Organize and Screen Footage in Final Cut Pro X
Organizing and screening footage
With a clearly defined story goal and a sneak peek at your media, you're ready to get organized. As editor of this project, that's a two-tier process, organizing your assets but also organizing your thoughts around how you'll tell the story. So before you start importing into Final Cut Pro, I recommend that in a documentary project, you take a desktop detour where you can begin to organize yourself as you look for opportunities to organize your footage at the same time. Now remember, this raw footage is not part of your exercise files. I'm just using it demonstrate one approach to organizing footage on a desktop level.
Remember, anytime you organize or rename such as we did with this Assets folder in the previous movie, and moving the Graphics folder out of it onto the same level as the Stills, that it's important to do that before you import the file so that it doesn't confuse Final Cut Pro about where to look for these files. Let's take a closer look at the video names. I'm going to go ahead and expand this column, so we can take a closer look. Notice that the first three clips are Downey's.
Now you remember that you were introduced to John Downey, the chef of Downey's Restaurant. There's a driving clip; it looks like they're driving away. It's like with produce, perhaps they're on their way to market. And then we have a series of clips that begin with Earthtrine Farms. Now Earthtrine Farms is BD's Farm, and you met BD in the previous movie, and this is different footage. And if you take a look it says Earthtrine_Farms_B-roll, then it tells us what it is, whether it's about picking or packaging, so it's very well-organized.
Scroll down a little further and take a look at the farmers market. There's some produce, there's some set-up shots, if we look further, Farmers_Market_B-roll. So, whoever organized this footage for you and handed it off to you did a great job at naming. Now it'll be really helpful if you took that a step further, capitalized on that naming convention, and created individual folders that contained or organized each of these locations. So if you select the Video folder and choose File > New Folder, let's create a folder called Downeys, and then let's place the Downeys clips-- and I'll click one and Shift-click the last and drag it into the Downeys folder.
Let's create another folder, this time I'll use the shortcut, Shift+Command+N, and let's create a folder for Earthtrine Farms. This time I'll click the first one, Shift-click the last Earthtrine Farms, and drag it in. Now, we have all the Earthtrine Farms clip in an Earthtrine Farms folder. This is going to be very helpful, it's going to help you get your head around what the locations are and what footage you have in each location. We can also drag this Driving Clip into Earthtrine Farms, since it was a clip of driving from the farm.
Let's create another folder, and let's call this farmers market. Again, we'll click the first farmers market clip, Shift-click the last one, and drag it in. So now we have all the farmers market clips in one folder. And finally, let's do the same with the interview clips. Looks like we have some interviews of BD, let's take a listen. (video playing) So that's a BD clip.
This looks like it's an interview clip with John Downey. So, again, let's take the entire set of interview clips. Let me go ahead and change that to interviews since there's more than one into this folder. So, you'll do more organizing once you're inside Final Cut Pro. But by taking this desktop detour, you begin to familiarize yourself with the footage you have to tell the Farm To Table story. And you also begin to establish an organizational structure using folders for important locations.
This will be a big help when you import the footage and also when you archive the project.
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