Final Cut Pro X has a ton of new features when it comes to importing and ingesting video. Some of them are common sense, others not so much. Let’s take a greater look at them and which ones you should use.
That’s a lot of options. But, they are very helpful and can save tons of time!
First is the organizing section. There are two options:
- Copy files to Final Cut Events folder: this does exactly as it says. It takes the footage you want to import and dumps it into the events folder on your hard drive. This can be both good and bad. If you’re taking the media from an external that won’t be always connected, you may want to copy the files over. If that’s the case, leave this selected. If the media you’re importing is on the same drive, deselect this. No need to have duplicates of your media – takes up double the space.
- Import folders as Keyword Collections: if you’re unfamiliar with FCPX, it organizes it’s media using meta data. The Keyword Collection is a great way to organize all those files and make sense of it. If you selected any folders, Final Cut Pro X will take those and make Keyword Collection folders and apply keywords to all the files in it. I recommend keeping this checked.
Now onto the transcoding section:
- Create optimized media: sometimes your media isn’t the highest of quality or you have different codecs. Apple can solve this problem by making FCPX transcode your media to their ProRes 422 codec.
- Create proxy media: this feature is great if you have large file sizes or you’re working on a server. It creates small files sizes, which actually retain the original picture quality pretty well. The files are ProRes 422 but specifically the proxy version.
This section is geared towards the – you guessed it – video files you are importing… Shocker.
- Analyze for stabilization and rolling shutter: this is kinda obvious. If your footage is shaky because you forgot the tripod or you’re getting the rolling shutter effect on your DSLR, I recommend checking this. You can always turn it off after your footage has been imported.
- Analyze for balance color: another pretty obvious one, if the video you shot is not white balanced correctly, Final Cut 10 will automatically fix it for you. If you’re known to not balance your shots, I suggest you keep it checked.
- Find people: first popularized in iPhoto, FCPX has the ability to find media that contains people using facial recognition. Plus, it can figure out if your shots are medium shots, long shots, close ups, or wide shots. It’s your call. I say leave it checked; only makes your life easier.
- Consolidate find people results: over time Final Cut will keep track of the people recognized and remember them for future reference. I unchecked this.
- Create Smart Collections after analysis: this depends on what you checked above. It basically makes Smart Collections of all the shots that have camera shake, people, etc. Up to you on this one.
Now onto audio:
- Analyze and fix audio problems: another helpful feature brought into FCPX; it can detect any issues with your audio – hiss, noise, volume, etc. – and tries to fix those problems. I recommend keeping it checked. You can always disable any of the “corrections”.
- Separate mono and group stereo audio: it does exactly as it says. I don’t think you need an explanation. I have this unchecked.
- Remove silent channels: again…. No explanation. Unchecked for me. If it’s already silent, it’s fine to leave it.
So hopefully those explanations and my sarcasm helped clarify the import options Final Cut Pro X offers. For more help, feel free to leave a comment below. I’ll do my best to help you out.