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Final Cut Pro X for Beginners: Selection Tool in Depth

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Learn the fundamental methods and techniques that you will use daily when using the Select tool in Final Cut Pro X. This easy to follow beginners tutorial will guide you through how to work with clips, create selections, modify your timeline, duplicate clips and much more in this in depth introduction to the select tool in Apple's Final Cut Pro X video editing software.

My name is Ben Halsall and I teach Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign and Adobe Illustrator alongside my own video production and graphic design business.

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1. FCPX: The Selection Tool In Depth: Hi. That's been household here and they were gonna have a look at one of most important tools in front of a pro 10. The selector We're gonna be looking at how we can use it on the timeline to place an edit, clips how to make some or of arts refinements on with our audio and video, and then also look at how we can use it with more advanced features in Final Cut Pro. Such is the animation for managing animation timing on that sort of thing. So let's dive in on begin to look a selection tool on work through some of the really useful techniques that you'll be using day today. In all of your editing, we're gonna start right from the beginning and just run through how you can use the selection tool, it's and basic scenarios. So the first thing to do is tow. Make sure we've got the selection tool selected, so if we just have a look at the Tools menu here, you can see the selection tool is the first in the list of these seven tools will be using in final cut pro. I'm looking at in this video, Siri's so also got the selection tool selected. Then you can see here. We've got a few clips drop down. With the timeline on, we've got scrubbing turned on. Okay, So that means that when we move across our timeline with any tool selected will scrub through either clips in our project library up here or down here on the timeline will get a preview off those clips. Now with the selection tool, first place to start is in the project library up here. So if we first of all the simplest thing we can do the selection tool, it's grab a clip, drag it out. The timeline. Okay. Now, with a selection tool, we can grab a clip and drop it anywhere we want on the timeline. So if we select a clip, we can drag it down, place it between different clips we can grab a clip on. We can place it as a connected clip, and that's the first way you'll begin to work with the selection tool when you're using final cut pro 10. So the next thing you can do with the selection tools, you can select a range of a clip. OK, there's a couple different ways of doing this in the project library. The first is to come across the clip, OK? And we can click and drag and make a selection off that clip so you can see this yellow area. Now, if I click and hold and drag down is gonna be the selection that I dragged down to my time run. Okay, now, the other way of doing this and we're gonna zoom in a little bit. So in the project library here, we're gonna drag this slider to the right hand side here. And you see, we get a slightly more detailed preview of the clips so we can pick out some of the different shots that we have here so we can drag across a clip to make a selection, as you can see here. Or and I'm just gonna use a shortcut here, which is cult on X to remove that selection. If we come to a certain point in our clip, either by scrubbing along it or by playing through it and pausing, we can now mark an in point here by using the I key. The I shot Connor keyboard play through and then press. Oh, to market out point so we can use the selection tool to do this by scrubbing and then pressing I on oh, all by playing through and marking as in and out points. Okay, then we can drag us down the timeline either as a connected clip or down the timeline itself. So one short cut I come to quite quickly when I'm using my selection tool. Andi, scrubbing through in the project library up here is the s keyboard shortcut. OK, so if I press s, it's gonna turn scrubbing on enough. So sometimes I like scrubbing to be on okay. And other times I like it to be off so that it's less of a distraction. As I'm moving through my project. I don't always want that image to be flashing and changing on screen as on making more precise edits. So the term scrubbing off you can have said, press the ESC short cut key or we can come across here and you can see we can turn the video scrubbing here on the audio, scrubbing on enough. Okay, so you contend the audio scrubbing off on its own, where you can turn both the video and the audio scrubbing off. Let's just zoom out here and we're gonna come down and have a look at the timeline in a couple of different ways in which you can use the selection tool on the timeline. The first way on that we can use this is to shuffle clips around. So with the selection tool selected on the shortcut for the selection tool here, you can see is a so I tend to keep my little finger on a and my first finger on F on the keyboard. Okay? It means I can always quickly jump between different functions with my left hand. I can turn off scrubbing with s. And then there are other options for editing Q w and he on that I come to on the keyboard as well. So if I want if I press Q is gonna add the clip I have selected up here is a connected clip . W is gonna add that clip as an inserted clip on. He is gonna add that on appended to the end of the clip. So I come back to the selection tool. If we select clip, weaken, delete it. So that's one of the first uses for the selection tool. Selected clip, deleted week. Also shuffle clips around. So if you want to change the order of clips weekend, grab a clip, click it and drag it okay so we can move these connected clips as well anywhere on a timeline. Now you can see is a vertical yellow line that pops up as I'm moving around with my selection tool on those air, basically snapping, working to kind of try and help me position things at the edit points. Okay, so either snapping that's napping between flips or when I'm moving connected clips around snapping and making sure of snapping to these edit points with the connector that I have here from my connected clips. Okay, we can turn snapping on off just like we can scrubbing. The shortcut for that is, and we can see that over here, too. So has been moving around. The timeline selection tool allows us toe select clips, elite them RAB clips, move them around. And now the next feature we have in the timeline is sometimes you're having edit point, and you'll want to cut it in a different spot. Okay, so as we see this clip coming to the head at point. We may want to take a second off the end of this clip. OK? And basically, the selection tool allows Do that with what's called a ripple at it. So if I click and drag this clip to the left at the end, you can see this little yellow par is shortening the end of that clips on taking off these few frames at the end of that clip. Okay? And then pulling that back, find me the head. Okay. I could do the same at the beginning of other clip. OK, so here what we're doing is we're lengthening or shortening the clip around that in point here on the outgoing clip or the second clip around that headed point so we can keep doing that. And that's one way that we refine our edit. Okay? There's another way we can work on our head. It's here as well. And this is useful when you're working with dialogue. Okay, If I double click. Okay, I can open up my video on my audio with my selection talk, and I can edit each independently. So what? That means I can drag my audio edit, so it finishes before the video ends. Okay, I go to my next clip. Double click on the audio. Open up. I can get the video here to start after the audio started. Okay, so we have this overlapping video from the clip. The incoming clip with the audio from the outgoing clip against these two clips are overlapping. And this is really useful for working with dialogue. It allows the introduce dialogue before we actually cut to that person or action on. That's taking place on screen. OK, so this is called a Jacob. Okay, on the reverse. If we double click here, move this guy other way, okay? And so the reverse if we do this on this, this is where snapping comes in hand. You only have to snap that right to the end There. The reverse is an L Cup. So we have a Jacob because it's kind of hooked like a J on l cut because it's hooked like a nail, like a with a video here, ending before the audio for that video and then the reverse there. You'll find that really useful when you're working with it. As if there's ever a jump cut. And it feels like the voice and the short changing a little too abruptly. Then using one of these cuts can just kind of help ease the the edit him. Okay, so I'm just gonna double click on these to close his back up. And we can see where we have our jnl cuts here. Because this darker area where we can see and know that the audio is overlapping. Just gonna zoom out a little here. The next thing we can do with our selection tool is make some adjustments to the audio. Okay, So you can see here as I'm hovering over my clips, I'm getting some little icons popping up for zero e b. Okay. And there d be basically means the audio hasn't been adjusted from the original sound off that video if I want to drop audio, okay. For the whole clip that I could drag this line down, and sometimes it is the quickest way to remove the audio from your clip. So we just hover over a clip, drag it right down to minus infinity. We've basically turned the audio off for that particular clip. Now we can do some more refined editing the audio with our selection tool by using one of the modified key. So if I hold on the bulky here, you can see I get a little diamond that pops up next to my are now. And that means I can add a key frame. Okay, So if I had one key frame here, I could bring that up and had another key friend just ahead in time a little. And drop that down. And now you can see with the selection tool. I've made a little dip in the audience, have gone from minus 14. That's about that. I could bring this back up to zero and then down here to minus 90 decibels. So sometimes, if you're cutting and editing between different audio tracks, if we were mixing another audio track below this track, we want to dip one on raise another audio track. So we might have something that looks like this visually on your audio timeline. Okay. Where we're bringing one audio track down on another audio track up either as audio. That would be invisible by this. What would be behind this clip at the top or audio for a clip that we're cutting in here, but still with some of that background or ambient noise going on in the background so we can edit how audio here using the selection tool classic would be that we would depth it's down, okay. And then bring it back up and do the same for the other clip. Okay, so we're doing some basic audio mixing till all straight from the selection tool. That's electoral in final cut pro. We can also do some audio fades at the beginning and end of our clip. So you'll see if I zoom in a little here at the end of the clip. I've got this little blue marker. If I drive that to the right and this one from the right to the left, then you can see I've got an audio fade at the beginning of the end of my clip And I can change this if I right, Click two on Linear fade, Okay to an s curve, Andi to a plus three db fade, which basically kind of boost the audio through that fade on. All those different methods as you learn more about editing will kind of come in handy. So look listen and kind of learn about how your audience playing back with your video on begin to understand how you can improve that and refine that as you develop your editing. So with lots of tools and final cut pro, we can also brand contextual menus for for different features as well. So I'm just gonna zoom out, hear from these clips, and I'm just gonna work on this clip put down to the main timeline, place this unchanged clip. If I come to this clip on right click, you can see I get some different options that I'll be able to work on with my selects. All okay. So I can expand audio and video, which basically does the same as double clicking on the audio. Okay, Like when? Right clicking collapse. That as well. I can expand the audio components, which is going to expand the audio home or detail. So if I had different tracks of audio, then it would expand those those different tracks. Okay on. Then we can also show the video animation which, if we zoom in on this clip, okay, you can see we don't have any animation set up here at the moment. But if we set up a simple transform animation, we'll get a sense of how that would work. So basically a scale animation. So I'm gonna cut this, make sure I've got my video animation showing. Gonna make sure Got my inspector up here on the top right show. And you can show it by going to window show Inspector if you don't see it. Okay. And here, open Inspector, I can increase and decrease the sides of my clip on the timeline. Okay, so we'll scrub through here and find a shot where we can zoom in. That works well. So I will take this kind of more static shot of these escape border on this gentleman in the car. Kind of having a bit of, Ah, a discussion about where you should be skateboarding. I'm gonna count. My inspector had a key frame in here, and then I'm gonna scrub ahead in time, okay? And just increase the scale, okay? And now you can see between those two frames we're zooming in on. We can follow the action as well. We can also increase the speed of the zoom in by Dragon Lee is closer, and that's where you see the selection tool in the time line really comes into its own. Okay, so we can select these and we can play through. I can't decide whether it's a fast enough zoom or whether we want to kind of really sharp kind of zoom on weaken mix things as well. One most thing about working with the key framing within the inspector here is that we can keep from the scale and also things like the anchor point a swell and we can make we can select those two. Okay, So we could edit the scale here. And then we could also add in an edit of so the position so that we when we zoom, then we reframe that shot as well so I can adjust my exposition, the left, and right here on my wife position here and then really in the timeline, what I'm using the selection tool four. It's to adjust the speed off that transformation. So let's just assume that so I can see both those key frames. So my zoom is happening here over one second, okay? And I can increase the speed of that by dragging these. Okay, so basically that's where using the selection tool in the timeline comes into its own is actually auto. Adjust the timings of you transformations and keep framing for these different elements within final cut pro. OK, we can also right click on these, delete the key frames and go back to the video before we added those key friends. So let's just hit shift and said so. Quite a few of the main ways in which I'm using the selection tool in final cut pro 10 toe edit on my timeline and one very last thing I want to cover here when working with the selection tool is the ability to duplicate clips. We're going to use the old modify key to do this. So essentially, if we select any clip on our time line, we hold down the bulky. We can drive that clip and it will create a copy of it. Okay, and I'm just placing it in spots between the different clips so you can see my clips reshuffling as I'm dragging, holding down the all key on duplicating those clips. I can also adjudicate clips up to a connected timeline as well. So if I hold down the old key on drag up to a connected timeline on this is quite a nice way off on splitting the clip as well. So if I want to at a color effect onto part off that clipping the top timeline there the connected clip, then what I can do is come to my effects across here on the right, So duplicate the clip holding Aanholt. I could add, for instance, ah, colorize to this clip. Okay. And then I can go to the video options up here, crop from the rights. I'm from the left. Okay, and then we've credit a slice of a kind of colored clip on within the center of that clip. Obviously, we can work on a different kind of colorblind minds, but you can see you can get start to get some nice effects by holding down the OK Jew became that clip and then using that duplicate layer in sync with the layer below, had some effects. Okay, I hope you found that useful. There's a lot off neat tools and tricks in final cut pro when you're working with these different tools, and I had to check out some other tutorials that I've made about the trim position range selection on blade tools in the future