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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

Creating and using Auditions

Auditions are the happy middle ground between placing a disabled clip above another clip and fully replacing one clip with another. With Auditions, any clip can be switched out, at any time, for one of several alternative "picks." You could use them to give a client a choice of several B-roll alternatives, different takes on the Primary Storyline, or even different treatments for titles or effects. The easiest way to use Auditions is pretty similar to replacing:

  1. Select a new source clip in your Browser that you want to try as a potential replacement.
  2. Drag the selection directly onto the shot in your timeline that you want to replace.

    The clip you've dragged onto the timeline will light up.

  3. Release the left mouse button and select Replace as Audition from the menu that appears.

The shortcut is Y if you prefer to use keys for these operations. Either way, after using Replace as Audition, the new clip takes the...