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Final Cut Pro Power Tips

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2022-09-26
  • Publisher: New Riders

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Video project deadlines are brutal, budgets are tight, and everyone is stressed. Anything that saves time, simplifies life, or improves results is a good thing. This book is a great thing! Packed with tips, techniques, shortcuts, and hidden gems, this book turns you into an editing powerhouse.

Renowned digital media innovator Larry Jordan delivers concise, well-tested techniques to make you more productive right now, without wasting time. These techniques are selected, organized, and illustrated to deliver maximum practical value directly to you.

Edit faster. Edit better. Edit easier.

These power tips solve problems—fast:

  • Plan your projects to save time on deadlines
  • Tweak your system and software to optimize performance
  • Organize media to make it easier to find
  • Wield the advanced, yet hidden, features unique to Final Cut Pro
  • Make the most of Final Cut's audio tools, from edit to final mix
  • Master video and computer technology to avoid problems
  • Take control of the nearly infinite effects in Final Cut Pro

An essential reference for Apple Final Cut Pro editors.

Also by Larry Jordan: Techniques of Visual Persuasion shows you how to use images to grab the attention of the viewer long enough to powerfully share a message and move them to action. Available at Peachpit and major resellers today.

Author Biography

Larry Jordan is a producer, director, editor, author, teacher, and Apple Certified Trainer in Digital Media with more than 50 years of media experience with national broadcast and corporate credits. Based in Boston, he’s a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America. He’s been recognized with awards as an “Industry Innovator” and “Top Corporate [Media] Producers in America.” An adjunct professor at USC from 2011–2020, he’s written 11 books on media and software, written thousands of technical tutorials, and created hundreds of hours of video training. Visit his website at LarryJordan.com.

Table of Contents


CHAPTER 1 Video Fundamentals

Final Cut Pro Basics

Video Basics

Computer Basics

Storage Basics

Command Set Basics

Chapter 1: Video Fundamentals Shortcuts

CHAPTER 2 The Final Cut Pro Interface


The Final Cut Pro Interface

Optimize Preferences

The Browser

The Timeline

The Viewer

Hidden Viewers


Chapter 2: Interface Shortcuts

CHAPTER 3 Libraries & Media


Libraries, Events & Projects

Import Media

Manage Media

Organize Media

Customize the Timeline

Chapter 3: Libraries & Media Shortcuts

CHAPTER 4 Basic Editing


Definitions for This Chapter

Mark Clips

Edit Clips

Editing Tools

Trim Clips

The Timeline Index

Chapter 4: Basic Editing Shortcuts

CHAPTER 5 Advanced Editing


Definitions for This Chapter

Ingenious Techniques

Compound Clips

Multicam Editing

Closed Captions

Color Basics & Video Scopes

Chapter 5: Advanced Editing Shortcuts



Definitions for This Chapter

Audio Prep

Edit Audio

Levels & Pan

Audio Inspector


Audio Mixing & Effects

Chapter 6: Audio Shortcuts

CHAPTER 7 Transitions & Titles


Definitions for This Chapter


Titles & Text


Chapter 7: Transitions & Titles Shortcuts

CHAPTER 8 Visual Effects


Definitions for This Chapter

Video Inspector Effects

Transform Effects

Viewer Effects

The Effects Browser

Effects Cookbook

Masks & Keys

The Color Inspector

Chapter 8: Visual Effects Shortcuts

CHAPTER 9 Share & Export


Definitions for This Chapter

Share & Export Basics

After "The End"

Chapter 9: Share & Export Shortcuts

CHAPTER 10 Special Cases (online)

Workflow & Planning

Clip Speed Changes

Advanced Share & Export

360° Video

Additional Resources

Chapter 10: Special Cases Shortcuts

Larry Jordan's Most Useful Shortcuts

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