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Apple Final Cut Pro X: In-Depth

Lesson 14 of 42

Editing Review


Apple Final Cut Pro X: In-Depth

Lesson 14 of 42

Editing Review


Lesson Info

Editing Review

Thanks so much for joining us for this day to end what I want to cover in today's sections were to start with trimming, which is the process of adjusting where two clips touch will also do an editing review discussing what we learned yesterday to sort of review what we talked about and make sure it's still fresh in your mind as we talk about it today. Second sessions, one of my favorites were spent time looking up audio everything from how we hear how audio has generated taha audio was created on the computer audio codex, which is sort of the math class that's the pain you go through before we actually start the actual working with software, then we'll use audio inside final cut look at how we can set audio levels, set pan and do multi channel mixing work with dual channel sound all kinds of really interesting stuff with audio is going to be in the second session. The third session takes a look at multi cam editing, editing more than one camera at a time, and we'll wrap up by making a ...

transition out of editing into effects by looking at transitions and titles, which presages what we're going to talk about tomorrow, which is a whole day devoted to effect. Specifically for this session, I want to start with an editing review. Then we'll look at trimming clips will look at a brand new feature inside final cut ten called the precision editor. I'll explain how to trim with the mouse. I'll explain how to trim with the keyboard and what trimming is in general, then well, do what are called split edits, where we trim the audio and video separately. This really adds power and gives me a chance to talk about one of jim's favorite stories, which is the story of john and martha will share that with you a little later this morning. A couple things I wanted to find before we get too carried away first is trimming. Trimming is the process of adjusting where two clips touch now, where two clips touch is the edit point, and there are three sides to another point there's the out, the inn and both ian and the out. Now, just to give you an example recently I was given a forty three million dollars any a grant to study the concept of trimming and I want to share with you what the results of that forty three million dollars any a grant where this is your tax dollars at work, so pay very close attention this is the outgoing clip the last frame of the outgoing clip is called the out this is the incoming clip on the first frame of the incoming clip is called the inn and where those two clips touch right there is the added point now an edit point has three sides it has just the out it has just the in or has the n and the out that's how we trim when we're adjusting something we're adjusting where one clip ends were adjusting where the other clips starts or where we make the switch from one clip to the other there's a technical term associated with each of these this is called rippling the outlet ripple like and water this is called rippling the and this is called rolling the n nd out ripple when it's one side roll when it's both side the reason's called a ripple is that when you change the out everything downstream pulls up its effects ripple through the rest of the timeline when I changed the end everything adjusts it ripples downstream from the into the end of your project so trimming is the process of adjusting the inn in the end the out or both so that's that's all trimming is but the interesting thing is that trimming actually affects the emotion of your editor. We'll talk more about that, he said, making a note because otherwise I'm going to get off track here but we'll talk about how trimming can affect the emotion of your ad it just a couple minutes what I want to do first though is I want to do a quick review of what we covered yesterday and then jim if you're still with me after that was a great interview with miles by the way nice job oh thank you so much and he well he was a little nervous so but he did a rocking job well he had a good person asking questions and when you talk about stuff you love the questions make all the difference way should talk about that because the whole process of of creating a promo is one of generating a particular action having the audience do something watched the show for instance and and that really depends on how you construct the shots and when you construct the shots that leads into what editing is all about and so I want to do a review what we covered yesterday but if you remember yesterday I said that we were going to start the fourth segment with a dead body do you remember that and then I forgot and I and the body just died and labor there and we never saw what happened to it so remind me before I get into trimming to do the dead body because otherwise without the dead body what we're talking about doesn't make a whole lot of sense we need this stiff so help me remember we'll do all right so let's just hide this let's start final cut there are three there are three where are we here? Dr cerf on dh projects okay there are three core concepts that we covered yesterday we spent a lot of time explaining why these concepts are so important but there's three core concepts that we need to understand from yesterday the first is importing media the second is reviewing a clip to set an in and an out based upon where that clip starts and stops in terms of how we're going to edit that into the project and any actual editing into the timeline so let's review those three steps to import media notice here I have dr cerf again we can adjust the size of of the distance between the libraries and the browser by grabbing this vertical line click hold on dragging it wherever you want I've created a number of different events each one of these folders is an event remember event is a folder in which we store stuff I have audio files located in the audio event I have pictures inside the b roll event I have dr cerf inside the interview event I have more pictures inside now four by three and I have a project folder which is our collection of edits there's no limit to the number of events that you create you can have one you have to have a minimum of one you can have as many as you want it's an organizational concept like we were talking a file cabinet yesterday the library is the file cabinet and inside the file cabinet we have folders and inside those folders we have media or projects the events of the folder and the media the projects of the material it's stored inside the folder so this is simply as many as you want to create okay we import media if there's nothing here this is really obvious blue import button but we got a bunch of stuff here so that blue import but one is gone I can click this downward pointing arrow that allows me to import which I never use I could go up to the file menu if I was mouse centric and go to import media because that works perfectly but I am a keyboard junkie I just remember the keyboard shortcut which is command I with command I open up the media import window when this allows me to access all the media which is stored on any hard drive which is attached to my computer I have my media located in a source media folder which is just a folder that I created and stuff media in or you could put any folder together there's no restrictions on what folders air called there's no restrictions on where media is stored except two number one I recommend not using the boot drive to storm media because it's going to be preoccupied and often too slow and the second is, I recommend that you store your media on the fastest and largest drive that you've got, because media has a huge band with, you need to have a lot of of data transferring from the hard drive to your computer, so you want to store this on the biggest drive and the fastest drive that you have. If you need more information specifically on how storage works, be sure to refer to session one. Yesterday, we spent a lot of time talking about that let's bring in some animal footage here, because that's certainly relates to the interstellar internet, and I'm going to simply click on a bighorn sheep clip, and I am in the media import window, and when skimming is turned on, I can quickly skim across the clip and have our ram do a star turn and wave to you from the forests of the far north. To be able to import a clip, highlight the clip, or the group of clips that you want us to import and click the import selected button. This opens up the media import window, and we talked about what thes settings are. Click the import button, and after a few seconds, that clip will show up in whatever library you designate so here's our clip, we can now set an inn for the clip let's, find the spot where just before the ram turns its head, we type the letter I to set the start or the end of a clip, and we'll wait for him to turn his head back and he starts to walk out. We'll set out this golden box now determines that portion of the clip that we want to add it to the timeline with that golden box there we can now do four different edits to the timeline, the letter e or this icon right here, the letter e edits the clip into the timeline at the end of whatever clips are there, so I never have to worry about the position of the play head or let's, just take this clip here, where's nasa right there we'll go with this clip and we'll set it in the letter. I will set out the letter o and put the play head where I want to insert the spinning earth clip. I'm going to use the up arrow key put the play head at the start of a clip, and this time we'll click the second icon, which doesn't insert at it it in search, the clip at the position of the play had pushing everything else downstream, or I could we'll just set up burning globe here I and oh, I could put the play head and say the middle of a clip and use a there's no icon, but we could use the edit menu. Go down tto overwrite the letter d and it override it's replaces what it lands on, so I have a letter e to do in upend at it adds it to the end of the timeline the letter w doesn't insert at it inserts it at the position of the play head and pushes everything to the right. The letter d overwrites starting at the position the play had replacing that which is in the timeline with that new clip that comes in from the browser or the letter q will set an end will set out and type the letter q adds what's called a connected clip it instantly patches that clip ah bah above all other layers if I did that again, type the letter q notice that now my clip is above all other layers do it again, the clippers above all other layers and it a positions the clip at the position of the skimmer noticed that thing I'm dragging back and forth or if the skimmer has turned off the play head. I'm a big fan of the skimmer up here in the browser, but I'm a bigger fan of having skimming turned off in the timeline because the skimmer always is in the wrong place and I always end up editing the clip where I don't want it we can toggle skimming on and off by kicking, clicking this keyboard shortcut here typing or typing the letter ass isn't skimming, and we can have the skimmer appear or disappear. So when I'm in the browser or the media import window skimming is on. I'm a big fan of it there when I'm in the timeline I typed the letter s skimming is off because I don't like the fact that skimmers always in the wrong position and when I read it like doing, insert at it or do a override it at the position of the skimmer, I end up with cliff scattered all over everywhere in back there's a variety of other edits that we can use, we can do replace edits. We can use three point out it's we can use back time at its and we talked a lot about that in the fourth session yesterday. You have a chance to review that if that's useful to you. So we import media command I weaken import individual clips. We can import groups of clips. We can import a range within a clip. We review media inside the browser set where we wanted to start by typing the letter I or forgot noticed this vertical yellow line here. Grab the vertical yellow line, drag it left or right to change the start, grab the vertical yellow line at the end to change the end so you can adjust the enemy out by click hold dragging with the mouse or by typing a letter I or by typing a letter. Oh, you can also mark a clip by going up to the mark menu set range starting set range and I'm very grateful that apple put those in there. I have never in my life used them, but if they're useful to you feel free. If you need to get rid of the enemy out option x, select all the clips that have ranges that you want to get rid of just by dragging a rectangle around them type option x and you make that rectangle that that range disappear. We can now well, just close this library. By the way, a library is a container that holds everything it holds our media holds are project's holds events, it holds everything that we can open and close libraries whenever we want. File open. This is the list of the most recently opened libraries or click on other and you can open any library stored anywhere on your system and to close the library simply right mouse, click on the library name itself, go on to close library and you, khun close the library

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 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.

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