Lumberyard: Story Mode
To meet the demands of projects that extend over long periods - typical for a documentary - and to provide more control over pre-edit string-outs you can use Story Mode with Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2 and Lumberyard.
When you load an XML file from FCP X into Lumberyard that has existing logged Keyword Ranges, then the Lumberyard interface will change to display the Keywords from the XML file and disable access to the online database.
Because it uses the logged Keyword Ranges in the XML file:
Story Mode creates pre-edit string-outs with the same set of parameters as the string-outs created during logging. In Final Cut Pro X they are presented in a Keyword Collection called String-outs containing a Compound Clip for each string-out.
Most documentary projects are multi-year projects, and it’s not reasonable to wait until the end of all shooting to start logging. It is no problem to transfer the Lumberjack Logs to FCP X at the end of each shoot, when the material is ingested to the Library, but the full value of pre-edit string-outs can’t be obtained until the end of shooting.
Lumberyard can, of course, create string-outs as each Event is logged, but in Story mode you have more control over the string-outs, as well as being able to build custom pre-edit string-outs from your already-logged material as it accumulates month by month.
To use Story mode, select the Events you want to send to Lumberyard (requires FCP X 10.1.2 or later) and export the XML.
Tip: Final Cut Pro 10.3 supports drag-and-drop instead of exporting and importing XML. First, select the Lumberjack Metadata View from the popup menu in the Inspector. You can install the Metadata View from the Lumberyard Help menu.
Then drag the Event and drop it on the Lumberyard icon in the Dock. (A progress bar in Final Cut Pro X shows the XML being generated.)
When Lumberyard detects that there are already logged Keyword Collections it will switch over to Story mode and display the Keywords from the logged Events.
From here, make the selections for the Selects String-outs you need. Click Send to Final Cut Pro X to create a New Event in Final Cut Pro X with the String-outs Keyword Collection.
Note: Selects String-outs will only be created if there are at least three Keyword Ranges with that Keyword applied.
While logging while shooting is the best route to take, sometimes a shoot goes unlogged for any of a variety of reasons, then the best logging tool is Final Cut Pro X itself. With Story mode you can log in Final Cut Pro X for Lumberyard by organizing your Keyword Collections into folders named:
This also means that you can adjust the Keyword Ranges from the Lumberjack field logs, extend or add new Keyword Ranges with the original keywords from Lumberjack, and add new Keywords (and therefore new Keyword Collections) as long as they are within the Lumberjack folder structure.
You can create the folder structure using those exact names, and Lumberyard will recognize it as metadata for Lumberjack System.
Note: The keyword category word (Activities, Locations, Others, People) are separate from ‘Lumberjack’ by an em dash. You can create an em dash on macOS by holding down the Shift+Option+- keys together.
Note: Keyword Collections outside the specified ‘-Lumberjack’ folders will be ignored by the Lumberyard app and not included in the pre-edit string-outs.
Lumberyard can add a basic lower third title that identifies each person when they first come on camera in a Selects string-out in both Keyword and Story Modes.
To add a basic lower third title for each person, click the “and add lower third titles for each person” checkbox on.
In Final Cut Pro X these titles will have the subrole “Lumberjack” so that they can be turned on or off globally in the compound clip.
Tip: In Final Cut Pro X you can drag a new Title design onto the title created by Lumberyard to update the appearance of the title (and animation) to the Title design that was dropped on the existing clip.
When you have made your Selects string-out choices, click the Send to Final Cut Pro X button to create a new, logged Event in Final Cut Pro X
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