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Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X 10.1 Quick-Reference Guide by Brendan Boykin

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3. Library Management

Final Cut Pro and OS X know how to manage media. Once you import a source file into Final Cut Pro, the best practice is to not alter the file in the Finder. If you decide not to copy files into a library during import, you should exercise strong self-discipline to organize source files before importing.

Managing a Library

Libraries are the top-level data containers in Final Cut Pro. Inside a library, clips (the result of imported source media files) are grouped into containers known as events. Events may be used to group similar footage any way you desire, such as by reel, scene, date, or a smorgasbord of content options. Within an event, collections can be based on assigned keywords or other metadata to further refine ...

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