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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

12. Refine and Smooth: Video Properties and Effects

"FCP X has allowed me the creative freedom to shoot with multiple cameras, mix various types of footage in different resolutions from an iPhone to 8K RED and still get a seamless output. I really have built my entire career and business using Final Cut and it's only been getting better as the time goes on."

— Justine Ezarik (iJustine), YouTube Tech personality, host, and actress with over 1 billion views on YouTube (

With the color of your sequence under control, you'll want to take a look at some of the other visual changes that you can apply to your clips. That includes different ways to resize clips, remove shakiness through stabilization, and much more through the wide world of video effects. There's no need for effects to be static; you'll also learn how to animate effects, transforms, and even color corrections over time, and how to use color and shape...