In 6-hours of tutorial-videos you'll learn all the skills required to edit video like a pro in Final Cut Pro. Produced by Michael Wohl (one of the original designers of Final Cut Pro)
, this tutorial goes deep into not only the practice, but also the theory of video editing.
Starting with the basics, you'll learn how to do basic edits like inserting and overwriting clips, performing 3-point edits, and zooming and scrubbing around your project. You'll also learn important file management techniques like working with Bins, Sequences, Clips, and Window layouts to expedite your edits.
The integration of the Canvas and Timeline windows is a primary workflow issue in Final Cut Pro, so Michael next moves on to show you how to ensure you have the correct sequence settings to make your video look as good as it should, every time. You'll also learn the difference between realtime and non-realtime editing ... important concepts that every video editor should understand.
With the basics under your belt, Michael moves on to teach you advanced video editing concepts including sync issues, using Markers, adding custom transitions, and more. You'll also learn how to manage media and archive projects for later editing.
Michael also includes a full section on using filters in Final Cut pro. You'll learn how to apply and change filters, how to keyframe filter effects, basic color correction techniques, and advanced filter concepts like using the Smoothcam filter to stabilize shaky shots.
if that isn't enough, Michael next discusses compositing techniques that allow you to combine multiple layers of video to make advanced edits and effects for your productions. You'll even learn how to use generators, drop shadows, and work with speed effects to create slow motion sequences and other time based video manipulations.
Everyone knows that video is two-thirds audio, so towards the end of the tutorial there is a big section on editing audio in Final Cut Pro. You'll learn how to normalize dialog, add audio filters, and create audio transitions to smoothly blend from one clip to the next.
This is a comprehensive tutorial, but you don't need to watch the entire show. Use the detailed menus and keyword search functions to quickly find items of interest. for a full list of this tutorials topics, see the Table of Contents.