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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


This book could not have happened without the contributions of many amazing people. Many thanks go to my editors at Packt (Sofi, Rakhi, and others) and technical reviewers (Chris Hocking and Kevin Luk) who all spotted several embarrassing errors. Any remaining mistakes are my responsibility; apologies in advance. Massive hugs and thanks go to my family, who've had to tolerate many late nights of writing over the last few months.

It almost (but not quite) goes without saying that the entire team behind FCP needs a huge round of applause too — kudos to you all. Much gratitude also to those who let me share screenshots of their work (or work I created for them) within this book. A special shout out goes to the music artist Ky, for whom I created a music video, and you can check out his audio track here:

Finally, thanks also to the talented editors who contributed quotes to open each chapter. They're all fantastic...