Organizing libraries overview

A library contains multiple events and projects in the same location. When you import video, audio, and still images, or record directly into Final Cut Pro, the source media files (your raw footage) appear as clips in one or more events in the library. An event is similar to a folder that can hold projects as well as dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of video clips, audio clips, and still images. Each event in the library refers to media on your hard disk, and a database file keeps track of where everything is.

As your library grows, you can rename, copy, move, and delete your clips, events, and projects as necessary. You can have multiple libraries open at the same time, and you can easily copy events and projects between these libraries. For more information about managing multiple libraries, see Managing libraries overview.

When you select an event in the library, the media it contains appears as clips in the Browser. You select clips or portions of clips in the Browser to work with them. You can sort clips in the Browser by creation date, as well as by date imported, reel, scene, clip duration, and file type.

Libraries list and Browser

When you import video into a new event, you name the event. By giving your events meaningful names, such as “Smith Wedding 2013,” you can organize all of your media so that it’s readily accessible. The Libraries list is also the home for Final Cut Pro Keyword Collections and Smart Collections, which provide a powerful way to organize your video editing projects using keywords and persistent search filters. By default, each library has a folder of suggested Smart Collections, which you can rename, edit, move around, or delete.