Final Cut Pro
Video editing tutorials, tips, tricks and updates for Apple Final Cut Pro.
Editing efficiency and speed come from mastering major keyboard shortcuts, without relying upon user interface buttons and commands. Use this master cheat sheet to help ingrain the main editing commands in Final Cut Pro X!
Although background rendering is in large part a major improvement for FCPX, there are certain times when you it may slow down your system’s performance. Control background rendering, transcoding and importing to maximize the power of your system and speed up your edits!
Learn how to zoom in and out of the Event Library in FCPX… a quick way to get a more precise look at your source footage. Great for making more exact in and out points in your source clips!
With Final Cut Pro X, Apple introduced the new instant replay tool – a function that automates the creation of replays in any project timeline. Great for use with sports or action-heavy programming, the instant replay function can save time and increase the efficiency of your edits!
Learn how to utilize the Match Frame function in Final Cut Pro 6/7 as well as FCPX! Avoid sifting through clips and quickly identify the raw footage of clips you’ve used in your FCP timeline. Save time with this handy shortcut!
The time honored rule of forever keeping your video tapes—just in case you should need to capture from them again—could become a thing of the past. New tools, such as Final Cut Pro X’s camera archive creation, allow you to turn your tape footage into file based media for those “just in case” moments.
Learn how to make subtle adjustments to clip position in a Final Cut Pro 6/7 or Final Cut Pro X timeline. Using the nudge shortcut you can quickly make precise changes…moving footage one frame at a time.
Learn how to record audio from within Final Cut Pro! Great for recording placeholders and scratch track narrations. FCPX improves upon earlier versions of this function with the ability to set a project destination and monitor externally while recording.
In the past, one feature that many Avid editors have missed when moving to Final Cut Pro is the lack of one-button Top and Tail editing. Top and Tail editing allows you to instantaneously extract either the beginning or end of a clip, which is a great way to quickly assemble B-roll. This feature has now been added to FCP X — check out this tutorial to find out more!
AV3, makers of the Final Cut Pro support application “GET”, have confirmed that they have discontinued that product. The award-winning phonetic search tool was an editing time-saver and a terrific companion to Final Cut Pro.
Learn how to nest clips in Final Cut Pro X using the Compound Clip command, as well as how to step inside compound clips to make changes to your nest.
Final Cut Pro X has modified the way you create freeze frames in the program with the integration of the retiming tool. Learn how to use this new hold function to quickly create still images for use in your video projects! Also, we’ll explore a quick way to export still image files out of Final Cut Pro for client approval or use in another application.