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Finalizing, Exporting and Archiving: Final Checks and Tweaks

Lesson 36 from: Final Cut Pro X Bootcamp

Abba Shapiro

Finalizing, Exporting and Archiving: Final Checks and Tweaks

Lesson 36 from: Final Cut Pro X Bootcamp

Abba Shapiro

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36. Finalizing, Exporting and Archiving: Final Checks and Tweaks


Class Trailer

Class Introduction


Exploring Final Cut Pro X: Navigating the Interface


Exploring Final Cut Pro X: Project Timeline


Exploring Final Cut Pro X: Basic Editing


Refining Your Edit Introduction


Refining Your Edit: Trimming


Refining Your Edit: J and L Cuts


Refining Your Edit: Roll and Overwrite Edits


Lesson Info

Finalizing, Exporting and Archiving: Final Checks and Tweaks

finalizing, Exporting and archiving the light at the end of the tunnel is a good thing, as long as it's not no oncoming train. And with that, let's talk about what we're going to dio when I'd finished a show, you know, that's when you kind of do the last run through the final checks, and tweaks will do that fairly quickly. Uh, and then we're gonna talk about sharing your video and how easy it is and how robust it is. Actually export, you're finished programs for the Webbers, for filer, for archiving. And then how do you clean house? How do you organize things? You know, you have all this stuff and you want archive Just what you need. Um, we're gonna talk about that and show you some tricks. And then at the very end, if you have any questions about anything that we covered in the course, feel free to ask them. I will do my best to answer them and will be ready to go, and then you'll be raring to hop into final cut. So before we can finish, we have to get started. So let's go over to the...

computer. So this will be our finish. Oh, this is just a short segment. The first thing I would do is I would play it through. I would play it through with my audio meters large. So let's go ahead and bring this to the beginning. And I want to point out that if I wanted to, I should be able to stretch this out of my eyes. Good that we go almost got it. So you can make your audio meters wider if they're thinner. And I just want to make sure everything is, you know, sounds right. Looks right. A lot of times when you're editing, you turn tracks on and off. I want to make sure everything is balanced. So that's one key thing. So listen to everything. Make sure you actually hear everything that you didn't turn something off, didn't accidentally delete something that was off screen because you weren't looking at what you selected. So ah, full view is a good way to start. The other thing I like to dio when I'm prepping to finish is always go back to the beginning of the show. We've learned to go to the head of the show by hitting the home care function and the left arrow. And then I used the up and down arrows to step between every edit. And what this allows me to do is make sure that there's nothing that's gonna pop up like, Ah, flash frame where you know, I did some playing around with some clips and two were next to each other. But I had snapping. Turned off. And there's actually, you know, something is wrong. Either there's, Ah, black frame or I see what's below it. You know, maybe I'll see her talking on and then we'll be watching this distracting. A person can notice the 30th of a second so I'll step through. Sometimes I will also. I usually do this well in editing, but I'll often go to a transition, especially a longer transition. Okay, and with my play head parked in the middle of a transition, I'll actually play that transition. And we learned that earlier that if I hold the shift key and the question mark, it will play around. I remember so that way I can make sure that I don't have any surprises. You know, you've worked really hard on a project. The last thing you want to do is have a mistake when you export. It's a matter of fact we don't always have this luxury, but it's a good rule of thumb is after I finished to show, Um, I like to walk away from it for a day or so if the luxury of time, if I haven't really gone to the wall for delivery and if that's the case, I see it with new eyes. My eyes aren't tired, and maybe I'll see something wrong with the rhythm. Maybe I'll see a technical flaw. It's an important thing. As a matter of fact. Another thing I like to do before I deliver a show is all sit down and I'll watch it with friends are, you know, working partners? And what's interesting is they don't necessarily have to give me any feedback, because when I'm watching it with somebody else, my gut says, Oh, that's probably to longer. I should have done that. I'm forced to look at it with a more critical eyes. They can give me that, but it's amazing what you I think you could get away with, and then you watch it yourself again with a co worker and you're like Now I have to fix that. So that's important because, you know, you do hard work. You want it to look good. Of course, many times we're editing right up to the last minute, and we have to export. So you know that does happen. But these some of the simple things that I like to do make sure the color is balanced. All the things that I've I've played with, make sure that I have the right version.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Keyboard Shortcuts
Project Files - Dancer Media - Part 1 of 2 (Large Download 2.13 GB)
Project Files - Dancer Media - Part 2 of 2 (Large Download 1.88 GB)
Project Files - Green Screen

Ratings and Reviews

a Creativelive Student

Wonderful. This is the first time I've seen any of Abba's classes, and he's a great teacher. I've been watching the live sessions for the past few days and have picked up a ton of great tips that will indeed speed up my workflow in FCPX. He's a great teacher, and does a wonderful job of setting people at ease, ie. where he says things like, 'there's no trick questions', and times where he will click on something wrong, then he'll go back and show his mistake (pointing out his minor mistakes are actually a beneficial lesson). In all, wonderful wonderful wonderful. Thank you!


Fantastic teacher. I enjoyed every video, super worth it. I've been reluctant to jump into FCP X since it got upgraded from FCP. Now I feel confident to work with it again. Seems pretty self explanatory, but I am glad I watched the course. Abba covers pretty much everything you need to know. I also loved his personality, made me want to learn more each day.

Alan Pole

Absolutely brilliant. Abba gets to the point, is clear, organized and articulate, and lays it all out in a manner that quickly brings your confidence level from zero to hero. Highly recommend this to any photographer who wants to blog, build ads, or include video in their offering. I feel like an amazing new world has been provided to me. Thank you!

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