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FCPX Tutorial: How to organise your clips with keywords

Organise your Final Cut Pro X clips with the help of keywords and learn how to find the perfect shot every time with our step-by-step guide to keyword tagging.

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If you are an avid filmmaker, you’re likely to be dealing with lots of video clips.
This is fine in itself until you come to start a new project and are confronted with a never-ending list of clips which seem almost impossible to navigate if you have no organisation system in place. Final Cut Pro X’s Keywords system is great for two reasons: they help you find your clips easily, but also help you categorise your clips so that when you create a project with a particular theme, such as a film about the sea, you can locate the existing clips with all the relevant Keywords. Trust us, it will save a lot of time in the future. Put your feet up, open Final Cut Pro X and learn to let Keywords do all the hard work for you over the next nine steps. We’ve got it all covered – you’ll be super-organised in no time.

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Step 1: Get started

Navigate to the Event Library. Click on the event that requires organising. If you can’t see the Event Library, select Window>Show Event Library.

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Step 2: See it differently

Working with clips in their preview form can be fiddly. It’s easier to assign Keywords while viewing the clips in a list. Click the Show clips in a list icon.

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Step 3: The Keyword Editor

There are two ways to open the Keyword Editor. The quickest way is to click the key icon above the Project Library. Alternatively, click Mark>Show Keyword Editor.

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Step 4: Choose Keywords

In the Keyword Editor pop-out, use the main field to assign Keywords to the clip. You can use more than one Keyword. Just hit Enter after typing each Keyword.

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Step 5: Don’t repeat yourself

You can assign Keyword Shortcuts – applied with a single click. Enter popular Keywords into the numbered fields and click the number to apply them.

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Step 6: Apply Keywords to sections

If you’re working with a particularly lengthy clip, you can apply Keywords to individual sections within that clip. Choose a clip from the list to get started.

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Step 7: Mark your territory

Above the clip list is a preview of the clip you’ve selected. Click the preview and drag the yellow box to mark the selection you want to apply Keywords to.

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Step 8: Assign more Keywords

Open the Keyword Editor. Type new Keywords or use Keyword Shortcuts. Any section of a video clip with an assigned Keyword is marked with a blue line.

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Step 9: Remove Keywords

Applied the wrong Keyword? In the Keyword Editor, click on the Keyword and press Backspace, or to delete all Keywords, click Remove All Keywords.

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