Optimizing Your System


Final Cut Pro X


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Optimizing Your System

You want to make sure that your system is set up to run. Follow cut pro ten. The best couple ten runs on a sixty four bit platform. All right. So it's making use of a lot more system resource is than legacy versions of final cut. Previous versions were limited would only use up the two gigs of ram in your system. Final cut pro tem will use as much as you give it, which is great. So it's going to make use of all the ram that you can feed it, the faster processors you have, the better it's going to it's going to move along and help you process your footage. Do you have minimum number's right there on the screen area? Eight gigs of ram would be the minimum for this program. Twelve to sixteen is optimal, right? That would give you a lot more in your system. So we definitely recommend you. You go with a higher ram chipset, dual core processors and a minimum quad core processors are very helpful with processing the footage. So the beef here, the system guys, the better it's going to be hands...

down, you're going too fast graphics processor to post two thousand eleven max max and that books you're pretty much you should be good with the default settings you know you might want to beef up the ram a little bit but those computers out of the box turnkey are usually pretty are powerful enough to use this programme now it's all gonna depend on the media that you're using to if you're trying to push five red epic footage you're gonna have some lag issues but if you're working with standard seven twenty ten a teepee video dslr hd video camera type formats you should be fine with with with a system like that I mention this before and I'm going to reiterate it now it's really, really important that you keep your media on a separate drive all right and you're going to see here in a minute when we get into the program how I keep my media separate don't try to just dump it all into one logical internal driving work with it ok especially if you're working off in that book pro um older computer maybe that doesn't have as much processing power it's just not going to give you to speed that final cut can produce as far as working on separate drives you just described a little bit I know people are probably interested about what your drive schism looks like how many drives do you have in general? Do you back up your you know, jobs on different drives and and all that generally speaking for this system that we have in the studio both the system drive and the media driver located in the tower we're running a mac pro the tower so they're both located internally in our studio we actually run external drives for media so we're running either firewire eight hundred thunder bowl on our eye max and that's all we're using we don't have mac presenter studio for pushing wedding footage I'm finding that it's more than powerful enough to work with so yeah we're just I mean we use firewire eight hundred lissy drives we also use dr docks with bare internal drives so what department would drive doc and that's firewire eight hundred or satya however you configure it so and whatever your studio uses just keep it on a separate drive I just really stress that you're also gonna want to close any other applications that you might be running if you're a photographer and you're working with video don't have photo shop open when you're trying to work in a couple of ten you're asking for problems final cut or I'm sorry adobe products in general I love them but they are remembered their resource pounds they're just hogs they will take up so much of your system resource is not leaving final cup pretend much about anything toe work with so just close everything else down and I don't even keep like safari open like I just close everything when I'm video editing the less things less processes that are running in the background, the fewer problems I tend to encounter just from my experience not to mention video editing is very heavy, so even closing your mail will be helpful not for just the processing power but for your distractions because things like that that are distracting are going to deter you away from editing successfully anyway so he's as a dual benefit exactly we're talking about the final system and I just want to say this for the newbies when we get into the program for the first time when we switch over to looking at the interface, we're actually gonna go through the preferences first and just, well, this is a little bit more optimization weaken do right in there, so we'll get to that in a minute to for those of you who are new to the program and I've never worked with it, you'll get to see how we optimize with in final couple ten first, I do want to spend some time talking about the final cut pro ten file system. This is very unique when it comes to video editing programs, traditional video editing programs including final cut legacy versions. When you want to work with media, you would open a new project just like most programs you go to file new new project to give it a name and then you'd import all your media all right, so you import all your video clips, all of your audio clips, all of your graphics clips, whatever you were going to work with and it would save it in a soul project file in that program final cut pro ten does not work that way, all right? And this there's a couple of good reasons for this. How many of you have ever video editors in the studio? How many of you have ever had a corrupt video file a corrupt or a project file? I'm sorry, yeah if you have a corrupt project file in a older like in this that we're older and only is that in traditional video editing programs you would lose the entire project unless you had auto saves that you could go back to and you would lose work time and you would possibly corrupt your media final cut pro tens file system is designed to avoid that as much as possible so what they've done is created a dole database file system there are two databases that make up anyone project you're working on okay, the first type is called events all right final cut pro events are where you store your media all right that's where your media is kept everything you're gonna work with in your project in your editor stored in a final cut event the second one our projects okay projects are your edited projects these air the projects that worked actually taking the media from the event and editing it into a story line into unedited project. Okay projects always reference events. If you're working with a final cup project, it has to be associate id with a final cut pro event. All right, media used in a project must belong to an event or events. You can use media from multiple events in one project. Okay, there are no limit to the number of events you could have. There are no limit to the number of projects you can have. You could have as many of these as you want in various locations. All right, generally speaking, you do want to keep your events and projects together in the same space. So if you have a media drive that you're working with your media, you want to keep your final cut events and your projects on that same drive together. So if you have a project that references an event, it should be kept together and the way final cut pro ten does this is it gives you very strict rules when working with well, I'm where to keep your media and your projects, or your events and your projects, if you were to him if you were to open up, follow copper ten and create a new event, which is where you store your media and then create a new project where you're gonna work with that media it's goingto create two folders on your hard drive right by default. If it's your mac hd drive you know your system drive where you shouldn't have your media, if it's that drive it's going to create it in your movies folder. So you know how you have your users in your name is matt, and it is matt, you know, movies, our math, movies, that's where it's going to create two folders, it's going to create a final cut events folder and final cut projects folder and that's where it keeps both your media and your projects? Why does it do this it's? Because it really just wants to make sure that it keeps everything in one place and by default this is where it will keep it if we're using unacceptable drive of some kind or another drive for a media you khun tell final cut hay, I want you to create that event and projects folder on this drive instead, and it'll make sure that everything goes to that drive, all right? We're going, we're going to demo this this is just the verbal explanation, all right? So even some projects khun be relocated but you can't do you never ever, ever buy any never go into your final cut events or projects folder and move them or copy things in and out of them don't ever do that any sort of media transfer, whether you're moving the entire event where projects and or products, folders or any media or projects associating with those folders should be moved duplicated within final cut pro ten it's done in the program don't ever try to copy things using finder, you're going to create a disaster in your projects, and we really want to avoid that at all costs. All right, so files in these folders should never be changed moved were renamed don't go in there, go in all I think the file be better suited if I renamed this because when you open a public up, pretend it looks for that file on it doesn't see the original name was gonna freak out, okay? And you don't want to get into that if you do everything correctly. Final cut pretend does an amazing job making sure all of your media is in one place, and this is really great when we start importing media into the program because final couple automatically copy your media for you into those folders, okay, we'll get into that more in a few minutes, but to those of those of the basics of the final cut pro ten file system. The idea is that all of your media is stored in one place, so you never have to worry about missing files, missing assets or project saves final cut pro wants to manage your media for you, and another beautiful thing is you don't have to save your project. How many of you were ever working in final cut pro seven and you were working for an hour and the program crashed and you lost all the work leading up to that or if you didn't have your auto save, god forbid you have your auto save on you lose all that work if you had your auto save on and he was saving every five minutes or so. You know what you would have up until that point, but final cut pro tennis design where you don't have to do that anymore. Final cup pretenders design where it will every move you make, every changing make within the program will automatically save into its final cut pro projects database. And if the programme crashes when you reopen it, if nothing is corrupted, you'll have right where you left off, which is great, okay, like they knew how much it crashed. And did something about it yeah, well they did the idea is they just want to make it they want you as the editor to focus on the problem on what you're doing and not have to worry about all this other media management stuff it does all those background things for media management which we'll get into on day three really takes it a step further which is really exciting stuff believe it or not so events do not need to be saved they are just storage collections of your media okay, so anything you important to your event will remain in your event forever until you tell the event or final cut to remove it from an event okay, so I just want to make sure you guys understand this in the studio because from here on out I'm gonna be referencing events and projects often and you really need to understand do you guys understand how that works if you don't now it's time to ask a question okay, so events your media is stored in the event projects is where our timelines are actual edited timelines first okay, good that's really important. I'm glad we got through that because I was dreading that I get a lot of questions about that and that's a lot of verbiage and a lot of you know, just looking at it not visually so we're going to get into all the visual aspect

Class Description

In this Final Cut Pro course, explore FCP X in-depth with Rob Adams and Vanessa Joy! Rob teaches editing theory and practice, helping you master all the important aspects to this complex program. Using examples from wedding films and corporate films, Rob shows how he uses the many tools in Final Cut most effectively. If you're interested in editing your own work, this Final Cut Pro training tutorial is for you!