Some thought on Events and Keyword Collections in Final Cut Pro X
Like many people I questioned the metaphor of “Events” in Final Cut Pro X, but ultimately decided it wasn’t that crucial an issue and just let it be. Now that Greg and I are working on our metadata logging app for Solar Odyssey, we have had to solve the same naming question. It turns out that Event isn’t such a bad name after all.
The question we faced was “What do we call a discrete section of a larger project? Is it a ‘story’?” It could be but not everything is story related. For example, currently we’re shooting footage every day as the Solar Odyssey boat Ra approaches completion. The larger story is the boat approaching completion (and possibly a “Road to Ra” piece being edited in the future) but each day’s shoot is not really a story in itself. Ultimately we decided that Event is as accurate as anything else.
Now that I’m managing much larger amounts of media in FCP X I’ve also found the way I use Events and Keyword Collections is evolving. I started with a “Solar Odyssey Pre-launch” Event but it becomes somewhat unwieldy as more media is added. I’m also trying to find the balance between enough Keywords instead of too many, or too few.
What I’m currently experimenting with is using an Event for each day’s shoot, with Keywords that group the shots from that day. For example, the May 30th Event has these keywords:
- Cabin Gelcoat covering going on
- Rant about Jim
- Today (the basis of the video blog)
- Welding aluminum brackets.
Over time I’ve found I’m adding fewer Keyword Ranges per clip.
Within those collections I’m renaming clips with a shot description from the default of date and time, with additional details (not often) in the notes.
My original thought was to use one bigger Event – analogous to a FCP 7 Project, because I was under the misunderstanding that I couldn’t filter (search) across Events. As I just said that was a misunderstanding. By selecting multiple Events in the Event Browser, the filter (Command F) will filter across all the selected Events.
So, I’m heading toward using an Event more as a “Super Bin” and appreciating the details in the design even more.
One final thought about “persistent In and Out points”. Those of you who want that limited feature are insane! We have some long GoPro pieces in the car. In FCP 7 I would have to make the 13 sound bites of interest into subclips. In FCP X I favorite the pieces that are interesting and name the favorite. With the old paradigm I only have one persistent selection without making a subclip. In FCP X I can have as many ranges favorited and named. It simply confirmed to me that there is a better way than I’ve been used to.