Build a rough cut in Fi­nal Cut

Iden­tify your best footage and as­sem­ble it in a time­line, ready for pol­ish­ing

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You’ll need to make a project in or­der to as­sem­ble a rough cut of your film. Choose File > New Project to cre­ate a time­line into which you’ll add por­tions of im­ported clips. Fi­nal Cut asks you to name the project, and in which Event to store it. Choose the one into which you im­ported clips. When you click OK, the project will adopt de­fault set­tings if this is your first project, or keep ex­ist­ing set­tings oth­er­wise.

Let’s as­sem­ble a rough cut of your film, which we’ll later re­fine us­ing ad­vanced tools

Press­ing Use Cus­tom Set­tings lets you spec­ify a frame size and rate, or let Fi­nal Cut de­cide what’s best based on the first clip you add. The lat­ter is use­ful if you work with a sin­gle cam­era or sev­eral that shoot to the same spec­i­fi­ca­tions. Man­ual de­ci­sions en­sure you get ex­actly what you want. We’ll use stereo audio, but Fi­nal Cut can work with sur­round sound.

The ProRes 422 (LT) ren­der for­mat uses a lower data rate and will save you some disk space. If you make a mis­take, sim­ply se­lect the project in the Browser, then click Info, then Mod­ify Set­tings in the In­spec­tor.

Click OK to con­firm your choices and cre­ate the project. Now you’re ready to get down to the cre­ative work of as­sem­bling a rough cut of your film. Alan Stone­bridge

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