Getting started on your Final Cut Express Project

Getting started on your Final Cut Express Project

Before you begin, please make sure that you have logged in using your own KU online ID and password.
If the person before you failed to successfully log out, please log them out and login with your account.

Important things to remember:
• You must be logged in as the person who created the project initially to make modifications to the project at a later date.
• Your project will only be available on the computer you started it on.
• Any files saved to the Desktop, Documents, Movies or Pictures folder in your home folder will be deleted upon logging out. SAVE EVERYTHING TO VIDEO STORAGE.

Once logged in, you should double-click the Video Storage drive icon on the desktop.

Next you will need to create a New Folder. This can be done by right clicking, or by selecting New Folder in the File drop down menu. Give the folder your name (i.e. “WilliamAWhite’s J-301 Project”).
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After creating your own folder in Video Storage, you can now click the Final Cut Express icon at the bottom of the screen.

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Next you should see a box with a button. Click that button (reset scratch disks) and then click OK on the next window. This window will appear:

Screen Shot 2015-12-16 at 3.15.27 PMYou will need to set all scratch disks outlined by the boxes in the image. Click the top Set…. button, and then find your folder in Video Storage. Once you set the top option to your personal folder, proceed to do the same for the remaining three Set buttons. Hit OK. When the window labeled Non-Writable Scratch Disks appears, click the Continue button.

Before you are ready to start importing video or audio elements in Final Cut Express, you will need to first save your project.







How to Save Your FCE Project

To correctly save your project, click File at the top of the screen and drag down to Save Project As… (Note: you will only need to click this option once when working on your project.

Using ‘Save Project As…’ for every save will create unneeded copies of your project, and it will confuse you later on.) You can also use the Mac shortcut ‘Command-S’ to save as well.

Give your project a name in the Save As: box, then click the Where bar and scroll down to the project folder that you created and select it. If you did the previous steps correctly, the folder will be the bottom item in the list. Now click the Save button. Note: DO NOT Save to the Desktop or any folder within your home folder. These computers are set to wipe the desktop and home folders clean to avoid clutter. Any video, audio, pictures, etcetera that you plan to use in your project must be first saved in your project folder, then imported through Final Cut. Anything saved to the desktop will be deleted when you log out.