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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

Connecting clips

Any time you add a clip above or below other clips, you're connecting them — forming a parent-child relationship — and this section shows you how. While you might want to connect many types of clips (B-roll, sound effects, music, or titles), the most common thing to use as cutaway footage is B-roll video, to cover an edit, and that's where we'll begin. After looking at connecting video, we'll circle back to connecting audio and music and take a slightly deeper look.

Connecting visual B-roll

You shot plenty of B-roll, right? Assuming that you have the right shots and you've organized them, you'll be able to use your keywords and favorites to quickly locate a shot that illustrates something being discussed by your interviewee. Here we go:

  1. Using Keywords and Favorites in the Browser, locate a relevant B-roll clip.
  2. Select a 3–5 second section of this clip.

    Selecting the right part of the clip is an...