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Nicholas Natteau
FCP X: Keywords vs. Favorites???
on Jul 11, 2011 at 5:18:33 am

I know that Keywords and Favorites are very powerful tools for organizing your events in FCP X.

But how do they stack up against each other? When would you want to use Keywords over Favorites and when would is it preferable to use Favorites over Keywords? Are we talking apples and oranges? Or there times when Favorites are not the right tool or when Keywords are not the right tool?

So far I've only been using Keywords and have yet to use Favorites. Just wondering if I'm using the right approach. I've been using keywords because I have hundreds of clips that I'm working with and I like how I can assign the same keyword to dozens of clips.


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Scott Bellefeuille
Re: FCP X: Keywords vs. Favorites???
on Jul 11, 2011 at 9:25:43 am

Favorites is a way to add in and out points to your clips so you can quickly get back to the same selection. For instance if you have a 3 minute clip with one minute of 'good' footage in the middle that you want to use you can mark that one minute range as a favorite. Then when you go back to the clip you just click on the green bar at the top of the clip that denotes the favorite range and you have the selection. If you turn on show only favorites you'll see all your clips already trimmed basically with in and out points if you've made favorites. Marking favorites in a longer clip is similar to subclipping. You can also keyword those ranges if you'd like but just keywording them doesn't give you the same functionality for subclipping or marking and retaining in and out points as easily.

Hope that makes sense.


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Geoff Dills
Re: FCP X: Keywords vs. Favorites???
on Jul 11, 2011 at 11:26:10 am

[Scott Bellefeuille] " You can also keyword those ranges if you'd like but just keywording them doesn't give you the same functionality for subclipping or marking and retaining in and out points as easily.
"


I'm a little confused. When you keyword a range, when you look at that clip using the keyword, isn't the clip just the range you selected?

Best,
Geoff


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Scott Bellefeuille
Re: FCP X: Keywords vs. Favorites???
on Jul 11, 2011 at 11:53:40 am

Geoff,

You're right and it works pretty well if the clip doesn't contain the keyword in more than one range. But if for instance you have a 3 minute clip and you keyword a range "Bob" in the first minute and then again in the last minute, clicking on your "Bob" collection will show you the whole clip. If those ranges were marked as favorites also and you selected view only favorites in the event browser those two ranges would appear as two separate clips.

It's a bit confusing since the capability does overlap a lot and I still haven't worked out a best practice with it yet but as far as I can tell the difference I outlined above is the major difference between them.

Cheers,

Scott


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Mike Stanley
Re: FCP X: Keywords vs. Favorites???
on Apr 23, 2012 at 5:19:41 am

Hi,

How do you "select view only favorites" I can't seem to find a menu that says that...

Thanks,

Mike


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Scott Bellefeuille
Re: FCP X: Keywords vs. Favorites???
on Apr 23, 2012 at 4:32:01 pm

In the top left corner of the clips window there is a little drop down menu. It probably says All Clips as that's the default. Click on it and choose Favorites and it will show only Favorites.


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Mike Stanley
Re: FCP X: Keywords vs. Favorites???
on Apr 23, 2012 at 4:33:51 pm

Yup realized that right after I wrote the question. Duhhhh


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Jerry Hofmann
Re: FCP X: Keywords vs. Favorites???
on Jul 11, 2011 at 11:58:59 am

I think I'd use favorites as "circle takes" and keywords to replace bins.

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Nicholas Natteau
Re: FCP X: Keywords vs. Favorites???
on Jul 11, 2011 at 11:59:23 pm

But can't you do the same thing with Keywords also?

I believe you can set in and out points with Keywords. So aren't Keywords also like subclips as well?


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Scott Bellefeuille
Re: FCP X: Keywords vs. Favorites???
on Jul 12, 2011 at 8:25:58 am

Yes Nicholas, you're correct. I think that last part of my original statement regarding keywords not having the same functionality for setting in and outs was incorrect and confusing! Consider this a retraction of that part of the statement.


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