Hey what’s up everybody. My name is Jasper Thayer. I’m an Apple Certified Trainer for Final Cut Pro and developer of FinalCutProX.net
In this lesson I’ll gonna be talking about some of the new features that are available in FCPX version 10.1.2
The first thing I’m gonna do is open up the new update of FCPX 10.1.2 and show you some new features that have been added to this new update.
First thing that you’ll notice is that FCPX requires you to update your Library files in order to work with your Libraries in this new version. Keep in mind that you can not open your Libraries in older versions of FCPX after they’ve been updated to work in version 10.1.2
So if you’re working with other editors that may not have updated to the newest version of FCPX then you might want to coordinate with the other editors you’re working with to ensure that everyone is working on the same version of FCP. That way nobody you’re working with will have problems opening up your shared Library files and working on your project.
I’m going to click Cancel because I want to create a new Library and import media into it so that I can show you how media and render files are managed in Libraries now.
I’ll choose New Library and name it McLaren and save it to my Desktop.
Now in the earlier version of Final Cut Pro you had a Library bundle file that contained your projects and events, and you could “choose” to
copy imported media into the Library bundle file,
copy the files to an external location,
or “leave files in place” in their original location.
This was a great feature because you had the choice of separating your media files from your Library bundle file.
The problem with that though is that you could not manage the media that is created by Final Cut Pro, including render files and transcoded media files.
But now, in Final Cut Pro version 10.1.2 you have the ability to set the location where you’d like to store your Final Cut Pro transcoded media files and Final Cut Pro render files
Let me show you how to set it up. I’ll create a new Library in FCPX 10.1.2 and as soon as I do a Library Properties pane automatically opens in the Inspector, even if I had the Inspector closed.
At the top of the Library Properties pane is the name and Hard Drive location of my Library so I know which Library’s properties I’m currently Inspecting.
Underneath the Library’s name is Storage Locations. If I click Modify Settings a drop down window appears which allows me to set the storage locations for my Library.
The window says that newly imported or generated media, cache files, and library backups will be stored in the locations I choose.
The drop down window also informs me that any existing media and backup files remain in their original locations.
It’s pretty straight forward, but that basically means if I worked on the Library before and changed the storage locations since then, then any NEW media will be stored in the new location, but previous media will remain in the previous location.
You can consolidate your media by clicking the Consolidate button in the Library Properties pane in the Inspector.
I’m going to set the location of my media, cache, and backup files to my SSD Hard drive so that all of the media is stored on a separate location from my Library file.
Now that the locations of your files have been setup in the Library Properties pane you can hover your pointer over the media, cache and backups sections to see a tooltip appear which will show you the storage location for that group of files.
Media includes files you import as well as optimized or proxy transcoded media that you can choose to create inside of Final Cut Pro.
Cache includes render files, thumbnail images, audio waveforms, optical flow and stabilization analysis files… basically all the files generated by Final Cut Pro besides transcoded media.
Backups are backup files of your Library’s database – not the media. So they’re pretty small files.
The Import preferences have changed a little bit too. You’ll notice now that you can only choose to Copy to Library storage location or leave files in place during import. That means that all media storage locations are now managed from the Libraries Properties pane in the Inspector.
Depending on your situation, you may want to keep all the files in your Library so everything is all in one place, or if you’re working with other editors in a studio where you’re all sharing media you might want to set your storage locations to a shared volume.
I usually edit by myself but I am the type that likes to separate all of my files from my Library. So from the storage locations I would modify the settings to store all of my Media, Cache, and backup files on my external SSD Drive.
If I choose to change the location later I can always modify the settings and then Consolidate the media to move my media to the new location.
OK so I think we covered how media is now stored in FCPX. Let’s talk about some of the other new features. I’m going to show you them in rapid fire so look out.
One new feature in the recent update of FCP is that you can add keywords to imported media from the finder tags of the media.
I’ll open up the FCP preferences and go to the Import preferences and you’ll see in the Keywords section there’s a new option checked “From Finder Tags”.
That means that if I import media into FCP that has finder tags, then those finder tags will become keyword collections for the clip during import if this option is checked.
I added the finder tag “McLaren” to these clips on my desktop. so when I import them into FCP then they will be included in a new keyword collection titled McLaren.
Let me show you that right now while I perform another new feature in FCP, which is the ability to drag media directly into the browser to Import it.
So when I drag these selected clips from my Desktop into the Browser for today’s dated event in FCP then a Keyword Collection for McLaren is created from the Finder tags for the clips and the clips are included in the keyword collection.
In previous versions of FCP you could only drag media into an event. Now you can drag it into the browser.
Once clips are in the browser you now have the ability to view a list of unused clips. Just click on these little arrows to make the drop down appear and choose Unused clips, or press control-U on your keyboard.
Apple has also mentioned that there are now used media indicators for Compound clips, Multicam clips, and Synced clips.?
Another new feature is you can sort events by name or date in ascending or descending order.
Just right click an event and mouse over “Sort Events By” to see the sorting options.
Let me talk about audio improvements in the new version really quick.
You now have the ability to adjust absolute or relative volume of the audio in your project.
This means you can select a range of audio and choose to adjust the absolute volume, meaning the clip would go to the db level you set, or you can adjust the relative volume, meaning the volume db level would adjust relative to it’s current db setting.
When you select an option then you can set a number value in the dashboard and press return. Put a munis sign before entering a number if you want to decrease the volume level.
There’s also some improvements of FCP’x voiceover tools. Now there’s a countdown before the voiceover starts recording. When you record multiple voiceover takes then subsequent recordings are included in an audition clip so that you can quickly switch between voiceover recordings to select the best recording to use in your project.
Access the voiceover tool by going to the Window menu and selecting “Record Voiceover” or press command-option-8 on your keyboard.
You can now delete your preferences files by holding down the Option and Command keys while launching Final Cut.
You can also delete transcoded media from FCP by going to the File menu and choosing the Delete Generated Library Files command. The command will change in the File menu depending on if you have a library, event, or project selected.
From the drop down window that appears you can choose to delete render files as well as optimized and proxy media files. You can not choose to delete cache files from here, however.
Check this out… After you’ve imported media you can select the Library in FCP and from the inspector in the Library Properties Pane you will now see an area at the bottom for “Media Locations” that shows how much space each group of media is taking up.
Apple has also made improvements for syncing clips faster and opening, closing, and working with large libraries.
Stay tuned for more tutorial videos being released soon.
Jasper Thayer is the developer of FinalCutProX.net
He has over 15 Apple Pro Certifications for video editing and special effects including Apple Certified Trainer for Final Cut Pro X and Apple Certified Trainer for Motion 5.
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