What makes a Smart Collection smart?
Bear with me for a little backstory â€“ there is a great deal of information thatâ€™s collected during production. More info is added during dailies and through every stage of making a film or any kind of TV show. This is probably old news to people who are part of post-production of any kind. How all that â€śmetadataâ€? is used to facilitate work is what makes a â€śSmart Collectionâ€? smart.
Itâ€™s a pretty simple concept that can go very deep. For example, keywords, can be added to whole takes or portions of takes. What does this mean? It means that if thereâ€™s a few frames in any take that you know will be perfect for the most intense moment in a scene, you can keyword those few frames and they will be forever tagged(until you remove the keyword) and accessible via search or smart collection. Letâ€™s go deeperâ€¦
Roles. Roles can be a parameter in a Smart Collection. Whatâ€™s a Role? The way FCP X categorizes elements. Video is called video, dialogue is called dialogue, effects effects, music music, you get this idea. You can create your own Roles. Some that I always use: Character name, VFX, Score, Source, B-Roll, 2ndUnit, ADR, VO, etc.
Other things that can be part of (or excluded from) a Smart Collection are: text, ratings(more on ratings in an upcoming post), media type, clip type, media format elements, used media, dates and more.
These parameters can be combined in infinite ways.
Soâ€¦ if you want to find a close-up â€“ of your leading lady â€“ smiling â€“ that was marked as a select â€“ shot on a particular day â€“ on an Sony A7s â€“ by the B cameraâ€¦ you can.
Smart collections can be saved, named, tweaked and can turn a fishing expedition into a walk in the park, sorry to mix metaphors.
Why FCP X?
Music by T.D. Lind
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Mixed by Ted Caplan
Produced, written & cut by Mike Matzdorff @ miguma