Organization and meta data are big parts of Final Cut Pro X. The way Apple has us organize media is much different than legacy FCP. Let’s take a look how you can categorize all your video, audio, images, and graphics in the Event Library.
Changing the View
When you open Final Cut Pro X for the first time, the Event Library is organized by date and displays all the clips as a filmstrip – similar to iMovie. For some editors, this is great! You can easily view all your clips as thumbnails. However, for legacy Final Cutters, such as myself, we’re use to a list view. Thankfully, Apple has included this option.
First, let’s customize the Events section. If you don’t like the idea of organizing your Events by date, you can easily change that by clicking the cog wheel at the bottom left of the Event Library and going to “Group Events by Date” > “Don’t Group Events by Date”. If you’re not fond of showing what Events are on which hard drive, you can deselect “Group Events by Disk” in the same drop-down menu.
Now onto the clip-portion of the Event Library. Again, by default, Apple organizes the clips in a filmstrip view. This can be great if you’re working with b-roll footage; not so great if you have talking heads. If you’re not a fan of that, you can switch to list view by clicking the icon displaying a small filmstrip and lines below it (as seen in the picture to the right).
List View, In-Depth
Once you have the Event Library set to List View, the default columns may be fine with you. However, if you need more information than that, you can easily right-click anywhere at the top and select what you want to view. Plus, you can drag columns around to display what you need where you need it.
Say you decide to display ”Scenes” as a column. Once you do that, it will most likely be blank. To add information, simply click on a clip and head over to the Inspector window (command+4). Now click on the “Info” tab and change the view to “Extended View”. See the “Scenes” text field? Enter the name of the scene there.
In legacy Final Cut Pro, organizing media in the browser was basically limited to bins and sub-clips. However, FCPX lets you organize media into folders, Smart Collections, and Keyword Collections.
Folders are, well, folders! They’re basically bins; requiring you to manually click and drag your clips into it.
Smart Collections on the other hand work automatically. If you import several folders, Final Cut will guess you want your media separated that way in the Event Library. Plus, you can have it analyze for the type of shot (closeup, medium shot, long shot) and how many people are in the shot. You can create Smart Collections on import, more on settings can be found here. I hope to cover Smart Collections in more detail soon! Stay tuned.
Keyword Collections are – you guessed it – collections made from keywords. To create Keyword Collections, simply click on the key icon (found between the Event Library and Timeline). Now select a clip you want to apply a keyword and type it in the text box on the popup window. Final Cut Pro X allows you to create shortcuts for keywords by typing words next to the short keys (look at image below).
Hopefully those tips can help you with organization in Final Cut Pro X’s Event Library. For more tutorials, please become a fan on Facebook, follow @FinalCutWhiz on Twitter, and subscribe to the RSS feed.