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Apple Final Cut Pro X: In-Depth

Lesson 28 of 42

Editing and Trimming Review


Apple Final Cut Pro X: In-Depth

Lesson 28 of 42

Editing and Trimming Review


Lesson Info

Editing and Trimming Review

Today, what I want to do is we're going to cover a whole lot of different things. For instance, we're gonna talk about in this first section and editing and trimming review to make sure you know how to edit the way we did and learned over the last two days, then it's all defects all the time we're going to change clips, speed, we're going to look at inspector effects. What final cut seven calls motion effect will look a browser effects in the second section will look att an introduction to video scopes and color correction, which ed has been telling me he is going to be listening to very carefully to make sure I give the correct information and then in session for we're going to do audio effects were going to share export output. And jim, if we're lucky, we're also going to be able to take some listener questions to make sure that we get everybody's questions answered during the course of the of the show. Oh, this specific session though this first session I want to start with an editi...

ng and trimming review because if you're working with final cut, you use final cut because you want to cut your videos together and if we do nothing else, I want to make sure that you clearly understand how to use final cut for importing, editing and trimming your media then we'll shift over into what I call inspector effects we introduce the inspector yesterday when we were looking at audio now we're going to look at how we can use the inspector to create video effect will look att image stabilization rolling shutter correction working with still images special special con form transformed settings and animation cropping trimming and the world famous ken burns effect and if there's time we'll also talk about distortion so there's a lot to cover, but first let's take a look at reviewing what we did over the last two days, which is editing and trimming the way that final cut works is you import your media, you look at your media, you decide where you want a particular clip to start or stop by setting the inn and the out you edited to the timeline and then you adjust where two clips touch by trimming them so we've weaken do import by goto file import media keyboard shortcuts command I and this opens up the import window and we'll go down to wherever our media is stored in this case the source media window and I'll just import another doctor surf clips so it's up here with dr cerf to do what starts with a d and this is I get my elf about functioning there it is doctor vint cerf and we'll just click on tech is a tool and we see that we have a big picture here which allows us to see what the shot looks like and a small thumbnail and when skimming has turned on keyboard shortcut is the letter s we're able to quickly look at the entire clip once you know that's the shot that we want or shots because we khun select multiple clips at the same time click on imports selected this opens up the import preferences setting now this will remember either the settings that you have set in final cut preferences or the last settings you used when you imported media generally I recommend especially if you're starting out copy the files into the library, create optimized media don't check any of the video check boxes do check all the audio check boxes and depending upon whether you have folders named in a particular way if you want to bring folder names in his keywords, check this on because this demo is only going to last for the duration of my time here a creative live I'm going to leave the files in place because I'm going to erase this library as soon as I'm done so I'm gonna click import after like a nanosecond I'm back inside the application and even though importing is going on which is what that small circle in the left corner represents, I could start to work with that piece of video and if I was trans coating it meaning creating optimized or proxy media I'd be ableto start editing even while that trance coded media was still being transported still being converted trance coating, by the way is a technical term that just means to convert we're converting it from one format to another we can now review the clip by skimming across and we could say I wanna have this clip start here and we could have this clip in say right about there and we set the end by typing the letter I or grabbing this vertical line, dragging it back and forth grabbing this vertical line that changes where the clip ends dragging it back and forth now in real life we would actually we would actually listen to this clip and hear what dr cerf has to say and decide how it fits in with the story. But as we talked about on the first day the process of setting where eclipse starts establishing the inn is the same whether I play the clip or not in both cases you type the letter I or you click hold and dragged to set a range or you select the entire clip whatever works best for you the process the technical side of this is exactly the same so consequently for this review I'm not going to concentrate on what dr surface saying at all because it just gets in the way I want to focus on the technology itself so now we edit this down to the timeline type the letter e will just open this up and make a little bit bigger type the letter e and the clip shows up at the position of the play head no types the letter e and the clip is admitted into the timeline the primary storyline which is this dark channel ignoring the position of the play head sorry that's old speech habits coming out ignoring the position of the play head and editing it into either the beginning of the timeline as it did here or the end of the last clip in the project let's just go to a different piece of video here will click on this typed letter I typed the letter o type the letter e and noticed that the clip is added the magnetic timeline allows it to snap together we can do a pen debts let's just add a couple here the letter e and will type this and this the letter e will type this in this I'm just typing the letter I the letter o to set this start again weaken grab and drag again we could delete the enemy out with option x and I have now built a four clips sequence into the timeline now this has no story this is about the most meaningless piece of garbage you would ever want to see but the concept is the same now we would add a b roll clip by putting our play had where we want the b roll that is to say, a picture that illustrates what dr surface talking about, and when we select the clip in this case will find some exploding sun here we select the clip and typed the letter q or click this icon this icon doesn't a pen at it adds it to the end of the timeline this icon doesn't insert at it let's, just delete this will delete this highlighted hit the delete key up and down arrow keys to move between shots will move there and now I click on this middle iconic doesn't insert at it, inserting this new clip, pushing everything else to the right to allow room for that cliff to be inserted or command zito undo put the play head where you want the the clip to be superimposed, click on the clip, click on this icon right here, which then superimposes that clip, and when final cut is playing, we see the bottom we see whichever clip is on top. Here is dr cerf and then it's the clip of mars well, that's, what the whole process of editing is editing is being ableto look at our clips, listen to it, by the way keyboard shortcut to play a clip is the space bar keyboard shortcut to stop playing a clip is the space bar to set the night to set the out. Oh, ted it down to the timeline is one of four letters a e to do independent it w to do an insert d to do it over right and cue to do a superimpose once we've got those clips edited now we have to trim them. Trimming is the process of adjusting where two clips touch and we'll just add it to clips down to the timeline toe. Have the timeline expand to fill the total window is his shift is shift z shifty command plus zooms in command minus zooms out shift z fits the window and you khun size your clips by going to this little icon down here. Click the icon and you could determine dough. I want to just see the audio so I want to just see the video. Do I want to see audio and video? Or do I want to squeeze these down into into what I call lozenge size, which allows me to see a lot of tracks all at the same time? I tend to run with one of these two middle icons so I can see both picture and sound all right, now we can trim trim allows us to grab the edge of one clip. This is called trimming the out notice that I'm making the first clip shorter or longer by grabbing near the edge of a cliff. Click on the other clip the inn of the incoming clip, click hold on drag and I make the incoming clip shorter or longer and noticed this. This first frame has turned to a red bar. The red bar means I've reached the absolute beginning of the media file, which is stored on the hard disk there's no more media that was recorded at that time when I trim, if I have handles extra video before the inn or after the out, this is going to be yellow. If I've stretched this all the way to the beginning or all the way to the end, it goes red, meaning there's just no more media there. It's not on the hard disk. It was never recorded a ripple trim to the out, a ripple trim to the end or select the trimming tool, which is in this tool section right here called trim keyboard shortcut is the letter t click hold on drag on both, and now I can do what's called a roll trimm adjust the edit of both clips at the same time. Rippled trims air generally used to match the action so the action flows smoothly from one shot to another a roll trimm is used to determine the emotion of the cut. We spent a lot of time yesterday talking about that sometimes we want to be able to edit the audio and video separately to do that make sure you're on the air o'toole keyboard shortcut us the letter a and double click on the audio noticed that when I double click on it the audio separates from the video but they're still attached there still in sync you can't move the audio without also moving the video, but now when I select the trim to liken roll trim the video in a different fashion that I can roll trim the audio now it would be nice toe roll trim the audio and we just have to click on it with the trimming tool and we can do that so this is called a split at it there's two types of split at its this is called a j at it because the shape formed by the video compared to the audio and it forms the letter j and this is called an l edit because the shape form by the video add it to the audio edit forms the letter l ah split at it it's where the video edits at one point and the audio edits at a different point inside the timeline we spent a lot of time talking about trimming and the emotional impact of doing different trims, and you can watch yesterday session to learn more about it. But the key that I want to get across and jim, I'm going to come back to you in just a second. The key that I want to get across is that you need to understand how to import media howto select the clips that you want, how to determine the portion to clip you want to work with by setting an inn and setting it out, edit it down to the timeline and then trim it that's, the heart of why you would purchase a program like final cut. This allows you to edit the video with complete freedom and the flexibility to be able to tell the story that you want to tell. And before we moved into effects, I wanted to make sure that we covered off on the basics of why you're using a video editing package in the first place, which is to import review at it and trim your media.

Class Description


  • Import media into Apple Final Cut Pro X
  • Use its media management tools to organize your files
  • Explore the endless possibilities for creating amazing video effects and dig into audio.
  • Sharpen the skills you need to edit, trim, and combine clips to create a dynamic, engaging final cut.


Apple® Final Cut Pro® X has been rocking the film editing world since its initial release in 1999. Today, eleven upgrades later, the video editor's users number in the millions and its editing tools have powered major motion picture and small screen edits. Join Larry Jordan to learn what makes this video editing software so powerful, versatile, and indispensable.

Now an industry standard video editor alongside options like Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X encompasses pro-level editing tools for Mac. Final Cut Pro is a Mac-only program with professional tools that blow the free video editing software and budget video editors like iMovie, Adobe Premiere Elements, and Movie Maker out of the water. The video software can handle everything from 360-degree video to Hollywood-level productions. But navigating those advanced editing tools is a daunting task for beginners. Pretending Final Cut Pro is an intuitive, beginners program will only leave you frustrated and missing the biggest features.


Whether you are brand new to editing, self-taught, or a seasoned pro, this course will take your editing skills and Apple Final Cut Pro X mastery to a whole new level, from upload to save.

Apple Final Cut Pro X


Larry Jordan is an internationally-renowned consultant, digital media analyst, and trainer with over 35 years of experience as a television producer, director, and editor with national broadcast and corporate credits. He is recognized as the foremost trainer in both Apple Final Cut Pro (Mac) and Adobe Premiere Pro (Mac and Windows) where his informative and entertaining teaching style provides video editors around the world with unique resources to increase productivity and enhance their skills. Jordan is on the faculty at both USC and Video Symphony and the host of the DigitalProductionBuzz.com weekly podcast.


  1. Introduction

    Larry Jordan says a majority of the Final Cut Pro X technical help questions he answers stem from jumping right into editing without understanding how the software works. In the first lesson, learn what to expect in the class and why, when you edit videos, you start with organization.

  2. Key Terms

    Video editing tools are often confusing for newbies because of the terminology. Walk through the jargon you need to know and key concepts for Final Cut Pro to get started on the right foot.

  3. System Configuration and RAID Storage

    Final Cut Pro X can run on any Mac except for the Mac mini. Here, learn the best system set up for video editing and learn how to make your budget go the farthest when setting up a computer for video editing, and why storage, not the computer is most important.

  4. Q&A with Creating an Efficient Workflow

    Video editing with Final Cut Pro is just as much about the actual tools as it is about creating an efficient workflow. In this lesson, find the answers to some of the biggest questions in the workflow.

  5. Interface and Media Management

    Understanding the Final Cut Pro X interface helps you navigate through the program from one step of the workflow to the next. Explore Final Cut's single window interface and the three broad sections, as well as where to find the hidden windows and what they do.

  6. Importing Media Part 1

    Final Cut Pro will import any videos supported by your computer, from files that already exist on a hard drive to videos from a camera's SD card. Walk through the import process and options, from basic options to marking favorite locations, when working with files that already exist on the hard drive.

  7. Importing Media Part 2

    Final Cut Pro will also import your media for you from a camera. Larry walks quickly through what's the same when importing from a camera and points out the important differences when using different import methods.

  8. Ratings and Keywords

    Creating a video often means working with multiple, long video files. This lesson walks through organizing video clips to make finding the exact clip you need easy. Larry then walks you through creating the actual project and getting started in the video editing process itself.

  9. Reviewing Clips for Edit

    Time to dig into editing -- but where do you start? Reviewing the available clips to see what to include is a good place to start. Larry walks you through the process, from the keyboard shortcuts, to marking a clip.

  10. Importing Clips

    Once you've identified some clips to work with, it's time to actually add them to your timeline. Jordan walks through the different options from using keyboard shortcuts to mark the in and out to using a simple drag and drop to the timeline. Whichever option you use, Jordan says, don't worry too much about getting it exact because you can fine-tune further later on.

  11. Editing an Interview Demo

    In this essential lesson, see a finished clip and walk through how the interview was assembled. Larry outlines the fundamentals of assembling an interview -- using techniques that work with any type of video edit -- in Apple® Final Cut Pro® X.

  12. Replace Edit and Timeline Index

    Continue to work with the timeline with tricks for replacing clips. Larry walks through simple methods, like using a drag and drop, to more advanced options like the three-point edit, as well as timeline tricks for working with chroma-key. Learn replacement edits along with other timeline tricks in this lesson.

  13. Compound Clips and Auditions

    Compound clips and auditions are specialized functions inside Apple Final Cut Pro. An audition allows video editors to compare clips easily. A compound clip is a project inside of a project. Walk through the how, why and when for these advanced features.

  1. Editing Review

    Jump back into video editing with the editing review that launches day two of this three-day class. Larry reviews the first part of the class and gives you insight into what's next.

  2. Trimming Part 1

    The way clips are assembled in the final video plays a big role on how the final video influences the viewer's emotions. Larry mixes the art of clip trimming with the tools inside Final Cut Pro.

  3. Trimming Part 2

    Trimming isn't always adjusting the beginning and end of a clip. Larry walks through the process of creating a slip trim, as well as tricks like trimming multiple clips at once.

  4. How We Hear

    Jumping into audio, learn the basic terms to audio editing, how we hear, and get started on understanding audio tracks inside Final Cut Pro.

  5. Audio Key Terms with Q&A

    Continue unraveling audio editing with key audio terms that aren't specific to Final Cut Pro. Learn how sound is visually represented and how to set levels for the best sound.

  6. Audio Basics, Meters, and Inspector

    Work with levels and audio inside the Final Cut Pro timeline by diving into the video editor's basic audio tools. Larry walks the class through levels, audio meters, keyframes and more. Learn how to eliminate a cough from the audio, how to reset parameters and more.

  7. Audio Q&A

    Audio is a big component to understanding video editing. Find the answers to the most frequently asked questions with this quick lesson using questions from students just like you.

  8. Dual System Sound and Audio Analysis

    Video and sound are sometimes recorded separately -- often when the mic built-into the DSLR or GoPro used to record the video isn't great at capturing audio. Larry walks through the process of syncing audio to the clip with double system recording along with the audio analysis tool that allows Final Cut to conduct an automatic analysis and fix some audio problems.

  9. Multicam Editing Part 1

    Editing video shot with multiple cameras is a common task in the video industry -- and Final Cut Pro has tools designed just for the task. Larry walks through the basics of multicam editing and getting started with the multicam feature. Learn how to group the cameras, create a new multicam clip and adjust the order using the angle editor to prep the workspace for working with videos from multiple cameras.

  10. Multicam Editing Part 2

    Once the footage is grouped and ready, follow Larry through the process of finessing those multiple feeds into a cohesive video. Start with setting the audio to a single camera, then move into switching the camera angles with a simple click and more advanced multicam tools.

  11. Transitions Part 1

    Transitions help make moving from multiple cuts a smooth experience. Learn the keyboard shortcuts for transitions, timing transition adjustments, and adjusting a transition with a roll trim.

  12. Transitions Part 2

    Creating transitions is an art -- learn the three main types of transitions, when to use them, what emotions transitions bring, and working with transitions in Final Cut Pro.

  13. Formatting and Animating Titles

    Titles reinforce key pieces of information, Larry says. Learn how to use titles, how long to leave titles up, where to place titles, and how to format titles in Final Cut Pro.

  1. Additional Effects

    Titles aren't the only type of special effects you can create inside Final Cut Pro. In the first lesson of the final day of the class, get a peek at what's up ahead, including how to add video stabilization, correct rolling shutter, work with images and create special effects like the Ken Burns effect.

  2. Editing and Trimming Review

    Recap the editing and trimming essentials to review what Larry says is the most essential thing to understand on using Final Cut Pro. Larry puts all the editing and trimming together in a final look at the process.

  3. Changing Speed of a Clip

    The speed of a clip can create drama. Learn how to manipulate the timeline with techniques like freeze frames, variable speed, and slow motion. Decipher the retime menu and learn the tools for manipulating time.

  4. Inspector Effects

    The Inspector inside Final Cut Pro allows video editors to make changes, from adding video stabilization to adjusting the aspect ratio. Follow Larry through the Inspector Effects to learn the special effects hiding in this menu.

  5. The Effects Browsers and Generators

    Video editors can create their own videos directly inside Final Cut Pro using Generators, a tool that's helpful for creating backgrounds for infographics and other items. Larry walks through the Generators and how to use them, along with diving into the Effects Browser interface.

  6. Blend Modes

    Blend Modes originated in Photoshop, but introduce some interesting special effects for video editors as well. Learn how to use blend modes, change the opacity for regular clips and picture-in-picture, and more in this lesson.

  7. Effects Q&A

    Dive into the most frequently asked questions on special effects as Larry explores questions posed by students just like you.

  8. Simple Effects

    Final Cut Pro has a number of different special effects options. Larry walks you through the most useful special effects and how to use them, so that you'll know how to manipulate those oddball effects too.

  9. Intro to Color Correction

    Color correction is a big enough task that entire careers are dedicated to the task. Learn what you need to know on color correction basics to successfully create a color-corrected video inside Final Cut Pro.

  10. Video Scopes

    Final Cut Pro uses three main video scopes -- the waveform monitor, the vectorscope, and the histogram. Larry walks through how to use each tool in color correction.

  11. Color Correcting for Video

    Learn what colors are most essential to get right and how to manually adjust color in videos inside this lesson. Work with the vectorscope and waveform monitor to edit color in a video.

  12. Color Correcting Skintone

    If the skin color is off, the entire video looks off. Larry walks you through how to adjust skin tones. Every skin tone is different -- this lesson is designed to give you the tools and know-how to correct for every skin tone.

  13. Color Correction Q&A

    Dive into the most common questions on color correction with this short lesson taking questions from students.

  14. Audio Effects Part 1

    Visual effects are only half of the special effects equation. Walk through audio effects, from manipulating audio levels to creating a stereo mix.

  15. Audio Effects Part 2

    Continue digging into audio special effects with advanced techniques inside Final Cut Pro. Work with channel filters to mix voice and music and the limiter filter to correct audio that's too soft.

  16. Exporting and Sharing

    After all that editing, how do you share your video? Walk through the export process, from exporting an XTML and a master file to sharing to YouTube directly from Final Cut Pro. Learn about exporting to different file formats and video formats, including .mp4.


a Creativelive Student

Absolutely one of the best & easy to follow teaching / learning sessions for this product. Larry has a great approach & insight into delivering a wealth of information from his years of experience that budding video engineers will certainly benefit from with a product that is powerful & great to use. I'm enjoying the journey to better understand & use this great product, expanding my experience in producing awesome video presentations. Great work Larry, & also huge fan of creativelive Keep up the great work you all do to assist budding producers in mastering their skills. Noel Blake Melbourne Australia


Final Cut Pro with Larry Jordan has been of enormous help to me just stating in FCPX. Larry has a unique way of getting the message on the basics across in an easy to understand manner. I have not yet looked at the entire course as I am practicing the steps as I go through the course. Many programs of FCP are not presented in the easy to follow manner thatL array does so well. I am 100% delighted with my purchase. I am in Sydney, Australia, and, due to the time difference it is impractical to view courses live. So I had to purchase on trust which in this case was a good choice. It would be good if Creative Live could perhaps rerun programs so overseas folks could view them at a convenient time. The courses still need to be purchased as I find it best to run it on another monitor and put what is taught into practice. Well done and thanks for the special offer in July.

a Creativelive Student

Attending this class was really a life-changing experience. Larry is a wonderful teacher and clearly on top of the program and methodology, and the way he structured the course, did frequent reviews and constant technique reminders (naming keyboard shortcuts as he did them, for example) really added a lot to the presentation. The depth of the class was very much appreciated, and his command of a complex subject showed that it was possible. I have wanted to understand FCP for several years and have only gotten the beginnings of a handle on it in the last 6 months or so. This class was an exponential knowledge upload and I hope will allow me to do lots of things I've only wondered about. I thought Jim was a good foil for Larry and did a nice job keeping things together, even when there was a technical problem. The value for me of being able to sit through the class before deciding to purchase was huge, and I am very much looking forward to reviewing the videos as questions come up. The class was very thorough and I didn't feel anything was being left out. Thank you so much for making it available.