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This course helps experienced Final Cut Pro editors understand new ways of performing traditional editing techniques. New terminology and new tools for performing editing functions are also clarified.
- Touring the X interface
- Running Final Cut Pro 7 and X on the same machine
- Importing and analyzing media
- New editing methods (including append and connected clips)
- Timeline editing (including ripple, roll, slip, and slide edits)
- Adding audio
- Fine-tuning with the Precision Editor
- Adding and adjusting transitions
- Creating titles
- Applying motion effects to clips
- Performing color corrections
- Archiving and collaboration
Skill Level Beginner
Now let's take a look at viewing our clips in the Event Library. This in the old days would have been loading a clip from your browser into your viewer, marking your in points and your out points. Well, Final Cut X doesn't have a viewer and the canvas anymore. It has a single window and that is just called the Viewer. So wherever your cursor is hovering, you're going to actually be able to see that video underneath your skimmer. Now if you notice there's a skimmer and there is also in my case another line here and that's the playhead.
So what's the difference between a skimmer and a playhead? Well, most of the time you're actually be using the skimmer, so you can quickly find a shot. If you like an area that you're going to work on and you click on that, it moves the playhead to that media to that specific frame, and I can go back and I can skim other shots. Now why you would want to do that? Well perhaps I want to compare the footage in this shot to the footage in my original shot. So any time I move my mouse off my Event Library, my viewer always default with the playhead as part. As soon as I move my mouse above a clip, the skimmer appears and I can look at that shot.
This can be really useful in comparing two shots or choosing what shots you want to look at. As soon as I click, wherever the skimmer is parked it relocates the playhead to that point. Now that you have a better understanding of the skimmer versus the playhead, let's take a look at actually how we can mark clips and select ranges of clips. You can of course do this in the Filmstrip view, but sometimes you want more detail. Now of course, I'm just grabbing the end of the clips right no, and I will try to get to this detail and I'm not really sure what part of the clip I'm really selecting.
So if I want to see things in more detail, I may go over to the slider and move it to the left so I can start seeing things in half-second increments. But I'm used to doing things the old way and in this case we're going to go ahead and change our view from the Filmstrip view to show clips in the List view. Now for those of you have two monitors, you may want to switch over to using your second monitor to show your Event Library. Let's go ahead and take a look at how that would appear. We're going to go up under Window > Show Events on the Second Display, and as you can see, you have much greater detail to work with.
If I go ahead to the inner view shot and select Pablo, not only do I see the video image, but I also see his audio waveform. For now let's go back to the default Window view. That's under Window > Revert to Original Layout. Now just to make a little easier to work with I can click and stretch this Window out a little bit more to the right so I can see some more of my detail. Now, how is Final Cut Pro X so radically different from Final Cut Pro 7? Oh, at the first blush you might say, oh I need to select all my in and out points by dragging a range.
You can do that, but you can also use the traditional way of selecting in and out points, and that's navigating through a clip using the J, K, and L keys just like you did in the Final Cut Pro 7, and then when you get to the part of the clip you want to be your in point, simply mark I for in, and then of course, with the L key, (Male speaker: And other studios?) ...and mark O for out. And pressing multiple times on the J key or the L key lets you fast forward or fast rewind through your clip just like it did in Final Cut Pro 7. If you want to move forward a frame at a time, just like before hold down the K key and then the J key and the L key will allow you to move one frame at a time.
The left and right arrow keys also work the same way as they did in Final Cut Pro 7, moving your playhead one frame forward or one frame back. If you hold down the Shift key, you'll jump forward by 10 frames or jump backwards by 10 frames depending on if you're hitting the left or right arrow keys. By the way, this is a fixed preference. You can change that to 30 or 60. It's always Shift+Left Arrow or Shift+ Right Arrow are only going to be 10 frames. Now be careful. If you use your Up arrow or Down arrow to think you're going to go to the head or the tail of a clip, you'll actually move to the previous clip or the following clip in your Event Browser. And if you hit the Home or End key, you're going to jump to the very first clip in the Event Browser or the very last clip in the Event Browser.
Now once you've selected the range you may want to play it back from beginning to end or from in to out. And that's simply the forward slash key. That's the key directly next to the Shift button. (Male speaker: ?involved in other studios?) Now if you hit the Shift key and the forward slash key, you actually will play two seconds before your selection, the selection and two seconds after. It's a really good way to get a sense of what's happening in this clip and decide if you want to add a little more media to the head or the tail before you bring it into your timeline.
You can even play back your selection full screen by clicking on the Full Screen button. (Male speaker: ?other studios and really not just taking the class and having a teacher.) (Male speaker: It's more of a taking the class, having the teacher, becoming friends?) When done, press the Escape key to return to the Final Cut Pro X interface. If you want to go to your in point or to your out point, just hold down the Shift key and I will take you to your end point and O will take you to your out point.
As you can see in Final Cut X there are new ways of selecting the range of footage that you want to bring into your timeline, but a lot of your tried-and-true keyboard shortcuts, J, K, and L, and I and O, still work beautifully.