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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

Creating a new Project

This is the part of the book where you finally get to play in a timeline, putting one clip after another and creating a story. It's important to get the technical details right, and there's plenty of that coming up soon, as well as some sneaky tricks for easy version control and weird custom Projects. But first, a terminology recap.

As you'll recall, you make a Library for each separate job you take on. Libraries hold Events, and Events hold anything smaller: clips and/or Projects. We've mostly been dealing with clips so far: importing them, keywording, selecting, and rating parts as Favorites. To put those clips in the right order and make a movie, you need to make a Project, which you can think of as your timeline, edit, or sequence. Each Project will be trimmed, finessed, finished, and shared to a final deliverable file.

Remember — the overall job is held in a Library, and each edit you deliver is called a Project. When...