This video explores the new features in Final Cut Pro X v. 10.4.1. Specifically, it addresses updates to working with closed captions, as well as the changes in the export settings window as related to exporting stems using roles.
- [Instructor] Here I'd like to introduce you to the major new features in Final Cut Pro 10 version 10.4.1. So this movie is just for people already familiar with Final Cut Pro 10 who want a run down of what's new. And with every major software release, my goal is to update the what's new section with new highlights so that you can just this top section for the latest. No exercise files with the what's new content so just sit back and watch. The two new updates I wanna talk about in version 10.4.1 are working with closed captions as well as just some interface changes with the export window with regard to working with roles.
So let's first explore captions. We'll do so at a high level here but for a much deeper dive on this, please check out the end of chapter seven where I take you through this on a much more granular level. So there are a couple of scenarios where you work with closed captions. One is to create a caption file outside of Final Cut Pro and then import it. And the other is to create captions inside the software. So let's first take a look at working with captions outside of Final Cut. Now for specifics on creating a caption file outside of Final Cut, you can check out the caption movie in chapter seven to watch the process of exporting a dialog only version of your sequence and then either sending it to a transcription service or bringing it into a transcription app like Speed Scriber, which is a really accurate automatic transcribing tool.
As long as you have good, clear dialog, using a transcription app to either create a .scc file or a .itt file it all you need to do in order to work with externally created captions. And once you have that, you bring it into Final Cut. So let me show you a little bit of that process here. To import those captions I'll just come up to file, import, and captions. And I have my caption file right here, and I'll bring that in. And the caption is brought in. You can see I have the caption data up here.
If you can't see that you need to enable it via your timeline index. So you can click on index and then make sure that you have caption checked right here. Let's just spot check it to see how it's working. - [Man] Your resume ready, good. Now let's move on to the next one, to the next one. You will see organically people that will step up and demonstrate great selflessness, great esprit. From these trips is a sense of accomplishment and they find themselves as followers.
- [Instructor] All right very good. Now there are several things you can do to your captions once they're in the software. First you can perform some basic trims if you need to line things up a bit better. So if you want to just take a look at how things are timing out, for example if I don't want that gap, I can perform a trim. Let's go ahead and clear for this. - That's common in everyone that we've seen. - [Instructor] All right so, I'm just gonna move that over there. But you can see that every single caption is trimmable. You can also edit caption data.
So there are two ways to do that. You can select the caption and then just double click. And you have a pop up caption editor here, and you can make changes. So I'll just play this. - The veterans, job placement. - [Instructor] So I'll just say period, and then comma, comma, and I'll put hyphen there. - Resume writing, skill building of some type. - [Instructor] And if you wanna pop to the next caption, you just press this arrow here. Okay, so it's very easy to go through caption by caption and make your edits.
The other way to edit caption data is in the caption inspector. All right so if you don't want the pop up, again you just select the caption and then open up the inspector. So you can change caption text here. Again you have your arrows. You can go from caption to caption and make changes as you see fit. And you can also change the look of your captions. You can do this on a caption by caption basis. So for example, if I need to move a caption to the top, if I don't want it to compete with the lower third, I can select it and change the placement.
If I wanna change everything at once, it's just a matter of selecting all of my captions. So I can select all captions and then if I wanna change the text color en masse, I would just select a new text color like so. And you can see that now my captions have all changed en masse. I'll move that back to white. And just a couple more editing things. I'm going to zoom in here. You can join captions and you can split captions. So for example, I have a very short caption here that I might want to enjoin onto the adjacent one.
Let me play it. - Skill building of some type. - [Instructor] All right, so if I want this small caption to be a part of this larger one, I just select both of those and then right click and choose join captions. When you do this and there's a problem with spacing, it's going to turn red. And that's usually not a problem. It's just a matter of coming up to your caption inspector and making a spacing or a line based change. So here you can see that the words some type are not appearing because we only get two lines. But I'm just going to put that on to this line and that looks just fine.
- The veterans, job placement, resume writing, skill building of some type. - There are so many veteran. - [Instructor] Conversely if you wanna split captions, you just need to park at the location where you want the split to occur. All right so if I want to split this up, let's go ahead and put our play head at the desired location. - Placement, resume writing. - [Instructor] All right so at that point I'm going to right click and choose split captions. And it's going to attempt to split it at that point in time. You might need to trim it a little bit. Let's see if we do. - Job placement, resume writing, skill building of some type.
- [Instructor] All right, I think we just need to trim it a tiny bit and we'll be in good shape. - Placement, resume writing, skill building of some. - [Instructor] All right, so there are several more caption specific commands, many of which you can find in the edit menu and then captions. So please feel free to explore those on your own. There's just one more that I wanna mention right now and that is adding captions, which is of course an option for you to add one-off captions if you need to. But also you can add captions for you entire program if you don't first want to transcribe and create caption data outside of Final Cut.
I'll just delete a few of these captions and show you how to add caption data. Just go ahead and park your play head where you wanna add a caption and you can come up to edit and then captions, add caption. And then it's a matter of just listening to the dialog and then typing in the caption. You can use either the pop up caption editor or the caption inspector. - The veterans, job placement. - [Instructor] Okay, so I'll just use my pop up. All right, and then I'll come here.
Okay, and we'll add another caption. And just type it in. - Resume writing, skill building of some type. - [Instructor] And here I'll do it up in the caption inspector. All right, so yes it is possible to caption your entire program from within the software. But as you can imagine, it will take you considerable time. So do consider creating that .scc or .itt file outside of Final Cut and bringing it in to work with that way.
All right so that's I will show you on captions here in this what's new movie. But again, to learn more check out the working with closed captions movie in chapter seven. Now let's move on to the new export window enhancements in this version of the software. Before going right to the expert window, I just wanna very briefly review what roles are in Final Cut Pro 10. Roles are various video and audio asset types. And every single clip of your project can be assigned a role. And this is a great way to separate items out in your timeline, as well as when you export your sequence and you need to export different stems for your dialog, your music, your video, your titles and so on.
So let's take a brief look at this now. But for a very granular explanation of roles, please check out the using roles to define clip categories movie in chapter seven and the exporting stems out of the timeline using roles in chapter 12. All right, so if I take a look at the modify menu and I go to edit roles, if we look here under the media tab, we have two video role categories, titles and video, and we have three audio roles categories, dialogs, effects and music. Also notice that we now have another captions category because technically now captions are a role type and we can add and change captions just as we can add and change our video and audio roles as well.
If we take a look at this particular sequence, I'll open up the timeline index, you notice that out of those five default categories, we have four. We have titles, video, dialog and music. And then we've also added custom audio sub roles. So if I hover over this button and expand my sub roles, you can see that I have all of my dialog from my various characters. And of course this shows up in the timeline as well. Again, this is not only visible inside the software but I'm able to export each of the roles separately outside of Final Cut.
Now one extra thing I wanna do for this sequence is import a caption file because I wanna show you how the roles tab handles a project containing captions. Again, this is a separate project than the one we were just looking at when we were talking about captions. So let's go ahead and re-import that. I'll go to file, import captions. And here it is, PR captions.itt, and I'll import. Here you can see that my captions were brought in. Right now they're not displayed. Again I just need to go to my roles tab in the timeline index and select captions and now I can see them.
All right so right now we have all of the various roles type and sub roles types chosen within the timeline index. If I wanted to export stems using these roles, I could define it at the timeline index level. So for example, if I wanted to export everything except captions or except titles, then I could deselect that and then that would be translated to my export. So let's take a look at that. I'm just going to press command E to open up my export settings. And the major change here in the 10.4.1 software is that instead of there just being two tabs, which are info and settings, I have three tabs, info, settings and roles.
So instead of my roles information being at the bottom of the settings window, I have it broken out into a separate tab. The general capabilities within this roles tab are very similar, basically identical. As you can see I have the ability to export as a multi track QuickTime movie, or I can export separate files or I can break that out separate files video only or audio only. I do think things are a little bit easier to work with within this layout just because we have a little bit more room and things are a little bit more intuitive.
Under video you can see that I just have video because again, I did deselect my titles. But I can add that back in if I like. I can just add my video file and then change my role to titles, and now I have exported my video and my titles. I can also add sub roles. So right now I'm just exporting all of my dialog together and all of my music together. But if I wanted to keep that and then add various sub roles, I would just click on add audio file and then come down and change this to my various character's dialog sub roles.
So I could do Casey and do another one for Christian and so on and so forth. At the very bottom of this window, you see that I now also have an option for captions. So if I check this box, you can see that I can export a caption file for every language. Right now I just have one language, English. But I could have separate languages and each one would be exported separately. For an itt file, this is a separate side car file. If I was working with the .scc file, I would actually have the option of embedding the caption data within the final export.
So exporting does take a bit of time. Let me just say I've already completed this. So I'm gonna come to my desktop and then here it is, export stems, and everything is contained within this export. Here is my video, all video, okay. And I also have my titles. And then I have all of my dialog, all of my music and then each individual character broken out per sub role. And then of course here is my caption data.
Okay so that is a very high level look at the changes in exporting stems using roles in this version of Final Cut. Now that we've seen those updates in the export interface as well as the updates in closed captions, let's get on with the course.
- 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.
Q: This course was updated on 06/06/2018. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover what’s new in Final Cut Pro X v. 10.4.1, including updates related to closed captions, the export settings interface, and exporting stems using roles.