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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

Final words

Thank you so much for reading this far. What seemed at first like a good idea during a global pandemic has become a monster, far larger and more detailed than I'd thought. While my first real editing gig was a Senior Video at school in 1991, and I've been teaching editing in Final Cut Pro since before it had an X, I'm still discovering features even now. There's always something new to learn, a new technique to conquer, a new effect to create.

Video is becoming an ever-more important aspect of our lives, and we editors must adapt, delivering fresh kinds of moving images to a voracious audience on evolving devices and platforms. Simple shots and straight cuts have their place, but when they're not enough, they don't have to be.

Final Cut Pro is a key part of my creative toolkit. It's expanded what I'm able to do and how easily I'm able to do it, letting me edit at the speed of thought and have fun at the same time. It really...