Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Final Cut Pro X 10.3 and 10.4 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. But before I move on, I do want to say that there are three separate downloads on the website. The two most important ones are nearly identical. One is labeled Final Cut Pro ten version 10.3 and the other version 10.4. And that's because this particular course was originally created for version 10.3 but I updated it a year later when 10.4 came out. The third download is a folder called Lo-res media and it's going to be used for just one chapter in this course, chapter two, whether you're on 10.3 or 10.4.
Now the reason that there are two separate nearly identical exercise files downloads are because project files aren't backwards compatible in Final Cut Pro ten. So, bottom line, if you're running 10.3 or 10.3.1, .2, .3, or .4, then please download the 10.3 files. If you're running 10.4 or later, please download the 10.4 exercise files. You'll be able to follow along with either set of exercise files with the movies in this course. For our purpose right now, I'm going to demonstrate using the 10.4 files. Just realize the 10.3 files are nearly identical.
So if you open up this folder, you'll see one file inside. This is a Final Cut Pro library file. This is what you're going to be working with in the vast majority of the course. A library is a self-contained asset and project storage system and it holds most everything that we need. Now, again, there is one chapter where we don't use this library file and that is chapter two. And again, for that chapter we have this folder right here. And this is a near copy of the media that is contained within our main library file.
And what you're going to do is use this to practice setting up and organizing the Final Cut environment from scratch in chapter two. And yes, I've compressed this media to a very low resolution because of download size limits. Alright, so let's talk about accessing what we'll be working with with the majority of the course, this library file. One very simple way to open a library is to just double-click on it at the Finder level, which I'll do now. Alright, and the software is open. And just so you know, another way to open up a library is to just open up the software, and then go to File and then Open Library, and then Other, and then go to Locate.
And then you can navigate to the applicable library file. If you open up the library and it says that you need to relink any media, simply click on the library here in the browser and then go to File and then Relink Files. And right now, as you can see, I don't have any missing media. But if I did, it would be listed right here. Let me stimulate this by clicking on All. And you can see that when you do have items in this list, you can just go to Locate and then you would navigate to your library file and then choose that.
Again, my media is online, but if you ever need to bring media back online, again, you just go to File, Relink Files, and then navigate to your library file. So as I said, my library contains everything that I need. Within the library we have two events. We have Assets and this is where the raw materials are. And everything is organized very well as you can see. And then you also have Exercise Files. And, frankly, this is where you're going to be spending most of your time because everything is organized chapter by chapter and movie by movie.
So, for example, if you're in the second movie of chapter four, you would just click on the 4.2 keyword collection here and then everything in here is what you would need to follow along with me. And to load a project, you just double-click and it appears in the timeline. Now speaking of the timeline, frequently throughout this course, I will load a blank project in the timeline so that we're not distracted by something that we don't need to see. And you can do that as well if you like. If I just come up to my library and go all the way to the top, you'll see a project called Blank.
And I'll load that and now we're not distracted by anything in the timeline. Alright, so just be aware of that. Now, again, I already mentioned this but I just want to remind you. Chapter two is the chapter where we don't have exercise files. I did include a folder here, but there's nothing in it and I also say, "no exercise files". So go back to that lo-res media when you're at chapter two. The other thing to be aware of is chapter 10. For the Final Cut Pro 10.3 version of the exercise files, you'll see 10.1 through 10.6. And for the 10.4 version, which is what we're looking at now, you'll see 10.7 through 10.11.
And that's because color correction was the major change between the .3 and the .4 versions of this course. Now just a note about our assets here. 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 and in this course we work to build a four minute promo video for the 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 up in these off-road adventures together where vets really have a chance to shine and demonstrate their leadership.
So that's the story that we're going to tell in this course; this connection between military vets and business executives in camping and off-road adventures. 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
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 11/22/2017. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover what’s new in Final Cut Pro X 10.4, including how to work with the color correction tools and Compressor.