This week, Nick takes a look at creating five smart collections in FCPX to save you time by staying organized.
- [Nick] Hi, welcome to Final Cut Pro X Weekly, I'm Nick and Jeff's not here this week. This week we're going to talk about five smart collections to save you time in your workflow. Some of the topics we'll be covering are sorting clips by frame rate and frame size, especially on those mix format productions where you have material from an HD camera, you have material from a 4k camera, maybe you even received some material from Europe or shot in 25 frames per second and you want to be able to organize and see the differences between each of your clips.
We're going to see how we can organize them based on these smart collections. We also in some cases where we're working in a project want to know which clips we've used and which clips we haven't used in a project where we may have two to three hours worth of material. This can be extremely handy and useful. Last but not least we're going to see how we can identify compound clips among other things such as multi-camera clips within our library so we can find them a lot easier than by simply just searching for them. So let's hop into Final Cut Pro X and see how we can work with this.
So I'm here in Final Cut Pro X, I have my Final Cut X weekly library over here to the side and the first thing I want to show you is you get a bunch of smart collections just by creating a library. Those smart collections are all contained within a folder and some of them are video oriented, some of them are to show you just the audio that's inside a project, some will show you anything that you've marked as favorite, all the projects that you have are sequences or timelines that you use as well as all stills which show you here within these smart collections. While they're a great way to find some of the most used material in a majority of projects, sometimes you want to be able to search for things or find let's say different frame rate footage a lot quicker.
How can we do that? First of all I'm just going to go here to the window, go to workspaces, organize, and under my smart collection folder or just selecting the Final Cut X weekly library, I'll scroll down past projects to show you that I have some clips here. If I look at the info inspector I can see that some are 1920 by 1080 with a 30 frames per second frame rate, and other clips if I scroll all the way down are in fact 4k, and if we took a look at those 4k clips, in fact, to get there quicker I'm just going to click here on the clip appearance and make sure that I see all of them.
If I see the 4k clips starting with the work C they are actually 3840 by 2160 with a 23.98 frame rate or 24 frames per second. I would like to be able to just quickly differentiate between all the different frame rates or frame sizes in my project and depending on how many you have, you're going to want to create a bunch of different smart collections to make this happen. One way to create a smart collection is to go to the file menu, choose new, and let's choose or create a library smart collection. I'm going to name this smart collection 1080p to reflect the 1920 by 1080 footage that I want to populate here, and with that smart collection now at the top selected I'm just going to double click it.
It's going to bring up what's known as the filter HUD, and this allows me to then provide search criteria to find clips that meet certain parameters. So if I go to the plus icon and choose to add format info, they will ask which clips match a certain format info, and I like it to match clips of a certain frame size and that frame size to be 1920, and I want to make sure I follow this with an X, followed by 1080, and what I'll see here in my smart collection is just all my 1920 by 1080 clips show up, making it really easy for me to find.
So this actual material, or this now search, if I X this window, has been applied to the 1080p library smart collection. Let me go back up to my Final Cut Pro weekly library. Right next to the search is the same toggle filter heads up display. If I click on it notice at the very bottom of the window I could first of all add the search criteria and then choose to create a library or useful smart collection that would then populate over here to the side. So I'm going to press plus, and in this case I'm going to choose format info again, and another type of smart collection I wanted to be was based on the different various frame rates of clips, so I'll create one here for video frame rate, and I want the clips to match a 23.98 frame rate, to be part of this smart collection, and you can see all the clips, and some of these are actually 720, but then all my HD clips which were also indeed 23.98 now populate in this list.
If I wanted to, keep in mind I could add additional search criteria. So I'm just going to choose to create that new library smart collection, type in 23.98, and you can see there that all of those clips now remain part of the smart collection. And for those mix format productions where I'm looking for HD versus 4k, or 23.98 vs 25 frames per second, it becomes a lot easier to find clips. Now what about finding out about the used clips in a project. I'm going to go to my projects library smart collection, and I have a smart collection, or a project, called Used and Unused which I'll double click which will then reveal my timeline.
And first of all I just want to reveal the clips that are currently being used in this project. And you should know that if you go to your view menu and if we look under browser there is a way to reveal the used media ranges of clips which would appear as an orange range across your clip. Now to see this a bit more clearly I'm just going to go select my Final Cut Pro weekly library, and just like I did before I'm going to go to my toggle filter HUD. And if I go just to the plus icon and choose to show used media, notice that all the used media, specifically in the project that's open in my timeline is being displayed.
This is just a great feature. What I'm going to do is make this into a new library smart collection, and I'm just going to type in the word used. And now I'm just going to actually back up to my Final Cut weekly library, this time go to my filter HUD. And from here I'm actually going to go and add that used media once again, but this time I'm going to choose unused, and all of the clips that are not part of this project currently, you can see populate down here on this list. So now I'm going to create another new library smart collection which I'll call Unused.
How can this be extremely helpful in my project? If I'm look from a tier that I might not have used before I can simply go to now my unused smart collection which would show me everything but the clips that I currently used in my timeline. Now let's say that I now found a clip here, this girl leaning out the car that I want to add to my project. If I select the entire thing, which I'm just going to do there by drawing a range over it, and press E to add it to the timeline, notice first of all the orange bar that comes up that now says this is indeed being used in the project.
Now if I click off the unused smart collection, go to the still smart collection, then go back to the unused, we're going to see that section of the girl leaning out a car one shot no longer appears. That's because it's now part of the used smart collection, in fact I can see it populated right there and it's identified so it's going to keep track these smart collections of any changes that you make as you work throughout your entire project which can be extremely useful especially if you have two to three hours of footage that you're working with and you're just trying to find out what you haven't used.
Last but not least, another handy smart collection that you can use is just be able to identify any compound clips that you may have in a project. Sometimes I just want to know what I've bundled together in the Final Cut Pro X timeline. Other times I just want to know where the smart collections are in case I want to break them apart or just get rid of them for media management purposes later on down the line. I'll go to the file menu right now with the smart collections folder selected and just choose to create a library smart collection, and this one I will call compound clips, and by double clicking that smart collection I'll add some search criteria to it or basically some filter criteria, and I'm going to choose type from the search here, and you'll that the type first of all is an audition that you can create.
I'm just curious in those compound clips, and the one compound clip located in the one project now shows up in this smart collection. So there you have it, ways of creating some very useful, time-saving smart collections for your projects that will save you time in your workflow within Final Cut Pro X. I'm Nick, thanks for tuning in to Final Cut Pro X weekly.
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