First steps in Final Cut Pro X
Get started by importing your video into a Final Cut Pro X Library
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.