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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

Adding and editing generators

While titles generally add text, Generators generally add background elements: images, generated graphics, patterns, or something else. Here, you'll learn how to add and edit Generators, including some of the fancier controls accessible in the Inspector and the Viewer. Finally, you'll find out about some of the best Generators included with the app, remembering of course that there are plenty of free and cheap third-party Generators out there too.

The most common uses for Generators are to stand in for other content (such as the Placeholder generator, which you learned about back in Chapter 6, Build the Spine of the Story: Quick Assembly) or to act as a background behind other elements such as titles or keyed green-screen shots. But some types of videos, such as slideshows, might be built entirely from Generators — they can do quite a bit.

Important note

An alternative to Generators is to use real still images or video instead...