Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Final Cut Pro X 10.0.9 Essential Training.
If you're a Premium Member at 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 two folders inside, Final Cut Events, which contains all of your media, and the Final Cut Projects 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 Cut to be able to see all of your media and projects. We are 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. I am not going to do this right now because I want to discuss one very special situation.
It's possible if you have already been working in Final Cut that you already have a Final Cut Event in the Final Cut Projects folder. So, you wouldn't drag and drop in that situation. Let me simulate this. I have here a Final Cut Events and Final Cut Projects folder, and I'll just move this into this location. Okay, so they are in the movies folder, and I can't drag and drop, because that would overwrite. So, instead, I am just going to reach inside of these folders and drag the contents. So, I am going to go to Events and just drag over at my Castles and Farm to Table events-- we are going to be working with two separate events in this course--and I am just going to drag back to Final Cut Events.
And then I can come over to Final Cut Projects, and inside there are some subfolders that I have organized per chapter. You don't have to reach and get those, you just can drag the entire Exercise Files folder over to Final Cut Projects, and that's good enough. Okay, so we have our Final Cut Events and Final Cut Projects populated correctly, I am going to go ahead and just open up Final Cut now, okay? And as you can see, on our Mac hard drive, we have our Castles events, and we have our Frame to Table event, and then we also our Swing Dancing event, which was the event that was there before we started.
If we come down to the Project Library, again, under my Mac hard drive, you can see that here's my Exercise Files folder, and then as we burrow into each of the chapters, we have everything organized, and this how you are going to follow it. When you are on Chapter 1, movie 3, you are just going to follow along by accessing the projects like so. And then we have our Swing Baby Project, which was there before we added anything. 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 am going to click Final Cut Pro and then let's go ahead and go back into the Movies folder, and we'll just take Swing Dancing out. Okay, so I'll go ahead and just drag this into here, same thing here. All right, so now the only things in there are our Castles and Farm to Table Materials. Let's lunch Final Cut again, and the only thing that we see are our Castle and Farm to Table events, Swing Dancing has now been hidden because it's not in that special location.
Same thing for our projects. All right, so I want to show you the other location that you can put your events and media now. Again, I am going to click Final Cut Pro X, and I would like to show you what to do if you're working with an external hard drive. So, I am going to go back into my Movies folder, and because I actually moved my exercise files out of here, these are now empty. I am just going to grab the contents and bring them back over.
Okay, so now it's like we never put anything in the Movies folder. I am going to go ahead and just close that and so now we have our exercise files populated with everything. What I am going to do now is just open up my Media drive here, and I'm just going to drag my Final Cut Events and Final Cut Projects folders to the root directory of my Media drive. Now the root directory just means that they're not inside any other folders, they are at the top level. So everything is 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.
So, everything is copied over, I am going to go ahead and lunch Final Cut, again, run the Media drive. So, watch for that when we open up the software. So, instead of looking at Mac hard drive, which is our Movies folder we're now looking at the Media drive, and again we have our Castles Event and our Farm to Table Event, and then again, we are not looking to Mac hard drive, we are looking at Media drive, and then inside there we have all of our various exercise files where we can go in and follow along. So, 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. Let's get started!
NOTE: This course and its exercise files are not compatible with Final Cut Pro X v. 10.1 or later. If you are running v. 10.1 or later, please watch Final Cut Pro X 10.1.1 Essential Training instead.
- Understanding nonlinear editing
- Creating and organizing events
- Organizing footage with keywords and ratings
- Playing and marking clips
- Performing Insert, Append, Overwrite, and Replace edits
- Moving and removing clips
- Trimming in the timeline: performing ripple, roll, slip and slide edits
- Working with connected clips and multiple storylines
- Adjusting audio levels, EQ, and more
- Performing a multicam edit
- Adding and animating video and audio effects
- Working with motion effects, speed effects, titles, themes, and generators
- Performing primary and secondary color correction
- Importing and analyzing footage from multiple platforms
- Managing media and project data
- Sharing and exporting projects
Skill Level Beginner
Q: Why are the exercise files not working, and why does my interface look different than the one in this course?
A: This lynda.com course and its exercise files are not compatible with Final Cut Pro X v. 10.1 or later. If you are running v. 10.1 or later, please watch Final Cut Pro X 10.1.1 Essential Training.