Join Nick Harauz for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Timeline Index, part of Final Cut Pro X Guru: Organizing Assets (2015).
- In this movie you will see that there are a few clips that have been placed into the timeline. Some of the clips have markers and are part of the keyword collections we created in the previous exercises. Let's see how we can use The Timeline Index to find clips within our project by name based on it's type of marker and even keywords. So here I am in my timeline and this is the movie we worked with in the last few exercises. We added three markers onto these clips and then we began to navigate between them using key board shortcuts. Even cooler is something called The Timeline Index because it doesn't just work with markers it works with clips and allows us to find clips, markers, or even information that's been tackled onto clips really easily.
The Timeline Index is here on the lower left hand side. I'll show or hide it, I can use shift+cmd+2 to activate it and here's it's revealed. The first thing I see is that there's a Clips tab and all the clips, stills, gaps, music that's within my project is selectable. All I can do right now is like here's my music- This corporate music here? I got this from a online collection by THAT Studio. It came shipped with your file. So we can see that music is located right here. I've got my first clip in the timeline.
I've got a still that I can navigate to. Really quick and easy and just like in the Event Viewer I can search for clips by name. So if I was looking for one of my Blackmagic clips I could type in the word Black and all the Blackmagic clips appear. If I X I can see all the 18 items that are in my timeline. Even better is a tab called Tags. The Tags tab contains all the tags that we've added on to clips. Some of these are makers some of these are keyword collections and at the bottom are ways of minimizing what we're looking for.
So if I was just looking for regular markers I could just click this to show the standard marker. That's the one we created for color correction or I could go to this list and only show incomplete to-do items. So those are the two markers we've identified as a to-do marker. You can see here that they show up as red. I've minimized my search for the tags and tabs that I'm looking for. At any time if I want to go back to show everything I can go to all. All of those keywords and markers that were created show up here.
One more thing about the Clips tab is that you can also minimize your search results here to look for only audio, only video, or titles if you've placed them within your project but I suggest that you use The Timeline Index the next time you're trying to find or sift though information about your clips on the timeline.
- Importing media
- Transcoding files
- Using keywords and Smart Collections
- Creating markers
- Working with favorites and rejects
- Understanding metadata views and applying custom fields
- Working with advanced search functions and criteria
- Exporting metadata
- Archiving and moving libraries