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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

13. Blend and Warp: Video Transitions and Retiming

"You know something is designed well when all you need to use it is a single head-switch. The power-to-accessibility ratio of FCP helped me find my passion for creativity."

— Christopher Hills, CEO at HandsOptional

Now that you've added and animated all of the special additions you want to make to clips, it's time to adjust the way that one clip moves to another and how fast those clips move. Here, you'll learn techniques for working with transitions, including some sneaky tricks and recommended options. Fade, dissolves, pushes, and crazy timeline pins on a bulletin board are all here.

After that, you'll learn retiming: how to speed up, slow down, and pause your clips with finesse. While these techniques work best with high-speed footage (and your iPhone does a great job of it), you can apply these tricks to any footage.

This chapter covers:

  • Applying and editing transitions
  • ...