Everyone needs more efficient workflow and better organization, so if you’re a Final Cut Pro X user, here is an overview with tutorials and resources to help you gain access to easier metadata and tagging, to speed up your edits in a big way.
Keyword Collection and Tags
Did you know that you can add tags in Apple’s Finder that will help with logging footage and organization of your projects in Final Cut Pro X. FCP X has the capacity to retain the tags as metadata and folder structure you set up in Finder. How cool is that?! You just need to take the time to do it!
Workflow and Organization using Metadata
Speaking of speeding up workflow, I’d highly recommend checking out Philip Hodgett’s book Conquering the Metadata Foundations of Final Cut Pro X($14.95 for the paperback) for some great tricks on upping your FCP X workflow skills. Also, check out Intelligent Assistant software if you’re still using FCP. Philip was recently on Larry Jordan’s Digital Production Buzz talking about mMetadata and organization in Final Cut Pro. Listen here.
Why FCP X Rocks for Efficient Workflow
Speaking of Larry Jordan, (everything is related!), he writes about the super great feature in FCP X. “Apple’s view is that modern, digital video editing software should take advantage of the huge amounts of metadata available from cameras and audio devices and the power of computers to help users tag, filter, and sort media in ways they never could before.”
“The App Store will begin to accept videos to demo games or applications and these visual references will be the first media that potential buyers see when browsing the store. Apple has published an article with best practices on how to record your iPhone screen and then edit in FCPX. Some Final Cut Pro X knowledge base articles get an update too.” – FCP.CO
We all love ourselves a good episode of MacBreak Studio. This one is great if you are looking to learn about the latest audio enhancements Apple has made to Final Cut Pro X! Two of our favorites, Mark Spencer and Steve Martin give you the rundown! Enjoy!
Being able to create custom presets in Compressor, and save them as Droplets, or better yet, use them as custom Destinations in FCPX, or directly in Motion, makes it a really handy app to have around. In this article, I want to show you how to create a practical timecode burn-in, on an H.264 file ready for web uploading. This is handy for supplying review copies to producers, directors, and clients.
One of the “legacy” items that editors miss when switching to Final Cut Pro X is the batch export function. For instance, you might want to encode H.264 versions of numerous ProRes files from your production, in order to upload raw footage for client review. While FCP X can’t do it directly, there is a simple workaround that will give you the same results. It just takes a few steps.
Step one. The first thing to do is to find the clips that you want to batch export. In my example images, I selected all the bread shots from a grocery store commercial. These have been grouped into a keyword collection called “bread”. Next, I have to edit these to a new sequence (FCP X project) into order to export. These can be in a random order and should include the full clips. Once the clips are in the project, export an FCPXML from that project.
In this episode of Mac Break Studios with Mark Spencer he discusses the Final Cut Library Manager, it’s importance, it’s potential, and how to properly utilize it!
“Multicam in Final Cut Pro X has gotten even better.
The multicam implementation in Final Cut Pro X was exceptional from the time it was first introduced. The flexibility of the different options for syncing angles, including a very fast and accurate automatic sync feature made it fast and easy to create a multicam clip with up to 64 angles. You could mix and match different frames rates and resolutions in the same multicam clip. The Angle Editor made it easy to check and fix any sync issues, rename and reorder angles, and even add and remove angles. And the Angle Viewer let you cut your multicam clip in real time by clicking on banks of up to 16 angles or by simply clicking numbers for each angle. Trimming an edited multicam shoot was also easy by rolling edits or quickly replacing angles.” – Mark Spencer
So you guys all know how it goes, you create a new project in Final Cut Pro X, and most of the time all your settings are fine. BUT, yes.. there is a “but.” What about those random and pesky occasions where you are halfway through an edit and you realize that your settings are a little off. Check out this rundown from Larry Jordan on what you gotta do in these circumstances to get everything in order!
The problem is the default…
“Auditions are kind of like single “multiclips” that obviate the need to stack clips on top of each other and turn them on and off to look at alternatives. Typically you would create an audition when you want to see how a different clip would look in place of the current clip in a project.” – Mark Spencer
See how using auditions in Final Cut Pro X can lend you a heaping, helping hand!