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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


While some of the concepts in this chapter are simple, others are a little on the tricky side. I've long said that "a good user interface makes simple things easy and hard things possible," and the unfortunate side-effect of connecting clips to other clips is that can add complexity.

While it's true that the same complexity isn't present in a track-based editing paradigm, connections allow you to move a single clip in the Primary Storyline, move its connections automatically, and be sure that all other connected clips will stay connected to their parents too. The unique parent-child connection here means that a connected clip always belongs to a parent, but that parent isn't dragged around if its child moves. It's not a locked group with both clips in charge; the primary clip is always the spine of the story.

Without connections, the lack of parent-child clip-to-clip linking means that it can be easy to lose sync between two items, or...