PacktLib: Final Cut Pro X Cookbook

Final Cut Pro X Cookbook


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About the Reviewers


Importing Your Media


Importing from a tapeless video camera

Importing MTS, M2TS, and M2T files

Importing DSLR video

Importing music from iTunes and GarageBand

Importing still images

Importing data from a tape-based camera

Importing and working with layered Photoshop files

Importing iMovie projects

Importing Final Cut Pro 7 projects

Working with your already organized media

Relinking media files

Customizing Your Workflow


Getting acquainted with the Final Cut Pro X interface

Customizing the keyboard

Adding keywords to your clips

Marking clips as favorites and rejected

Creating a Smart Collection

Working with a second computer monitor

Working with a broadcast safe monitor

Customizing the Event Library and Event Browser

Batch changing clip names and other metadata

Editing efficiently with optimized and proxy clips

Basic Editing Mechanics


Appending, inserting, and overwriting clips to a storyline

Working with (and without) the Magnetic Timeline

Creating connected clips

Replacing a clip

Splicing clips with the Blade tool

Using the Trim tool, part 1 — trimming and rippling

Using the Trim tool, part 2 — rolling

Using the Trim tool, part 3 — slipping and sliding

Creating and working with gap clips

Enhancing Your Editing


Making a three-point edit

Creating additional storylines

Trimming audio and video separately with a split edit (also known as making a J or L cut)

Grouping clips together as a compound clip

Adding markers and to do items

Auditioning multiple shots or takes

Editing in beat to the music

Using the Precision Editor

Multicam part 1 — getting your media synced and prepped

Multicam part 2 — making the live cut

Multicam part 3 — fine-tuning your multicam edit

Sweetening and Fixing Your Sound


Reading and understanding the audio meters

Lowering your music during speakers

Lowering a loud, unexpected background sound with manual keyframes

Replacing bad audio with a cleaner recording

Sound effects, part 1 — browsing, connecting and panning

Sound effects, part 2 — animating with keyframes

Sound effects, part 3 — working in a surround sound space

Removing unwanted audio channels

Unlinking audio from video

Using FCPX's auto audio enhancements

Recording a voiceover

Practical Magic a.k.a Useful Effects


Adding an effect and changing its parameters

Animating parameters of an effect over time with keyframes

Adding a watermark or logo to your video

Downloading and installing more effects

Blurring out a face or logo

Disguising a voice

Copying and pasting effects onto multiple clips

Going green (screen) part 1 — the basics

Going green (screen) part 2 — improving your key

Going green (screen) addendum — using the mask effect to cut out unwanted parts of an image

Titles, Transitions, and Generators


Adding transitions to clips

Adjusting the transition's parameters in the Viewer, Inspector, and timeline

Creating counters and countdowns

Adding a timecode overlay

Inserting a placeholder clip

Creating a text style template

Creating a credit sequence

Creating a video-in-text effect

Creating a custom animated title

Creating and reusing show intro

Get Your Movie to Move


Making freeze frames and speed changes

Creating speed ramps

Showing an instant replay

Using the Transform tool

Cropping or trimming a clip

Panning and zooming over a photo or clip with the Ken Burns effect

Creating a video wall

Making your image move by keyframing in the Viewer

Moving clips in sync with compound clips

Changing keyframe timing in the timeline

Customizing motion paths with Bezier handles and modifying interpolation

Altering the Aesthetics of Your Image


Stabilizing a shaky shot

Automatically balancing color and/or match color to another shot

Manually color balancing with the Color Board

Picking a color look or creating your own

Fixing the exposure and adjusting the contrast with help from the Luma waveform monitor

Adding secondary color corrections, part 1 — shape masks

Adding secondary color corrections, part 2 — color masks

Adding secondary color corrections, part 3 — combining color and shape masks

Keeping only one color in your image

Spotlighting an object or text

Getting Your Project Out of FCPX


Exporting an archive-quality version of your film

Exporting for Apple devices and computers

Sharing your video on YouTube and other video sharing sites

Burning a Blu-ray or DVD

Roles, part 1 — labeling clips with Roles

Roles, part 2 — exporting selected Roles

Sharing large files over the web with Dropbox

Sharing your project with other applications using XML

Duplicating or moving projects from one drive to another

Archiving a project for possible future editing


Working with Motion and Compressor

Working with Motion and Compressor

Working with Motion and Compressor

Working with Motion and Compressor

Working with Motion and Compressor

Working with Motion and Compressor

Working with Motion and Compressor

Working with Motion and Compressor

Working with Motion and Compressor

Working with Motion and Compressor

Working with Motion and Compressor

Working with Motion and Compressor