First steps in Fi­nal Cut Pro X

Get started by im­port­ing your video into a Fi­nal Cut Pro X Li­brary

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In the first of a new se­ries, we help you get to grips with the top video ed­i­tor

Mak­ing videos just keeps get­ting more and more pop­u­lar, and while iMovie pro­vides enough videoedit­ing power for most peo­ple, if you’re look­ing to grow the com­plex­ity and cre­ativ­ity of your movies, you’ll want some­thing more flex­i­ble. From is­sue 266 to 276 of MacFor­mat we looked at how to use Adobe’s Pre­miere El­e­ments tool (which is a good step up from iMovie that doesn’t break the bank). If you’re re­ally look­ing to in­vest in mak­ing great videos, how­ever, Fi­nal Cut Pro X is an af­ford­able and ex­cel­lent choice.

It’s a pro-level video ed­i­tor, of­fer­ing sup­port for ev­ery­thing from sim­ple videos recorded on your phone up to cinema-qual­ity 4K Ul­tra HD footage. But is fairly easy to get to grips with, and if you’ve used iMovie a lot, it ac­tu­ally seems quite familiar in a lot of places.

The key thing is that it’s re­ally not that ex­pen­sive – £200 from the Mac App Store. That’s not cheap, but when you con­sider it gives you the room to grow your video-mak­ing up to truly pro­fes­sional out­put if you wanted, it’s a very rea­son­able in­vest­ment – es­pe­cially if you’re con­sid­er­ing get­ting one of the 4K cam­eras in our group test (flick to

Look­ing to in­vest in mak­ing great videos? Fi­nal Cut Pro X is an ex­cel­lent and af­ford­able choice

page 92). You can also buy Ap­ple’s su­perb ad­di­tional Mo­tion app for just £35 from the Mac App Store, which lets you add some ad­vanced vis­ual ef­fects in a seam­less work­flow with Fi­nal Cut.

Get­ting started in Fi­nal Cut can still be a bit daunt­ing even if you’re an ex­pert at us­ing iMovie – the two in­ter­faces are sim­i­lar in many ways, but there are more op­tions and tools in Fi­nal Cut. On the next page, we’ll take you through the stan­dard lay­out of Fi­nal Cut, so you know where ev­ery­thing is, and then look at how to im­port videos for edit­ing, as well as im­port­ing your ex­ist­ing iMovie pro­jects, so you can pol­ish them with Fi­nal Cut’s tools. Over the com­ing is­sues, we’ll take you all the way through Fi­nal Cut, un­til you too can be­come an edit­ing pro. Alan Stone­bridge

Fi­nal Cut Pro X is made for high­end edit­ing, but it’s ac­tu­ally fairly easy to learn.

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