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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


Containers for easy replacement, relinking, tool secrets, and the Timeline Index — wowsers! Planning for change by using containers is a smart idea, but if it's too late, there are still ways to rescue yourself. When a client is over your shoulder and a clip's just not landing where you want it to, the Position tool will get you out of trouble, and the Timeline Index can help you to track down all the copyright-laden clips you know are there but can't find by skimming. These are the controls that avoid disasters, and if you're working with clients for money, you should make them part of your future.

This is the end of Part 2, so now you must know how to edit by now. Right? Maybe, maybe not. Editing is far more of an art than a science, and this book's focus is on learning Final Cut Pro, not editing. There are many books and online tutorials that can help you grow as an editor, and there are many different ways you could specialize (reality...