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Final Cut Pro Efficient Editing

By : Iain Anderson
Book Image

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

Selective corrections

Selective (or secondary) corrections allow you to correct just part of the image. You'll first need to decide which part of the image you want to change — a color, or a specific area of the frame. To change a color or a range of colors, a good place to start is the Hue/Saturation Curves. It's also possible to do the job with masks, which can limit the effect of any color correction module by their color, or by a specific shape. With one or both strategies here, you'll learn how to tweak any individual part of the image just the way you want to.

Using Hue/Saturation Curves to change color

The Hue/Saturation Curves do quite a different job to Color Curves, and their main use is to change the hue or saturation of one specific part of the image. Let's play:

  1. ⌥-click on a clip (with no corrections applied) to select it and move the Playhead to that point.
  2. Press ⌘6 to add the default color correction to this...