How to Import & Arrange Scenes in Final Cut Pro

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Importing and arranging scenes in Final Cut Pro is a large part of the editing process of any project that you'll work on. Import and arrange scenes in Final Cut Pro with help from a professional filmmaker in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Tom Mitchell, and I'm going to help with the question how to import and arrange scenes in Final Cut Pro. First there are some important considerations when you begin a project. The manner in which you organize your project can directly impact the speed and ease or lack of ease that you will experience in cutting your project. A simple project like an event with one or two reels of footage may require little beyond capturing because everything was shot in chronographical order and probably all you intend to do is edit out the nonessential footage. On the other hand, even a short scripted production working from the screen play will probably be shot out of order and is best organized by scene and take to facilitate shot selection. The larger the project, the greater the need for this organization. And a large event shot with multiple cameras, can result in dozens of hours of footage which will most likely need to be logged by the camera with the provision for synchronization. Let's take a look at the project we have today. There are basically three facilities provided by Final Cut Pro to ingest footage, log and capture, a tape based utility for standard definition DV and HDV footage. Log and transfer, a file based or tapeless utility designed to log, transcode and capture footage that is presented in AVC HD, Long-GOP, MPEG-2 or other nonoptimum editing formats. Both Log options create a permanent capture scratch file within your project. Import provides a simple facility with which to bring in supported footage from external hard drives or tapeless cameras that provide directly editable footage. this also includes footage that had been batch transcoded in Final Cut Studio's Compressor application. Imported material must be manually copied to your project files to prevent it going off line when source drives are disconnected. Once the footage is captured, it resides in browser where you organize your project. In list view, browser is sorted to your preference based on parameters included in the footage data base. In iconview, browser displays items by type in whatever order you choose. It is even possible to do simplistic story boarding in iconview. Arranging your clips in the timeline is a very flexible process. You can simply drag clips from browser to the timeline and trim them there or where precise trimming is desired, you can load the clip into viewer, set the in and out points and then drag the clip to the timeline or let the system place it in the timeline at the current position of the timeline indicator. At best, editing is a lengthy process. So I laid out a few clips to get a rough cut started. It's a scene from a pilot for an episodic drama. Notice the organization of the browser. It's broken down into scenes so that the shot selection can be simplified. We see that within the scene 3 bin we have a select bin that represents the shot choices for this scene. I mentioned earlier that it was possible to create a rudimentary story board in the iconview browser. I have done so here. The ten shot for the scene are displayed in order. I could take advantage of this by selecting the entire group and dragging them to the canvas edit overlay insert option but I'll go a step further and simply drag the entire scene three select bin to the timeline. Additional shots can be added by setting the timeline indicator to a point where you wish to insert and dragging the shot from this bin to the canvas edit overlay insert option. So there it is, how to import and arrange scenes in Final Cut Pro. I'm Tom Mitchell and thanks for watching.


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