Book Image

Final Cut Pro Efficient Editing

By : Iain Anderson
Book Image

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


While Keywords let you know roughly what you shot, you now know that Favorites let you focus in on the very best of what you shot. As you continue through the rest of the editing process, you'll love being able to instantly locate the best shot for any situation simply by viewing only Favorites. A huge chunk of your job is done, you don't need to repeatedly and manually search through all your clips, and you don't need to build "stringouts" either. The traditional workflow of making throwaway timelines to gather "good" clips simply can't compete with the efficiency of Keywords combined with Favorites.

For larger productions, you can see that changing clip names and adding notes, Markers, and range-based "selective" Keywords will help you (or your editorial team) to add less obvious and more subtle information to clips. With the added metadata you now know how to add, along with searching, filtering, and Smart Collections...