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Final Cut Pro Efficient Editing

By : Iain Anderson
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Final Cut Pro Efficient Editing

By: Iain Anderson

Overview of this book

Final Cut Pro (also known as FCP, previously Final Cut Pro X) is Apple’s efficient and accessible video editing software for everyone, offering powerful features that experienced editors and novices will find useful. FCP is the quickest way to transform your raw clips into a finished piece, so if speed is important, make this a key tool in your editing arsenal. Final Cut Pro Efficient Editing is a comprehensive best practice guide for all editors. You’ll not only learn how to use the features but also find out which ones are the most important and when you should use them. With the help of practical examples, the book will show you how typical footage can be assembled, trimmed, colored, and finessed to produce a finished edit, exploring a variety of techniques. As you progress through the book, you’ll follow a standard editing workflow to get the feel of working on real-world projects and answer self-assessment questions to make sure that you’re on track. By the end of this Final Cut Pro book, you’ll be well versed with the key features of this app and have all the tools you need to create impressive edits.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Section 1: Importing and Organizing
Section 2: Rough Cut to Fine Cut
Section 3: Finishing and Exporting

8. Neaten the Edges: Trimming Techniques

"With FCP X, I was able to establish my own filmmaking and editing business in remote outback Queensland, to create and share the unique stories of the people of the bush."

— Kirstie Davison, MaRiKi Media

Kirstie is a videographer and editor based in Blackall, Queensland, Australia. (

Following the book so far, you've been moving clips around in time, chopping them up, selecting and deleting, and hopefully getting a bit more confident. Probably the single most common operation you've done so far is a basic trim on a single edit point. Simple one-point trimming is certainly a useful operation, and you can make a clip longer or shorter with the keyboard or the mouse. But a one-point trim doesn't always do enough.

In this chapter, you'll discover several ways to adjust not one, but two edit points at the same time. This chapter covers the following topics:

  • Rolling an edit...