Final Cut Pro: January 2009 Archives
The Track tool is a great way to select an entire track or tracks. There are 5 different combinations of the T key to activate the 5 different states of the Track selection tool. Hitting the T key once thru five times will toggle thru the five tools.
I tend to use the Select All Tracks Forward (pressing the T key four times) most often. Recently I discovered that by activating the Select Track Forward tool, and holding down the shift key, it will do the same thing. This works the same way with the Select Track Backward tool, and is a very useful modifier key to know.
As studios and production houses and newsrooms shift to a digital workflow, more and more pieces of the production process have to "talk about" the same footage. At one broadcast network where we recently conducted training, the entire workflow -- from ingest to scriptwriting, roughing, package editing, promos, and output -- relied on a central media repository.
Needless to say, that's a whole lot of pieces of software that need to talk to each other -- and making a separate copy of the source media for every step in the process is inefficient (imagine the extra disk space to hold 6 different copies of the same full HD footage for a 24/7 broadcast), not to mention confusing.
It is very similar to uploading to your iDisc. When are in Compressor and want to have the compression automatically upload to a FTP site. First you must choose to add a new destination, and choose remote. Once you choose to add a new remote destination, the inspector will open and you will be able to add your FTP information. This is where you could also choose to upload to an iDisc. Make sure the file path represents the folder you are loading to.