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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

Rating as a Favorite

Here, I'll show you not only how to rate parts of clips as "good," but also give you a few workflow tips that you can apply to your own content. Seeing this part of the process in action is one of the magic "wow" moments you'll encounter as you learn FCP, so don't skip it. This is simple stuff, but powerful.

A selection is temporary, so if you've selected the "good" part of a clip, you should then mark it as a Favorite so that your choice will be remembered and be easier to find later. This is done with just one key:

  • Press F to mark the selection as a Favorite.

On the thumbnail, a Favorite is shown as a green line, above the blue Keyword line. If you want to mark another part of the same clip as a Favorite, that's fine — just repeat the same steps as before:

  1. Press I to set an In point at the current skimmer or playhead position.
  2. Press O to set an Out point at the current...