Wondrous Highlights: working with FCPx
I had the privilege of attending the Wondrous Elim Bible Week in the University of Ulster at the Jordanstown campus last week. My wife Charlotte is the current Elim Children’s Work Director and was heading up a team of workers under the title of Generation Next. We were staying in the excellent Delriada student accommodation in a family apartment with our 2 small boys.
I has asked to capture some highlights to be used for promotional purposes in next years Bible Week build up. So I arrived with my Canon 550d, Rode Video Mic, LCDVF viewfinder, GlideTrack slider and tripod and set about capturing footage of every aspect of the bible week from the adult meetings with Jeff Lucas and Malcolm Duncan, to the youth meetings run by Serious 4 God, the Generation Next kids club, to the life around the campus including the book shop and other display stands, and of course the cafe. By Tuesday (day 3) I had around 40gb of footage.
One thing I noticed as the week went on was the buzz of excitement in those who were attending. Excitement caused by Jesus. All the meetings exuded this from young to old. People met after the meetings in the Mall to eat, to chat, to discuss, to share. It hit me that people were missing this by not attending. I wanted to use the captured footage as a showcase of the week.
Working with Final Cut Pro X.
Ingesting footage in to FCPx couldn’t be simpler. Hit import, click convert to optimised media to covert to ProRes (or click proxy media for slower Macs) and leave it. FCPx takes care of the rest. I can either start editing or do some other task on the computer. Because I was looking after our kids I left for a couple of hours then edited for an hour and so on. In about 4 hours I had a 3 minute video montage of the week. I used After Effects CS 6 to create titles and imported them in to the FCPx edit then exported the final edit by choosing share and apple devices, then selected Mac and PC compatible.
In less than 5 hours I had the final edit in the projectionists MacBook ready for showing. Click here to view on Vimeo.
I’m going out in a limb to say I would never have accomplished this in FCP 7 or any other NLE (I’ve used Premiere Pro) and this would be the case in 99% of the video projects I work on. My workflow is completely digital, from capture with a DSLR to delivery via the web or to Mac or PC.
I am sure my edits are faster and more efficient using FCPx because of factors like background transcoding and rendering, event organisation, multicam editing, and the magnetic timeline and it’s assistance in arranging my story’s. Apple promised this when they first announced FCPx. They delivered.