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Final Cut Pro X: Import, Edit & Export in 25 minutes

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      Class Introduction


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      Importing, Editing & Exporting in 25 minutes


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About This Class

This lesson is designed to get you up and running with your very first edit iin Final Cut Pro X.

You will learn how to:

  • Import clips
  • Make selections
  • Add clips to the timeline
  • Refine your edit
  • Export ready for upload to YouTube

I am always on the look out for good questions about Final Cut Pro X so as you are working on your edits if you ever come across technically tricky things to do then drop me a message.

Enjoy the course and happy editing.

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Benjamin Halsall

Final Cut Pro X & Adobe Courses


For the designer in you I create fun short lessons in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator & Adobe InDesign. I include some creative and technical tips in all my lessons which are always easy to follow. Check out my popular Banksy Yourself Photoshop Class, how to create Polygonal Patterns in Adobe Illustrator or my Photoshop Drawing & Painting Fundamentals.

For Final Cut Pro X editors check out my course Learn Final Cut Pro X in 25 Minutes or learn how to put video inside type, create grunge style text or my basic and advanced split screen tutorials.

I look forward to seeing your projects and am always happy to answer your questions.

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1. Class Introduction: how that's been household here on in this tutorial, we're gonna run through how to import, edit on export from final cut pro 10 in 25 minutes. So basically, we're gonna be looking at the basic importing tools, editing tools on manipulation tools that you need in final cut pro to produce a basic edit . And this will really get you jump started with final cut pro Ondas. You can see here we're gonna be looking at some details in the timeline looking at how we export out looking at transitions and also looking at how we managed audio levels. I can't wait for you to send to the course and I look forward Toa seeing your project work up on the course board on I hope you enjoy 2. Importing, Editing & Exporting in 25 minutes: Okay, So in this final cut pro 10 tutorial, I'm gonna run through how to import, edit and export a final cut pro video on. We're gonna run through their steps relatively quickly, but we'll give a few tips and tricks along the way. We look at how we bring things down to the timeline and also look a bit of project management. So the first thing that you'll see when you open up final cut pro is this type of layup. So before we bring any footage in, we're gonna have a quick whistle stop tour of the final cut Pro 10 interface. So on the left hand side here we have the library on. This is really where we set up our our project. So for every project in final cut pro creating separate libraries for each individual project you're working on makes things a little easier to manage. Okay, with in that library, you can have different timelines, but basically, for each edit, you wanna have a different libraries across here towards the right. We have the browser, which is where when we import footage will be ableto view a list of offer to do the thumbnails of our footage in will have a look at that in a set across here on the right hand side, we have the viewer and this is really where we see our final edit. So when we're playing back our final edit, we'll see that edit in the viewer. And the viewer is interchangeable with the time line down here, or the project window which will see we also have a couple of other windows which aren't visible at the moment. Okay, on those are importantly the inspector. So if you go to window show Inspector, this is where we manage things like the cropping of a video, the position or scale of a video. When we have it selected and placed on our timeline, we also have down towards the right some other panels, such as the effects panel on the transitions panel. Which of the two panels across here on the right hand side that you'll come to first of the effects, adding effects the video for making something great scale for making something look like an aged film effect the transitions for your transitions. Your cross fades for your white between your clips and then also your text for your lower thirds on any text titles that you want to place in final cut Pro knows the main three that you'll need to use. We have some tools across here on the left hand side on then Importantly, our time code in here in the middle. So the first thing we're gonna go ahead and do before we bring in some footage is creating new library in final cut pro. So if you go to file new and library, then once you're in here, we get the opportunity to give a name for our library. And when we're looking at our desktop, the library is where all our files will be saving Final Cut Pro unless we change some preferences for managing files in a different way. So let's call this intro to Final Cut Pro. OK, that's the name of my library, and that's the folder we'll see or the file will see on the desktop. Okay, so we'll click Safer That I know once we have a library, you can see we have smart collections across here on the left, and we'll have a dated folder, which is an event within our library. Okay, so we could make multiple events within a library for managing media in different ways. Okay, so what we gonna do now is go to import files in a couple of different ways. Okay? So I'm gonna jump down to the desktop. The finder. First of all, I've got some footage they might desktop. And if you can see your quick time movies from your camera from your DSLR and you can drag them across Strained final cut pro. So if I drag a movie here and I can drag it straight across, it will import it on. If we have our preferences set up in final cut Pro will make a copy of that into the library. I've changed my preferences, and this is kind of an important point. So if I got to final cut pro Preferences, I've changed my preferences to leave the files in place. And what this does is it saves a little bit of hard drive space. The default is to copy your files to the library. So it's using the library that we just created as a storage location by leaving them in place. Were not doubling up our footage. Okay, if you're important from an SD card from a camera. Then you will be copying or need to copy your files to the storage location. But if you have a different set up for managing your videos, your audio, your images, then leave in place is a fine option. Okay, so let's close this window now. We'll come back to the preferences a little bit later to talk about some different things. Now we have a video of final cut pro and you can see as I move across I'm scrubbing across the video. Okay, You can turn the scrubbing on enough. It's this little blue button down here in this section just below my viewer. Okay, so I can toggle that on and off. Okay, Yes. Is the short cut for that and that allows me to turn off on the scrubbing. Scrubbing is useful here to be able to view what's inside your clip. OK, so we can view what's inside the whole clip. OK, we can also zoom in and out of our clip so we can see either a thumbnail of arkalyk, which is what we see now, or we can zoom in and it will show us the clip with a filmstrip of the different sections of that clip. Okay, so let's go ahead and look at the second way of importing. So if we go to file on import media, this is the way we would bring media in from our camera on weaken. Bring media in from the desktop as well. So if you go to media, you'll see the devices listed on the left hand side. Here we can import directly from the FaceTime camera. So if you're doing video, blog's or V logs and you can record straight and final cut pro using this feature here, OK, we are going to jump to the desktop. Okay, now, when we're navigating within final cut pro here, we only see a list of off the devices connected on then also the favorite's that we've saved. So as I'm navigating through my folders here, you have to in the first instance, go to Users folder to your desktop, and then we can navigate into the desktop there to find data or, as I've done, weaken drag a link across to our favorites here. Okay, so you can drag a link your desktop to your other documents or movie folders if you want to , and that will mean it shops shows up instantly for you here. So, for instance, on my desktop I've got this Sugarbush folder, which is where some of my media's stored by dragged back to the favorites. It makes a new link to that. Favorites fell. Reckon jump to it very quickly. Okay, So if you have a hard drive that you're importing from regularly, then you can add it into your favorites hero. So now we select the video. Okay, The same video has just moved to a slightly different one. We can preview it here. We can screen it within final cut pro, and we can also mark in and out points to import. Okay, All we can select the whole clip and import that whole clip. OK, if we now grab a few clips here, fact will grab them all. We can important selected files. We've got the options here again to copy files to our library so you can make that decision here. Leave the files in place on these options for optimizing or crane. Proxy media will basically make a second version off your file on particularly on a laptop or older computer when you're working with final cut pro 10. Working with proxy media is a really useful thing to do. And you can check out my video on that online as well. Ok, so we'll leave the keywords video and audio analysis, and we'll go ahead and import selected on that will now import how files into final cut pro 10 on. I'm zoomed in in my browser here, so I'm gonna zoom right out and you'll see that we have this thumbnail list off the different videos we just imported. We can change the view in our browser here. Okay, So we can change it from filmstrip you or thumbnail view to list view. Which means that when we click on a clip, we see a list of the videos or images, audio files and we can navigate them as a list. Okay, so we see the file name a little larger. Okay? The scrubbing works the same. We can still screen the clips here, and it really depends on how you like to work as to whether you want to use the filmstrip view or the list for you. Okay. If we highlight clip. OK, We've got our inspector up here on the right, which you can bring up from the window menu. If you don't have it up and in there, we can see the info of our footage. Okay. Now, if you're footage is looking like it's a little bit lower quality or you want to know things like the frame rate of your footage, then this is the place to come before you start to work on your head, it okay, so we can see the resolution of this clip. And we can also see the duration of the Clippers well, to the media, start the media end in the media duration. Okay, so if we go back toe the video, you can see there's a list of effects that we cannot there. But really, I don't add any effects to my clips when I'm working on them in the browser, reviewing them in the browser. I normally will do that once I've got him down into my project timeline. Okay, So I referred to a libraries of project because that's where I like to keep one project with the different edits associated with that one project actually final cut pro calls the timeline. Your project, okay. Says a little bit strange thing going on with the naming. So we're gonna click on new project here, okay? And this is gonna be our first edit. Now, if you're setting up a project and you want to and you want to control the resolution of your edit and you need to change this video property so set based on first clip will set the timeline based on the properties of the first clip. So all my clips here in 1920 by 10. 80 so HD quality. But if I happen to drop in SD quality Peter footage onto my timeline than my timeline will be based upon that size. It would use the resolution on the frame rate from that video. So sometimes it's worth just familiarizing yourself with the footage and its former as it comes in, and then customizing your for that. So I've got the format set up at the format, the resolution on the frame rate that I used for all my video cameras. So I know that when I'm editing from those different cameras, whether it's my DSLR, all my video camera, I'm going to get the same quality footage. So under audio channels this you can use the default settings. What's he got? The skill set up? We can click. OK, now, one thing about final cut pro is it's always saving your project in the background. So if we right click here on close this library, it's already safe. We don't need to go to file, save as we do in other applications to kind of save it off. So basically, it's doing a kind of life sites every edit you do everything you change in front of a pro 10 is being saved as you move along, which is really handy if you have a crash of your computer. Awesome like that. It's very rare that with final cut pro that I've lost any edits even if something crashes. Okay, so I can close this library, okay. And then if I go to open library, it's gonna show a list of the previous libraries. But I've been working on, so I'm gonna click choose OK. And now you can see in the browser we have a list of the projects we have working on or our timelines and then a list of the clips that were editing. Okay, I can change the name of this event by clicking on it twice. And I'm just gonna type in okay, a new name for that. And you can see that this now is listed here under a new event. Okay, it's not changing here because I'm viewing things by name and by dates. But I can change the way that I grew my clips so you can see it's group by the bait. That content was created, so these were 25th of February 2013. But I could also group them by none, or I can group them by things like the duration, the file type, which is often useful So it will keep my quick time movie is separate from my images in my audio files, which I find handy. So let's have a look at how we edit some of these clips down to the timeline. So a very basic level if we hold a click there without making any selections, weaken, drag it down to our timeline, and we can keep doing that. Okay, so it's a very simply that if you know the clips that you want to bring down to your timeline, then you can go straight away and get those clips down in a timeline. Now, it's quick to modify the order of the clips. So I'm just gonna grab a couple of clips. We've got some different ones down the timeline. Okay. So, editing in a tiny bit of variation here. So basically, we have these three clips down the timeline. Okay? If we click and hold on one, we can drag the order of it. We can shuffle those clips like a deck of cards, and you can see when I'm doing that. It's not changing the duration of my timeline. Okay, so up here in the time code by you can see the time code. So 30 seconds, 45 seconds on a minute. Okay, on. We can also see the time code up here as we move along our timeline. So how do we short on these clips? So with the selection tool on, Okay. And there are other tools underneath this menu too. But the selection tool will do a lot of the editing for you. We can click on dry clips. Okay. So we can drag in the end of each clip too. short in the moth. Okay, If we want to split a clip, we can use the later okay, And that will allow us to split a clip, jump back to the selectable, and then we can reshuffle those clips. Okay? We can also delete sections of a clip off sections of the timeline. Now one of the sets of keyboard shortcuts that I like to use when I'm editing R J K an hour and I you know. And if I press l it will begin to play through my timeline. Okay, If I tap l a couple of times, it will fast forward me through my timeline. Okay? And then if I stop and press the like, it will market in point. And then if I play through again, like a market out point here, and I can use delete or backspace on the keyboard to delete a clip, OK? And you can see my timeline squishes when I use the backwards delete or backspace button the delete a clip. I can also make that out point across a couple of clips. So if I make that range selection, we can see now in my timeline, I'm deleting sections from those two different clips. So if I press, delete or backspace case deleting both those clips if I want to remove elements from the timeline. But I don't want to change the timing of clips that are ahead in time, I can do two things I could do. Delete. Okay, which is forward delete. So if you've got a full keyboard, it's the delete button underneath F 14. Okay, if you look at the function keys under F 14 is the forward delete key. Or if I'm working on our laptop, I can use the function key, which is a little tiny FN key at the very bottom left of your laptop. I can use the function key and delete, and that will delete. And it will leave this slug in place, which means that I can then replace that with another clipper, another edit. Okay, so let's just take another step back here. So we bring that clip back in and we have another look at example of using the forward delete or function and delete key. Then if we haven't attached clip. So I just dragged a clip up here, which works is a layer above my other clip. If I want to delete this clip without moving this clip above, then if I press the delete key or forward Maliki the lower 14 then it allows me to delete that. But leaves that connected clip in place, which is an often asked question about final cut pro 10. Which is how do you delete clips on the bottom layer without deleting clips on the top? Most layer. Okay, so let's have a look a little bit more at navigating the timeline. So we've had a look at how we can drop clips down, but how do we look our timeline in more detail so zooming in and zooming out so we can use the slider on side here to zoom in and zoom out of our clips, okay, by dragging it to the right to zoom in on by dragging it to the left of zoom out personally for to you some of the shortcut keys. So if you hold down the command key on press plus or minus, it will zoom in or out. Okay, if you use shift on tap said it will zoom you to your whole timeline. Okay, so if we then select a clip and then zoom in. It's gonna zoom in on that selected clip. Okay, let's do shift instead. Again, Zoom, toehold timeline. So we've had a look at how we shuffle clips, how we zoom in and out of the timeline. We can also change the size of our timeline as well if we want to see a bit more information, particularly if you're working with something with a dialogue which were not at the moment , and you want to see the audio a bit more clearly. If we click on this small button here, we can change the clip appearance on the timeline so we can have all of our audio timeline showing a larger section for our audio. And we can also adjust the clip pipe as well. So this means that when we zoom in, we'll see more of that audio way for okay to see this a bit more clear. Let's just bring a clip with a bit more audio in it so we can see the audio way for So I'm gonna shift and said that to zoom out and I'll just place my play head of the timeline there, and I'm gonna jump to the finder. Okay, I'm gonna bring in a clip from this. Thought it. I'll just drag this in, let drop onto the timeline. And that's another way that you can import directly to the timeline. So if you have clips or images that you want to bring in the you can drag him straight down the toilet and you can see here we've by increasing our clip height with Seymour of the audio detail on. Then, as we zoom in, we're going to see even more that veto. Now. One thing that's happening here is this orange bar across the top is indicating that final cut pro 10 is rendering out my footage. Okay, so at the moment, my clip is 13% rendered. If I click on this percentage number here and we can see that it's rendering in the background now, Final Cut Pro will only do this when you're not editing. So as soon as I place my play head on the timeline, you can see that my render pauses. OK, so I stopped a think about my next set it that it'll begin to background render again. Okay, which is nice because it means you can keep rendering. Keep adding effects without rendering while you're performing those functions. Okay, the render files are saved to the library folder. So basically, it's gonna make your library folder bigger. As you add more effects as you add more transitions. Okay, so let's close that window. And if we have a look at this library, we're just going to right click here on Go to reveal in Finder That is gonna show us our library on the desktop. Okay, so now you can see my final cut pro library. The moment is 266 megabytes. Not too big, but these files could become quite big quite quickly. Okay, on one of the reasons for that is the render file. So if we right click into here and show the package content, you can see that I have some system files. I have my Sugarbush folder and then in here I have my final cut pro event and edits okay. And then also my render files. And in here I'm getting some render files for the high quality media. So for the video, I've brought in on a little to have it renders for effects in there as well, so that can quite quickly send a short head it in final cut pro into the range of being, you know, several gigabytes in size. Okay, so looking at this clip now, we're just while we're thinking about the audio, we'll just mention a couple things here. So one item that we're not seeing at the moment is the audio levels. Okay, so we go to window and show audio meters. We could see our audio meets across on the right hand side here. And if we hit play, we'll get an indication of whether our audio is peaking on. Okay? And if it peaks, you could get some distortion when you output that file. So you want to watch out for these two boxes at the top right here? And if they go red, we'll just make this happen by adjusting the audio levels. Okay, then. That means the audio has peaked out. Okay. And as he saw, when you want a moderate your audio levels quickly, we can simply drag down this slider. So I've moderated that by minus four minutes. Five decibels on. I've increased it by five dispels to get the audio to pick out which you can see by these Red Peaks on the timeline here as well. Okay, so we've added clips. We've looked at the technical side of editing here. Let's add a title, couple transitions, some quick effects and then will export out who will run through these quite quickly. So if we go to our titles window here, we're gonna add in some basic titles. Okay, so we're gonna add in some basic titles here will scroll down and add in this centered title. Okay, I just drag this over the top of my first clip. I can drag title so they sit over the top of her and edit or onto the main timeline on the main storyline, as it's called itself. Okay, so you can do both those options. I like to have some video behind my title. So what I'll often do is with my video, I will select that clip, go to my video options here. And this is where you can change the size crop, the distortion of your video, but also where we can drop the opacity. So if I drop the opacity of this video because it's the only video on the timeline. It's just gonna darken it behind this title. Okay, so I can drag out my title, click on it. Okay. And then Editor, Easiest ways just to double click on the type in the viewer here and type in title and the subtitle if you need it and then you have your titles. Okay, We have other options for our titles as well, in terms of the fonts were using in our inspector on the right here. So Inspector will have love important features that you need to control OK, such as the style of the type that we got some two D styles. We got some three D styles and we would simply select these toe Adam. So carved wood, for instance, would change the style of that. And we'd need toe edit, our line size and a couple other things that you can see here. You can adjust those styles and you can also adjust them manually by editing the front face the font color. With these options down, his inspector is really useful for editing either the size, the capacity of your video or the text on the style of a title. So let's go ahead and look now at transition. So we're kind of moving back along here, So the basic transition that you will need a lot of the time is across his off. Okay, So if I come to all my transitions up here, I'll see my cross dissolve and that will basically, if I drag it onto my timeline, it will add across this off. Now, this air is showing up for a particular reason. And that is because we need an overlap between these two videos in orderto add across this off. And if we click, create transition here, then you can see my timeline jump somewhat. I just take a step back at it again. So if I are this transition, it's gonna throw out this window. That's warning me that it's gonna adjust or ripple the timeline and you'll see now when I click, create transition, it jumps the timeline a little bit. So it's basically making those clips overlap one another. If we show on the clips ourselves using the selection tour, so basically ripple at it to these, then we won't get that error. So if we've edited are clips and we're adding across his off. Then basically, that cross dissolve will happen without that second window popping up. And you can see we're getting a preview of the cross. Dissolve here now, because this is still orange. It hasn't rendered yet. So if I move away from the timeline, my cross dissolves will be quickly rendered out, and I'll play a little more smoothly once they rendered as well. Okay, so let's press play. We could also change the length of our cross dissolves here. Okay, on it will ask us to render again. So now the duration of my cross dissolve here. I can see if I right click on go to change duration will see that I have a five second crossed is after a long cross dissolve between those two clips and the jumpiness is because it hasn't rendered out yet. OK, on the last option will adhere is the effects so you can see have a number of different effects aged film, age paper. We've got a sick effects. We've got specific color effect. So for color correction, this is where you would come in final cut pro. We've got colorized on a number of other different ones, so that's at the color rise filter to this second clip. OK? And you can see if I highlight the clip again in my inspector up here on the right. This is where I can change the options for that colorized filter. So I'm remapping that black here to a certain color, so I can pick a a different color. And I'm remapping the white here to a certain color so I can change that color too. Okay? And then I've got a level of intensity of the remapping, so I can had a little bit of colorization or a lot of colorization to the point where it becomes almost like a screen printed style. Okay, we can turn effects on enough by clicking on this button here that will turn the effect on enough without removing it. Or if you want to actually delete the effect, we can highlight it and then press the leap that will remove that effect is take a step back here. So we've added text, we've added effects. We've added transitions by dragging the morning. We've also looked at how we can modify the timeline. Some of the really important things I think I mentioned here other Jake NL keys for navigating the timeline. So playing backwards in the J key pressing K to pause your clip on pressing, held to play forwards, okay. And then I on oh, to mark out on air of the clip that you might want to delete. Okay. And you can see I deleted the transition there because I deleted this edit point. If you want to remove a selection, we can just click away from the timeline on now, The next step is toe share this or export it. Now find planete YouTube. I normally prefer to use the YouTube Web browser uploaded. It seems to work a lot better. So normally, when I'm sharing, I will share my footage as a master fight means I've got a backup of a full quality version of this vile. Okay, Andi, in my export window, I'll be just changing the settings to make sure that my video Kodak is H 264 not apple progress. Okay, Apple progress won't work when you upload it to YouTube. Okay, so we've got 264 here will go to next, and I will say this is first at it. Export 10. 80 p. I like to put the 10. 80 p, and they're just so I can quickly, when I'm viewing the files, actually see what resolution those files are on now. As long as I'm not touching final cut pro, my video will export out. So I've got 35 seconds of editing there to export out. Then I'll be ready as a file on the desktop to upload to YouTube or share somewhere else online. There are export options in here as well for creating a DVD. DVD functionality is not the best in final Cut pro 10. It works really well in Roxio toast. So if you wanna make a DVD with chapters make or your chapters in front of pro 10 but then export of master file, bring that quick time file into Roxio toast where you can create menus. Or if you're lucky enough and you've got even the studio pro, then you can also create professional DVDs. Indeed, the studio pro as well. Okay, so that's the end of this final cut Pro 10 quick intro. We've covered how to our titles how to end it on a timeline had to move clips around the timeline and also how to add transitions, which is essential tools You'll need to actually get going with Final Cut Pro 10. If you have any questions about Final Cut pro 10 please don't hesitate to get in touch with me online. I save up all the questions and eventually they feed back into my next tutorials that I'm creating. So I really like that community involvement in the creation of my natural content, and I look forward seeing on X tutorial.