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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

To get the most out of this book

Readers will need basic familiarity with using a Mac, and an installed copy of Final Cut Pro or the free trial. While you don’t need to have any editing experience to read this book, basic familiarity with the process will help. If you’re an experienced editor, remember what you know about the art of editing, but don’t be tied down by existing methods — Final Cut Pro takes a new approach and it’s best approached with an open mind.

It’s recommended that you have access to a camera or at least an iPhone so you can shoot your own footage, but it’s possible to work with stock footage too.


The screenshots in this book are consistent with the public version of Final Cut Pro 10.5 as of November 2020, using macOS 10.15 Catalina. If you’re using a later version of macOS (for example, macOS 11 Big Sur or later), you may notice some minor differences in the appearance of the user interface. We intend to update this book for future releases of Final Cut Pro and macOS, but if you’re using newer software than is covered here, you may see some differences.