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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

Advanced color techniques

Correction isn't hard, but you don't want to correct every clip from scratch. In this section, you'll learn how to copy a correction from one clip to another in a few ways, how to get a head start on correction with effects presets, and how to correct entire scenes with a single adjustment. These tricks are serious time savers, and some of them are far from obvious, so don't skip this.

Copying and pasting color adjustments

If multiple clips were shot in the same location at the same time, they'd probably need the same treatment, and there are a few ways to make that happen. The first and most obvious is copy and paste, and it works pretty well:

  1. Apply several kinds of color correction to a clip.
  2. Select that clip, then Edit > Copy (⌘C).

    This step copies the clip and its video properties, including effects and color corrections.

  3. Select a similar clip or clips, then choose Edit > Paste Effects (⌥...