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!”
Mark Spencer is a bay-area based producer, editor, teacher and writer. Mark is also an Apple-certified instructor for Final Cut Pro 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.Full Bio