let's just call this B role. And if we need to change the color of this role, we could head over to the right here and just hover over, click the color wheel, and choose from several default colors here.
In fact, I'll just make this that color. You can see that it updates. Let's create another video role. In fact, I'm just going to click the plus button here. And I'll choose to call this next role interviews, and we could press the return key and you'll see here that that role is created. Once I click apply, it really doesn't apply anything to a clip. It's just now given us additional roles to choose from, from the modify menu. So, as we know, we have an interview clips keyword collection in our footage events.
And, here is an interview clip. What I like to do is take these interview clips, in fact the sync clip, as well as the audio. I'm going to select the two video clips, and go to the modify menu, and this time, I'm going to go to assign video roles and see that our additional options for video roles are available. I'm going to assign this to the interviews video role. While it's not quite evident how this could be useful, I want to let you know that this actually ripples down into the timeline. So we can use this information in the timeline to basically isolate these clips through that color that we gave it, as well as move between any of these clips that are associated with this role.
To continue here, I'm actually going to go to my aerial folder, where I have a bunch of my aerial clips. And, the ones that are inside of here, I'm going to click, and then shift click to select. We'll head to modify menu and I'll go to assign video roles and assign this to B role, because this happens to be a lot of B role of the aerialist. So here I have this clip selected and I just want to show you if I go to the modify menu now, and go to assign video roles, this is assigned to the B role, role, rather than the video role.
And while it's not quite evident, again, inside of our browser, this is going to carry down into the timeline, and help us with navigating clips that are part of this role, as well as all the way to export. And, we're also going to see in the next movie, how we can apply this to audio as well.
- Using keywords and Smart Collections
- Working with metadata
- Applying custom names to clips
- Working with advanced search functions
- Marker shortcuts
- Using roles for exporting titles and audio
- Retrieving a backup library or project