Here are three quick tips that can speed your work when importing clips into Apple’s Final Cut Pro X.
TIP 1 – Create a Favorite
If there is a folder that you use a lot for importing media, turn it into a Favorite. Right-click the folder name and choose Favorite.
NOTE: Or, what’s even cooler, simply drag the folder name on top of the word Favorite in the Sidebar on the left.
To remove a favorite location, right-click the name in the sidebar on the left and choose Remove from Sidebar.
TIP 2 – Import a Folder
If you need to import a lot of clips, rather than select them inside a folder, import the entire folder.
First, this is fast. Second, if you check Keywords > From Folder, this will automatically assign the folder name as a keyword to each clip in the folder.
If you have folders inside folders, a keyword for each folder level will be assigned to each clip inside the appropriate folder. I find this to be a very, very fast way to organize clips before importing them, while the keywording makes finding the right clips easy.
TIP 3 – Don’t close the window
If you need to import clips from a variety of folders, uncheck Close window after starting import. This keeps the Media Import window open so you can quickly import clips from a variety of devices and locations.
Remember that importing always happens in the background, so you don’t need to wait for an import to be complete before importing other clips.
NOTE: And you can start editing clips before importing or transcoding is finished. FCP X will use the original location and camera native media until importing and transcoding are complete, then instantly switch to the new clips behind the scenes without slowing you down.
There are many different ways that FCP X allows us to move faster. Let me know in the comments about your favorite speed tips.
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