written by: Shane Burley•edited by: Elizabeth Wistrom•updated: 9/15/2011
Final Cut Pro has developed itself into one of the most prevalent video editing programs, even stealing some of the thunder from the industry favorites. The software is intricate, and will require you to learn a number of different areas. Take a look at these tutorials to learn how the tools.
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Time to Learn
Final Cut Pro has skyrocketed quickly to the top of the non-linear video editing world, dominating the software fields both in the professional and home digital video world. Part of this is because it mixes the raw power and range of detailed tools with an interface that is logical and easier to pick up than many of its competitors. This being said, it is still a professional-level program that requires users to take quite a bit of time to learn. For this, there are a number of places that they have to concentrate on - from the beginning of using the basic features to the more advanced elements that make it a film industry favorite. Here is the ultimate guide to Final Cut Pro tutorials, teaching you how to begin, how to run imports and exports for your project, how to use video effects and transitions, and even how to use some of the more advanced options.
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For those who are just getting their feet wet with Final Cut Pro, they will have to be able to really navigate the basic interface and functionality. The program essentially allows you to use video files to cut up, rearrange, alter, and re-export in a new fashion. Actually doing real video editing in it requires an intimate knowledge of the tools, but for you to even begin a project you need to know what you are looking at and how to get things moving.
Final Cut Pro is only an intermediary program where you take existing media, alter it, and rearrange it. The media are not meant to stay in this program, and so the process of bringing it in and out of the software is called importing and exporting. Importing will bring the footage into the program to be worked on. Once the project is finished, it is exported to a format where it can be watched by the intended audience. There are a number of different ways that this can happen for both, and here is a breakdown of some of the specific things you may need to look at in this process.
Though it may not be known as a special effects program, Final Cut Pro has a range of video effects and transitions that you can use. These can be as simple as adjusting the position of the image in the frame or the color of the stock, or as advanced as compositing images together. Here are some of the basic things that you should know about applying both the effects and the transitions that allow one clip to stylistically move into another.
Since Final Cut Pro is a professional level program, the number of advanced tools that you will have can overwhelm you. Once you have begun working on regular projects, bringing them to completion, it may be time to integrate some of these advanced tools to ensure that you have the same creative outlet that professional video editors have.
Final Cut Pro has remained one of the most consistent of all the non-linear video editing program, but it is up for some changes as well. Final Cut Pro X is changing the game, and it is not long before the structure of format of this software becomes somewhat different from what it has been for the majority of its history. This just goes to show you how software will always change, but the principles of strong edting remain much the same.