Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Final Cut Pro X 10.3 Essential Training.
- [Instructor] If you have access to the exercise files for this course, you can download them to your desktop, as I've done here. If you open up this folder, you'll see one file inside: Project RELO Final Cut Pro X Essentials Training. This is a Final Cut Pro library file, and this is what you'll be working with for the vast majority of this course. The library is a self-contained asset and project storage system that holds most everything we need. Now technically, you can place this library file anywhere you wish. But again, for heavy editing, I do recommend placing your library on a dedicated external media drive.
Now there is one chapter in this course where we don't use the library file. And that's chapter two. For that, there is a separate low-res media folder, which is available as a separate download on our website. This is a near copy of the media that's contained within our main library file. And again, you'll use this to practice setting up the Final Cut environment from scratch in chapter two, where we talk about importing and organizing assets. And yes, I've compressed this media to a very low resolution because of download size limits.
But let's talk about accessing what we'll be working with for the majority of this course, our Project RELO Final Cut Pro X library. One very simple way to open a library, is to double click on it at the finder level, which I'll do now. Now you can see that my software is open and everything is online. And just so you're aware, another way to access your library is to go to File, Open Library, and then Other, and then Locate, and then you can navigate to your library file.
Alright, so I'm going to come over here to my Libraries pane and this is my library, Project RELO Final Cut Pro X Essentials Training. And it contains everything I need. Within it, are two events. Assets, which contains all the raw material for the course. And everything in here is organized pretty well, as you can see. So this event is just full of footage, with the exception of this one project called Blank. Because Final Cut tends to load random projects into the timeline, I created this blank project and throughout the training, I load it when we don't need to be in the timeline.
And so if it helps, you can feel free to do that too. Now the other event within the Project RELO Final Cut Pro X library is Exercise Files. And frankly, this is where you'll be most of the time. If I twirl this down, you can see that it contains a well organized chapter structure that you'll follow throughout the course. So for example, if you're watching the first movie of chapter four. I'll come to Chapter 4, twirl that down, click on 4.1, and this is what I need for that movie. Most of the time, I have both a begin and an end project, which represents how the exercise should be in its beginning and finished state.
And to load a project, you simply double click on it, and then it loads in the timeline. And again, if you ever want to empty your timeline of content, you can just click on your Final Cut library, go to the very top, and then load your blank project, like so. Remember, every single chapter contains exercise files in this library except for chapter two. Here you see I've left you a little note saying that there's no exercise files for this library. Because again, this is that organizational chapter where I teach you how to set up your libraries and events and projects from scratch using that separate low-res media folder.
Also, just a note about our assets: several members of the LinkedIn learning team and I shot a documentary in the summer of 2016 featuring a non-profit organization called Project RELO. So in this course, we work to build a four minute promotional video for this organization, along with several other shorter programs. The mission of Project RELO is to educate corporate business leaders on the value of hiring veterans. And to do that, they team them up in these off-road adventures together, where vets have a chance to really shine and demonstrate their leadership skills.
So that's the story that we're going to tell in this course. The connection of military vets and business executives in a camping and off-roading adventure. Now if you don't have access to the exercise files, that's okay, you can still follow along by watching how I use the files. Let's get started.
- Ingesting and organizing your assets
- Editing and refining
- Basic audio editing
- Additional editing and organizational techniques
- Multicam editing
- Working with effects
- Color correcting footage
- Project and media management
- Sharing and exporting video