How do you adjust the easing of the Ken Burns effect in Final Cut Pro X?  Watch this video to see how you can quickly and easily change the animation style of zooming in and out of photos in Final Cut Pro X.
 

When you adjust the easing of the Ken Burns effect in Final Cut Pro X, you have four choices: "Ease In And Out", "Ease In", "Ease Out" and "Linear".

 

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Is your Mac's disk drive getting full?  Are you getting an error that there is not enough disk space?  Do you need to free up disk space so that your computer will perform better?  Watch this video to see how you can quickly get back a lot of disk space if you do a lot of editing in iMovie for macOS.

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How do you take a video editing project that you began in iMovie for iOS on your iPhone or iPad and move it to Final Cut Pro X on macOS?  Watch this video to get an overview of the steps you'll need to take to convert or transfer your mobile project to the desktop.

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What is 4K?  What does that mean?  For many people, it's a new type of TV.  For others, it's a type of video that your mobile device or camera can record in.  Watch this quick video to get a simple answer to what 4K means in video terms.

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Do you need to change the location of your render files or cache in Final Cut Pro X to better use the different drives on your Mac?  Watch this video to see how you can easily change the hard drive location from inside the Final Cut Pro Library to a location of your choosing.

Why would you want to change the location of render files in Final Cut Pro X?  Since render files can get very large, you may find that you want to locate them separately from your Library so that you can make better use of your system's hard drive space.

 

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Are you upgrading to Final Cut Pro X and need to send over all of your iMovie videos and projects?  Watch this video to see how you can quickly and easily convert your iMovie Library to a Final Cut Pro X Library.

When you convert an iMovie Library, Events are created for each Event in the iMovie Library as well as Each Project in the iMovie Library.

 

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How can you quickly edit a video on your iPhone so that you can trim out some bad parts at the beginning or ending?  Check out this video to see how easy and quick it is to trim the edges of a video.

The editing controls in this video are shown in iOS 10.  You can also share the clip out to iMovie by tapping the More button, located to the right of the Play button.

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How can you show the original source timecode of a clip in Final Cut Pro X?  Check out this video to see how easy it is to burn in the Source Timecode using an Effect in version 10.3.

Why would you want to reveal the original timecode of a video clip?  The Source Timecode serves as an absolute reference to the original media of a video clip.

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How can you delete all of the render files for all of a Library’s Projects and Events in Final Cut Pro X?  Watch this video to see how you can free up disk space on your Mac by clearing out Final Cut Pro X's render files in version 10.3.

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Have you shot wide dynamic range video footage with a Blackmagic camera or a Sony A7RII?  Watch this video to see how you can properly setup Log Processing for clips in Final Cut Pro X.

Many popular cameras today shoot with a wide dynamic range.  This footage has a "flat" look and needs to be compensated for either through color correction or by properly identifying the look that the footage was shot in.

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How can you change the default destination in Final Cut Pro X?  Watch this video to see how you can set a default export setting for your project timelines.

Why would you want to change the Default Destination in Final Cut Pro X?  By using the keyboard shortcut Command-E, you can quickly export the timeline or range that is currently selected and have it use the default destination.  This is an excellent way to pick up speed in your editing workflow.

 

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Want to create an opening crawl in Final Cut Pro X for your Star Wars fan film?  Watch this video to see how you can easily set the stage for your space adventure in a galaxy far, far away.

By changing the Speed Control from Fixed to Automatic, the speed of the opening crawl relates directly to the length of the title clip.

The version of Final Cut Pro X used in this tutorial is 10.2.2.

 

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How can you create a Project with a custom frame size in Final Cut Pro X?  Watch this video to see how you can set any resolution for a project.

You can also select standardized formats such as 4K, 4:3, and many more via the Format drop-down menu.


The version of Final Cut Pro X used in this tutorial is 10.2.1.

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Editing is a process.  Developing your edit in stages gives you the ability to reach goals, to reflect and to iterate.  It’s important to have a creative process like this in order for your video to be all that it can be.

Keeping the versions of an edit organized can be cumbersome, but here is a method and a naming convention that can help with project organization in Final Cut Pro X.

 

Stages

Let’s consider some possible stages for a medium sized project where the workflow needs approval by a client at different stages in development:


Raw Footage - The Raw Footage stage is where footage is unorganized and is in its original, uncut state for a project.  This is the starting point that every editor faces: the raw ingredients.

Selects - The Selects stage is where you select the usable pieces and good takes from the Raw Footage.  This stage is about thinning down what you have to work with.

Assembly Cut - The Assembly Cut stage is a rough structure of the flow of the project’s narrative.  If you’re doing a video where interviews drive the narrative, this is a cut that puts together only your interview clips and allows you to build the major structure of the story.

Rough Cut - The Rough Cut stage is a complete flow of all parts of the narrative.  The Rough Cut builds upon the Assembly Cut by taking your core story and growing it into a rich and layered video.  The rough cuts will contain place holders or temporary elements of additional footage, animation and music.  As a rough cut evolves, elements become finalized.  The Rough Cut stage is about refinement 

Final Cut - The Final Cut stage is a complete, polished video and is ready for review and approval.


Approvals and iterations happen within each of the three stages of cuts.  Once you get the main structure of your video in place (the Assembly Cut), you move to making that structure a refined and rich experience.(the Rough Cut)  Once you have refined your cut to the point it feels done, you create a final candidate.(the Final Cut)  Each stage can have multiple versions.

Like any process, you may reach points where you have to step backward to go forward.  If you find that a Rough Cut is not working like you hoped, you may need to step back to an Assembly Cut and work on the main structure of your story to fix issues that you may have.


Project Naming Convention

With these video stages in mind, you can apply a standard naming convention to the timelines you create.

The convention I use is Letter + Number followed by Stage.  Project timelines get names such as “A4 Assembly”, “R8 Rough” and “F4 Final”.

The parts of the convention are defined as:
Letter = A for Assembly, R for Rough Cut, F for Final Candidate
Number = 1, 2, 3, etc. (the version)
Stage = Assembly, Rough or Final

For example, if you’re working on your fifth rough cut of a video, the project would be named “R5 Rough”.  While having both “R” and “Rough” in the title for identification seems to be redundant, its need becomes obvious when sorting your projects in Final Cut Pro X.


Smart Collections in Final Cut Pro X

In Final Cut Pro X, Smart Collections are filters that allow you to focus in on just the elements that you want to see from the total set of media in your project.

Think of it like email organization: an old approach was to let the user organize their emails by sorting emails into folders; a modern approach is to put all of your emails in to one location and search on what you need.

The same goes for elements in Final Cut Pro X Events: there are no defined “folders” or “buckets” to organize your content into; Rather, there is one bucket and you create filters to see what you want.

To organize the versions of your cuts, you can create Smart Collections based on the name of the stage of the Project.  You will first filter by “Type” to show you Projects.  Then, you will filter by text in order to see the cuts you want.  If you want to see all of your Assembly cuts, filter by text that includes “Assembly”.  Repeat this for “Rough” and “Final” and you’ve got a quick way to see and organize the different cuts of a project.

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