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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


That probably felt like a lot. You've created a new Project with custom settings, opened it up, duplicated it a couple of times, added a heap of clips with the mouse and the keyboard, trimmed clips with the mouse and the keyboard in countless ways, rearranged clips by dragging, bladed clips apart, and deleted parts of clips before finally making a duplicate Project. All these operations are going to be your bread-and-butter tools going forward, and you'll use them on every single job.

But we're not even halfway done yet. In the next chapter, you'll learn about the wonderful world of connected clips and cutaways. They'll let you disguise your edits, smooth over problems, and make your subjects sound better. Using cutaways effectively is one of the easiest ways to make your edits more professional, so if you're keen to learn more, turn the page.