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Chapter 4. Projects, Sequences, and Clips

4. Projects, Sequences, and Clips

A Final Cut Express project is more than a collection of media files. The real power of Final Cut Express lies in the way the media is controlled by the intelligence of the program’s data structuring. To take advantage of that power, you must take control of the data.

This chapter introduces Final Cut Express’s system of organizing your video projects. You’ll get an overview of Final Cut Express’s organizing frameworks: projects, sequences, and clips. You’ll also learn how to manipulate that organizational framework so that your projects, sequences, and clips stay sound and organized.

Longer, more complex projects sometimes require a little extra care and feeding, so you’ll find project management strategies and techniques for building a project that contains multiple sequences. You’ll also find tips on how to delete media files—and how to resurrect deleted files.

Final Cut Express is a nondestructive, nonlinear editing system, and that design has an impact on the way it handles file management. You’ll be much more effective as a media manager if you understand how Final Cut Express tracks media files and project data before you use the project management techniques described in this chapter.

FCE Protocol: Clips and Sequences,” found later in this chapter, explains the rules you really need to know to understand how this program constructs edits.

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