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Tutorial: Keyword Tagging in Apple Final Cut Pro X

In this first installment of our new tutorial series, Glen Elliott demystifies Final Cut Pro X, illustrates its core functions, and focuses on one of the most powerful new features for organizing, accelerating, and streamlining your edits: metadata keyword tagging.

Rejecting Clips

When you scroll through your clips you'll discover that there are some shots that you won't want to use, like the shot in Figure 10 (below), which was before we started the shoot. You can reject shots like this by simply selecting the click and hitting Delete. You'll see a red line on the thumbnail in the Event Library, indicating that it's rejected. To delete a clip from your event, you have to press Cmd+Delete.

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Figure 10. Rejecting a clip

Other Ways of Tagging Clips

Another way of tagging, categorizing, and rejecting clips is a deductive method. All you have to do is change the sort options at the upper-left of the clips window in the Event Library (Figure 11, below). Right now, by default, it's set for All Clips, which shows all clips all the time. You can switch it to Hide Rejected, which hides rejected clips, or No Ratings or Keywords, which will tell Final Cut Pro X to show us only clips that have no ratings and no keywords. So the ones that we keyworded will disappear, which will make it easier to sort the rest.

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Figure 11. Tagging clips as B-roll

Figure 12 (below) shows our two talking heads from Camera 01, which we'll want to highlight and tag the same way. You can actually highlight and keyword multiple clips at once. We'll tag these as "talking head."

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Figure 12. Tagging 2 clips at once

If we go to Camera 02, we find two more talking head clips, which we'll tag accordingly. And the rest is B-roll, so we'll tag those as well. You can also click the number associated with the keyboard shortcut to tag the click more quickly, as shown in Figure 13 (below).

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Figure 13. Tagging using numeric keyboard shortcuts

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