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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
In the previous movie we imported media into an event. In this movie we're going to go a little bit deeper and explain how events think, where they live in the Finder, and how best to manage them. A thing to keep in mind when you look at Event Library is the word Library. Think iTunes or Aperture or iPhoto. Those are all libraries of all of the footage or all of the music that you have and you can group those into subcategories of like 80s music, classical music, top 25 music. It works the same way in Final Cut Pro X. Now what we're going to do is we're going to clean house a little bit.
If you've actually played with Final Cut Pro X as you watch me import it or even on the side, you might have some additional libraries that could kind of confuse the issue. So I want to show you where in the Finder your event libraries live and also where projects live. Now what I would like you to do is quit Final Cut Pro. Don't just hide it. You'll need to quit it so that when it restarts it finds the new libraries. Let's go ahead, quit Final Cut Pro. I'm going to show you the location of where the footage lies and also we're going to import our exercise files so we have the same things to work on.
Now if you click on your hard drive and you go into your Movies folder, by default this is where Final Cut Pro X places the event folders in your projects. If you look at Final Cut Events, you'll see Practice Final Cut Pro X and Random Imports. Those were the two that I had played with. You'll notice you don't see additional files because those are actually stored in the Final Cut Pro Events folder on my scratch disk. What I'd like you to do is if you have previous events, select them by holding down the Command key, click on Practice Events and Random Imports, of course your titles may be different, and just move them to a new location.
I'm going to drop them on my desktop for now, but you could actually archive them in a media folder or a backup folder. Now take the exercise folders that you downloaded and go ahead and open it up. You'll see once again we have Final Cut Events and Final Cut Projects. Now what I'd like you to do is grab the contents of Final Cut Events and drag it into the Final Cut Events folder inside your Movies folder. Do not drag the entire Final Cut Events folder and lay it on top, because if you have existing events that you already imported those will be deleted and erased.
Do the same thing with Final Cut Projects. Go back, make sure Final Cut Projects is available. This folder will most likely be empty if you haven't worked in Final Cut Pro, and again if you've created projects, you may leave them there or move them on to your desktop. Now I'll grab the contents of the Final Cut Projects folder in the Exercise Files folder, select them all, grab and drop into the Final Cut Projects folder. Now when we reopen Final Cut Pro X, you'll notice that not only has the Event Library been updated but that your project libraries will list all the starting points for all the movies that you're going to watch from here on in.
Now let's take a deeper look at organizing our Event Library. As you see here is our Additional footage folder and we stored that Event Library on our scratch drive. I'm going to click on the Everybody Dance disclosure triangle and you can see the contents of the event. Now let's look at events a little bit deeper. If I create a new event, I can do that simply by right-clicking on whichever drive I want the event to be stored, and I can create a new event. By default it always gives the event today's date. At this point I can import new files into the event, or if I have multiple events I could even grab an event and drop it on another event and merge them together.
For instance here it's asking if I drop everything from event 7-1-11 into Everybody Dance Now, I can merge them together. So it's very easy to combine multiple events into a single event. I can also move an event from one drive to another. So if I have something on an external drive and I want to work locally, I can simply grab that footage, drag it to my local drive, and it will copy everything from the scratch to Macintosh hard drive.
If I want to see the status of that copying I simply go down here and click on my Background Tasks window. Once the copy is done, I'm able to change the name of the library. So in this case I don't need it to say Additional footage copy. I just want it to say Additional footage. You can also move items within an event to another event. So for instance if I wanted Jackie's photos in the Everybody Dance Now event, I can simply select it, grab it, and drop it into Everybody Dance Now, and you'll notice Jackie's photos now lies in both Additional footage and Everybody Dance Now.
Now I want to emphasize an important point. I did not duplicate the media in this case. When I drag my media from one hard drive to the other one, absolutely we copied all that media and that's why it took a few minutes. But when you move items from one Event Library to another Event Library on the same hard drive you're just making pointers. So you're not using a more hard drive space, you're not wasting time, and all the metadata that's associated with the clip lives in both event libraries. Now if you want you can choose how you sort your event libraries.
If you go down to the small widget directly at the bottom of the Event Library, there is an option to Group Events by Disk, to Group Events by Date, and even subcategories that you can break that up by year or year and month, just like you would in iPhoto. You can show date ranges in the Event Library and you can also group the clips by a variety of other categories. For instance, in this case let's arrange our clips by duration. Now of course photos don't have durations but let's go switch to the Everybody Dance Now media and we can see that this is sorted by durations here.
It's a little hard to see in the Filmstrip view so I'm going to go ahead and switch to our List view, and you can see sorting by duration has worked. One last thing with events. Suppose you have an event that you're no longer using, you don't want to archive, or it's empty and you just want to delete it. Simply right-click on that event, say Move Event to Trash, or hit Command and the Delete key. Once you work with events for a little bit or you're used to working in Aperture or iPhoto, the idea of events becomes very easy in a very logical way to organize your media.