Apple® Final Cut Pro® X - In-Depth and Up-to-Date


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My name's larry jordan thanks so very much for joining us I want to talk about final cut pro ten and more importantly I want to give you two key understandings the first is a technical understanding about video editing were to spend a lot of time talking about media management system configuration and editing work flow I get about oh three hundred e mails a day from people that are having problems with the software and one of things that I've realized is that that if you understand how media management work so if you understand how your system gets configured you're gonna have a great time doing video editing if on the other hand you just jump right in and you start to edit and put stuff together all of a sudden you realize that wait a minute I don't know where anything is I don't know what I'm doing and I've got problems because you didn't spend the time getting yourself organized first we're going to spend a lot of time in this first section getting ourselves organized then we'll tal...

k and give you a solid understanding of how final cut ten works were going really emphasize the reason you purchased final cut ten in the first place well talk about importing we'll talk about editing and trimming clips will look at effects will look output however even though we've got three days together we don't have enough time to cover everything inside the application we're going to talk about the basics and then we'll sort of touch on some of the cool stuff and hopefully come back in a second visit and talk more about how to create effects and how to do the really outstandingly bizarre things that video editing is capable of what I really want to do over three days has covered the basics and show you how that works. In fact, we've got so help in covering the basics we've got a studio audience are students studio as it were, and what I want to do before we get too carried away is I'd like to introduce our studio students and I'm goingto start first with you because you have the demeanor of someone that's been in the industry for a while tell us who you are and what you've been up to. My name's ed shoemaker, I live in the redmond, washington area and I'm an editor and a film colorist what film colors now what's that we're the people that take put that blockbuster look on a film so and instead of coming off the camera looking completely grey and washed out because you were shooting it in what they call log and we taken, punch up the back background, make it nice and blue and steely blue and that we punch up the foreground with that nice warm orange look and make sure the actors could be seen so that's, what a film colors does. Plus, we're also really about telling story, just like as an editor, we really want to focus on telling the story, watching the beets as a film colors we really wanted wait, how do you tell stories? It's a colorist? You're not involved with the editing you're not involved with the shooting word is the storytelling survived taken example, this is a I was looking at some film footage where a person was out shooting a feature as a doc they're using all available light and that's it. And so what happens if you have a woman and a man talking to each other? But they're talking to each other through a clothes line and a white sheet she's being kind of koi and the sun is behind her, reflecting off that white sheet, keeping her face well, it it's great, but all essentially size not to be coy, and she pulls that sheet away and all of a sudden that great light, this bouncing her face goes completely dark and so he was the honest become disconnected from her uh as as the speaker and she going way fall out of the story, so was a colorist. What I actually do was as she pulls that sheet across, I actually start bringing the light back up on her face and for the few seconds it on the screen you're fooled because I put a little light behind the guy's head so it looks like a little lights coming from behind him and why keep you in this story by keeping you connected to that actress who you've lost because the sheriff basement dark if you didn't color correct that are correct the finish where you're given up three days of your life you'll be able to attend this training for which I'm very grateful by the way what do you want to learn what's your goal for final cut ten a lot more about media management that's one of the new changes that they did the latest release with the libraries and the events and and the projects how they all kind of came together so I'm really interested in hearing about media management and good work flo you know we all have our own well kind of but it's always created here from professionals like you and great teachers like you other alternatives to workflow in front of him we're going to talk about media management in two phases in this first segment we're going to talk about media management in general especially importance of storage then in a second second we're gonna talk about libraries and events and projects and explained how they worked how media works in the context of final cut so and I'm glad to have you with us and don't hesitate to ask question thank you sitting next to add is hi, I'm bernard on my web sites beaming on photo doc home and I'm just here I'm an editor here in seattle and I just excited to be here and watch you watch you teach what kind of stuff you at it? Um I've done like crowdfunding and corporate stuff, but I also do short films and just, you know, involved in the independent film scene here in seattle, what are some of the recent projects you've worked on it? I worked on this project about the seattle center what was there before? Like the space needle all the um areas was built there's ah, there was a whole school hold warren elementary and lots of other houses that were there and kind of controversial because there was a really needed school for people who had disabilities and stuff and they want to build this seattle center with the space needle for the world's fair. So I'm a little short film about what was there before the whole area was built and kind of go back in time and kind of see past versus progress because you know a lot of things today, you know, they want to make room for something new, but you've got to take down something old so it kind of puts a spotlight on that and describe nice little seattle short film what do you want to learn in three days that you're here? I just wantto, you know, see how you teach a final ten and learned some of the things and tips that you're sharing on the new version and just enjoy the way you teach, excited to be here? I'm going to give you a secret now you can't tell anyone else on how this this is something I've learned over ten, fifteen years of teaching there's two ways that we can teach one is we can achieve perfection, but the problem is when you try to achieve perfection, it takes forever, and so we're not going to seek out perfection. In fact, we're going to create some stuff that's going to make your teeth ache over the next several days, but instead we're going to teach the technique, and when you give up the idea that I have to make it perfect and instead you concentrate on how I want to make it work, all of a sudden the learning becomes a whole lot easier and we'll talk more about this. We get into editing a little later today, but one of the key things I've realized is don't force your students to do what you're doing just say let's, learn the technique, and regardless of how you create it, as long as you learned the technique, what you create is irrelevant. Now when we're doing it for real life contents critical today content is irrelevant we're just going to be working with with clips is entities as opposed to content or not I'm glad to have you here and gentlemen sitting to bernard's left my right you are my name's philip, I'm a local seattle shooter and editor most of my work is shooting, but I do a little bit added nina's well, what kind of shooting do you do? Local news sports some documentaries, mostly live events are mostly scripted stuff a little bit of a mix I shoot a lot of local mariners games in summertime, so what brings you here for three days? I had a project a while back and I had to use final cut pro I gave myself a crash course in and about one day and it was a train wreck s o I'm the beginner here, so I'm just looking for anything really well as a beginner you have bernard and ed have been in the industry for a long period of time. They're very sophisticated individuals who will only ask sophisticated questions I can tell just by looking at them, but what you have is you get to wear the hat of somebody that's brand new and so the questions that I need from you are questions that may seem simple toe a sophisticated editor but you don't know the answer and a lot of other folks don't know the answer so don't hesitate to ask there's no such thing as a stupid question there's just a question too don't know the answer to and I know those other two guys who are way too sophisticated to ask a question like that don't know the ansari there they're just too shy to ask so don't hesitate to ask questions and speak up because the whole way this works is as I can talk for the next month on final cut and really not repeat myself with any material substance so I've gotta scale it down and I want to make sure that what I'm putting in is important to you guys and what I'm leaving out it's not important if you don't ask questions I don't have that feedback we've also got jim looking at questions as well because for those people there they were not able to be with us in the studio yourself for instance I'd love to have you ask questions and otherwise jim is doing his facebook page the entire day so we've got to keep him terrible so ask questions and jim will raise his hand and throw a rock in our direction yes sir yes sir we have a question from hagen and casey hagen in in casey is this class for someone who knows nothing about the software I'm willing to learn but I am just starting out yes, in fact, this class is exactly for somebody that doesn't know the software. Now I'm going to use a lot of industry terms, and I want to try as hard as I can to find them, but I'm going to assume that a you know what a macintosh is two you know how to turn the macintosh on, and three you can start software. If you've got that basic idea and you can move a mouse, then you're fine. You don't need to understand a ton of stuff because I'm going to hopefully explain it to you over the next couple days. Now we're going to move fast, and I fully expect that there's going to be points here where you're saying his lips are moving, but I don't understand what he's talking about so it's going to be really helpful? I think toe watch this class more than once because it's going to be pretty information. Dunster is a lot that we have to cover, but if you do watch it a couple times and you do pay attention to the definitions, I'll show you everything you need to know to be successful in managing your immediate getting yourself started running the application, doing basic editing and even graduating up into effects and being successful at it. But it may take watching a couple times before all this stuff sinks and I've been studying final cut since its first well that's not true but work with final cut since version one point five, which was almost eleven years ago now and maybe more no, I'm not going to think about how old I am we're just going to pretend that we've been doing it for a while but I've been also working intensively with final cut ten since released two almost three years ago now and there's still stuff I discover every day and I spend my days studying it and reading to use your manual and editing with it so don't expect to learn everything all at once let's take a look at what our goals are for today today really is our planning and a setup day we're going to talk about setting up here system and getting yourself organized both from a workflow point of view in a media point of view we're going to look at media management inside final cut and we're going to look at importing media third session which will happen right after lunch when look at organizing the media and editing this is getting right into the heart of how final cut works and then in session for were going look what I call timeline power tools how we can work with media once it's been edited into the timeline so today is organization set up system configuration, media management and editing it will be the closest thing to a math class that we have for the three days on tuesday. We're going to take the second half of editing, which is trimming, trimming, adjusts where two clips touch, then we'll spend an entire session looking at audio toe look at multi cam editing, which is a really powerful feature of being able to read it more than one camera at the same time, and we'll wrap up by making a transition out of editing into effect, starting with transitions and titles on wednesday, we'll continue this whole theme of effects by looking at inspector effects these air what final cut seven people used to call motion effect, and then we'll look att effects that it contained inside the effects browsers, the themes browser, the generator browser will also look at creating simple effects. Now the reason I say simple effects is there are some effects that could take hours to create because of the level of complexity in the number of clips that you're running around. But michael here is to show how the components work as opposed to build something that takes o seventy, five hundred thousand million clips and five hours to build, then probably my favorite session is video color correction now I've asked ad tio hide his eyes when I talk about this because he's been he's been doing color correction for a long time, but a lot of people find color correction intimidating, so we're going to spend an entire sessions one of my favorite things to teach. Well, look att how we use video scopes what contrast is what color is? Well, look at how we khun adjust the contrast how we're gonna just color and will even look at the difference between primary color correction and secondary color correction. If you've never done color correction before this one session, just that one chunk is going to change your life because you'll never look at video the same way again. And the powerful features inside final cut ten make it easy to make very simple and yet very sophisticated adjustments to the color of our video, and then we'll wrap up with looking at a session on export and output, and this is where jim becomes itself, especially vital because I could only talk about exporting and output for about thirty minutes, and we're going to have an hour left. So if you guys don't ask questions, especially you, you three on the studio were gonna be staring at each other with blank looks on our faces, so don't hesitate to ask a question because that's, the way that I'll make sure that we're getting the information you need is part of this course. There's a there's a ton of stuff to cover so let's just take a look at what we're going to this session I'm a firm believer and sort of setting up what we're going to talk about so now we're going to define some key terms we're in describe how to configure your system specifically kinda hardware requirements you need what kind of software requirements explain why storage is more forton in the computer and I want to show you that how you connect your storage is even more critical than you might suspect then we'll describe different kinds of storage in what storage is relevant for video editing and which is not then something that causes most people's brains to just freeze until they decide that you know, I really should learn this is we'll talk about codex now codex are critical except they're kind of hard to understand so we spent a lot of time talking about codex and data rates. The reason this is important is if you don't understand what codex are and you don't understand what data transfer orbit rights are you're setting yourself up for failure is a video editor not because you can't tell stories but because the stupid software isn't doing a stupid ending that you want the stupid thing to get you get you're stuck, we want way want to prevent that and we will in the session we're gonna talk about right now and then we'll wrap up by actually going to the software and take a tour of the final cut ten interface, and we'll be spending the rest of the three days specifically in the software this is just a planning session to start. You know, jim, I was thinking that before we shift gears into defining some key terms, are there any questions that we need to address our concerns that people have that need to be considered? Yes, sir, we do, and the question that I have here is, can we talk about like, what the expectations are for me as a learner and what what can I expect to get out of the full three days? That's a really good question, and the answer is don't try to learn everything all at one time. This course really is designed for youto watch it probably three times to be able to get the full benefit the first, stay with me as best as you can and get the big picture and ask questions when confusion occurs. But don't try and get every little piece of detail it just can't it's going to move too fast it's too dense in the bonus materials in the bonus materials that you get for downloading the show, you're going to get a handout that's two hundred fifty of my favorite keyboard shortcuts, there's more than six hundred fifty keyboard shortcuts inside the application, and I used these regularly because becoming efficient is critical. We'll talk more about that in a few minutes, but don't get, don't get overwhelmed. Don't think you have to learn it all at one time, because assumed she'd let that overwhelm feeling. Hit you, then you lose. You're so busy worrying about the fact that you can't keep up, you can't keep up, and it just gets worse. Let it wash over you, then come back and watch it again, come back and watch it again, and each time you watch it, you're gonna discover something new.

Class Description

Apple® Final Cut Pro® X has been rocking the film editing world since its initial release in 1999. Today, eleven upgrades later, its 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.

Throughout this course, you’ll learn how to import media into Apple® Final Cut Pro® X and how to use its media management tools to organize your files. You’ll explore the endless possibilities for creating amazing visual effects. You’ll also learn about incorporating audio into your projects. You’ll sharpen the skills you need to edit, trim, and combine clips to create a dynamic, engaging final cut.

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.

Software Used: Apple Final Cut Pro X