Warp Speed Editing in Final Cut Pro 10.4


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Rated 4.86 out of 5 based on 28 customer ratings
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  • Quickly Organize & Rate Your Media
  • Master the Magnetic Timeline
  • Learn Faster Trimming Methods
  • Use Audition & Compound Clips Effectively
  • Discover Powerful Keyboard Shortcuts

Organize Your Media Faster

Apply powerful import and organization strategies; learn how to prepare your media before you even launch Final Cut Pro; discover how to quickly access the libraries you want to work with; and determine how to better organize your media using keywords, smart collections and ratings tags.

Save Time in the Timeline

Learn the most efficient ways to create a rough assembly; what keyboard commands are the most useful when trimming your clips and how to work in two places at once in the timeline using the Skimmer and Playhead.

Create Gaps of Time

The Gap Tool and Gap clips are your best friends when editing in Final Cut Pro X and you’ll learn ways to use them that will help you maintain or override the timing of your projects.

Change Your Connections

Final Cut Pro X’s Magnetic Timeline was designed to keep the UI out of your way so you can quickly shape your story. You’ll learn when and how to create new clip connections so you can shuffle your clips around in any order. This particular tip is so useful you’ll be saying to yourself: “I wish I knew this on my last project!”

About the Author:

Mark Spencer
Mark Spencer is a bay-area based producer, editor, teacher and writer. Mark is also an Apple-certified instructor for Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5 and the author or coauthor of 5 books on Motion, including the Apple Pro Training Series Motion 5, all from Peachpit Press.
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28 reviews for Warp Speed Editing in Final Cut Pro 10.4

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    Carl R. (verified owner)

    As I work through the full complement of FCP X tutorials, I realize how great all of these tutorials are. Editing is very concise and straight to the point. I have added a couple of new shortcuts to my go to list. The best part of ripple tutorials is that you can come back weeks or months later and learn something that you missed the first time. This has been a great investment on my part.

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    Esther R. (verified owner)

    I own almost all of the tutorials that Steve and Mark have made. They are all awesome. That saying, the tutorials that I review the most are Warp speed editing for Final Cut Pro and Sound Editing for Final Cut Pro. I try to review at least part of the sections in Warp Speed editing just before I do a new job, especially if I haven’t worked on one in awhile. This is a great tutorial of the editing tricks and basic keyboard shortcuts. They also provide a PDF list of the shortcuts covered and the keyboard shortcut file to upload to your Final Cut Pro software. I love the fact that on all of the tutorials that each section is broken down into categories so if you just want to review certain parts like, connected clips, you don’t have skim through all of the tutorial to find that section.

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    tim.trim (verified owner)

    Another excellent resource from the guys at Ripple. The tips here will save you a great deal of time and significantly improve your efficiency with FCP X. Structured such that you can dip in and out of each session for something specific you are trying to achieve this course makes an excellent reference as well as stand-alone training.

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    Suwit (verified owner)

    Lots of tips and tricks are provided in this course. Some of them are interesting because I haven’t known before.

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    Andrew L (verified owner)

    I really like the format of these tutorials, straight to the point with concise and easy to follow examples. It was great to add some more shortcuts to the ones I’ve learned in the past. I think one of the best things about these tutorials is they are enjoyably rewatchable and of cause they are downloadable.
    I highly recommend.

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael D. (verified owner)

    Powerful, powerful, powerful. Fun, fun, fun.
    What I appreciate the most about series is the fact that it is the perfect antidote to all of my otherwise Sticky notes, and study guides I have created to remind me of all the super efficient and highly effective methods that FCP X has under it’s skin. Currently this has helped me stop procrastinating with the edit of a personal travelog I’ve been meaning to build which contains hundreds of clips. Every updated version of this tutorial becomes my new best friend when editing my projects.
    As always Mark Spencer’s enthusiasm flows through all 27 lessons, leaving the viewer to say “ I need to try this now!

    Michael D.

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    Murtada (verified owner)

    Really , Love it
    Thanks mark

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    Alain M. (verified owner)

    I’m just starting the Warp Speed Editing tutorial in FCPX 10.3; it looks great.
    I have several other tutorials made by Mark Spencer especially on Motion. Mark is Wonderful!! How lucky we are to have this truly great instructor !! It’s clear, honest, skilled, right on the spot, precise, elaborate, artistic. He’s always ahead in what we are needing for creating Art.

    I look back and see how much of a great and big adventure we are in, for instance in Motion: Motion combined behaviors, parameters, simulations, it’s like “physical Nature” being recreated from scratch. We are the very first generation to try out democratically these new filmmaking tools!
    Mark and Steve are the best instructors in the world when working with FCPX and Motion. Thanks guys for all your hard work 👍

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    John K. (verified owner)

    Having watched a lot of YouTube FCP tutorials, I finally came upon the free series of Ripple Training videos. The quality of their YouTube videos was beyond that of anything else out there. So logical and with depth that shows the authors know their subject on an entirely different level. This series takes it to an entirely different level. Despite using FCP for years, each episode taught me valuable lessons (which built nicely on my existing knowledge) and shortcuts. If you are an intermediate level user of FCP and are looking to become faster or expand what you can do with FCP, this course is well worth the investment. Check out some of their free videos on YouTube (the one on using markers is awesome) for a great example of how they teach. If you like those, you will love this.
    – John

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    Tom B. (verified owner)

    I’m in no way a “Warp Speed” editor. I go for months without using FCP, and I really don’t mind using a mouse when I DO use FCP. I have the time to edit at my leisure, since most of my deadlines are self-inflicted.

    That being said, Mark’s course served as a great refresher course for all the things the previous versions of FCP could do, and it introduced me to the new features/looks in FCP X 3.0 in an informative manner. It really helped me get back up to speed for the three projects I have coming up this year.

    And, who knows, I may actually start using shortcuts more, now that I’ve seen how useful they can be!

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    Jen S. (verified owner)

    I’m a Ripple fan – their tutorials are always straightforward and informative. This tutorial was jam packed! I’ve been editing with FCP for a long time and I still picked up some neat tips and tricks, especially the keyboard shortcuts! Thanks Mark!

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    Rated 4 out of 5

    Werner G. (verified owner)

    It’s a great tutorial, even for experienced editors. Value for money. But what in heaven’s name has Mark Spencer against using a mouse…?

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    Andy P. (verified owner)

    This is a very useful asset if you are already very familiar with Final Cut Pro X. It answers many of those “wouldn’t it be much better if” frustrations you feel once you get to know any programme. However, this does not really teach concepts (apart from that learned Keyboard shortcuts are much more efficient than mouse fiddling). Rather it teaches Keyboard Shortcuts already available within FCPX (and largely hitherto ignored and undisturbed by me) and, very logical, custom-made much-needed ones, created by Mark. The pdf. of keyboard commands featured runs to six pages!!!! and a customised set is uninstallable on FCPX. That is a for me, an undigestible information overload. Rather than watching the lot and being overwhelmed, I suggest this approach. Wherever you are in your workflow, follow the associated tutorial. Set yourself up so you can see Mark’s lesson ( I used a different computer), and copy the suggestions as they occur on your own project. e.g. I followed a routine for favouriting and key wording clips, half a dozen steps, then I did it loads of times on the project I am working on. I saved myself loads of time, just doing that, and I learned all the shortcuts fairly easily through repetition and muscle memory – I could recite the process!
    I also bought Warp Speed Motion. But I realize that I do not know it well enough – I need Tortoise Speed Motion.

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    Rated 3 out of 5

    Thomas U. (verified owner)

    All in all I liked it. But have just gone through the basic FCPX Core Training there are too many overlaps – I did not learn as much as when I was going through the Core Training tutorial.
    Thomas from Denmark

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    Girbe E. (verified owner)

    Really learned a lot in this tutorial. It’s exactly what I needed to keep aspiring to be a better editor. The teaching style of Mark and Steve is like being with a guide on a journey. They present the material as if they are discovering it too. I will watch this one many times. Thanks Mark and thanks Ripple Training!

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    Eric B. (verified owner)

    Don’t start editing in FCP X 10.3 until you watch this! Awesome time savers and tips! Well done. Totally worth the price. Thanks Ripple Team!

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    Ray H. (verified owner)

    Be ready to learn fast and take notes. There is so much information and great tips here that I had to rewatch them to make sure I didn’t miss a bit of Mark’s great advice. I’m an FCP trainer and I always lean from Mark’s smooth, easy teaching style. Thanks for an excellent product once again.

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    Robin M. (verified owner)

    After the basics, this is the most useful tutorial for getting yourself working in FCPX super fast! Not only are keyboard shortcuts taught but tips and techniques as well. Highly recommend this one (after the basics).

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    Kevin O. (verified owner)

    Excellent work, as usual. Extremely useful for anyone trying to speed up their workflow! Working in the timeline section was especially useful!

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    Alain G.

    I publish online courses for the insurance industry and as such, have little time to spend in front of my computer for editing. While I do not want to cut corners and do spend the time needed, this tutorial allows me to save time all the while actually increasing the quality of my work.

    Thanks, I’m a fan.


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    Rated 5 out of 5

    Sunil K. (verified owner)

    Instead of getting repetitive, I would second Rich’s review above because that’s exactly what I had to say. Also, I watched the entire tutorial in one sitting because Mark’s style is so engrossing and to the point. I had been mostly a ‘mouser’ until now but Mark has inspired me to stick to the keyboard with all those shortcuts. Even though I am struggling to remember all of those, his methods work out to be faster.

    Thank you Mark and Ripple Training!

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    Kevin W. (verified owner)

    Very concise; don’t think I’ll be able to remember all the shortcuts but all the tutorials by Ripple Training are excellent, informative and an excellent reference.

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    Gerd N. (verified owner)

    Absolutely amazing.

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    Rich B. (verified owner)

    This was a great tutorial. Mark leads you through the ins and outs of FCPX (10.3) in a very logical fashion – in the same order as you would put together a project on your own. Starting with opening FCP and importing/organizing your media through the rough edit and trims to your final cut. He gives many tips to improve your workflow along the way – always sticking to the keyboard when he can (which is much quicker than grabbing the mouse for repeated actions). He has a great teaching style as well.

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    Geoff H. (verified owner)

    Very useful course, the right amount of detail with a very good delivery and style .As well as the main “how to’s ” there are plenty of helpful tips, advice and shortcuts.

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    Rated 4 out of 5

    Dennis K. (verified owner)

    I found this to be a very helpful course for people like myself, a hobbyist who does not have a lot of time to edit. I keep forgetting some of these very useful shortcuts, so having this course enables me to quickly get back up to speed.

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    John C. (verified owner)

    Not been through many episodes and yet, those I have are very well presented and it’s so easy to pick up the new and time-saving techniques. All episodes are interesting and I find I want to get back into them as soon as I have time. Well done on a great series.

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    John L. (verified owner)

    These Warp Speed courses are uniformly excellent. It’s like looking over the shoulder of an experienced editor who is letting you in on all their secrets. Highly recommended.

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