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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


Audio is a critically important part of a video. Even though it's often treated as less important by an editor who's more aligned with the video side of things, bad audio will ruin a good video every time. The standard approach, to buy good equipment and use it properly, will work most of the time, but however careful you are, you'll need to be able to turn down that uncontrollable air conditioner or bird, level out that person who spoke at an inconsistent volume, and find a way to deal with the microphone that's rubbing on that jacket or suffering electronic interference.

Now that you know how to add a voiceover, control its volume, add effects, and manage Roles, those tasks are much easier. Because you also understand how Roles can be applied, more complex tasks should be easier too. With the audio taken care of, at least for now, it's time to look at the world of titling and captioning.