As an Apple Certified Trainer for Final Cut Pro X, I often come across students who’ve taught themselves — and that’s great. However, often they’ve simply tried something, saw that it roughly worked, and then kept doing it. However, not all the strategies they’ve found are the best ones. For example, while you can make stringout timelines of your best clips, you’ll get better results in the long term if you mark favorites in the browser instead.
Every poor workflow will cost you time, which may be just a few seconds lost here and there, or which can snowball into a disaster down the track. Here are ten tutorials presenting tips for intermediate editors, looking at ways you can work smarter and more efficiently, perform more complex tasks, and get the best results from FCP X.
While many people simply drag and drop, it’s great to understand that you can use a more traditional 3-point editing approach in FCP X if you want to.
This comprehensive series of tutorials on color grading is a fantastic resource, discussing color matching, primary and secondary correction, and plenty more, using the color board. Watch everything here.
Trim Editing’s Thomas Grove Carter has some excellent tips here on how to take keywording, rejecting and favoriting to the next level. Quick and efficient.
More tips from Thomas on how to disable and rearrange clips while you’re watching them. No need to pause, cut from the gut.
A unique FCP X feature, auditions let you combine multiple clips (like separate takes) into a single block on the timeline, then switch between these clips later. Larry Jordan tells you all about it in this video.
The voiceover function in FCP X is straightforward and easy to use, but also easy to miss. This video takes a closer look.
Multicam editing is very powerful in FCP X, and this is a solid introduction to its principles. If you want to shoot and edit with multiple cameras, watch this.
To selectively blur out part of a shot, where either the camera or the subject is moving, the easiest way is to use the free add-on SliceX Free. This video from prolific blogger and plug-in maker Alex4D shows you how.
If you’ve already mastered Trim Start and Trim End, this video has everything you need to get really serious about more advanced trimming.
This video from Larry Jordan goes through some audio fundamentals, which is certainly something every editor needs, but do explore some of his other videos too.
Iain Anderson is an Apple Certified Trainer, videographer, editor, animator, writer, designer and occasional coder based in Brisbane, Australia. http://www.trainingbrisbane.com
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