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Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #14

Storyboard your edits and then edit in an instant By Stephen Schleicher
The Final Cut Pro Quick Tip series adds yet another installment. This week, we look at a way to quickly layout your project in storyboard format.

When you look at your clips in the Browser window more often than not, you have the display set to text so you are able to see all of the clips and the associated text information (In/Out points, duration, etc.). If you have an assistant who constantly names clips using some obscure method, sometimes you might even view the clips in the large thumbnail mode so you can actually see the footage the clip contains. But did you know you can use the thumbnail view to storyboard your edit and then take that storyboard and quickly turn it into a rough cut? Heres how.

Step 1: In the Browser Window, change the view from List View to Large Thumbnail.

Step 2: Open each clip and set In and Out points. If need be, make sub-clips to break up longer clips.

Step 3: With your mouse arrange the thumbnails in the Browser Window to closely match how you envision the edit. This storyboard helps you to mentally determine if the edit will work correctly or not. I have used this method a great deal, and it works wonderfully to help previsualize an entire project.

Step 4: When you are satisfied with your storyboard, highlight all of the clips in the browser window and drag the entire group to the timeline.

The clips will be placed, in order, with the correct in and out points. The only thing left to do is to go in and make any fine adjustments, add transitions and you are good to go.

Use this Quick Tip with Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #2: Using Markers to Quickly Edit a Music Video and you could be generating music videos quicker than the artist can record a new hit.

Here is a current list of the Final Cut Pro Quick Tips to date:
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #1: Texture Treatments to Enhance Video Productions
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #2: Using Markers to Quickly Edit a Music Video
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #3: Import Your Music the Right Way
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #4: Nesting Helps Manage Longer Projects
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #5: Keying Explained
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #6: Configuring Your Scratch Disk
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #7: My Favorite Effects
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #8: De-Interlacing
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #9: Color Correction workflow tips
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #10: Locating files in the Timeline
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #11: Backing up at project end
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #12: Exporting to After Effects
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #13: When is title safe, not title safe?

When not working deep in the labs of the DMN Central Division testing the latest and greatest software/hardware products Stephen Schleicher can be found at the local university teaching a few courses on video and web production. He can be reached at
schleicher@mindspring.com. You can also visit him on the web at www.mindspring.com/~schleicher

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Stephen Schleicher has crossed the country several times over the last couple of years going from Kansas to Atlanta , Georgia, and Southern California. In his time traveling, he has worked as an editor, graphic designer, videographer, director, and producer on a variety of video productions ranging from small internal pieces, to large multimedia
corporate events.

Currently, Stephen shares his knowledge with students at Fort Hays State University who are studying media and web development in the Information Networking and Telecommunications department. When he is not shaping the minds of university students, Stephen continues to work on video and independent projects for State and local agencies and organizations as well as his own ongoing works.

He is also a regular contributor to Digital Producer, Creative Mac, Digital Webcast, Digital Animators, and the DV Format websites, part of the Digital Media Online network of communities (www.digitalmedianet.com), where he writes about the latest technologies, and gives tips and tricks on everything from Adobe After Effects, to Appleā??s Final Cut Pro, LightWave 3D, to shooting and lighting video.

He has a Masters Degree in Communication from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. As a forward thinker, he wrote his Thesis on how Information Islands and e-commerce would play a major role in keeping smaller communities alive. This of course was when 28.8 dialup was king and people hadnā??t even invented the word e-commerce.

And, he spends what little free time he has biking, reading, traveling around the country, and contemplating the future of digital video and its impact on our culture. You can reach him at schleicher@mindspring.com

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