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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

11. Play with Light: Color Correction and Grading

"Has Final Cut Pro X made me a better editor? Undoubtedly. I have the freedom to experiment with just a few clicks, move things around and everything stays in sync, go through all the 'could we just...', the 'what happens if we…' and the 'what would be really nice is... And those are the processes that turn an average production into a great production."

— Peter Wiggins, experienced broadcast editor, motion graphics artist, and editor of

At this point, if you've been working along with the book, you should have your edit mostly complete. This third part of the book will show you how to add all the finishing touches: changes to color, to video effects, transitions, audio effects, and then titles and captions. While it's entirely possible to fix color or sound earlier in the process, or indeed to make final editing changes very late in the process, you'll find...