macbreak fcpx smart collections

We love smart collections, they are easy to set up and can be very flexible. So how about building smart collections that show used and unused media in an event?

People have got used to adding keywords to media to help them catalogue clips, but smart collections take the organisation another step forward.

In this new episode of MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin shows Mark Spencer how to build smart collections for used AND unused media.

One thing we have noticed is the fact that smart collections refer to elapsed time rather than calendar days. We came across this recently when trying to build a smart collection for 'Today' and 'Yesterday' on an ongoing edit that has daily media being ingested. Or to put it another way, trying to build a 'Yesterday' smart collection ends up showing the media from the last 24 hour window. Although we could add hard set dates for collections, this would result in multiple collections for each calendar day, not a rolling 'Yesterday' collection. We hope Apple add this data capability as it would make our lives easier on long edit jobs. If anybody has a clever workaround, then please let us know!

Back to the guys and a huge thank you again for providing the excellent free tutorials. If you would like to know more about FCPX, take a look at their Media Managing tutorial. It is priced at $29.99, packed full of 10.1.2 new features and is available from the Ripple Training website.