Join Nick Harauz for an in-depth discussion in this video Organizing footage with keywords, part of Final Cut Pro X 10.4.4 Essential Training 2018.
- [Instructor] In the last chapter we took a look at how we could ingest our material in a variety of ways in Final Cut whether that be leaving files in place, or copying them to our Library, even creating transcoded material, as well as performing some automation processes on imports such as getting to remove color casts so I highly recommend that you check that out. And, in this movie, we're going to look at now creating different types of folders or what Final Cut likes to call Keyword Collections, to organize the material that we've been playing around with in the last chapter.
In order to do this you want to make a couple changes, and that is we're actually going to close down this Library. And that is because, we created some Keyword Collections on import by selecting the option of making a folder and making it into a Keyword Collection in Final Cut. And we'll see that those clips are now part of this folder. I would like us to have a fresh start in terms of starting to get familiar with our footage as well as creating Keyword Collections. So we'll select this Library and go to the File menu, and choose to close it.
Now on the sidebar, go to Open Library, and then you want to locate a Library that's going to be contained in your Exercise files, under the FCPX Library folder, called Chapter 3, Organize Library. Once we choose to open this we'll see that we do have a Chocolate Media event, but that event has no Keyword Collections which gives us a great chance to start to organize the material and create our own Keyword Collections as well as become familiar with this material which we will be editing in a later chapter.
So a great way to become familiar with material is, of course, to select it. You can always press the Space bar to play back, and the Space bar to stop. So, as a preview. - And, Jean-Michel had purchased a little French-English English-French something-- - Translator. - That I put on my keys, and so every time I left the house-- - [Instructor] You can also press the Question mark key, and that will just allow you to play a clip's entirety from its in to its out point. So I'm going to just press the Question mark key. - So we, we lived in so we-- - I pressed Question again, and you can see that that playback was then started again from the beginning.
So just a couple ways of stopping and starting playback to get you familiar with. But now to hop in the place here of creating Keyword Collections we want to setup a way of us to be able to see our video material a lot clearer, and into subcategories or folders. Just a little on the same page you want to go here to your Window, Workspaces, and make sure the Organize workspace is selected. I'm also going to close the Inspector here at the side, and all of your film strips here you should be in film strip view which you can do by clicking on this button just in case you're in list view.
And by going to the Clip Appearance menu I want you to drag this time slider all the way to the left. You can also choose to show Waveforms on our clips. Now let's start to, basically, bundle our clips into a Collection or Keyword Collection, and the first thing that we're going to do that to is towards our interview clips. So I'd like to encourage you to select the first video clip in the November 14th, 2014 folder, and then Shift + Click the last one. Now if you go to this little key icon here on the top left this is going to open up the Keyword Editor, and allow you to, now, enter a keyword for this entire selection.
In this case these are all interviews so I'll type in the word Interviews, and we'll see here that once I press the Return key all of these clips now have a blue line on the top of it. And inside my event is an Interviews Keyword Collection. If I select it, I can see the clips that were selected are now part of this collection. It's kind of like Final Cut's version of a folder, but even more flexible because we can actually have clips as part of several keyword collections.
Let me actually go back to my Chocolate Media event, and if we close out the Keywords Selection window, and scroll down we'll see that there's even more interview clips. I'm going to select the first one here under the October 23rd, 2014 date and then Shift + Click the last one that I see. And actually then I'll just drag it onto the Keyword Collection. You'll see it shows me how many clips I have selected. Nine in total, and once I release the mouse, and then go into the Interviews Keyword Collection all of these interviews are now populated within it.
Let me go up to the Chocolate Media event, and let's now create a Keyword Collection in a different way. This time, rather than clicking on the key up here with a selection, I'm going to go to the File menu, and choose New, Keyword Collection. I'll call this one broll, and we'll notice that nothing's inside of it, but if we go back up to the Chocolate Media event, and then come familiar with some of these clips which are, indeed, b-roll. We can select a few of them. Click on one, and maybe Shift + Click on another, or use the Command key to select multiple clips not necessarily in an order, and then just simply drag them, and place them in the broll Keyword Collection.
So another way that we can add keywords is to actually go to the Keyword Editor button here, and if we look just beneath the token broll that's been added to the clip that's currently selected I press the disclosure triangle. You could actually create keyword shortcuts to add keywords to clips, and make them as part of collections with ease. So, for instance, maybe for Ctrl + 2 I want stills to be applied to a selected clip when I press Ctrl + 2.
So let me just actually make sure that this is selected by pressing the Tab key, and then pressing the X key to get out of this selection. I'll scroll down into my Chocolate Media event to where I see some stills that are part of this project specifically the stills at the very bottom from October 1st, 2014, and I'll click on one, and Shift + Click on another. And if I press Ctrl + 2 through a keyboard shortcut I was able to apply that Keyword Collection, and I want to encourage you. What I usually do is sit down with a group of editors, and when we're in a collaborative workflow is discuss what keyword shortcuts we're going to give certain assets that we bring inside a project.
And then we're all on the same page for the way that our material is organized in Final Cut. So there are some clips here, more interview clips, additional b-roll clips, clips that are specific truffle processes, and now's the time to get familiar with this so that we can make better editing decisions together as we go throughout this course. So I'll see you in the next movie where we start to even look at applying keywords to part of a clip.
- Ingesting and organizing your assets
- Editing and refining footage
- Using the trim tools
- Transforming clips with fades, cropping, and more
- Changing the speed of clips
- Basic audio editing
- Multicam editing
- Working with effects, titles, and graphics
- Basic color correction
- Project and media management
- Sharing and exporting
- Integrating Apple Motion and Compressor