Join Abba Shapiro for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Narrative Scene Editing with Final Cut Pro X v10.1.x.
- Hi, this is Ashley Kennedy, and this is the Narrative Scene Editing with Final Cut Pro X, 10.1 update. (mumbles) 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 type of update, and something we normally don't do on Lynda.com. 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. So this course was originally recorded in late 2012 in Final Cut Pro version 10.0.6.
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 look and the way media management inherently works. So, when this update came out, we rushed to re-record the Final Cut Pro X essential training to match the new update, which of course, is available in the Lynda.com training library. However, there are a handful of other smaller Final Cut Pro courses that we were not able to immediately re-record for various logistical reasons.
This course is one of those. Now each of these courses has a lot of really valuable insight into great project-based approaches and specific work flows, 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. So, what I've done for these courses, is sort of 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 with what's changed.
And we're also placing textual overlays within the course, to alert you whenever something is different in the layout, or in function. These overlays will act kind of like sign posts, 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, so that you can get 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, the Project Library no longer exists. Also, up here was an area 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... So here I am inside a Final Cut Pro X version 10.1.2 where things are looking a little different.
So up here, instead of seeing the various hard drives connected to our system, each of which housed a series of events, we instead see our various libraries. Here, I have three separate narrative editing libraries each of which we'll be using in this course. I also have a training library here. You can have as many libraries as you want, and each can live in its own location on your system. Now inside each of my narrative editing libraries are two events, okay I've got part one, part two and part three of my assets, okay, this is just the video and the audio that comprise each of these sections.
And I've also got part one, part two, and part three projects, which stores my projects for the course. Now let's come down here. This is where the Project Library used to reside, and that stored all of my projects. Now, instead, this is just the time line. Okay, so instead of loading your projects from down here, again, they live up here, so whatever project you're in, you go into that part, and let's just say we're in part one, you just double click on the project that you want to load, and it loads in the time line.
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 is a significant change. This is what that looks like, so look out for them. Okay, 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 each of my narrative editing libraries. 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 split into three different downloads, and each have been compressed to a zip file. When you unzip these files, you'll see three folders. Exercise files one, two, and three. There are three separate downloads because the media for this course was quite sizeable, and we broke it down so that you could download each component separately and work with it. Exercise files one corresponds to chapters two, three, and four of this course. Two corresponds to chapter five, and three corresponds to chapter six and seven.
Inside each of these folders is a file. The file is a self-contained library file that holds everything you need for the chapters that it comprises. Now you can actually place these library files anywhere that you wish. Indeed as of Final Cut Pro 10.1, you have maximum flexibility in this regard, because you can work with these files anwyhere, whereas in prior versions of Final Cut Pro X, you needed to place these in a very specific location. All right, so once you've put the library files in the location that you've chosen, you can launch Final Cut Pro X.
Now, if you haven't worked in Final Cut Pro X before, the software will launch with an empty library, and an empty event. And right now, I have this training library loaded, and it has a couple of events inside of it. To access the libraries that you need for this course, you just need to go to File, and Open Library, and here I have them in this list, but if they're not there, just go to Other, and Locate... And then go to where they're located. So they're on the desktop, okay, so here's exercise files one, and to expedite this process, I'll bring the others up from the list.
And to remove any confusion, I'll go ahead and just close my training library. Okay, so we sort of had an intro to this before, but I want to go through it in more detail now. So let's say that you're in chapters two, three or four. I'm going to go to part one here, and if I click on the part one event, inside of here are all of my video and audio assets that I'm going to need. Most of the time though, you're going to be working in part one projects, where I have various keyword collections broken out by chapter, so here's my chapter two, my chapter three, and my chapter four projects.
So if I'm in chapter four, movie three for example, I just find my 403 project, double click on it and I'm ready to work on it. Remember though, when you watch this course, this is what it's going to look like when you're in chapter four, movie three, okay? But when you follow along in the software, you're just going to need to change your focus, and make sure that you're in the correct projects event, and you're following along, and you'll be good to go. Now just one more thing, because the exercise files for this update were created in Final Cut Pro version 10.1.2, you're going to need to be on 10.1.2 or later, to use the exercise files.
If you try to work with a prior of Final Cut Pro X, you'll receive an error detailing the problem of trying to access Final Cut materials that are too new. Fortunately, this isn't a problem. You'll just need to upgrade your 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. If Final Cut Pro X needs updating, it will appear in the App Store window, and you can easily update the software, and begin working with the exercise files.
If you don't have access to the Lynda.com exercise files, then you should definitely follow along with your own assets. Okay, 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 each of the movies by adding text overlays to guide you to 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 Narrative Scene Editing with Final Cut Pro X 10.0.9.
- Preparing and importing your media
- Evaluating shots and performances
- Incorporating additional assets like images
- Editing a dialogue scene
- Adding reaction shots
- Using alternative takes
- Editing a montage
- Selecting and organizing clips
- Enhancing a scene with audio
- Replacing location audio or a dialogue track
- Transitioning between scenes
- Using creative color and effects