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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

Advanced searches

In a moderately sized project, you can click on a Keyword Collection to get you started, look at the Favorites, then visually scan to find the clip you remember. But on a big project, text organization is the only way to stay sane, and in this part of the book, I'll show you how to dig into searching and filtering.

In Chapter 4, Sort it Out: Reviewing and Keywording, I showed you how to use the Filter window, accessible through the magnifying glass icon at the top right of the Browser. Now that you know how to add text to your clips, the Filter window will be even more useful. To start, do the following:

  1. Click on the magnifying glass icon in the top-right corner of the Browser to drop down a search field.
  2. Into the search field, type a word that appears in the name of any clip or any notes field, or a name that you've given to a Favorite range or any Marker:

Figure 5.21: The word "awesome" can be found in Notes, clip names, Favorite names, and Markers

Figure 5.21: The word "awesome" can be...