Final Cut Pro X

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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FCPX Keyframeing Tools

Keyframing is setting, or “keying” specific parameters of a media element to one frame, and setting (keying) them those same parameters to a different value in another frame. This animates elements on the screen. In Final Cut Pro X we have three places that allow us to work quickly with keyframes; in the Inspector, in the Viewer and in the Timeline. In this blog post I’ll run through each briefly so you’ll be aware of the tools available to you inside Final Cut Pro X.
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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…

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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Sock Media Library

Many of us collect media, not templates or plugins, that we use occasionally (or often) to enhance our post-production work. These are usually video clips, photos, graphics, or audio such as music or sound effects. I personally have collected a ton of this stuff over the years, and have recently started to go through it all and cull out what is no longer useful, such as standard definition video, lower quality media, etc.

Some examples of stock media would be MotionVFX’s mFlare or mFog, or background animations from VideoBlocks, or music clips and sound effects from AudioBlocks. Again, these are stand alone pieces of media, not Motion templates or plugins for Final Cut Pro X.

Thus, the issue comes up of how to organize and store them. I’ve seen a variety of ways to do this, but here is how I personally prefer to work. It’s easy, flexible and always available in any project I work with.
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Broadcast Series Media Managment Basics

In an effort to help newer FCPX users, or experienced users new to broadcast, understand the various ways one can manage media in FCPX, here is how I managed media for several broadcast shows. Read More…

Find On-Screen Time Of Characters

I was recently asked how one could find total screen time of specific characters in a documentary. There’s no direct way in FCPX yet, but here’s a technique that will get you there. Please check our and participate in the “caveat” and “new feature campaign” sections at the end of this article. Read More…

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…

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…

Versioning; Duplicate VS Snapshot

When working with timelines, namely Project timelines, we can version them in two ways. Either simply make a Duplicate, or make a Snapshot. What is the difference, why would you use one or the other, and how would those workflows operate? In this blog entry I'll clarify it for you. Read More…

How To Keep Track Of FCPX Libraries

Need to find older Libraries, or those not often used? 10 easy steps is all it takes! Read More…

10 Tips For Final Cut Pro X

Here's a few tips to help Final Cut Pro X users move through their work easily. Hope this helps a few of you out there. Enjoy!
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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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Creating Sub-Clips Of Used Media

Creating Sub-Clips Of Used Media

I follow several user forums of other NLE's to keep my self educated. I recently ran across a post in an Avid Media Composer group on Facebook. As of this writing there were 53 replies to this one simple question. I am blown away that MC can't do something so simple, in a simple way. I'll present three ways to find these used clips from a specific Project in FCPX, that are faster and easier than logging in to Facebook and reading through 53 posted replies. Then you decide which workflow you'd rather deal with… Read More…

Batch Rename Files Inside Of El Capitan

Batch Rename Files Inside Of El Capitan

In a forum recently I read about a post facility that was getting image sequences form a client regularly.  They'd always name the individual files 001.png, 002.png, 003.png, etc.  They'd use several different sequences in the same FCPX Event.  This confused FCPX and they'd end up in wrong keyword collections.  The solution was to use a standardized naming convention, but it MUST be applied to the original files in the Finder. The solution is actually in the Finder, no third party software required, and super easy! Read More…

FCPX Timeline Render Queue

FCPX Timeline Render Queue

Yes, you can manually start rendering on multiple Timelines in FCPX, one after the other, and they will all queue up in the Background Tasks. Here I look as how this works very efficiently. Read More…