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This course helps experienced Final Cut Pro editors understand new ways of performing traditional editing techniques. New terminology and new tools for performing editing functions are also clarified.
- Touring the X interface
- Running Final Cut Pro 7 and X on the same machine
- Importing and analyzing media
- New editing methods (including append and connected clips)
- Timeline editing (including ripple, roll, slip, and slide edits)
- Adding audio
- Fine-tuning with the Precision Editor
- Adding and adjusting transitions
- Creating titles
- Applying motion effects to clips
- Performing color corrections
- Archiving and collaboration
Skill Level Beginner
Now we're going to import media off of a card. If you shot on a 7D or you shot on a camera that shoots AVCHD, you might end up with a CompactFlash card or an SD card. We have two slightly different scenarios. in the case of the 7D we actually copied the contents of the card to our hard drive. Let's go ahead and import what was on the 7D. Again we follow the same paradigm. We go up under File > Import > Import Files and then we target the 7D.
With the 7D selected, let's take a look at something inside the DCIM folder. You'll notice that inside this card there is Camera RAW, you see CR2, JPEG files, movie files, and a grayed out file that says THM. That simply a thumbnail file and when we import you'll notice we'll get a warning. Don't worry about that. You'll also notice that and remember, the last event that we brought footage into as well as what we had checked. So let's go ahead and click on Import and you'll see the dialog box or a warning box about those THM files.
If you get this, don't worry about it. Simply press Continue Import. Now while that's importing we're going to go ahead and plug-in our AVCHD card. This is a small SD card. As soon as I plug this into my computer it actually will launch the import function for this card. It sees this card as a camera and automatically loads it. As you can see we have 17 clips here that all look like movies but I want you to take a look at how it's organized on the card. Let's go ahead and hide Final Cut.
If we open up the AVCHD card you see three folders here. You don't see any QuickTime movies. Now if we actually drill down into the AVCHD folder we can find the actual files. They're in this folder called Stream and you see it says .MTS. These are our movie files but you can't just drop these into an editing program, they have to be rewrapped so we can work with them and that's exactly what Final Cut Pro X is doing. So we'll swing back over to Final Cut Pro X and we could import all these files as they are. I can simply click on a file and say I want to bring in clip 11.
I can skim through it to say, yeah, that's going to be a great shot and I can click on Import Selected. You'll notice when I hit Import Selected, again it brings up our dialog box. We can choose if we want to, create optimized media, proxy media, search for people, fix audio. Choose what you want and click Import. If I wanted to I could also select several files by simply holding down the Command key and selecting the three or four files that I may want to bring in, and once again click Import Selected and Import. But I can do something really cool.
I can actually just bring in only part of the clip. For instance if I were shooting probably half of the footage will be my foot and the other half of footage will be the ceiling, and hopefully I could actually get the shot in between that I want to use. To do that I simply click on the clip and drag from left to right and select a range of footage that I want to bring in. If I actually want to see this footage, I simply hit the Forward Slash key and it will play from in to out, so I can see the selection that I chose. I was fairly stable on this and I like it, so I'm going to simply hit Import Selected and once again Import.
So you don't have to bring the entire clip in. You can just bring in the part that you think you're going to use. Let's go back into the main part of Final Cut Pro X and check on the import process. As you can see if we go to the HUD and we bring up the background task, Final Cut Pro X is actually bringing in the media and in this case it is transcoding it from AVCHD to our ProRes format. It's also copying the files off the card into our Events folder because it wants to make sure that when we eject that card, our media doesn't go offline.