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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

Speed ramping and more

In this section, you'll find out all about speed ramping, in which a clip's speed changes over time. You'll also find out about freeze and hold frames, when to use a few trick-shot techniques, and the extra settings that can make all the difference for a tricky speed change.

So far, we've adjusted the speed for an entire clip, but a speed ramp involves a change in speed: slow to fast or fast to slow. There are two main ways to create a speed ramp:

  • Select a region of a clip (with the Range Selection tool or I and O) and then choose a new speed for that region from the Retime menu:
Figure 13.38: With a region in this 10% speed clip selected, I can return that section to 100%

Figure 13.38: With a region in this 10% speed clip selected, I can return that section to 100%

  • Hover above a selected clip then break it up into speed regions with Retime > Blade Speed (⇧B, not the regular Blade tool). Choose a new speed for each region from the Retime menu or the Retime Editor pop-up menu...