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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

7. Cover It Up: Connections, Cutaways, and Storylines

"If FCP X had gotten rid of tracks and made no other paradigm changes, I'd still be an acolyte. Just from that one breakthrough! But instead of stopping there, the team reimagined what non-linear editing could be at every single step, and they got so much of it right. It really is like driving a Tesla while the legacy systems are chugging along in a four-cylinder station wagon. Sure, we'll all get to the same place in the end. But us FCP X drivers are having a lot more fun on the way."

— Michael Yanovich, A.C.E.

M.Y. is a Los Angeles-based editor who works on feature films and TV shows, is a decent guitar player, and totally sucks on drums. But plays them anyway. (

We're starting to get somewhere, but there's a long way to go yet. So far, we've got some good video on the timeline, we've put it in the right order, and we've trimmed it down. But...