Many of you are probably laughing at this title, and to be honest I still don’t believe that I like editing with Final Cut Pro X. It looks like iMovie and the workflow is totally different. But I continued reading about it and watched some great tutorials from Chip Dizard over at Web Video Chefs (click here to see the webinar). It got me more curious and a few days later I am here.
So once I got used to the different workflow it began to make more sense and it didn’t bother me. As I mention in the video below there are still things I don’t like and hope they change. Along with that, I am still learning and it will take many more projects to become proficient.
I’ll start with the things I do not like and would like to see changed and then quickly get into why I am starting to love FCP X.
No bins. Media is organized by date (See Below). Can not do multiple sequences, must be multiple projects but you can duplicate. This one I am sure I will get over, but on bigger projects, especially when making multiple versions may not work out. I have not found an easy way to mute all audio tracks. That is about it for now and I am sure like anything, there will be more after using it more.
Lets get on with the good stuff. Speed. This software is packed of so many features that it was hard to pick the ones I wanted to talk about. Granted, a lot of this features and filters/effects you would never use on a professional project, but there are many that you will.
The ones that stand out to me are; back ground rendering, color correction/grading, searching sound effects library, key framing, trimming, Ken Burns, and chroma key. Another feature I haven’t played with too much is the text tools. If people want, I can work on that and put out another video, even a tutorial. Check out the video below to see these features.
I hope you enjoyed the video and if you want to see more tutorials please check out Web Video Chefs. If you want me to go over more features and have additional questions don’t hesitate to ask. I would be happy to try and help!
As I mentioned I am still very new so in about a month I will do another post after working on paid projects with this software. For now, there is something I wanted to add:
You are able to do a bin type organization. Right click on the event name in the Event Library and create a new folder. Name this whatever you want, lets say BRoll. Under this folder you are going to add a ‘New Keyword Collection’ and from there you can drag and drop your media into. Again, different/weird workflow but as time goes on I am getting used to it.