Finder tags are the next step beyond changing the color of a file or folder: They allow a greater amount of customization and can be used, when importing media into Final Cut Pro, to create keywords automatically.
In this article, I’ll show you how to create and modify tags, use tags to find media, and then create keywords using tags within Final Cut Pro X.
For this article, I’m working with some excellent underwater images created by Jim Walker for Lobsters Gone Wild Productions. (By the way, the name of this sea turtle is “Yertle.” I asked.)
CREATING FINDER TAGS
There are a number of different ways to create Finder tags. Here, I right-clicked the name of the file I want to tag in the Finder and clicked Tags.
This displays the Tag dialog, where I can either assign an existing tag (Interviews, B-roll, Source files, etc.) or create a new tag. The Finder ships with seven color tags. You can use these or create your own. The tags shown here were all created by me.
Next, I create a new tag called “Shark”. While there is no limit to the number of tags that can be created, there is a limit to the number of colors that can be assigned to a tag. Specifically, eight.
Once a tag has been created, you can assign it to as many other clips as you want. Here, for example, I’m tagging eight other clips with the “Fish” tag. You can apply multiple tags to a single file. You can also assign tags to folders.
Tags allow you to organize clips using the Finder before importing them into Final Cut, then have all your organizational efforts carried into Final Cut as keywords.
NOTE: If tags are not displayed in the file window, in the Finder go to View > View Options and check the Tags checkbox.
To see all the tags you’ve created, go to the Finder and open Finder > Preferences. As you can see, I’ve created tags for Gastropods, Turtles, Fish, and Shark.
To rename a tag, double-click it and type the new text. I just renamed “Shark” to “Sharks.”
To delete a tag, or assign it a color, right-click the tag name.
Here, I’ve assigned colors to my four new tags.
FIND FILES USING TAGS
Tags are a very fast way to find files. For example, open a Find window in the Finder (Cmd + F).
Click the Kind menu in the top left corner.
NOTE: If Tags are not listed, choose Other and check the In Menu option for Tags from the popup list.
In the Tag search box, type in the tag you want to find (“Turtle”) and all Turtle-tagged files are instantly displayed.
TAGS AND FINAL CUT PRO X
New with the 10.1.2 update to Final Cut Pro X is an option to automatically create keywords based on Finder tags when importing media into Final Cut. Just check this checkbox in the Media Import window (or preferences) before importing tagged clips.
When the files are imported, keywords are automatically created for all tagged clips.
Here are three articles that can help you learn more about tags:
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