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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

More tricks with tools

This section looks at a couple of commands to move clips up or down in the timeline, as well as techniques to move around it and change your view, by using tools that haven't been fully explored yet. Although the Select and Trim tools have had most of the attention, there are other tools that solve some unique problems:

Figure 10.29: There's no tail on the Position tool cursor

Figure 10.29: There's no tail on the Position tool cursor

Glancing down the Tools pop-up menu, you'll see several options. The Blade tool has some tricks, the Zoom and Hand tools have some minor functions, but really, the Position tool sees the most use. If you've used the Multicam Angle Editor, you may have already used this tool, and as you'll see, it enables all kinds of sneaky tricks. Let's go there first.

Overriding the Magnetic Timeline with the Position tool

While you should stay with the regular Select, Blade, Range Selection, and Trim tools for most purposes, the Position...