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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

3. Bring It In: Importing Your Footage

"The browser isn't about the glamor, but it's full of good ideas, like your accountant."

— Mike Matzdorff, father, editor, author, writer/director, post-production trailblazer, and cohost of Unauthorized FCPX

Now that you have a grasp of the basics of the user interface and you know how to get good shots, I'll show you how a good edit should begin — by bringing your media into the app. You'll understand your options for media management, how to set up a new Library, the subtle differences between different kinds of import operations, all about transcoding and proxies, how to sync up multiple cameras and dual-system audio, and the basics of Roles.

Roles are a feature that's unique to Final Cut Pro (FCP). Applying and using them early can make the editing process easier in a number of ways, by giving you color-coding in the timeline, and enabling powerful audio editing techniques...