"Family" - Media Management

One of the most often asked questions I get as a trainer is HOW do you structure media management with Final Cut Pro X. I understand how this can get confusing, because it is an open ended structure. The benefit being you can customize it to your personal tastes or the unique needs of the production you’re working on. The down side is, you have to figure out on your own what that structure is, which can be very daunting when your production is dumping tons and tons of various types of media from various sources on you (doc editors, you get it, right?). Libraries, events, metadata, keywords, collections, they’re all fine, but just how the heck do you structure it? Maybe this somewhat odd metaphor may help. Maybe not. But I’ll offer it in the off chance someone may benefit.

How do you keep your family straight in your mind? You have your parents, your siblings, your parent’s parents, your parent’s siblings, parent’s sibling’s children, cousins, etc.

Media in a production is all related in a very similar fashion. Some are video shots of your scene, some are cut away video shots, some may be reference photos as cut aways or montages, some are audio such as background music, voice overs, etc. But it’s all part of your big production family of media.

So I’ll use the metaphor of family to try to give you some guidance on how to use Libraries, Events, Folders, Keyword Collections and Smart Collections to logically organize the media of the production you’re working on.
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Practical Emogis For Editors

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There was once a lot of hoopla about using emojis in naming things inside of FCPX’s Browser panes. I saw lots of cute examples, but then it faded, nothing very practical was shown, in my personal experience. I’ve been producing an educational show about dogs, which has tons and tons of media that I need to sort through weekly for each episode. I’ve learned to use emojis in a way that is practical and allows me visual identification immediately. I’m getting older and my eyes are not what they used to be. FCPX’s text set at medium works fine, but I still have two strain on occasion. And setting its text to large is way too big. Since FCPX doesn’t let me choose it’s GUI text size myself, emojis let me identify what I need, or need to avoid, immediately.

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