A Cut above

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I am rel­a­tively new to both Macs and video work hav­ing only started pro­duc­ing videos over the last 12 to 18 months. Up un­til now I have sim­ply had to pro­duce a fin­ished copy on disk but on this oc­ca­sion I need to be able to show a short ex­cerpt of about two min­utes’ du­ra­tion from an ex­ist­ing fi­nal pro­duc­tion. Please can you ad­vise me as to how I do this in Fi­nal Cut Pro X. Many thanks for your time, I look for­ward to hear­ing from you. Ruth Alan Stone­bridge says… Jump­ing back and forth to copy and paste clips from your fin­ish project into a blank one isn’t a com­fort­able way to deal with this task, but there are a cou­ple of meth­ods that make it less awk­ward. Both use snapshots, which are self-con­tained back-up ver­sions of a project.

The first method is to cre­ate a snap­shot of your fin­ished film by right-click­ing the ex­ist­ing project in the Browser and then choos­ing Du­pli­cate Project as Snap­shot. A sec­ond copy of the project will ap­pear in the browser, which can be edited in­de­pen­dently.

Open the du­pli­cate project and re­move the parts you don’t want un­til you get down to the two-minute du­ra­tion you need. This is a good op­tion for films that are al­ready quite short – say, up to 20 min­utes long.

For longer ma­te­rial, or if you pre­fer to start with a clean slate, you’ve prob­a­bly al­ready dis­cov­ered that you can’t skim over a project in the Browser to add the bits of it you want to an­other project. The work­around is to du­pli­cate your fin­ished project as a snap­shot and open the du­pli­cate’s timeline. Next, click in the timeline and choose Edit > Se­lect All, and then choose File > New > Com­pound Clip… and give it a name.

No­tice that the con­tents of the du­pli­cate project are re­placed by a sin­gle clip, and that clip now ex­ists in the Browser. Find and se­lect it there. In the Browser, com­pound clips work just like the raw footage you im­ported into Fi­nal Cut – you can skim over one, mark­ing in and out points and la­belling them as favourites, un­til you’ve iden­ti­fied the key scenes to in­clude in your ex­cerpt.

Cre­ate a blank project then drag the marked ranges from your com­pound clip in the Browser into the empty project’s timeline to as­sem­ble a rough cut.

One use for Fi­nal Cut’s snapshots fea­ture is as a start­ing point for a new project, such as a trailer, that is based on an ex­ist­ing one.

VMware Fu­sion in­cludes a pref­er­ence that redi­rects email and web­site links in the ap­pro­pri­ate OS X app, rather than open­ing them in Win­dows.

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