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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


You've learned about a number of ways to augment your videos with words, and backgrounds behind or between those words. Any time there's speech there should be captions, not just because it's a legal requirement in many countries but because it's the right thing to do. And besides captions, good titles can bring so much life to a video that it's simply disappointing to see so many videos that don't do titling well. This is largely because many other NLEs don't have the controls or integration that you can enjoy here, and if a fancy title means outsourcing or juggling another application, many editors don't bother.

Do bother! Clients will appreciate that extra effort, and, if used well, a few changes to the Custom title are enough to lift your lower thirds and bumpers way above the norm. Generators, especially if you explore the wild third-party world out there, allow you to perform all kinds of tricks with animated split screens and...