Final Cut Pro X: Combined Importing


This combined “Importing Course for FCP X” is the First in the series of training courses for Final Cut Pro X. It is followed by the Second series: “Editing in Final Cut Pro X” and the Third series: “Exporting from FCP X”.

This course is for beginners and intermediate users to learn all the details about Importing and Organization in FCP X.

This Basic Importing Course for FCP X is part of the First series of training courses for FCP X. It is followed by the Second Series: “Editing in Final Cut Pro X” and the Third series: “Exporting from FCP X”.

This course is for beginners who want to learn about Importing into FCP X.

Finally, importing into FCP X: Reset the aspect ratio in FCP X should it be changed in the conversion.

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This Final Cut Pro X tutorial teaches you all about importing into FCP X.

Sample clip

Course Outline

You will see how to:

1/ Understand the User interface.

2/ View the Event Library, the Viewer, and the Project area.

3/ Create a new Event and prepare to import from a file or from your camera

4/ a/ Set up Preferences for Import

b/ Create Optimized or Proxy Media

c/ Playback Preferences – Background rendering whether to use

Proxy or Optimized Media

5/ Import directly from a card Camera, select a portion or all clips from camera

6/ Create and import from a camera archive

7/ Import files from the Finder by Import command or by dragging to an Event

in the Event library

8/ Import from a tape camera and control the camera from FCP X

9/ View the timeline and Project library, create and open a project.

10/ See the index of clips for easy reference.

11/ Move the project to see different views and zooms.

12/ View the Effects Browser.

13/ Understand the Viewer that shows clips from both the Events and

Time line or Project.

14/ Resize clips keeping aspect or not.

15/ Activate Cropping and Skewing.

16/ Understand a Detailed view of the Inspector for making fine adjustments.

17/ Use the Append, Insert and Connect Buttons when adding clips to the timeline.

18/ See a brief Overview of the Toolset.

19/ Look at an Overview of the Effects browser and

Color correction as well as retiming,

20/ Import Still images from iPhoto,

21/ Import Music and Special FX plus Transitions.

The Advanced Section:

1/ Change name of an event, merge and split Events, even move Events to

another HDD and move contents of one Event to another

2/ Change the way the Event Library shows your Events, by Date, by HDD, by Year.

3/ Delete Events and Contents

4/ Make Favorites, Reject a clip and make Keyword Collections

5/ View clips displayed by filter to hide Rejected clips, Show Favorites.

6/ Change Metadata in Event Browser and Inspector, Search names and Metadata.

7/ Understand the Background Task Display.

8/ Set up a second Monitor

9/ Understand more implications on what happens when importing clips.

10/ Set Playback Preferences, Proxy media, Optimized Media,

Dropped frame warnings and HDD warnings.

11/ Set Editing Prefs; Trimming feedback, Position of Playhead after Edit.

12/ Length of Still images on Import and Default length of Transitions.

13/ Understand that multiple Events and Projects will slow up the opening of FCP

and also take up more Ram during an Edit.

14/ Use “Event Manager X” from Intelligent Assistance, to set up “Hidden” folders to hide

Events and Projects from FCP. Organise associated Events and Projects with Colour matching.

15/ Learn that Camera files, AVCHD and H264 are converted by FCP X.

16/ Convert compressed files prior to import, which means less background rendering

more processor power available to FCP X.

17/ Use the setups to transcode using MPEG Streamclip – (Free app from the web)

Batch process a number of clips and the option for de-interlacing.

Import those transcoded files into FCP X and check the format in the inspector.

18/ Understand how FCP X now retains In & out points. Also how to add more in & out points

and remove those previously selected.

19/ With little extra effort you can also use the keywords feature to retain in & out points.

20/ Use the Favorites feature, to retain in & out points that overlap.

21/ Re-Link event media and to understand that when re-linking a clip in an Event

it is also re-linked in all of the projects that are referenced to that Event.

22/ be aware that clips that are not missing can also be re-linked should a change have

been made in original media.

23/ Search with “Spotlight” to locate the missing clips on the HDD.

24/ Use “7 to X for FCP” which allows Exports from FCP 7 as an XML file, which is then converted with “7 to X” and

Presenter Info

Bruce MacbrydeBruce Macbryde is a trained graphic designer, who has migrated to video production and training.

Bruce is CEO of VideoEditOz a Sydney production facility specialising in Events and Corporate web video.

Bruce is actively involved with the business both in filming and the editing process.

Bruce has been editing with Final Cut Pro since 2002, and was a trainer for Final Cut Pro and other Apple software with Australian Apple reseller NextByte for a number of years. Previously, in 1990s, while working with his Graphic Design Company, DesignDirect, Bruce was a registered trainer for Graphic design software; Freehand and PageMaker at several Tertiary institutions as well as freelancing engagements.

Currently Bruce is an independent trainer for Final Cut Pro X, iMovie and Motion. Training is provided on a face to face basis as well as via email and SKYPE. Training and support is provided for individuals and corporates, on a “one on one” as well as to groups. Bruce has trained staff from Sydney TV channels; Channel 9, Channel 7, and ABC as well as well known Australian corporates.

Bruce also trains Final Cut Pro users globally via SKYPE.

Bruce’s Web tutorials on Final Cut Pro and iMovie have been created, recorded and published since 2009.