When starting a creative project, facing a blank canvas, an empty page, or in the case of an editor, an empty timeline – can be daunting. We’ll help you get over that first hurdle and get the first clip into the timeline, so that your project can make it through to the end.
Begin Editing Before the Edit
Going through your project media is more than just a formal exercise, its actually an opportunity to begin developing the story in your head. It’s where the editing really begins. You’ll learn valuable tips for distilling your media down to the best takes, saving you time while getting to the kernel of your story.
Make Dialogue Sound Natural
Dialog can have the profound ability to make or break your story. In this tutorial, you’ll learn tried and true editing techniques that will help your scene flow more naturally, enhance the drama, and provide the right experience for your audience.
Find the Right Pace
Telling a story is more than putting clips in the timeline in the right order. Each story and scene has a rhythm, and this tutorial will help you find that rhythm, so you can cut accordingly.
Short Film Editing Techniques is a tutorial for anyone wishing to improve their visual storytelling skills. This tutorial assumes basic familiarity with Final Cut Pro X’s editing interface; working with Libraries and Events and how to construct a basic edit in the Project Timeline. Users who are new to Final Cut Pro X should purchase Final Cut Pro X Core Training before working through this tutorial.
Software Version: Final Cut Pro 10.1 – 10.1.4.
Run Time: 3 hours 23 minutes
Project Media: The tutorial includes media files for following along in Final Cut Pro X.
Steve Martin is the creative force behind Ripple Training and has been using and teaching Final Cut Pro since 1999. Since Final Cut Pro's introduction, he has introduced thousands of people to Final Cut Pro through his classes, workshops and training products. He has consulted and/or trained for Apple, Adobe, Disney, Canon, Walmart and other companies. He is also a writer, producer and avid photographer.Full BioAbba Shapiro is an award-winning writer/producer/director with 30 years of experience in video and film production. He has worked for a wide range of commercial, corporate and federal clients, including: USA Today, NASCAR, The Associated Press, NASA, Univision, Major League Baseball, Showtime, Viacom, The Discovery Channel, and CNN. Abba also teaches video editing on a variety of platforms, DSLR production and postproduction, scriptwriting, and Photoshop for video In addition, Abba conducts production workshops around the globe at conferences including NAB, IBC, InterBee, Photoshop World, and Macworld. When Abba is not bouncing around the globe teaching and consulting, he is probably following his passion, chasing light and shooting photos.Full Bio
This tutorial will give you the tools and know-how for putting your interview subjects in the best possible light while maximizing your viewer’s focus on your subjects. Learn effective lighting strategies for success.