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- Identifying story elements
- Finding the essence of a story
- Importing folders and stills as keyword collections
- Using keywords to make clips accessible
- Prepping clips for editing
- Developing story diversity
- Sculpting the story within the timeline
- Fine-tuning edits
- Organizing separate story segments into independent storylines
- Recording a narration track
- Adding sound effects
- Applying effects to enhance story elements
- Adding freeze frames
Skill Level Intermediate
So far the techniques we've been seeing in this course could be generally applied in any editing application. But in this movie you'll see an editing technique specific to Final Cut Pro X. With this technique you can organize your separate story segments, such as coffee making, importing, and so on, into independent storylines that would give you lots of flexibility as you edit and finesse your story. In the Delicious Peace projects we've edited narration clips, as well as sound from interview clips to provide an audio track for the story.
If one audio clip connects nicely to a video clip that's never going to move, then you're in good shape. But if you find yourself doing a lot of finessing with both the video and audio clips, you might end up frustrated by the connecting process. By creating additional storylines in a project and working with the Magical Gap Clip, you can create all the flexibility you need. In the Project Library let's open the Storylines project. You might remember from a previous movie that this project has clips of Ben talking beneath clips of coffee.
And at times we have a gap clip where we see Ben come through on camera. And then when Ben's clips are beneath the clips in the primary storyline, we hear his voice mixed in with the audio of the coffee clips, but we don't see him until we get to a gap clip. And gap clips are transparent in that respect. Well, what we want to do is think in terms of what happens when you're still in that finessing process, which is what editing is really all about.
For example, what if we wanted to take this clip, and I am going to zoom in so we could see that this is called the coffee tree clip. What if I wanted to take this clip and move it somewhere else in this project? Well, when I move it guess who comes with me. Ben is coming with me, and of course the reason is that Ben is connected to that clip at this point, and you see the connecting line right here. Well, I really like the way Ben's audio is working with this clip, so I want a little more autonomy, I want some more independence between my Ben set of clips and between these clips.
Well, I can do that fairly easily. First I am going to press Shift+Z, and the way I am going to do that is to select the Ben clips. And this is where we go a little bit outside the typical process of storytelling, and work with a feature that is perhaps more specific to Final Cut Pro X. By selecting this group of clips, I can right-click and choose Create Storyline, or press the shortcut Command+G. When I create a storyline out of all of the Ben clips, a Storyline bar is formed around them and I now have a single connection line.
I have the flexibility of moving all of these clips together. And moving a single video clip would not be a problem, because it's not connected, at least at that point. But there are other things that could happen. For example, what if I decided I wanted to delete this coffee tree clip because I was going to start a little bit further in the coffee process. Watch what happens when I delete the clip. Well, it deleted the clip and everything that was connected to it. I am going to press Command+Z to bring back those clips of Ben.
So, again I would also like a little more independence. Gee! Is there anyway that I can not attach these clips of Ben to these clips. I almost want to make this group of coffee clips a separate storyline. Well, I can do that as well. Now in order to see this more clearly, I'm going to change the Clip Appearance and make them all very, very short. That will just simply give me more room to see more levels. So, if I wanted to take this group of coffee clips and make them a separate independent storyline, not the primary storyline, I can select them and choose Lift from Primary Storyline, or press Option+Command+Up Arrow.
What that did, was that it took those clips and bumped them all up, each one of them, individually bumped them up above the primary storyline. And what we have in the primary storyline now is just individual gap clips. And notice all the individual places that these clips are connected. If we wanted to clean this connection up, so like the audio or like Ben's clip, there's one single connection, I can select these clips and do what I did with Ben's clips and that's to create a separate storyline.
By doing that, I have now placed all of the coffee clips into their own independent storyline that I can move around wherever I want. And as I have this now, I see that I have individual gap clips that were created the length of the original coffee clips, which I no longer need, because everything is connecting off this first gap clip. So what I can do is I can actually, since nothing is attached to these gap clips in the primary storyline. I can delete those, and instead drag out or trim the gap clip that's currently in the primary storyline.
This gives me a tremendous amount of flexibility, not only between segments in a story, but within each storyline itself. For example, now that I have made this group of clips a storyline, a gap is placed automatically where there were no clips and I can go in and I can make trims with those gaps, or with the clips, and I am going to undo those. So I can make whatever adjustments I want. When you create an additional storyline, you have other editing options as well.
For example, if I wanted to continue adding coffee clips to this clip, I would go to the Coffee group of clips and I would say you know what, let's go ahead and we see grinding the beans. Let's go ahead and see making the coffee. Well, I see I've got my favorite. So with the Storyline selected in the timeline, I can select Append and append to that particular storyline. I could do the same thing with narration or with the Ben clip and continue to grow the storylines and edit within them.
So anytime you create a separate individual storyline, it gives you a great deal of flexibility. So now for example, this clip that we wanted to move and we couldn't before, I can relocate it anywhere in this storyline and it doesn't affect Ben at all. So, as you start to work with putting together your different story segments, make sure you give yourself all the flexibility you need by creating separate or additional storylines.