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Figuring out the best way to manage media in Final Cut is always a challenge because there are so many options. As a recent example, Ron wrote:
I have a challenge with Library’s in FCP X. I have a client that we shoot 4 videos a month. They are only about 5 minutes each. We do this every month and I have one Library (for the year) that has all the months in it along with the usual assets.
This Library is now 450 GB and my question is: would it be more effect if I had a Library for each month rather than a yearly Library.
The short answer is: “Yes.”
If you are not sharing media from one library to the next, putting one month in a library simplifies file management and improves performance. (Keep in mind that libraries need to be open to be accessed.)
There’s nothing wrong with what you are doing, it simply becomes harder to manage the media.
Here’s the general rule: Put the media you need to access into a single library.
Keep in mind that the bigger the library, the more RAM you’ll need.
After shooting and editing hundreds of interviews, the biggest lesson I’ve learned is: Don’t do everything at once. Rather focus on completing very specific tasks. This allows you to better concentrate on the story, rather than the construction.
Specifically, I build an interview in four stages:
The radio cut. Build the foundation of the story by editing all the sound bites in order into the timeline. Don’t worry about the visuals. Create the best story you can first.
Add B-roll. After the story is fleshed out, go back and add B-roll to illustrate what the speaker is talking about. (Adding B-roll before the story is complete just wastes time because the story you are telling keeps changing.)
Add titles and graphics. With the story built and the B-roll in place, you now know where you can fit titles and which graphics you need.
Finally, effects. When everything else is done, add effects. I’ve learned that effects will take as much time as you have between now and the deadline… plus an hour. Don’t get sucked into adding effects until the rest of your story is complete, you’ll run out of time to finish your story.
The benefit of this approach is that you are intently focusing on one element at a time, without wasting time creating, say, an effect for a shot that you ultimately decide not to use.
It is easy to get overwhelmed when editing non-scripted material.
Editing a documentary, or even a simple interview, can quickly get overwhelming with all the different sound bites and B-roll you need to deal with. Especially if the story is still evolving as you edit.
Here are three tips to help you focus:
Prioritize your media. As you review your media make notes on which clips have the most interesting material. Put them in their own bin, or flag them as a favorite.
Get your media organized. Sketch out your edit on paper. Tag clips using metadata. Use colors, keywords, favorites or any other organizational tool your NLE supports. The key is to get a sense of where you are going before you make your first edit. Once you get buried in the timeline, it is hard to take a step back and see the whole picture.
Edit one sequence at a time. Break your project into scenes, then work on one scene at a time. Otherwise, it is easy to get overwhelmed and frustrated.
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A template is a master file with elements and animation already in place.
Let’s say you need to create a new open every week for a program. While each open has the same elements, a few things change. While you could simply copy and reuse an existing project, templates are a better way to work.
Why? Because they store all the elements you need and prevent you from accidentally saving a revised project with the wrong name, thus erasing the older project.
Here’s how this works.
Create a new project or work with an existing project.
NOTE: While you can change project settings in Motion at any time, it is always best to set the duration before adding any elements. Changing the duration after elements are added is surprisingly tricky.
Modify the project as necessary.
When you are done creating, save your work. This is the critical step, choose File > Publish Template. NEVER simply save a template, that only creates a Motion project.
Give the template a name, then, if the category you want does not exist, click New Category. (A category is essentially a folder which is displayed in the Project Browser sidebar.)
Finally, click Publish. That’s it. You’ve created a new Motion template.
NOTE: You can store multiple templates in the same category. You only need to create a category once.
To access a template, look in the Compositions section of the Project Browser when you create a new project for Motion. Double-click the template you want to use.
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