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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

Low–level relinking

Many editors don't like to get down and dirty with the raw media. In fact, the longer you've been in the industry, the more likely you are to have assistant editors to take care of all those details for you. But if you edit videos outside the traditional video and film bubble, you're probably doing it all yourself, and sometimes, circumstances require you to get your hands dirty.

Containers (Multicam and Compound Clips) give you flexibility, but using them requires planning upfront: you have to make the container first, and then edit with it. If you didn't make a container, do you have to manually replace every clip? Not necessarily: you can relink one clip to point at a different source clip if the two files are very similar.

Relinking to replace a clip

Relinking is a way to replace media behind the scenes, allowing you to point a clip to a different source file. However, this is only assured to work if the new clip and old...