Become acquainted with Libraries, Events, Projects, Viewer, and Timeline.
- [Instructor] It's time to start getting our feet wet in the Final Cut Pro X editing environment. And I just want to go over some details of the user interface before we actually start the editing process. In order to show you around I'm going to first briefly show you what everything looks like when you open the software without anything loaded, and then in this movie and in the next one we'll spend most of our time looking at the software populated with our assets, so you can get your bearings and understand the basics of the user interface. Now if you've already loaded your exercise files that's absolutely fine, just sit back and watch for just a few moments until I get everything reloaded and we can have a proper look around.
Now in this movie we're going to start by looking at many of the organizational elements of the software, so we'll mostly be concerned with things up here in the upper left. But for now let's get a general tour. As you can see, we have three basic windows. We have the browser, which contains our Libraries pane and this area here for previewing clips. We have the viewer and we have the timeline. Now the Libraries pane is where you store your Libraries, which of course contain all of our events and projects and clips, so this is basically the space where we're going to organize everything.
Down here is the timeline, which displays whatever project I have loaded. And most importantly the timeline is the space where we construct our edit. And over here the viewer functions to show the visual output of my material. Of course we can't see this in action yet, because everything is empty. Now if you were truly starting out you'd begin by setting everything up, by creating Libraries and events, and importing your media, which we'll learn to do in chapter two. So you would just come up to File, New, Library, and then get started.
But for now instead of making a brand new Library I'm going to open an existing Library and I have it here within my list, the Project RELO Final Cut Pro X Essential Training Library. If yours is not here you can just go to Other, and then you can go to Locate, and then locate it on your system. Alright, so I'll just choose that Library and it opens right up. Now to eliminate confusion I'm going to take this out of my timeline. You may have had a different sequence load in your timeline.
So I'm just going to click on my Assets event, and then at the very top of that I have a blank project. I'm going to load that, and again, this is just to eliminate distraction, because we're mostly going to be looking up here in the upper left at our organizational elements. Now I can open up as many Libraries as I wish and move between them. I haven't provided you with another Library, but I do have one, so I'll just show you how easy it is. I'll just go to File, Open Library, and I'm going to open up this Library here.
This happens to be the Library from the previous Final Cut Pro X Essential Training, and as you can see, I have both of them open, and I can move effortlessly between them. Not only that, but I can go into one Library and access these assets and edit them into my other Library. So it's very easy to work between Libraries. For now though I'm going to just focus on my Project RELO Library, so let's go ahead and close this one. I'm going to right-click and choose Close Library. So I'm back in my Project RELO Library and I'm going to take a look at what's inside of there.
Again, I have two events, Assets and Exercise Files. And if I twirl down my Assets you can see that I have various folders, and then inside of those folders I have what are called keyword collections. So if you look over in this area here where I preview my clips you can see that if I have my event selected I can see everything inside of that event, so everything's in one big bucket. But if I then click on my Broll folder you can see that now I'm just looking at my Broll, and if I click on my Beauty shots you can see that it's categorized even further.
So we'll get more into organizing with keyword collections and folders in chapter two, but for now just realize that it's a really nice and elegant way to organize our assets. I'll twirl this back up for now. So let's take a look at how we can organize our events. You can sort your events either alphabetically or by date. All you do is you select the Library, and then you right-click, and then you choose Sort Events By, and then either Date or Name in Ascending or Descending order.
So I'll just change this to Descending and you can see that my events switch places. Now I only have two events, so not really a big deal, but if I have a lot of events this can be useful. I'm just going to switch this back to Ascending order for now. So let's go a lot deeper in what this space can offer us. And because we are going to be focusing on our organizational space I'm going to just hide my timeline and you can feel free to do the same. You do that by clicking on this button right here. So now I'll have a little bit more real estate to show you everything.
So by default you see your clips in filmstrip view, so you have these thumbnails, and as you skim over each of these, I'm not clicking and dragging, I'm just skimming, you can see that the viewer offers you the visual output of what's in each of these clips. If for some reason this isn't working for you you may not have skimming enabled. You can find that under the View menu and Skimming or keyboard shortcut S. Now if you're hearing audio as you skim you probably have Audio Skimming enabled and that keyboard shortcut is Shift + S.
And I usually leave that off, because this is what this sounds like if you have Audio Skimming enabled. (audio garbled) So Audio Skimming can be useful in certain circumstances, but in general I like to leave that off, so I'll just press Shift + S and it's back off. So skimming is very useful in reviewing your content. If you want to move from clip to clip you can just select a clip and then use your up and down arrow keys, like so. Now if you would like to play a clip there are a lot of ways to do that and we'll cover those a little later in chapters two and three, but one very simple way is to press Spacebar and then press Spacebar again to stop.
Now notice that when I play I get a gray playhead, which is actually separate from my skimmer, so as I skim other content my playhead stays where it is. Now I can also combine those functions. I can play and use my up and down arrow keys, so that I can actually play through each clip and then go from clip to clip. So I'll do that, I'll press Spacebar and then I'll use my up and down arrow keys to move through my content. (audio garbled) Also, just real quick I want to point out that right now I am looking at all of my clips.
It is possible to set up a variety of filters within this list up here. So I'll explain further what each of these means in a future movie, but for now just make sure that you have All Clips selected. Now I'm going to come over to this little filmstrip right here and talk about a few things. This slider at the top will make my clips shrink and grow, so I'm just going to bring it to about there. And then the slider right below that is my duration slider. So if I bring this all the way over to the far left then everything in my browser is shown as a single thumbnail, whether it's two seconds or two minutes or two hours, everything is represented by a single thumbnail.
As I drag this over to the right you can see here that it's giving an indication of length. So I can go all the way over to the right and then each one of these thumbnails represents half a second. Now you don't have to use the slider, you can also use the keyboard. If the browser is selected you can use Cmd + minus to back out, or Cmd + plus to go in on more detail. I think for our purposes I like about 10 seconds per thumbnail, so I'll leave it there.
Now we come down here to our grouping and sorting options. When you group clips you arrange the clips under various headings. So if I Group By Duration you can see that I have my 1 to 10 minute duration clips up here, quite a few of those. If I can collapse this and go to my next grouping, here's my 30 to 60 second clips, and we'll go on down the line. Here's my 10 to 30 second clips, and so on and so forth.
Now I'm going to go back up to this menu and I'll disable grouping, so we will not group at all and our headings go away. And now I want to talk about sorting. Now when you sort it does something similar, but it doesn't use headings. So again, if I Sort By Duration and we're sorting in Ascending order, so that means that our shortest will be first. I've got all my short clips at the beginning and then all of my long clips are down here at the end. Now you can actually combine both of these.
So if I Group By Duration and then Sort By Name then it's going to sort within each of these groupings. So let's make each one of these just a thumbnail, so we can see more here. Within my 1 to 10 minute group you can see that it starts here in numeric order with my 02 and goes on through my numbers and then go into alphabetical order after that. And does the same thing within each of these groups. So let's go ahead and turn off grouping, I'll keep my sorting by Name in Ascending order, which means that everything is going to be alphabetical order for now.
Just a couple more things that I want to look at up here. This toggle allows me to switch from filmstrip view to list view. So as I click on one clip at a time we see the visual output up here and then we also see various columns of data. And you can choose which columns of data to show by right-clicking up here at the header and putting a checkmark next to what you want to see. You can also sort on these columns if you like. So if I click on Name I'm going from reverse alphabetical order to alphabetical order, like so.
And you can sort on any column that you like. I'm going to go back to filmstrip view. Now I want to finish on this toolbar by talking about a useful search tool. There's this spyglass here and that opens up a search field and you can just type anything that you like and then everything is going to live filter. So there's a gentleman called Christian in Project RELO and now all of the clips that have Christian in them are displayed within the browser. Now a lot of times beginning editors forget that they've put anything in here and then they can't find the clips that they need, so just make sure to clear your search results when you're finished.
By the way, besides this is an advance search tool over here and we'll talk about that a little bit later in chapter two. I'll close that for now. Finally, just a couple more things with the interface and that's up here in the upper left. Notice the entire time I've been selected on this first icon, which lets me show or hide the Libraries pane. If I clicked on this notice that the Libraries pane disappears. I want to see that though. To the right of that is the Photo and Audio pane. It's here that I can access material that lives within my Photos Library, for example, or within GarageBand, iTunes, and various Sound Effects.
So it's very easy to quickly access material that you've created or are storing in other Apple programs. They all work very well together. There's also the Titles and Generators browser. And this is where you can find dozens of templates for all sorts of Titles and Generators and we'll explore this in detail in chapter nine of this course. For now I'm going to show my Libraries pane, which is what we'll be looking at in 99% of this course. So we've got a pretty good idea of some of the organizational interface elements in Final Cut Pro X.
In the next movie we'll take a look at more of the interface when we include the timeline. For now I'll show my timeline once again, so we're ready to start looking it over.
- 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.