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"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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Browser Pane Stuff & Junk

I am having to teach new editors while on the job these days. I’m not traveling the country non-stop doing consulting and trainings, I’m running a small, local TV station, which is growing quickly. One thing we have to work out is the general workflow we all follow. A big part of that is structuring our Libraries in a standardized fashion. This way one editor can start a project, someone else can jump in to help, and there’s no confusion. A big part of teaching this is making everyone understand what all the stuff and junk is in the Browser. In this blog post I’ll help clarify that for anyone else who’s starting off in FCPX and would find this information helpful. And I’m gonna keep this as fairly brief as I can.
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FCPX Smart Collection

Organizing media in FCPX is really easy and very powerful, not to mention flexible. Part of these tools are Smart Collections, which I use extensively in every production, be it an hour show, or a 10 second TOH. In this blog post I’ll give some tips about Smart Collections to help you understand what they are and just how flexible they can be.
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More Captioning Functions

The new captioning tools introduced in Final Cut Pro X 10.4.1 are really simple. The previous blog post covered the basics of CEA-608 captioning. In this post I’ll cover the more advanced functions. Don’t be fooled, the term “advanced” here is relative, cause it’s all super easy and fast, as FCPX just is all around. Read More…

CEA-608 Format Captioning For Beginners

Final Cut Pro X 10.4.1 introduces amazing closed captioning tools. It offers two flavors, iTT for iTunes submission (a topic for a later article if I get asked), and the more common and legally mandatory CEA-608. 608 is legally required for all broadcast video including all video produced by educational institutions as well as TV stations and streaming services. Plus, it’s so easy and cheap to do, it’s just a gosh darned good idea to do. This blog post will explain how to get up and running doing closed captioning with Final Cut Pro X 10.4.1 quickly and easily. Read More…

Video Production Storage Explained

There are a lot of questions folks ask about “storage” in relation to video editing. It can be confusing! USB 2, USB 3, Firewire, Thunderbolt 2, Thunderbolt 3, HDD, SDD, bandwidth, capacity, etc. In this blog post I hope to simplify this, and give some maintenance tips. Read More…

Template Libraries, W3+H

For those who do event videography (weddings and such) and those of us doing episodic broadcast series, Template Libraries can save time, solidify workflow, and make life easier in general. This blog post will look at what these are, who could benefit from them, how to create them, and when you would use them.

Updated with additional warning from Arctic Whitness!

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5 FCPX Import Window Tricks

Here are some tricks that may help you get through your Import Window tasks a little more easily and quickly. Read More…

How "Recent Items" Works

I have been asked several times lately about why Final Cut Pro X’s “Open Library” menu no longer lists the last several Libraries that were opened. That comes with the problem also of FCPX launching and asking what Library you want to open every single time. It is a simple issue to fix, and one all users should be aware of. Read More…

FCPX 10.3; Content vs Effects Browsers

If you’re working in Final Cut Pro X 10.3 now, you’ve noticed a change in what was once called “Media Browsers.” You know, Effects, Photos, Transitions, etc? Well, it now makes much more sense. But because we humans are creatures of habit, let me explain the change, to help you adapt quickly. I’m using my own terminology here, based on terms I heard Apple use loosely in their 2016 FCPX Creative Summit presentation. It is my personal explanation about the concept behind this important change.
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Media Management & Duplicate Keyword Collections

What happens when you need more than one copy of a keyword collection to live in two different locations in an Event? You can’t “duplicate” with the traditional tools. But it is possible. Read More…

Camera Card Workflow Tips

Camera Card Workflow Tips
Updated 4/29/16

Every time you stick a camera card into a card reader, the Photos app will auto-launch asking to import it. That can be a royal PITA, and Apple has not provided a way to turn that off. And each time that card gets erased, recorded to, and put back into the card reader, Photos thinks it is a brand new card it has never seen. Kirsten at FCP.co started a thread on this subject, and it prompted me to post this entry.

Includes a link to the free app "Camera Response Annoyance Prompt" which solves all of this easily!
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