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Final Cut Pro X 10.3 - Apple Pro Training Series: Professional Post Production, First Edition

Book Description

The Apple-Certified Way to Learn

This fully updated Apple-certified guide presents a real-world workflow from raw media to finished project to demonstrate the features of Final Cut Pro X 10.3 and the practical techniques you will use in editing projects. Using professionally acquired media, you’ll utilize the same tools and editing techniques used by editors worldwide in this revolutionary editing software. Renowned editor and master trainer Brendan Boykin starts with basic video editing techniques and takes you all the way through Final Cut Pro’s powerful features.

The lessons start as real world as it gets–with an empty application. After downloading the media files, you will be guided through creating a project from scratch to finished draft. The basic workflow and tools are covered in Lessons 1 through 4 where you create a rough cut. The real-world workflow continues through the remaining lessons as you take the basic project and enhance it with a deeper dive into the more advanced Final Cut Pro X 10.3 features, including how to easily import and organize media using metadata, advanced audio design with Roles, stunning effects including 3D titles, and much more.

•   Downloadable lesson and media files to work sequentially through exercises for hours of hands-on training.

•   Focused lessons teach concepts and take students step by step through professional, real-world editing scenarios to create a final project.

•   Chapter review questions summarize what students learn to prepare them for the Apple certification exam.

•   Web Edition provides full text of the book available online with revised content for significant software updates.

The Apple Pro Training Series is both a self-paced learning tool and the official curriculum of the Apple Training and Certification program. Upon completing the course material in this guide, you can become Apple Certified by passing the certification exam at an Apple Authorized Training Center. To find an Apple Authorized Training Center near you, please visit training.apple.com.

Table of Contents

  1. About This E-Book
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents at a Glance
  5. Table of Contents
  6. Lesson 1. Getting Started
    1. Learned from a Legacy
    2. Reference 1.1 Using This Book
      1. 1.1-A Performing the Exercises
      2. 1.1-B Verifying Your Progress with Checkpoints
    3. Exercise 1.1.1 Downloading the Source Media Files
      1. Web Edition/Content Update Program
    4. Exercise 1.1.2 Preparing the Source Media Files
    5. Reference 1.2 Introducing the Job and the Workflow
      1. 1.2-A Learning the Workflow
    6. Lesson Review
  7. Lesson 2. Importing Media
    1. Reference 2.1 Understanding Clips, Events, and Libraries
      1. 2.1-B The Event Container
      2. 2.1-C The Library Container
    2. Exercise 2.1.1 Creating a Library
    3. Exercise 2.1.2 Preparing to Import Camera Source Files
    4. Reference 2.2 Using the Media Import Window
    5. Exercise 2.2.1 Creating a Camera Archive
    6. Reference 2.3 Importing Source Media from a Camera
    7. Exercise 2.3.1 Navigating Within a Filmstrip Preview
      1. 2.3.1-A Expanding the Filmstrip View
    8. Exercise 2.3.2 Importing Files from a Camera Card
    9. Reference 2.4 Choosing Media Import Options
      1. 2.4-A Choosing Virtual Storage
      2. 2.4-B Choosing Physical Storage
      3. 2.4-C Generating Keywords and Assigning Audio Roles
      4. 2.4-D Using Transcode and Analysis Options
    10. Exercise 2.4.1 Applying Media Import Options
    11. Reference 2.5 Import Files from a Volume
      1. 2.5-A Leaving Files in Place
    12. Exercise 2.5.1 Importing Existing Files from a Volume
    13. Lesson Review
  8. Lesson 3. Organizing Clips
    1. Reference 3.1 Introducing the Libraries Sidebar, Browser, and Viewer Areas
    2. Reference 3.2 Using Keywords
    3. Exercise 3.2.1 Keywording a Clip
      1. 3.2.1-A Adding a Keyword to One or More Clips
      2. 3.2.1-B Removing a Keyword
      3. 3.2.1-C Adding Clips to a Keyword Collection
      4. 3.2.1-D Adding Keywords Using Shortcuts
    4. Exercise 3.2.2 Keywording a Range
      1. 3.2.2-A Viewing Keywords in List View
    5. Exercise 3.2.3 Adding Notes to a Clip
      1. 3.2.3-A Viewing the Info Inspector
    6. Reference 3.3 Assigning Ratings
    7. Exercise 3.3.1 Applying Ratings
      1. 3.3.1-A Unrating a Favorite
      2. 3.3.1-B Rejecting Clips
    8. Exercise 3.3.2 Customizing a Favorite
      1. 3.3.2-A Adding More Metadata
    9. Reference 3.4 Search, Sort, and Filter
      1. 3.4-A Sorting Clips
      2. 3.4-B Searching Metadata
      3. 3.4-C Applying Filters
      4. 3.4-D Creating Smart Collections
    10. Exercise 3.4.1 Filtering an Event
      1. 3.4.1-A Finding Orphaned Clips
    11. Exercise 3.4.2 Working with Smart Collections
    12. Exercise 3.4.3 Creating a Library-Wide Smart Collection
    13. Exercise 3.4.4 Detecting People and Shot Composition
    14. Reference 3.5 Roles
    15. Exercise 3.5.1 Assigning Roles
      1. 3.5.1-A Assigning Additional Roles
    16. Lesson Review
  9. Lesson 4. Making the First Edit
    1. Reference 4.1 Understanding a Project
    2. Exercise 4.1.1 Creating a Project
    3. Reference 4.2 Defining the Primary Storyline
    4. Exercise 4.2.1 Appending the Primary Storyline
      1. 4.2.1-A Appending a Batch Edit to the Primary Storyline
      2. 4.2.1-B Playing the Project
    5. Exercise 4.2.2 Rearranging Clips in the Primary Storyline
    6. Reference 4.3 Modifying Clips in the Primary Storyline
    7. Exercise 4.3.1 Performing Insert Edits
    8. Exercise 4.3.2 Rippling the Primary Storyline
      1. 4.3.2-A Using the Keyboard to Ripple Trim an End Point
    9. Reference 4.4 Timing the Primary Storyline
    10. Exercise 4.4.1 Inserting a Gap Clip
    11. Exercise 4.4.2 Blading and Deleting
    12. Exercise 4.4.3 Joining a Through Edit
    13. Exercise 4.4.4 Refining Some Sound Bite Edits
    14. Reference 4.5 Editing Above the Primary Storyline
    15. Exercise 4.5.1 Adding and Trimming Connected B-roll
      1. 4.5.1-A Connecting the Second B-roll Clip
      2. 4.5.1-B Connecting the Third B-roll Clip
    16. Exercise 4.5.2 Understanding Connected Clip Sync and Trimming Behaviors
      1. 4.5.2-A Overriding the Connection
      2. 4.5.2-B Trimming Connected Clips
    17. Reference 4.6 Creating a Connected Storyline
    18. Exercise 4.6.1 Converting Connected Clips into a Connected Storyline
    19. Exercise 4.6.2 Appending Clips to a Connected Storyline
      1. 4.6.2-A Editing Within a Connected Storyline
      2. 4.6.2-B Creating and Editing the Third Connected Storyline
    20. Reference 4.7 Editing Below the Primary Storyline
    21. Exercise 4.7.1 Connecting a Music Clip
    22. Reference 4.8 Finessing the Rough Cut
    23. Exercise 4.8.1 Adjusting the Edits
      1. 4.8.1-A Using the Slip Edit
    24. Exercise 4.8.2 Adjusting Clip Volume Levels
    25. Exercise 4.8.3 Connecting Two Additional B-Roll Clips
    26. Exercise 4.8.4 Refining Edits Using Cross Dissolves and Fade Handles
    27. Reference 4.9 Sharing Your Progress
    28. Exercise 4.9.1 Sharing an iOS-Compatible File
    29. Lesson Review
  10. Lesson 5. Revising the Edit
    1. Reference 5.1 Versioning a Project
      1. 5.1-A Duplicate Project as Snapshot
      2. 5.1-B Duplicate Project
    2. Exercise 5.1.1 Snapshotting a Project
    3. Reference 5.2 Lifting from a Storyline
    4. Exercise 5.2.1 Lifting Clips Out of a Storyline
    5. Reference 5.3 Replacing a Clip
    6. Exercise 5.3.1 Replacing the Primary Storyline
    7. Exercise 5.3.2 Creating Time at 0:00
    8. Reference 5.4 Working with Markers
      1. 5.4-A Using the Timeline Index
    9. Exercise 5.4.1 Creating Markers
    10. Reference 5.5 Using the Position Tool
    11. Exercise 5.5.1 Realigning Sound Bites and B-roll to Music
      1. 5.5.1-A Breaking Up and Adding New Sound Bites
    12. Reference 5.6 Working with Auditions
    13. Exercise 5.6.1 Repositioning Storylines and Deleting Within
    14. Exercise 5.6.2 Importing the Aerial Clips Using Finder Tags
    15. Exercise 5.6.3 Working with an Audition Clip
      1. 5.6.3-A Experiencing the Audition Window
    16. Reference 5.7 Trimming the Tops and Tails
    17. Exercise 5.7.1 Trimming the Aerials
      1. 5.7.1-A Continuing to Add B-roll
      2. 5.7.1-B Removing a Transition and Moving Clips
      3. 5.7.1-C Aligning the Bites and Bits
    18. Lesson Review
  11. Lesson 6. Enhancing the Edit
    1. Reference 6.1 Retiming Clips
    2. Exercise 6.1.1 Setting a Constant Speed Change
      1. 6.1.1-A Setting Playback Speed Manually
    3. Exercise 6.1.2 Editing with Blade Speed
      1. 6.1.2-A Working with Speed Transitions
    4. Reference 6.2 Working with Video Effects
    5. Exercise 6.2.1 Experimenting with Video Effects
      1. 6.2.1-A Modifying an Effect
      2. 6.2.1-B Stacking Effects
      3. 6.2.1-C Saving Effects as a Preset
      4. 6.2.1-D Deleting Effects and Removing Attributes
    6. Exercise 6.2.2 Creating a Depth of Field Effect
      1. 6.2.2-A Creating a Mask
    7. Reference 6.3 Working with Video Transitions
    8. Exercise 6.3.1 Experimenting with Transitions
      1. 6.3.1-A Applying Cross Dissolves
      2. 6.3.1-B Defining Media Handles for Transitions
      3. 6.3.1-C Slipping to Create Media Handles
      4. 6.3.1-D Using the Transitions Browser
      5. 6.3.1-E Customizing Transitions
      6. 6.3.1-F Adding More Cross Dissolves
    9. Reference 6.4 Compositing Using Spatial Parameters
    10. Exercise 6.4.1 Creating a Two-Up Split Screen
      1. 6.4.1-A Using a Timeline-Based Range for a Backtimed Edit
      2. 6.4.1-B Positioning the Images in the Viewer
    11. Exercise 6.4.2 Exploring the Video Animation Editor
      1. 6.4.2-A Copying and Pasting Attributes
    12. Reference 6.5 Compounding Clips
    13. Exercise 6.5.1 Collapsing a Composite into a Compound
    14. Lesson Review
  12. Lesson 7. Finishing the Edit
    1. Reference 7.1 Using Titles
    2. Exercise 7.1.1 Adding and Modifying a Lower Third
      1. 7.1.1-A Modifying Title Text
      2. 7.1.1-B Extending an Edit
    3. Reference 7.2 Creating 3D Titles
    4. Exercise 7.2.1 Exploring 3D Options
      1. 7.2.1-A Transforming Text in 3D
      2. 7.2.1-B Adjusting the Shape of 3D Glyphs
      3. 7.2.1-C Refining the Look of 3D Glyphs
      4. 7.2.1-D Animating a 3D Title
    5. Reference 7.3 Working with Audio
    6. Exercise 7.3.1 Adding Sound to a Clip
      1. 7.3.1-A Retiming Borrowed Audio
      2. 7.3.1-B Splitting Audio with Another Clip
      3. 7.3.1-C Previewing an Audio Blend
      4. 7.3.1-D Adding, Borrowing, and Splitting Audio
    7. Exercise 7.3.2 Adjusting Volume Levels over Time
      1. 7.3.2-A Reading the Audio Meters
      2. 7.3.2-B Changing Channel Configuration
      3. 7.3.2-D Setting Volume Level by Role
      4. 7.3.2-E Ducking and Swelling the Sound Effects and the Music
      5. 7.3.2-F Using Range Selection for Keyframing
      6. 7.3.2-G Adjusting the Volume Level and Keyframes of One or More Clips
    8. Reference 7.4 Understanding Audio Enhancements
    9. Reference 7.5 Recording a Voiceover
    10. Exercise 7.5.1 Using the Voiceover Tool
    11. Reference 7.6 Correcting the Image
      1. 7.6-A Video Scopes
    12. Exercise 7.6.1 Exploring the Color Correction Tools for Luma
      1. 7.6.1-B Reading the Luma Value of a Clip
      2. 7.6.1-C Adjusting Global Luma Using the Color Correction Effect
      3. 7.6.1-D Adjusting Grayscale Luma with the Color Correction Effect
    13. Exercise 7.6.2 Exploring the Color Correction Tools for Chroma
      1. 7.6.2-A Neutralizing a Color Cast
    14. Lesson Review
  13. Lesson 8. Sharing a Project
    1. Reference 8.1 Creating a Viewable File
    2. Exercise 8.1.1 Sharing to an Online Host
    3. Exercise 8.1.2 Sharing to a Bundle
    4. Exercise 8.1.3 Sharing a Master File
    5. Reference 8.2 Creating an Exchangeable File
    6. Reference 8.3 Utilizing Compressor
    7. Exercise 8.3.1 Adding a Compressor Setting to the Share Destinations
    8. Exercise 8.3.2 Sending to Compressor
    9. Lesson Review
  14. Lesson 9. Managing Libraries
    1. Reference 9.1 Storing the Imported Media
    2. Exercise 9.1.1 Importing Existing Files as Externally Referenced
    3. Exercise 9.1.2 Importing as Internally Managed Clips
    4. Exercise 9.1.3 Copying as Externally Referenced
    5. Exercise 9.1.4 Moving and Copying Clips Within a Library
    6. Exercise 9.1.5 Making a Library Portable
    7. Lesson Review
  15. Lesson 10. Advancing Your Workflow
    1. Sub-workflow 10.1 Using Manual Settings for a New Project
    2. Sub-workflow 10.2 Synchronizing Dual System Recordings
    3. Sub-workflow 10.3 Using Chroma Key
      1. 10.3-A Masking Objects
      2. 10.3-B Manually Selecting Color Key Samples
    4. Sub-workflow 10.4 Working with Multicam
      1. 10.4-A Setting Up a Multicam Clip
      2. 10.4-B Editing a Multicam Clip
      3. 10.4-C Fine-Tuning Within a Multicam Clip
    5. Lesson Review
  16. Appendix A. Keyboard Shortcuts
    1. Assigning Keyboard Shortcuts
      1. A-1 Using the Keyboard
      2. A-2 Using the Search Field
      3. A-3 Using the Command List
    2. Reviewing the Default Command Set
  17. Appendix B. Editing Native Formats
    1. Native Video Formats
    2. Native Still-Image Formats
    3. Native Audio Formats
  18. Appendix C. Checkpoints
    1. Downloading and Relinking the Checkpoints Library
    2. Using the Checkpoints Library
  19. Glossary
  20. Index