Join Diana Weynand for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Final Cut Pro X v10.1.x: Effective Storytelling.
- Hi, this is Ashley Kennedy, and this is the Effective Storytelling with Final Cut Pro X, 10.1.x update. Diana Weynand is going to take you through this entire course. But I'm here, in this movie, to just do a couple of things. I want to tell you about this update because it is quite an unusual update. It's something that Lynda.com really doesn't normally do. Then, after I've gotten you acquainted with what this course is, and how it's going to work, I want to show you how to use your Exercise Files.
This course was originally recorded, in early 2012, in FCP X v 10.0.2. Then, in late 2013, Apple released FCP X v. 10.1, which was a bit of a game changer in terms of the way parts of the interface look, and the way media management inherently works. When this update came out, we rushed to re-record the FCP X Essential Training to match the new update, which, of course, is available in the Lynda.com Online Training Library.
However, there are a handful of other smaller FCP X courses that we were not able to immediately re-record for various logistical reasons. This course is one of those. Each of these courses has a lot of really valuable insight into some great project-based approaches, and specific workflows, but, well, they were recorded in an older version of the software that looks a little different than what you have in front of you. What I've done for these courses is put a Band-Aid on them, until we can re-record them from scratch.
I've manually updated the Exercise Files so that you can use them. I've recorded introductory movies, like this one, to orient you to what's changed. And, we're also placing textual overlays within the course to alert you whenever something is different in layout or function. These overlays will act kind of like sign posts to let you know when you need to know that something has changed. More on that in a bit. In this movie, though, I'd like to call out a couple of the biggest things that have changed, so that you can get an idea of the main differences between what you're going to be seeing in this course and what you'll be seeing in the actual software.
When this course was recorded, all projects for the course were stored in this area of the interface, down here, called the Project Library. Well, I'm here to tell you that the Project Library doesn't exist anymore. Also, up here, was an area called the Event Library. All Events, which store your materials, were housed here, and were shown as residing on a specific hard drive. Now, that's also changed. Final Cut X still stores its materials inside of Events, but it's not quite the same as the Event Library model.
Let's take a look. I'm inside of Final Cut Pro X, v. 10.1.2, now, where things are looking a little different. Up here, instead of seeing our hard drives where various Events reside ... Instead, I'm seeing Libraries. Here, I have my Effective Storytelling Library, and here, I have another Training Library. I can have as many Libraries as I want. Each can live in a different location on my system. Inside of Effective Storytelling, I have two Events.
DP Storytelling, which stands for Delicious Peace. Inside here, are all of my raw materials. Then, here, I have Projects, where I am storing all of the projects for the course. Now, let's come down here. This is where the Project Library used to reside, and stored all of my projects. Now, instead, this is just the Timeline. Instead, your projects are located, again, up here in the Projects Event. If I wanted to load any of those Projects, I just double-click it, and it loads down here in the Timeline.
Simple enough, right? Now, there are some other differences, but we won't be going through them all right now. Instead, remember, we're going to be placing textual overlays whenever there's a significant change. This is what that looks like, so look out for them. Now that that's hopefully all clear, I want to show you how to use the Exercise Files for this course. For now, I'm going to Close my Effective Storytelling Library, and exit the software. 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. Unzip the file, and you'll see a folder called Exercise Files. If you Open this folder, you'll see a file called Effective Storytelling. This file is a self-contained library file that holds everything that you need for the course. You can actually place this library file anywhere that you want. As of Final Cut Pro X, v. 10.1, you have maximum flexibility in this regard because you can work with these files anywhere. Whereas, in prior versions of Final Cut Pro X, you needed to place them in a very specific location.
Once you've placed the library in the location of your choice, you can launch Final Cut Pro X. If you haven't worked in Final Cut Pro X at all before, the software will launch with an empty Library, and an empty Event. I have been working in Final Cut Pro X, so I have this Training Library with a couple of Events inside. To access the Library that you need for this course, you just need to go to File, Open Library, and here I have it here because I was just in it. But, if you don't have it there, you just go to Other, and then Locate, and then navigate to your Library.
Desktop, Exercise Files, Effective Storytelling, and Open. Just to avoid confusion, I'm going to Close my Training Library, so we're just looking at the Effective Storytelling Library. Let's come up here. Inside of Effective Storytelling, I have two Events. Again, DP Storytelling has all the raw materials that I need for this course. Then, in Projects, is a well-organized structure that you'll follow through this course. For example, if you're watching Chapter 4, and Movie Three, you just twirl down the Chapter 4 folder, and go into the 04-03 keyword collection, and here are the materials that you need for this movie.
You would just load these whenever the overlay appears within the movie telling you to do so. Remember, though, when you're watching the course this is what it's going to look like when you're in Chapter 4, Movie 3. But, when you're following along in the software, you just need to make sure that instead of going down to the Project Library, you come up to the Projects Event, and follow along. One more thing. Because the Exercise Files for this update were created in Final Cut Pro X, v. 10.1.2, you're going to need to be on v. 10.1.2, or later, to use the Exercise Files.
If you try to work with a prior version of Final Cut Pro X, you'll receive an error detailing the problems of trying to access Final Cut Pro materials that are too new. Fortunately, this isn't a problem. You'll just need to Upgrade your version of Final Cut Pro X software to the latest version. As long as you have a licensed copy of the software, this is a free and easy upgrade. Just go to the Apple, in the upper-left corner of your Desktop, and select Software Update. You'll be taken to the App Store, and if Final Cut Pro X needs updating, it will appear in the window, and you can easily update the software, and begin working with the Exercise Files.
That's if you're working with these Exercise Files. If you don't have access to the Lynda.com Exercise Files, then you should definitely follow along with your own assets. Let's get started.
Note: This course was updated to reflect the changes to Final Cut Pro X v. 10.1.x. Although the course was not re-recorded from scratch, we updated the applicable movies by adding text overlays to guide you through existing changes. We also updated the exercise files to work with the most current version of the software. Please watch the "Understanding this update and using the exercise files" movie to learn exactly what to expect from this updated course. Working with an earlier version of Final Cut Pro X? Watch Effective Storytelling with Final Cut Pro X 10.0.9.
- Identifying story elements
- Finding the essence of a story
- Importing folders and stills as keyword collections
- Using keywords to make clips accessible
- Prepping clips for editing
- Developing story diversity
- Sculpting the story within the timeline
- Fine-tuning edits
- Organizing separate story segments into independent storylines
- Recording a narration track
- Adding sound effects
- Applying effects to enhance story elements
- Adding freeze frames