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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

Recording and editing a voiceover

Here, you'll use the built-in Record Voiceover tool to capture and edit a voiceover, using whichever microphone you have available. Though we're adding a narration to an edit already in place, workflows can vary widely — you might get a voiceover early or late in the process. However, postponing the official voiceover recording until the edit is near-final allows for late script changes, or limited availability of voice talent. Stay flexible.

Important note

To obtain a recording suitable for final output, a high-quality microphone will need to be set up in a good environment for audio recording, and connected to a high-quality audio interface. For temporary recordings, you can use the built-in microphone in your Mac, but for professional work, you might need to invest in some extra gear, such as a high-end USB microphone or an XLR microphone with an external interface device. Some audio recorders (including many made by...