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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

14. Boost the Signal: Audio Sweetening

"To me, "driving" Final Cut Pro feels the same as taking control of an Autodesk Flame or Smoke — you truly feel like an artist and a musician, where the tools can keep up with your mental thought process."

— Chris Hocking, LateNiteFilms, co-developer of CommandPost,

With the picture looking good, this chapter shows how audio can be improved, or sweetened. To make sure you have some appropriate content to work with, we'll begin by recording an original voiceover. With those fresh voiceover clips in hand, we'll move on to audio adjustments. Starting with simple controls over volume, you'll discover more complex ways to animate (or automate) volume over time. Few recordings are perfect, so you'll find out how to remove problematic parts of the audio such as background hiss and hum, how to massage levels in subtle ways, and how to apply more complex audio effects for compression...