Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Final Cut Pro X v10.0.9: Commercial Editing Techniques.
If you're a premium member of the Lynda.com online training library or if you're watching this tutorial on a DVD, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this title. The exercise files have been compressed to a zip file. Once you unzip the file, you'll see a folder called exercise files. If you open up this folder, you'll see 2 folders inside. Final Cut Events, which contains all of your media And the Final Cut project folder, which contains all of your project data. You need both of these folders in order to effectively work in Final Cut Pro X. Now, not only do you need both of these folders, but you need to put them in one of two very special locations for Final Cuts to be able to see all of your media and projects.
We're going to go over both of these locations. First of all if you want to work off your internal drive, you need to put them in the movies folder on your system. So I have that right here. And all you need to do is just drag and drop the folders right into the movies folder. Now I'm not going to do this right now. because I want to discuss one very special situation. It's possible if you've already been working in Final Cut that you already have a Final Cut Events and a Final Cut Projects folder. So, you wouldn't drag and drop in that situation.
Let me simulate this. I have a a Final Cut Events and Final Cut Projects folder and I'll just move these into (SOUND) this location. So, they're in the Movies folder. And I can't drag-and-drop, because that would overwrite. So, instead, I'm just going to reach inside of these folders, and drag the contents. I'm going to come in to Events and get my H+ Sport event, and drag that on over. (SOUND) And then I can come over to final cut projects and inside there is some sub folders taht I ahve organized per chapter. You don't have to reach in and get those, you just can drag the entire exercise files folder over to Final Cut Projects, and that's good enough.
OK, so we ahve our final cut events and final cut projects populated correctly I want to go ahed and just open up final cut now. As you can see we've got the H plus sport even right here and if I twirl this down you can see that I've organized much of it for you. Also, you can see the castles event which was the event that was here before we added our event media. If we come down to the Mac hard drive down here in the project library, you can see that all of the projects are laid out for you within numbered folders for each chapter.
So, that's how you're going to follow along. When you're in chapter 3, movie 3, you'll just follow along just like this. Also, just so you know, this course contains a lot of effects and we couldn't provide pre-rendered media in all cases. In some cases you'll see undrendered effects like this and so you might need to render to guarantee real time playback and then of course up here is the castles project which is the project that was already here. So needless to say, if you don't want to see certain events or projects you can just drag them out of the Final Cut events or Final Cut projects folders, thereby hiding them from Final Cut.
Let me show you that right now. I'm going to quit Final Cut Pro and then come back to my movies folder here, and I'll drag out the castles event and projects and then relaunch Final Cut. Notice this time those projects and events are not in there. All we see is h plus sport. I want to show you the other location that you can put your events and media now. Again I'm going to quit Final Cut Pro 10, and I'd like to show you what to do if you're working with an external hard drive.
I'm going to go back into my movies folder because I actually moved my exercise files out of here, these are no empty. I'm just going to grab the contents and bring them back over. I'm going to go ahead and just close that and so now we have our exercise files, populated with everything. What I'm going to do now, is just open up my media drive and i'm just going to drag my final cut events and final cut projects folders to the root directory of my media drive. The route director just means that they're not inside any other folders, they're at the top level. Everything's moving over.
Again, if you do have a final cut events or final cut projects folder already on your media drive, then you just copy the contents inside of those, just like we did before. Everything's copied over. I'm going to go ahead and launch Final Cut. Again, we're on the media drive, so watch for that when we open up the software. Okay, so this time, instead of looking at Mac hard drive, we're looking at our media drive. And as you can see, we have our H plus sport event, here. And, if we come down to the Media Drive in the Project Library, we also have our exercise files down here.
Ready to follow along. Pretty easy. You just need to know where to put your materials. Now, if you don't have access to the Lynda.com exercise files, then you should definitely follow along from scratch, with your own assets. Okay. Let's get started.
- What is commercial editing?
- Understanding the product's audience and intent
- Marking the best shots
- Laying out the visual structure
- Building an audio foundation
- Manipulating speed
- Adding transition effects
- Adding graphics, music, and voice-over
- Delivering the project and receiving feedback