Join Diana Weynand for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Final Cut Pro X v10.1.x: Documentary Editing.
- Hi, this Ashley Kennedy and this is the documentary editing with Final Cut Pro X 10.1 update. Now, Diana Wynin is gonna 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's quite an unusual type of update and something we normally don't do on Lynda.com. Then after I've got 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. So, this course was originally recorded in late summer 2012 in Final Cut Pro version 10.0.5.
A little over a year later in late 2013, Apple released Final Cut Pro version 10.1, which was a bit of a game changer in terms of the way parts of the interface looked and the way media management inherently works. So, when this update came out, we rushed to rerecord the Final Cut Pro 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 Final Cut Pro courses that we were not able to immediately rerecord for various logistical reasons.
This course is one of those. Now, each of these courses have 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. Also, there were big differences in the exercise files. So, what I've done for these courses is sort of put a band-aid on them until we can rerecord 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 when something is different in layout or in function. These overlays will act kind of like sign posts throughout the course to let you know when you need to know when 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 that you can an idea of some 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 no longer exists. Also, up here, was an area of the interface called the event library. All events, which store your materials, were housed here and each event was shown as residing on a specific hard drive. Now, that's also changed. Final Cut still stores its materials inside of events but it's not quite the same as the event library model.
Let's take a look. Okay, I'm inside of Final Cut Pro X, version 10.1.2, where things are looking a little different. So, here, instead of seeing the various hard drives connected to our system, each of which house a series of events, we instead see our libraries. Here I have my documentary editing library and a training library. I can have as many libraries as I want and each can live in its own location. Inside of the documentary editing library, I have two events: farm to table, which contains all of our materials and projects which contains the projects for our course.
And now, let's come down here. This is where the project library used to reside which stored all of my projects. Now, instead, this is just the timeline. So, instead of your projects living down here, they live up here in the projects event. And if I wanted to load one I just double click on it and it'd open up in the timeline. Simple enough, right? Now there are some other differences as well but we won't be going through them all. Instead, remember, we're going to be placing textual overlays wherever there's a significant change. This is what that looks like so look out for them.
Okay, so now that hopefully that's all clear, I want to show you how to use the exercise files for this course. For now, I'm going to close my documentary editing library and I'll exit the software. Okay, 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 once you unzip the file, you'll see a folder called exercise files. If you open up this folder, you'll see a file called Documentary Editing. This file is a self contained library file that holds everything we need for the course.
Now, you can actually place this library file anywhere you wish. Indeed, as of Final Cut Pro 10.1, you have maximum flexibility in this regard because you can work with these files anywhere. Where as in prior versions of Final Cut Pro X, you needed to place these in a very specific location. So, once you've put your library in the location that you've chosen, you can launch Final Cut Pro X. And if you haven't worked in Final Cut Pro X before the software will launch with an empty library and an empty event. Now I have been working in Final Cut, so I already have a library that has a couple of events in it, the training library.
But to access the library that you need for this course, you go to file, and then open library, and I have it here because I've been working in it, but if it's not there just go to other, and then locate, and then find it. It's on my Desktop, Exercise Files, and there it is, Documentary Editing, and open. Okay, and so here it is, and just to avoid confusion, I'm going to close this training library so we're just looking at the documentary editing library. All right, so here we have everything we need. Within our documentary editing library, we have farm to table, which contains all of the raw materials for our program.
Okay, we also have projects, which contains a well organized structure of the projects for this course. Okay, for example, if you're working in Chapter Three and movie 3, you just click on the Chapter Three folder and the 03-03 keyword collection, and then inside here is the project you'll be working with, so I would just load that. Now, remember, when you watch this course, this is what it will look like when you're in, for example, Chapter Three, movie three, but when you follow along in the software, you just need to navigate to a different location right here in the project's event.
Now, one more thing, because the exercise files for this update were created in Final Cut Pro version 10.1.2, you're gonna need to be in 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 materials that are too new. Fortunately, this isn't a problem. You'll just need to upgrade your version of Final Cut Pro X's 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 appstore 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. Okay, so 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.
This course is part of a series that looks at documentary editing from the point of view of three different editors in three different editing applications. For more insight on editing documentary projects, take a look at Documentary Editing with Avid Media Composer and Documentary Editing with Premiere Pro.
Note: This course was updated to reflect the changes in the Final Cut Pro X v10.1.x update. Although the course was not re-recorded from scratch, we updated each of the 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. If you are running an earlier version of Final Cut Pro X, please watch Documentary Editing with Final Cut Pro X 10.0.9.
- Interpreting a creative brief
- Logging interviews and organizing footage
- Pulling selects and focusing ideas
- Assembling scenes into rough cuts
- Creating a title graphic sequence
- Animating images
- Tightening clip timing
- Compressing and exporting multiple files