- Maximizing your color board
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- Working with Compressor
- Learning helpful keyboard shortcuts
- Uploading videos to the web
- Setting up workspaces
Skill Level Intermediate
- [Nick] Welcome to Final Cut Pro X Weekly. I'm Nick, yeah, Jeff's not here this week. But we're gonna talk about using cameras and formats. This is an app available on your iOS, and we're gonna talk about how you can use this for post-productions, specifically with Final Cut Pro X. We'll talk about the importance of asking questions during production, getting familiar with the cameras that your production crew is going out and shooting the video that you're gonna be editing with. It can save you a lot of time in the organization process as soon as you bring it into Final Cut Pro X. We're also gonna talk about becoming familiar with various cameras and formats before the edit, and formats in terms of what we need to export out to and how this can really help streamline the entire video editing process.
Last but not least we're gonna use the calculator in Cameras and Formats to help us prepare for the amount of space we'll need on our external drives. So to find out more information about cameras and formats, you can actually venture out to the worldwide web and head to this site here called grayhourmedia.com/formats. And this is just an extensive library of various cameras or modern-day cameras that you can shoot with. It gives you information in terms of dynamic range, as well as give you a bunch of information about how the camera is going to record your media.
So you can head over to grayhourmedia.com to find out more information about all the different cameras that it has information about, and of course go onto the App Store to download the app. So with that said, we should also just now take a venture into Cameras and Formats, the app, on my iPhone. So I'm gonna head over here to my iPhone. I've got a little dock here with a ton of various apps. I'll head over to where it says cameras, and all of a sudden we're inside. The first tab that I want to introduce is the Cameras tab, and if we look here at the top, it is a collection of various cameras.
We can actually search by manufacturer for some of them, such as Arri cameras, Blackmagic, Canon, Panasonic, the list goes on. And one camera that I commonly shoot with is a Canon camera, the 5D Mark IV, and by looking here at the screen, I can venture into various tabs, but right here by looking at the Specs tab, I can see the camera's dynamic range potential. I can then go into Formats, and from the list of formats that it records to select MJPEG, which is the 4K resolution format supported on the camera, and find out what it's using for chroma and bit depth, which can provide me information for color correction down the line, as well as how much space I might potentially need on the drive, knowing that it's recording at 500 megabits per second.
On top of this, I can go to the Compatibility tab, and then just see what MJPEG is supported in on various non-linear editors. So in Final Cut Pro X, you can see that I can edit natively within it, or within Final Cut Pro VII, I'll have to basically convert my footage to another format, such as Apple ProRes, as it says here. Now, having this information can save me a lot of time. Not all cameras record in a format that is supported by Final Cut Pro X. For instance, if I got back here, and head over to my Other tab, if I take a look here at the Phantom Flex camera, you'll notice that it films in a format here called Phantom Cinema Raw.
If I check under the Compatibility tab, you'll see in Final Cut Pro X, it requires a conversion to an intermediate format for video editing. What this allows you to know is that you're gonna be spending time basically optimizing your media to something supported in Final Cut. You're gonna have to convert all those files using a compressor, into a Apple ProRes format for editing inside of Final Cut Pro X. And having this information is going to prepare you for the amount of time that you might be spending converting these files, and it's just really good to know.
The other thing that we know is that not all of us shoot footage on a daily basis. Some of us are just video editing, and to have information about the cameras that are possibly used in production can save us a lot of time to prepare for how much space we might need, as well as to know what we might be able to do with particular camera formats. So in mixed format productions, I calmly go to my Cameras tab, and actually head over to the Other category, knowing that some of my peers shoot with iPhones. I'll go over here to the iPhone format and check out Formats, and from the drop-down list I'll choose H 265, the new high-efficiency video codec that is supported, find out information about this, note that it is compatible in Final Cut Pro X, which is awesome, and with this information, be able to supply it to my team and prepare for video editing, along with the primary footage.
On top of this, you can actually go to the Formats tab. I already have H 265 loaded up, and if I wanted to here, besides looking at the Cameras tab, under Specs you'll see there's an ability for you to share it via email or message, and this will allow your team to get access to the formats that you might be using for export or during the non-linear editing process. So last but not least, let's head to the Calculator tab.
Right here I have the Canon 5D Mark IV loaded up there. You'll see that I have selected the MJPEG 4K format, and I've estimated that my cinematographer is gonna film about five hours of footage. And right away I have information about how much space is required, 1.13 terabytes. You'll remember that Final Cut Pro will support this format natively, which is great, so that's the space that's required, but let me guess on how long this might take based on a specific drive that I have. So if I click these three dots icon here, you'll see here that based on a drive speed of 150 megabytes per second, it can give me a percentage for how long it might take to copy over.
I can of course, change this drive speed to something higher, let's go to 350, and from this, find out how long it's gonna take to transfer this information, so about 53 minutes estimate transfer to drive, based on that speed. And again, having this information to know how much time it's just gonna take you to transfer your footage from your memory card over to a drive is just great preparation for you when it comes to the organization phase, so having this calculator on your iOS device is just a great time saver, especially for post-production professionals using Final Cut Pro X.
Thanks for tuning in to Final Cut Pro X Weekly. I'm Nick, I'll see you soon.
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