Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files and relinking media, part of Getting Started with Final Cut Pro 10.2.x.
- If you're a premium member of the lynda.com online training library, you have access to the Exercise Files used throughout this title. The Exercise Files have been compressed to a zip file, and when you unzip the file you'll see a folder called Exercise Files. If you open up this folder, you'll see two folders inside: Final Cut Pro X Libraries, and Media. Inside of Final Cut Pro X Libraries, is a library file called Quickstart. Now, libraries are Final Cut's self-contained asset and project storage system. It holds everything that we need for this course.
And the Media folder is an important folder that contains the assets for this course. So basically, this library file is pointing to these media assets. Now there are a couple of ways that Final Cut media management can work. Sometimes the actual media is contained within the library file itself, but for this particular setup, we are pointing to the external folder of media. We'll get more into that later. So you can place your Exercise Files wherever you like, but for heavy editing, I do recommend placing your libraries on a dedicated, external media drive.
Now, one way to open up a library is to simply just double click on it, and that's what I'll do here. Now as you can see, everything came online for me, but it's possible the first time that you launch your library, you'll need to re-link your files, and this is very easy to do. You just select your library, and then come up to File, and then Relink Files. And again, because mine are all online, I don't have anything in my Missing screen, but it'll probably send you straight to the Missing screen with all of your files listed here.
But I can show you the exact same workflow of re-linking our files, I'm just going to do it with files that are already online. So here are all of my media files. All I do is choose Locate All, and then, I just point to the parent folder where my media is. So our media, as we know, is inside of the Media folder in the Exercise Files. So I'm going to go back to my Desktop, Exercise Files, and then I'm just going to choose Media, and Choose. And now everything has been found. All of my files are matched, and I can choose to re-link files.
And if your files are offline, they should come back online then. Now, just so you know, another way to access your library is to go to File, Open Library. I haven't provided you with another library for this training, but just to show you how quickly you can open a library from within the software, I'll do this. These are the libraries that I've recently accessed, but if I wanted to open a library that wasn't in this list, I would just go to Other, and then here again is a master list of recently opened libraries. If it's not here, I can go to Locate, and I'll just go to this library here, for example.
And I'll Open. So, two ways to open a library. Either double click on it at the Finder level, or open from within the software. For right now, I'm going to close this extra library. Right click, and Close Library. And let's focus on the library that we do have for this training, Quickstart. So as I said, my libraries contain everything we need. If we take a look at this library, we have two events here: Creative Letterpress, and this is where our actual assets are, so all of our video and audio clips.
And then we have Chapter 2 Exercise Files, and this is where you'll follow along with this training. Now some of these keyword collections here, you can see that they go movie by movie, and there are eight movies within Chapter 2. Some of them don't have Exercise Files, because in these movies, you're creating from scratch. But most of them do. You can see here that in 2.4, here's everything you need to perform the steps in that movie, and the rest of them have the appropriate Exercise Files as well. So by and large, most of the time you will be following along within this Chapter 2 Exercise File structure.
So if you don't have access to the lynda.com Exercise Files, you should definitely follow along with your own assets. Let's get started.
This course serves as a companion quick-start option to the in-depth Final Cut Pro X 10.2.x Essential Training—so once you've taken this minicourse, you can choose to continue on with nearly eight additional hours of training.