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Apple Final Cut Pro X: In-Depth

Lesson 7 of 42

Importing Media Part 2


Apple Final Cut Pro X: In-Depth

Lesson 7 of 42

Importing Media Part 2


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Importing Media Part 2

Once the card is there just to show you how this works I'm going to start final cut and we'll go back to the media import dialogue file import media and there's the shots right here noticed there's my no name card I'm going to scroll down this is from a seminar that I gave a couple of years ago and I say I want to bring in this particular shot I can skim keep that shot it's building small thumbnails and it takes a while to write the data back to the card this would be instantaneous if I was on the hard disk as opposed teo running off the card but this allows me if I have to again I'm in a new situation time is everything I want to just grab the talking head to be role clips I can pull that directly off the card get it add it get it out but this is where you always are goingto have to copy the media to the library because it's gotta pull that stuff into the hardest to get the performance that it needs notice that just like a camera just like a cellphone the card itself shows up on the d...

esktop and you would set in and you'd set it out the exact same way with the letter I the letter o and you move on so let's just see that's one of the things I want to talk about, okay the um the process of importing is the same let's just hide fun let's just quit final cut so I'm gonna check this this acts like a hard drive and the final cut is running and you try and eject a hard disk final cut I'll be unhappy it won't let the hard disk be ejected so I quit out of final cut first and then I jacked the drive put my little card back in this little protective container and now go back to the dock option command have this love hate relationship with the doc I love it when it's gone and I hate it when it's their option command de allows me to make the doc appear and disappear so we'll click on final cut will hide the dock and bring final cut back so let's say that I want to bring in a quicktime movie again file import media this time I'm going to go toe pawned five pound five has got some wonderful clips that will be using throughout I've got this shot of the grand tetons now this is a quicktime movie a couple things you need to pay attention to notice when I'm in list of you I now have these columns I can grab a column header and dragons to change its size but I can also write mouse click on a column header there's a lot of metadata data about the data that's tracked in this mini browser here if I wanted to see what the camera name was safe for multi cam editing or I wanted to find out what the frame rate wass or need to know what the kodak is simply selected and over here I've got that particular column that describes the kodak grab a column header, drag it to the left and I can see mohr off what that kodak is. I've got photo j peg and motion j peg and motion j peg a and un compressed audio linear pc mnh dot to sixty four I got all kinds of kodak said I'm working with here, I can also see that it's all started as a quicktime movie, and when it was created and what it's, timecode duration and and start, we'll talk about all that stuff as we get farther along, but because this already exists as a quicktime movie, I can't set it in, and I can't set it out because when I can only set against announce for media capture when I'm trance coding the media from camera native and optimized once it exists is a quicktime movie, I'm not making a copy of it, I'm not able to just take a piece of it, so I'm going to select this entire movie click import selected, I get the same dialogue, I'm gonna click, okay import, and they're my clip shows up but it brings in the entire clip I could only bring in from india out when I'm way to trans code, the movie from its camera native format into its into an optimized form. If what already exists in the form playable by the computer like a quicktime movie that I can't set, and in and out, you'll also see sometimes notice here I'm in quick time movies, I can't go to that icon that shows me all thumbnails this depends upon whether I am what the format of videos is sometimes that post two icons appear, sometimes they don't. When I'm trans coding, I'm liking the camera card, the train footage, then I will have the two shots generally, I don't have the two shots and I'm working with quick time movies again if I want to select a range of quick time always hold the shift key down the shift key allows me to select everything from where I clicked away, right click a second time. The command key allows me to do a symmetric selection where I'm able to select whatever I click on, or just simply click on a single object to select that particular clip. If it's a quicktime movie, you'll bring in the entire movie it's, a piece of media that needs to be transcoder and you can set in it and set it out. You can always set into knots when editing we're not editing were just importing so I bring in either the whole clip or just a piece of the cliff if I want to bring in still images two thanks if I want to bring in still images say photoshopped documents or um j peg images air shots from your camera for instance here see what do I have to work with let's take a look at this okay? These are all stills that I want to bring in. All I have to do is highlight still click import selected get the exact same dialogue, click import once I bring in stills, stills are exactly the same as a piece of video except stills don't move this is true also of layered photoshopped images will talk about layered, photoshopped images on day three when we talk about effects but I could bring in all the layers as separate elements so I can deal with, um put effects to each layer so I can honor the layer just one last thing to show you, which is apple for nothing, but I want to just talk about it because I can't figure out where else to put it so we'll talk about it here final cut is a remarkably stable program most of time it works great the same way that premier or avid worked great but sometimes final cut gets confused and when it gets confused the way that we get it reset us we have to trash our final cut preferences we trash our final cut preferences slightly differently then we trashed final cut seven preferences and apple makes it really impossible to trash preferences because they hid the folder that the preferences are stored in so just quickly show you how preferences get trashed you only trash preferences when final cut is not working correctly when final cut is working correctly don't trash preferences also there's a couple of other rules never trash preferences with final cut running always quit final cut before you trash preferences always trash all the preference files as a group don't just trash one or the other you got to trash the ball there's between two and four files depending upon what final cut's been doing and always empty the trash after you've trashed the preferences so on ly trash preferences when final cut is not working correctly always quit final cut before trashing preferences always trash all preference files as a group and always empty the trash after the preferences have been deleted. Here's how hold the option key down go up to the go menu and with the option key down, a new option shows up which is the library select the library navigate to inside the library, which opens automatically now the gate to the preferences folder and toilet down if it isn't already showing the preference, not preference pains but preferences scroll down because there is a ba jillion preference files from all of your different applications and look for a file called com dot apple dot final cut dr dot right there. Com dot apple dot final cut dot p list final cut pro is from final cut seven final cut is from final cut ten there's going to be at least two and sometimes mohr files that start com dot apple dot final cut p list or l s shared file p lister l s or user destinations or a bunch of gibberish? Hold the command key down and select all the files that start with calm dot apple dot final cut dot whatever's next not final cut pro and not anything else that doesn't have com dot apple dot final cut dot hold the command key down pressed the delete key that's just a fast keyboard way of deleting a selected file command delete go up to the finder and empty the trash says here. You sure you say yes at that point, this's used it if it says used when you restart, you'll be able to empty it, we'll just say stop for right now, what you've just done is you've now reset final cut back to its factory defaults if you're getting strange behavior from final cut and I do this, maybe well, if we exclude the times I do it in class, I do this maybe two or three times a year, not two or three times a week, but if final cut starts acting up, trashing preferences will often get its attention. A few people were asking this, so I wanted to kind of run it by you. This is one from boston bob who actually think figured it out, but folks are are not seeing the list or the icon option in the import window. If you remember we talked about that, but let me just stress it. Thank you, the list or the thumbnail. You will show up whenever you have to trans code media, but most of the time does not show up when you're simply importing an already existing quicktime file. So if it's not there, it's, because that apple has made the decision that you're going to be bringing in the entire file anyway. There's no reason to see the console the icons appear or disappear depending upon what type media you are importing based upon that folder. I've also seen that the icons don't appear if you simply theworld down a folder, but do appear if you double click a folder to go inside it. So that's, that's common and it's basically based upon the format of media that you're importing, I've put together some keyboard shortcuts to sort of explain some what I find really useful control command f makes the menu bar at the top disappear shift command deaf allows you to display an image full screen either from the timeline or from the viewer. If you hold the option key down during launch, it'll open the library dialogue, which allows you to select which library you want to open command z one does the last action or if you keep typing it and does the last series of actions command plus and command minus zoom into or out of the timeline or viewer windows shift z scales the contents of the timeline or viewer windows to fit the window command a selects everything in command q quits final cut command I opens the media import window the letter s toggles skimming on and off I'm a huge fan of skimming when I'm importing and when I'm viewing clips and I hate skimming when I'm editing in the timeline so I'm always toggle ing it on and off the jake and l keys ally to reverse stop and play clips tap it multiple times for speed again command a select sol command click selects whatever you click on it's called asymmetric selection the letter I sets in in the letter o sets an out option ex deletes the inn and the out. An option end creates a new event.

Class Description


  • Import media into Apple Final Cut Pro X
  • Use its media management tools to organize your files
  • Explore the endless possibilities for creating amazing video effects and dig into audio.
  • Sharpen the skills you need to edit, trim, and combine clips to create a dynamic, engaging final cut.


Apple® Final Cut Pro® X has been rocking the film editing world since its initial release in 1999. Today, eleven upgrades later, the video editor's users number in the millions and its editing tools have powered major motion picture and small screen edits. Join Larry Jordan to learn what makes this video editing software so powerful, versatile, and indispensable.

Now an industry standard video editor alongside options like Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X encompasses pro-level editing tools for Mac. Final Cut Pro is a Mac-only program with professional tools that blow the free video editing software and budget video editors like iMovie, Adobe Premiere Elements, and Movie Maker out of the water. The video software can handle everything from 360-degree video to Hollywood-level productions. But navigating those advanced editing tools is a daunting task for beginners. Pretending Final Cut Pro is an intuitive, beginners program will only leave you frustrated and missing the biggest features.


Whether you are brand new to editing, self-taught, or a seasoned pro, this course will take your editing skills and Apple Final Cut Pro X mastery to a whole new level, from upload to save.

Apple Final Cut Pro X


Larry Jordan is an internationally-renowned consultant, digital media analyst, and trainer with over 35 years of experience as a television producer, director, and editor with national broadcast and corporate credits. He is recognized as the foremost trainer in both Apple Final Cut Pro (Mac) and Adobe Premiere Pro (Mac and Windows) where his informative and entertaining teaching style provides video editors around the world with unique resources to increase productivity and enhance their skills. Jordan is on the faculty at both USC and Video Symphony and the host of the weekly podcast.


  1. Introduction

    Larry Jordan says a majority of the Final Cut Pro X technical help questions he answers stem from jumping right into editing without understanding how the software works. In the first lesson, learn what to expect in the class and why, when you edit videos, you start with organization.

  2. Key Terms

    Video editing tools are often confusing for newbies because of the terminology. Walk through the jargon you need to know and key concepts for Final Cut Pro to get started on the right foot.

  3. System Configuration and RAID Storage

    Final Cut Pro X can run on any Mac except for the Mac mini. Here, learn the best system set up for video editing and learn how to make your budget go the farthest when setting up a computer for video editing, and why storage, not the computer is most important.

  4. Q&A with Creating an Efficient Workflow

    Video editing with Final Cut Pro is just as much about the actual tools as it is about creating an efficient workflow. In this lesson, find the answers to some of the biggest questions in the workflow.

  5. Interface and Media Management

    Understanding the Final Cut Pro X interface helps you navigate through the program from one step of the workflow to the next. Explore Final Cut's single window interface and the three broad sections, as well as where to find the hidden windows and what they do.

  6. Importing Media Part 1

    Final Cut Pro will import any videos supported by your computer, from files that already exist on a hard drive to videos from a camera's SD card. Walk through the import process and options, from basic options to marking favorite locations, when working with files that already exist on the hard drive.

  7. Importing Media Part 2

    Final Cut Pro will also import your media for you from a camera. Larry walks quickly through what's the same when importing from a camera and points out the important differences when using different import methods.

  8. Ratings and Keywords

    Creating a video often means working with multiple, long video files. This lesson walks through organizing video clips to make finding the exact clip you need easy. Larry then walks you through creating the actual project and getting started in the video editing process itself.

  9. Reviewing Clips for Edit

    Time to dig into editing -- but where do you start? Reviewing the available clips to see what to include is a good place to start. Larry walks you through the process, from the keyboard shortcuts, to marking a clip.

  10. Importing Clips

    Once you've identified some clips to work with, it's time to actually add them to your timeline. Jordan walks through the different options from using keyboard shortcuts to mark the in and out to using a simple drag and drop to the timeline. Whichever option you use, Jordan says, don't worry too much about getting it exact because you can fine-tune further later on.

  11. Editing an Interview Demo

    In this essential lesson, see a finished clip and walk through how the interview was assembled. Larry outlines the fundamentals of assembling an interview -- using techniques that work with any type of video edit -- in Apple® Final Cut Pro® X.

  12. Replace Edit and Timeline Index

    Continue to work with the timeline with tricks for replacing clips. Larry walks through simple methods, like using a drag and drop, to more advanced options like the three-point edit, as well as timeline tricks for working with chroma-key. Learn replacement edits along with other timeline tricks in this lesson.

  13. Compound Clips and Auditions

    Compound clips and auditions are specialized functions inside Apple Final Cut Pro. An audition allows video editors to compare clips easily. A compound clip is a project inside of a project. Walk through the how, why and when for these advanced features.

  1. Editing Review

    Jump back into video editing with the editing review that launches day two of this three-day class. Larry reviews the first part of the class and gives you insight into what's next.

  2. Trimming Part 1

    The way clips are assembled in the final video plays a big role on how the final video influences the viewer's emotions. Larry mixes the art of clip trimming with the tools inside Final Cut Pro.

  3. Trimming Part 2

    Trimming isn't always adjusting the beginning and end of a clip. Larry walks through the process of creating a slip trim, as well as tricks like trimming multiple clips at once.

  4. How We Hear

    Jumping into audio, learn the basic terms to audio editing, how we hear, and get started on understanding audio tracks inside Final Cut Pro.

  5. Audio Key Terms with Q&A

    Continue unraveling audio editing with key audio terms that aren't specific to Final Cut Pro. Learn how sound is visually represented and how to set levels for the best sound.

  6. Audio Basics, Meters, and Inspector

    Work with levels and audio inside the Final Cut Pro timeline by diving into the video editor's basic audio tools. Larry walks the class through levels, audio meters, keyframes and more. Learn how to eliminate a cough from the audio, how to reset parameters and more.

  7. Audio Q&A

    Audio is a big component to understanding video editing. Find the answers to the most frequently asked questions with this quick lesson using questions from students just like you.

  8. Dual System Sound and Audio Analysis

    Video and sound are sometimes recorded separately -- often when the mic built-into the DSLR or GoPro used to record the video isn't great at capturing audio. Larry walks through the process of syncing audio to the clip with double system recording along with the audio analysis tool that allows Final Cut to conduct an automatic analysis and fix some audio problems.

  9. Multicam Editing Part 1

    Editing video shot with multiple cameras is a common task in the video industry -- and Final Cut Pro has tools designed just for the task. Larry walks through the basics of multicam editing and getting started with the multicam feature. Learn how to group the cameras, create a new multicam clip and adjust the order using the angle editor to prep the workspace for working with videos from multiple cameras.

  10. Multicam Editing Part 2

    Once the footage is grouped and ready, follow Larry through the process of finessing those multiple feeds into a cohesive video. Start with setting the audio to a single camera, then move into switching the camera angles with a simple click and more advanced multicam tools.

  11. Transitions Part 1

    Transitions help make moving from multiple cuts a smooth experience. Learn the keyboard shortcuts for transitions, timing transition adjustments, and adjusting a transition with a roll trim.

  12. Transitions Part 2

    Creating transitions is an art -- learn the three main types of transitions, when to use them, what emotions transitions bring, and working with transitions in Final Cut Pro.

  13. Formatting and Animating Titles

    Titles reinforce key pieces of information, Larry says. Learn how to use titles, how long to leave titles up, where to place titles, and how to format titles in Final Cut Pro.

  1. Additional Effects

    Titles aren't the only type of special effects you can create inside Final Cut Pro. In the first lesson of the final day of the class, get a peek at what's up ahead, including how to add video stabilization, correct rolling shutter, work with images and create special effects like the Ken Burns effect.

  2. Editing and Trimming Review

    Recap the editing and trimming essentials to review what Larry says is the most essential thing to understand on using Final Cut Pro. Larry puts all the editing and trimming together in a final look at the process.

  3. Changing Speed of a Clip

    The speed of a clip can create drama. Learn how to manipulate the timeline with techniques like freeze frames, variable speed, and slow motion. Decipher the retime menu and learn the tools for manipulating time.

  4. Inspector Effects

    The Inspector inside Final Cut Pro allows video editors to make changes, from adding video stabilization to adjusting the aspect ratio. Follow Larry through the Inspector Effects to learn the special effects hiding in this menu.

  5. The Effects Browsers and Generators

    Video editors can create their own videos directly inside Final Cut Pro using Generators, a tool that's helpful for creating backgrounds for infographics and other items. Larry walks through the Generators and how to use them, along with diving into the Effects Browser interface.

  6. Blend Modes

    Blend Modes originated in Photoshop, but introduce some interesting special effects for video editors as well. Learn how to use blend modes, change the opacity for regular clips and picture-in-picture, and more in this lesson.

  7. Effects Q&A

    Dive into the most frequently asked questions on special effects as Larry explores questions posed by students just like you.

  8. Simple Effects

    Final Cut Pro has a number of different special effects options. Larry walks you through the most useful special effects and how to use them, so that you'll know how to manipulate those oddball effects too.

  9. Intro to Color Correction

    Color correction is a big enough task that entire careers are dedicated to the task. Learn what you need to know on color correction basics to successfully create a color-corrected video inside Final Cut Pro.

  10. Video Scopes

    Final Cut Pro uses three main video scopes -- the waveform monitor, the vectorscope, and the histogram. Larry walks through how to use each tool in color correction.

  11. Color Correcting for Video

    Learn what colors are most essential to get right and how to manually adjust color in videos inside this lesson. Work with the vectorscope and waveform monitor to edit color in a video.

  12. Color Correcting Skintone

    If the skin color is off, the entire video looks off. Larry walks you through how to adjust skin tones. Every skin tone is different -- this lesson is designed to give you the tools and know-how to correct for every skin tone.

  13. Color Correction Q&A

    Dive into the most common questions on color correction with this short lesson taking questions from students.

  14. Audio Effects Part 1

    Visual effects are only half of the special effects equation. Walk through audio effects, from manipulating audio levels to creating a stereo mix.

  15. Audio Effects Part 2

    Continue digging into audio special effects with advanced techniques inside Final Cut Pro. Work with channel filters to mix voice and music and the limiter filter to correct audio that's too soft.

  16. Exporting and Sharing

    After all that editing, how do you share your video? Walk through the export process, from exporting an XTML and a master file to sharing to YouTube directly from Final Cut Pro. Learn about exporting to different file formats and video formats, including .mp4.


a Creativelive Student

Absolutely one of the best & easy to follow teaching / learning sessions for this product. Larry has a great approach & insight into delivering a wealth of information from his years of experience that budding video engineers will certainly benefit from with a product that is powerful & great to use. I'm enjoying the journey to better understand & use this great product, expanding my experience in producing awesome video presentations. Great work Larry, & also huge fan of creativelive Keep up the great work you all do to assist budding producers in mastering their skills. Noel Blake Melbourne Australia


Final Cut Pro with Larry Jordan has been of enormous help to me just stating in FCPX. Larry has a unique way of getting the message on the basics across in an easy to understand manner. I have not yet looked at the entire course as I am practicing the steps as I go through the course. Many programs of FCP are not presented in the easy to follow manner thatL array does so well. I am 100% delighted with my purchase. I am in Sydney, Australia, and, due to the time difference it is impractical to view courses live. So I had to purchase on trust which in this case was a good choice. It would be good if Creative Live could perhaps rerun programs so overseas folks could view them at a convenient time. The courses still need to be purchased as I find it best to run it on another monitor and put what is taught into practice. Well done and thanks for the special offer in July.

a Creativelive Student

Attending this class was really a life-changing experience. Larry is a wonderful teacher and clearly on top of the program and methodology, and the way he structured the course, did frequent reviews and constant technique reminders (naming keyboard shortcuts as he did them, for example) really added a lot to the presentation. The depth of the class was very much appreciated, and his command of a complex subject showed that it was possible. I have wanted to understand FCP for several years and have only gotten the beginnings of a handle on it in the last 6 months or so. This class was an exponential knowledge upload and I hope will allow me to do lots of things I've only wondered about. I thought Jim was a good foil for Larry and did a nice job keeping things together, even when there was a technical problem. The value for me of being able to sit through the class before deciding to purchase was huge, and I am very much looking forward to reviewing the videos as questions come up. The class was very thorough and I didn't feel anything was being left out. Thank you so much for making it available.

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