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A Guide To Editing With Final Cut Pro


Final Cut Pro is a powerful editing software that lets users do everything from basic three-point edits to creating special effects. Unlike the old days of editing film, Final Cut Pro lets you skip to any point in time in a video clip rather than needing to sequentially view your images to edit them. This is referred to as nonlinear editing, and for movie-making, it's arguably the best invention of the 20th century.

These tutorials will guide you step-by-step through the basics of Final Cut Pro, and even hit on some an advanced topics like using keyframes, too! Check out this article for an overview that will guide you through everything you need to know about FCP 7.

Getting Started With Final Cut Pro 7:

If you're brand new to Final Cut Pro, this tour of FCP 7 is a great place to start. It will give you an overview of the program and its layout. Once you feel acquainted with the program, it's time to start a new project!

The first thing you'll need to do when starting a new project in Final Cut Pro is create the appropriate project settings and sequence settings. Sequence settings are tricky, so I recommend getting started with Sequence Settings, Part One, and Sequence Settings, Part Two. Then you can move on to audio/video settings, which will control the settings for your entire project. If you're going to be using the same production set-up repeatedly, such as the same camera to record and import video, and the same sequence settings to match, it's a good idea to use the Easy Setup dialogue. This will help you choose the appropriate settings for your project by the process of deduction, and also allow you to store a custom setting specific to your needs.

Importing Media To Your Project:

Now that you've started a new project with all the proper settings, you can start importing media. Whether your project is mixed media or only video, it's more than likely that Final Cut Pro will support your files. With these tutorials, you will learn how to import video into your new project, and how to import still photographs.

Basic Video Editing:

After all this preparation, you're finally ready to edit. Carrying out basic editing operations in Final Cut Pro can be very simple. Get to know the basics first, by learning how to edit clips and work with still images. Once you're satisfied with the sequencing of your video, you can add text and add transitions to add meaning, intrigue and emotional appeal. Once you've mastered these basics, move on to this Introduction to Keyframes. Keyframes let you create changes in visual and audio effects over time, and will be your portal to advanced editing tools in Final Cut Pro.

Basic Audio Editing:

When it comes to making a professional video, the first clue to your audience will be the audio. It's important to add cross dissolves and fades to your audio clips, and to adjust the levels so that the scenes are complementary in volume. These basic audio editing tips will help you create a strong audio score for your video. Check out Basic Audio Editing, Part One and Basic Audio Editing Part Two.

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