Final Cut Pro X provides a wealth of tools for editing, remixing, and formatting video. However, if you’re new to this program it can be a little overwhelming. Rather than trying to learn everything at once, it’s much easier to break down the editing process into steps. This way you can drill into each step as you move forward with your project. By the time you’re done, you’ll know a lot more about Final Cut Pro X and you’ll have a fully edited video to show for it.
Import The Video
The first step with any video project is to import your video. When you import your videos you will set keywords, events, and identify people in your video. This will help you organize your clips later. The import process can take some time depending on the length and quality of the videos. During the import process, you can also transcode a rough cut version of your video to make editing easier. This tells the computer to create a duplicate, lower quality, version of the video just for the purpose of editing.
Organize Your Clips
When you import the video into your Final Cut Pro X project you can assign some keywords automatically based on the folder names containing your videos. However, after the video is imported into your project, you can add more keywords to make it easier to locate the clip you’re looking for. These keywords can be assigned to clips or ranges within clips, making it easy to find sections within clips when you are laying out your video. Another option is to create smart collections which will search through all your imported videos to find only the clips that match your filter criteria. Lastly, you can add notes to your clips to remind yourself about where/when you want to use a clip within your project.
Layout Your Selections
Laying out your selections is also known as creating a rough-cut. During this step, you will screen, mark, append, arrange, and insert clips on a timeline. There may be some sections of a clip that you do not want to include, or you may want to insert sections in a different order. Using the timeline and the editing tools in Final Cut Pro X, you will piece together a rough version of your finished product. The goal is only to get the clips onto the timeline in the correct order. Next, you’ll make some adjustments to get everything arranged just right.
Make Video Adjustments
The most powerful tool for this portion of the editing process in Final Cut Pro X is the trim tool. There are several trim tools at your disposal, including:
- trim up
- trim down
- roll trim
Using the blade tool, allows you to split a clip into two parts along the timeline. This is one of the more advanced trimming tools available.
Setup Special Effects
Here’s the place where you can really get lost is all the tools Final Cut Pro X has to offer. You can create transitions, change colors, setup titles, and much more. This step also includes color correction and lens effects. There are dozens of options with many settings to choose from. The possibilities are overwhelming and the best way to learn about all these tools is with practice. You’ll need to setup color casts and analyze video scopes to get your colors just right. If these terms seem confusing right now, don’t worry. You can start by experimenting with different settings and pickup an online class to help you better understand these tools.
Export Using the Proper Format
Depending on the device that will display your video, you have a wide range of file formats to choose from. This includes smaller file sizes for use on smartphones and tablets with smaller displays, as well as high-definition formats that look great on even the biggest movie screens. An online course can help you learn more about all the different video formats to choose from.