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Final Cut Pro X - Beginners Guide

teacher avatar Nick Carter, Videographer, Photographer and VFX

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10 Lessons (52m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Part 1 - File Management

    • 3. Part 2 - FCPX File Structure

    • 4. Part 3 - FCPX Interface walkthrough

    • 5. Part 4 - Importing footage

    • 6. Part 5 - Editing

    • 7. Part 6 - Titles, Effects and Transitions

    • 8. Part 7 - Colour Grading

    • 9. Part 8 - Exporting

    • 10. Part 9 - Best Plugins for FCPX

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About This Class


In this course you will learn the fundamentals to editing within Final Cut Pro X (FCPX). This course is great for beginners to video editing or even people migrating from a different editor such as Premiere Pro or Davinci Resolve.

You will learn the different terminology used in FCPX so that you can find your way around easily.

You will learn how to edit your footage using traditional editing techniques such as straight cuts and deleting footage but I will also cover the new way to edit which is specific to FCPX and the Magnetic timeline.

Add title, transitions and other effects to your video.

The basics of Colour grading and applying LUTs to your footage so that you can achieve a particular tone.

And finally export it out into a single file that you can share! During the exporting I will cover the different types of files you can output whether that is for Facebook, Youtube or for sharing amongst friends.

I will also briefly cover some great plugins that you can use in Final Cut Pro X!

Disclaimer: This course is not intended for people that have edited in Final Cut Pro X before. It's for beginners to the software.

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Nick Carter

Videographer, Photographer and VFX


Hey Guys! My name is Nick Carter,

Im a Videographer, Photographer and VFX Enthusiast who spends his time living between Australia and Canada. 

I started my Editing journey over 10 years ago trying to achieve simple VFX shots at home (Lightsaber Effects, Sky replacement... Basically every tutorial on VideoCoPilot). From developing my hobbyist skills at home to learning from Industry Professionals at AIE out of Melbourne Australia, my passion for Video Creation and VFX continued to grow.

Between working in the corporate world and creating content as a freelancer I slowly realised a gap in the Learning Market. Simple, easy to follow and straight to the point tutorials. So I took to teaching. Having found a voice that people seem to listen to, I focus ... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hi and welcome to my beginner's guide to Final Cut Pro ten. This course has been designed to teach you the fundamentals of editing video inside of Final Cut Pro ten, as well as some of the other fundamentals that comes with video editing, such as file management, folder structures, as well as certain plug-ins and stuff like that that you may want to download to help make your editing life easier. So what are we going to cover in this course? Well, straight off the bat, we're going to go through file structure. So how you should organize your files on your computer just to make it as easy as possible when editing video from them. We're gonna go on urban to Final Cut Pro ten file structure simply because it uses some terminology that doesn't quite correlate to other programs in the creative field. So we're going to break down the terminology that Final Cut Pro uses and go through how you should structure your projects. From there, we're going to go through the entire layout of Final Cut Pro ten. What it all does, old buttons, everything like that. We're going to cover every single one of them. And then we're gonna move into creating a project, importing footage into it, editing that footage and going through all the editing techniques that you would want to use as a begin and trying to get into video editing. We're going to then move on to adding music and sound effects, as well as titles and also a little bit of color grading at the end to make your visuals pop. And like I said, the very last part of this course, we're going to go through some great plug-ins resources online that you could look into using waltz editing in Final Cut Pro ten because it's going to take your project just to that next level and make editing a little bit easier. So hopefully you do enjoy this course and without further ado, let's get into pop one. 2. Part 1 - File Management: Alright guys, so before we get into Final Cut Pro ten and start editing the footage, weaning to set up a folder structure for all our files. So this is important because as you're editing videos, basically you going to have a lot of files coming in. Throughout the process, you might end up downloading images or different bits of music. You need a place to put them so that you don't get lost in the Edit. Otherwise you're just going to have files everywhere. And the downside to this is if you have them in random locations and then all of a sudden decide that you need to move to a different computer. Then you've got to move all of them into another folder, transfer mobile, and then everything's going to be completely Burkean. So we're going to show you the easiest way to create a file structure in Final Cut Pro ten. Now, you can either use the desktop, which is my personal preference just because it's very easy to access. Or you can go into Fonda and go into my documents a. Wherever you'd like to store your documents. But the first thing we're gonna do is right-click and create a new folder. And way going to name this off to the video that we're editing. So we're going to be calling this one my first video because that's the first video in Final Cut Pro. So this folder is going to be everything in regards to this project, all the media, music, everything. So let's open that folder up. Now. The first folder I'm going to create, I'm gonna right-click and new folder, and I'm going to type in render. Ok. This is basically where f final videos are going to end up. So anything that we export from Final Cut Pro as a final product is going to end up in this folder here. So that's the first folder that I create, so I know where everything is. The next folder I'm going to create is media. Ok. Now, obviously that should be self-explanatory. That is where all the music, video and images is going to be located. Now, if you have a script, that's where I'd create a new folder and I'd say script. And okay, and that's where you can put your script. And then if you have say, inspiration, research, that sort of stuff. If you're doing like documentary or anything like that, you can go new folder and you can just type in research. So sometimes I like to do mood boards and stuff like that. Get different inspiration from different movies. Giacomo went to big folder and that's where this will be. He'll, even if even small video clips from movies that I like that maybe would inspire the projects I'm working on would go in here. Now, pretty much these three folders don't need to change. You're just going to dump whatever you need into those photos. And that's where they're going to live. The media one, we can take a step further depending on how you want to organize your footage. So let's jump into this media folder. So inhale, we can obviously break this down and you can create a new folder for music, a new folder for sound effects, a new folder up for images, okay. And a new folder, and a new folder for main footage. And then a fold up for supplementary footage or what we call in the industry be row. Okay, so B-roll is supplementary footage. If you have a person talking to the camera and then you want to show footage of what they're talking about. That's what the B row would be. And then the person talking to the camera, it would be the main footage. Such as if you're editing a short film, pretty much the main footage would be your talking points. So any time you're actor is on screen talking, that would be the main footage. And then you'll be rho would be anything else totally up to you if that's how you want to break down the footage. Personally, I don't do that. I would just have a FOLDOC for footage. Okay. And then that would be my breakdown for media. This just helps it be super organized so that if you were to say offload this to another editor, while it's pretty simple, you send this one folder to the editor. They opened it up straight away. They know where the scripts and all the research and inspiration is. Then they know, okay, this was my media folder. They know where the music is, the sound effects are the images and the footage. And from there, they can obviously download their own and put it in their own folder structure. This is just the easiest way to do that. Now. Footage, if you're just doing a really simple project, you can probably just leave this empty as is. But if you're doing a large project filming on multiple cameras with multiple days of filming, the easiest way would be to create a new folder inside the footage category. Name it off the device that captured the footage. If you filmed with a drone, you can talk in drone. And then if you filmed on say like a Sony a 73, you can type Sony a 73. And then that way in your footage folder, you'll going to have a breakdown of the devices that filmed. If it was a multi-day shoot, then in those folders, you would create another folder called Day one, day two, etcetera. And that is where you would put that footage. Again, this is purely and simply because then you know that if you go into the footage and your trying to find something from your third day of shooting off the Sony a 73, you know that the Sony I 73 and it would be in your day three folder that just keeps it nice and easy and organized. But like I said, if you are just doing, you know, you just quick, quickly filmed a bit of the family or you just went out and had a fun day. You don't really need a break it down into these folders. Just have a footage folder with nothing in it. Okay. This is more for multi-day shoots, really advanced, heavy filming work. But that's pretty much all there is to the folder structure. You've got to remember that the idea of having a nice simple folder that has an old broken down into little sections like this is so that you can move it from computer to compute a that anything breaking inside of Final Cut Pro, if you leave old footage and media and everything like that in these folders, it's very easy to relink it in Final Cut Pro. If you decide to, you know, you're editing on your laptop, you move to a friend's house, you want to edit on their laptop. So that is why we have it broken down like soda. 3. Part 2 - FCPX File Structure: Alright, so now that we've looked into how to structure your own files for editing videos. Let's have a look at how Final Cut Pro deals with projects as a whole. Now, it does deal with it very similarly to permeate Old Divinity result, but it uses different terminology. So we're going to break that down in this pop, in normal video editing suites like premiere program de Vinci, resolve it. They basically operate out of projects. So you have a project and that is where all your footage is kept. And that's pretty much it. Inside that project, you would have your different clips and stuff. In Final Cut Pro, we have three terminologies we need to understand. We have library events and then projects. So we need to look at this as a hierarchy. Library being at the top, alright, events being in the middle, and then projects at the very bottom. So if we were to have a look at this and say what editing a movie, for example, let's use Star Wars. So the library, we would call that Star Wars because that is way, way operating with working on Star Wars. The events, which is the next one down in the hierarchy, those would be at different chapters or scenes in the movie. So if we were looking at, I guess, a New Hope, so absolute full, we would have an eventful every scene. So when the Millennium Falcon and as a desktop, that would be an event there, et cetera, et cetera. And then the project down the bottom of the hierarchy, that would be the actual, I guess, Tomlin clip edit for that same way working on. And that's pretty much how the structure would go down. So we'd have the library for Star Wars than under the Millennium Falcon entering the desktop event, we would have all the footage and media full that sane. And then we would edit that in the project. In that event, it is a little complicated, but once you wrap your head around it, it's super, super simple. Now, another example, if you were a YouTube, you could look at it as though the library, you could have that set as a month. So you can have it as, let's say February 2021. All your YouTube videos for February 2021 are going to be this library. And so each event on, in that library, it could be a video. Let's say you did fun reviews. You can have an event for Samsung Galaxy S 21 as a review, you could have a folder for the iPhone 12 review. And then so those two events that in those events would you'd have the footage for both those reviews and then the corresponding project for those events. In this course, we're going to pretty much have a new library for each video that we edit. And we're gonna go through that in the next video. 4. Part 3 - FCPX Interface walkthrough: Okay, so we've covered all the folder structures and everything like that. It's time to open up Final Cut Pro. So let's open it up and we're going to go through the interface of Final Cut Pro. And as you can see, when you opened up, this is what you're going to be greeted with. Very minimalistic interface. So let's break down always different sections, starting up the top here, and then we're going to move down. So starting with these three icons here, basically we have an import button clicking that is going to bring in the Import dialog box so we can get rid of that. Next we have the keyword buttons. So a good thing about Final Cut Pro is we can attach keywords in the project so that we can easily find bits of footage. So that's where you would bring up the keyword editor. But we're not going to be looking at in this call site is definitely more of an advanced feature of Final Cut Pro. The next one is out background toss window. And pretty much this is just always going to be running. Because the way Final Cut Pro works is it constantly renders your footage as you're working on it operates a lot smoother, and that's what this one is going to show you, honestly, unless you're rendering the footage that you don't really need to worry about it. Or I'm moving on over to the far right. Basically, we have a little bit of a breakdown on showing and hiding different parts of the interface. So the far left button here is going to hide add media section here, which will go through. So you can see if I click that, it closes it, then the button down in the middle, this is our timeline. So by clicking that it's going to hide the timeline dialog. And then the fall one on the right is going to hide the inspector, and that's how that one uprights. Lastly, this button at the very last corner, which we can't click yet, is the share icon. And so that's obviously going to allow us to render it at, will share it to Facebook or YouTube or anything like that. Moving down, let's cover the lodge boxes. He is so we can break it down. On the far left here, we have our fall structure that we were just talking about in the last video. And as you can see, we have untitled library, then we have our event. And then under the event would be all at different projects. The right-hand books, he had, this one here. This is what's going to have olam media in it. Obviously we haven't imported anything yet. That'll be in the next pot, but this is where it would live. The darker gray box here, this is viewer. So if we were to be looking at footage, This is where it would show up. The right-hand side here is inspect up, and this is going to show us options and toggles for every bits and pieces that we're doing. So if we're doing titles, it's going to have access to the texts controls. If we're looking at footage, we will have a look at different controls in He'll blow that. We have our timeline. So this is where we are going to be doing all of that editing. And then we have a bunch of different icons over here, which is going to be a different editing techniques, as well as how different tools and everything like that. We also have other sort of display options here that will give us access when editing in our timeline. But lost two buttons. I want to show you these two right ones here, this fall on this one he is gonna show us at transition browser. And that'll show up down here so we can go through and have a scrub and it will show us had different transitions, super easy to look at. And then the other one is out effects browser. And so we can go through here again and have a look at the different effects that are pre-installed inside of Final Cut Pro. Again, we'll look at that a little bit later. The only other two icons on a to show you up here. So obviously we have this one which is going to to hide and show a file structure. The next one is going to be pretty much like an import menu for music in iTunes and all that sort of stuff. And the third one here is our texts and titles browser. So this is gonna show all that totals that we have installed, whether that is default or not. And we can click through and search them, as well as a few generated CA, backgrounds and that kind of thing. And so that's pretty much how Final Cut Pro is laid out. It is very minimalistic. And we will learn a little bit more of that in the next video as we start to bring footage into our project and play around with a couple of the other buttons that sort of hide different things. So with the basics of the interface out of the way, it's time to jump into the next part of this class, which is going to be importing and organizing footage. 5. Part 4 - Importing footage: So now it's time to input all that footage into Final Cut Pro and organize it. First thing I want you to do is head on over to the left-hand side here where we have our library, which is untitled. We're going to hit Enter or Return, and let's rename this my first video. Now, the event is going to be this little folder here with a star on it. Currently it just sets it to the date so we can rename the event whatever we would like because the video I'm going to be editing, today's gonna have mountains in it. I'm going to enter and go mountains than inside that you can see we have the import media button there. That's actually going to be the whole thing. But if I import media, it will just import it anyway. So we're gonna click Import media and we get this file browser here. On the left-hand side, we're going to pretty much how about folder structure as we can navigate throughout computer that that's why I like having all the folders on desktop because it just allows me to click desktop. So we're gonna do is go desktop and let's navigate to where we have OLAP media. So it is in media, so I'm going to click on that folder. And so that's going to pretty much select everything that I have downloaded and put into all these folders. So with that selected, we're just going to have a quick look. On the right-hand side. You can see here that we can add to existing event, which is Mountains, which is what we're going to do. But if you would want to import more footage and create a new event, you could do that by clicking that one here and rename and do that. We're going to add to existing event. Next we have a few options here. We can either leave the files in place or copied to library. Personally, I prefer to just leave the files in place, which means they're going to just stay in our folder on the desktop. If you go copy to the Library, it's going to take longer to import them. And it's also going to increase the file size taken up by the library on your hard drive. So let's go leave files in place. The next is pretty much oh good. We don't have to worry about it unless we are doing some more advanced editing. So what we're gonna do is hit Import selected. As you can see here, it's brought in all our footage. It's bought in some music and some sound effects. And the good thing about Final Cut Pro is if you hover over it and just drag your mass, I'm not clicking at all. You can see we get app viewer here, which shows us exactly what the footage is. So we've got some mountains there, some mountain leaves, trees, a little bit of a river. And then we have this person here would binoculars. Same thing with the music. If I was to hover over. You can see that it will play same thing here. If I click on it, it will leave it in the viewer. And then I can just hit spacebar to play and pause. Click on the next one. Play. Pause with the spacebar. Pretty easy there. Now if you want to do a full screen view, you can literally just click this button here and it will go full screen and then escape to get out of it. So without footage and music imported in our mountains folder, you can see that it's also added keywords because we import it in the folder. So if I click on any one of these, it's only going to show me what was in the folder. So the footage folders and show me my footage. The music folder will and they showed me my music sound effects, just my sound effects. We also have at the top here a few different viewing options. So if we click the little film strip here, we can change how big or small we want the clips to be, or how long they appear. So we can stretch them out so we can see more or stretching back dance, we see less. We can also turn on or off how the waveforms look. And that's just for the footage. Here's you see. So if I turn that off, you don't see the waveforms for the footage or you do. So let's just have it nice and launched the, we also have this button here, which is going to give us more of a list view. So we can click through here and scrub here. And by clicking and dragging on Eclipse, it's going to basically create this yellow box which is at in and out 0.4 that footage. So if we were to import this into our project which we're going to create shortly. It would only bring in this yellow box. All right, so we'll just leave that for now. And you can notice if I click on a video, if we go over to our inspector over here and we go to the eye, it's gonna give us the information for the videos. Who's going to tell us that it's 4K at 24 frames a second. Gonna give us a name, how long it goes for and all that sort of information there if we need it. So we're gonna go back to this film strip here. So we can see everything. Now, we can start to assign roles to things in Final Cut Pro. So it's again, easier to organize. What I'm gonna do is right-click on our sound effect here. And if we play it, all it is is wind. And what we're gonna do is we're gonna assign an audio role and I'm going to assign effects, okay? So I'm going to assign it to effects. It's going to change the color. So we know that this is a sound effect. Right-clicking on the music. I'm going to assign audio, and we're going to assign music, although it already has assigned it to that. Now the footage we're going to click all go video rolls and we're just going to leave it at video. Now you could create your own roles if you wanted to create more, especially if you have a bunch of different scenes, if you have a talking head shots as opposed to be rho, you could do that as well. 6. Part 5 - Editing: But that's all F footage organized. Let's create a project. So it's very simple. We can just click New Project and name it. So it just honestly like the way we have it. We have myfunc video than mountains and then this project is going to be the mountains video. So all I'm gonna do is cold mountains videos. Alright, but if you have a better naming structure for the video yo editing that work. Now by going mountains video, this is just going to use the default video settings based on first video clip properties. So there'll be, it won't be ten ADP went before k, it will be whatever the first video is that we drop onto it. So if this video here is say, 1080 P 24 frames a second, and that was the first one we dragged in. That's what the project settings would be. But if this one was 4K, 60 frames a second, you kinda get it. Now, if we go use custom settings, we can actually predetermine this. So we can go for K, That's what we want. So 3840 by 2160 at 2398 frames a second. And everything else looks good. So we can do that. Oh, just automatic, whichever is easiest for you. So we're gonna go, okay, and now we have our timeline visible down the hand. And you can see we can scrub, which is that red line there. And you can see that we have a project which has opened up under the mountains here. So if we would simply go morphous video, you can say Mountains video, which is our project. We could also create another project if we wanted to. So let's bring some footage onto the timeline now we can click so that it's all highlighted yellow and drive it down onto the timeline. You can say it's going to add it that all we can click and drag in that box there and create an in and out points like we were doing before. Totally up to us. So if we only want to get so if we want to only get the leaves he so we don't want to get it panning Oba. So I'm going to drag the app point here and I'm going to bring it here while it's still in focus. And then bring the endpoint over here, and then click and drag and bring that down. Let's have a scrub through here. So I think what we'll do is we're going to set out at point just before this HACCP is. So we're going to drag that. I'm actually let's change the end point. So we're gonna bring the in 0.2 just off to the house so that click and drag it down. Then why going to, I think honestly, this whole clip is probably fun. So we're gonna bring the whole clip down. And then so we're going to bring the whole clip of head down. So we're just gonna click, make sure it's all highlighted Dell it, and bring it down. Now before we bring the music, and let's have a look at our timeline. So there's a few things we can do to control this shift. Zed is going to do a full zoom in on the timeline, but fit it to this box. All right. You can also use your command minus and plus buttons to zoom in and out respectively. And by using the command plus and minus, it's going to zoom in based off of where that cursor is so you can see it zooms in on that. And then if we were to move it over to the person, it's going to zoom in on her, et cetera, et cetera, zoom in over here like so, and then obviously Shift Z as all saying. Now if we click the index button, it's going to bring out different footage as well as the roles for each footage. Okay. I personally don't use the index at oh, I think it's better for larger projects with a lot of different clips. And as you can see, we can either use two fingers on the trackpad if it's a laptop to go back and forth, or if you're using a magic mass, you can swap to go back and forth that or OBC. We have little menu bar that you can also, if you're using a trackpad, you can pinch to zoom, to zoom in and out on the project is pretty fiddly, but you can conduct, get the hang of it. That and then obviously, we can go forward and press space at any point and it will play from a red mako. So we go here, press space, and then we can also click to move the actual timeline, mako. Alright, so that is moving around the timeline. One other thing we're going to show you is this little icon hand. This is going to control the viewing for the timeline. So this is where our zoom in and out and everything like that is, but also some scaling. So if we wanna make it logical, we can small law which have a Hadoop, we want to edit it. We can also choose to show different roles. So you can say it's going to show that it's a video and all that sort of stuff personally, I don't really worry about that. And we can change how this appears here. So we can have it know, Video Preview, old waveform, small video preview with large waveform lodge Video Preview icon to get the gist. Now waveform, that is going to be this little blue thing here. None of that footage has wave form, but you can see as I hover over it, we have this line that is going to be any footage that has an audio track is going to have that white line there. And you can see I can click and drag it. That's going to make it louder or quieter. So we're going to not worry about that at the moment. Now, if you want to move footage around or you need to do is click and drag and move it and it will move it around. So click and that's how we're going to move footage around. So let's do that to start with. So what I want to do is let's start with this footage sheet going over the tree. So we're gonna put that at the stop. No, that's him. Play through. Looks good. Next, I think what we're gonna do is move this one here because it sort of matches, I guess a little bit better. But what I'm noticing is this one's going in and then this one's pulling. So we don't actually have that video at the end. All right, and we also have this footage here, which at this point in tons, okay. And we'll just leave everything as is so far. Cool. Alright, now, cutting your footage to get, there's a bunch of different ways to do it in Final Cut Pro, you can do it the old school methods. So you can hover over and say like say, we only want half of this clip hover over it and we're going to hit Command B, that's going to blade that clips. And now we've got another clip that we can move around so we could do it something like that where we have this and then it's going to transition to the leaves. And then again at the end he transitioned back into this. You can also click and drag when you get this little icon here. So it's going to either show you what footed Joe moving. And it's going to dynamically trim everything. The cool thing about this is if you add this little, a little bit of sound effects to say this clip here and make it small as I move this one, it knows that that sound effect is attached to that clip, and therefore, it's going to bring it with me wherever I adjusted. And if I make this larger or smaller, it's always going to leave the length of that line and anchor it to this clip. So we're just going to go back and leave that and I'm gonna delete that. So those are the two ways you can edit in Final Cut Pro pestle, I find just dragging it to be the easiest and fastest method. But if you want to say split this clip line guy Command B and then we can add that at the end. You can do that as well. So what we're gonna do now is we're going to bring out cinematic music in. So we're literally just going to click the whole thing, drag it down and drop it beneath it. Now this one will be anchored to the first clip in this line here. So you can notice I can move any click around, but once I move the first clip, it'll move that. However it falls to move that to heal, it's now going to be anchored to that clip. So that is how anchoring works. Whichever clip it sits directly under is the clip that's going to be, I guess parented to it. I'm going to move it around like so. One thing you may have noticed as, as I moved this clip around, it moves freely, which is great. And then as I get to the edge, it snaps into place. You can turn that on or off just by going up here. And it will show you the hotkey for snapping and then that will no longer snap to anything in particular. However, I personally find that the snapping in Final Cut Pro works really well. It's not super touchy. I can still control it relatively well. And then it will snap when I need it. So we're going to put out cinematic music there. Now what I've noticed is because it's such a short clip, what we're gonna do is I'm going to bring this in a bit and I'm going to drag it over there. And then I'm just going to command B. So we're going to blade that, delete it here, and then click and delete. Now you'll notice that it adds this big gray box here, which is actually part of the footage. And that is because by blaming this at the end, alright, it no longer has a clip to be parented to. Okay, so it creates this empty layout. If you don't delete that empty layout, let's just turn that. If you don't delete this empty layer, that will come up in your final render. So what we're gonna do is delete it. And then you'll notice it'll delete the autumn below it because it was parented to it. So what we wanna do now is you can see as we increase or decrease the volume, let's zoom in a little bit. You can see that we get red and yellow coloring changes on the music. Basically that's indicating the audios. Clipping. Clipping is when you no longer have any information and it starts to distort. Yellow is when web bordering on clipping and red is clipping. So what we're gonna do is bring this down so that we don't have any yellow across the board. And the Shift Z to yep, looks pretty good. Another thing we're gonna do is fade in and the audio. To do that, we can click here and you can see we get these little handles here by bringing that in. It's actually going to fade it in an ounce. So if I play this, now, if we want to fade in our video, we gotta do it a little bit of a different way. So what we're gonna do is go to the front clip, to the stop, and then we're gonna go between spectra. Now what we wanna do is click on over to our videoclip heel. This is going to show it all add video settings that we can change. So we can obviously open them, Debye double-clicking and it can show us different options. And that's going to, as you can see, slide isn't all that sort of stuff. I encourage you to go through and play around with all of them. There's too many to go through in a video, but it's all pretty self-explanatory. Like he can scale in an app. You can do x only, you can do why only that sort of thing? If you want to reset anything that you've done, you can just click this little button here and it will reset it back to normal. Now if you ever want to zoom in, and now we have our little zoom slider here. We can either view so we can change it to zoom in or we can just fit. I always just leave it to fit, to view it. It's just easier that way. So what we're gonna do is play around with the opacity. Now the opacity is u, c is going to change the opaqueness of this clip, fading into black and all that sort of stuff. Obviously, a 100% fully visible zeros being not visible. Now we want this to fade in, so we're going to change this to 0. And what you'll notice is as this little diamond here, everything that can be animated will have a diamond next to it and that is indicating a keyframes. If we click that, it's going to set a key frame. And then what we can do is move forward a little bit and then bring the opacity back up. If you've already set a key frame, it will automatically set a new one. So now we have it fade in. What's good is if we hover over videoclip, we can go back to our previous key frames, so we can constantly change them by clicking these buttons here. So let's go to the end and we can do a fade out. So we're gonna click, he makes sure we have a timeline set there. And we're going to set a keyframe for opacity. A 100% going to move forward to the end, and we're going to lower it to 0. So now we have keyframe and fades out like so. All right, what we're gonna do now is I'm going to add this sand effect on this one here. So we're going to click and drag and I'm going to add it under there. And we're going to change the length of this sound effects so that it only applies to this clip. And I'm going to bring the sand quite high so we can to here two labs. I'm going to Laura. Cool and I'm just gonna fade in and out just ever so slightly. So then when we play it, it's very subtle. So now we have footage more or less edited together. We've got a bit of sound effects going. The one other thing we wanna do is through some time remapping. So we're going to basically have this play at normal speed. And then as she brings the binoculars up, we're going to slow it right down. Alright, so to do that, what we're gonna do is gonna hover over the stop. I'm gonna hit shift B when we want it to change. So we're going to go here, we're going to want to change this. We're going to shift B. You notice it puts out this we'd cut in here. So we can have this one flight a 100%. Then we're gonna go into fog. We want that to be slurred. And then we're gonna go shift B again and we're gonna go to normal. So I'm gonna change this one to slow and I'm gonna make it half as slowed. And we play it through. So normal speed, normal speed. And then it goes slow and then goes back to normal speed again. Now obviously we can change it to even more so we can get a custom and we can make it even more. So we can go rather than 50%, let's go 10%. So super slow as it plays. And you can notice it is a pretty choppy and that's because slow motion is totally dependent on the frame rate. That's something different. So let's go and let's just make it 20. Let's make it 30. Alright, so this plays and then speeds up at the end. What we have noticed is that music is now dot off, so we're just going to click and drag that so that it gets to the end again. All right, so that's everything done. All we really want to do now is add our totals and affects, which we're going to look at in the next part of this video. 7. Part 6 - Titles, Effects and Transitions: All right, so now we have edited footage. What we want to do is start adding some titles, ok, so what we'll do is we're gonna add a little bit of a total coming in at the start here. So to do that, we're going to head on over up here where I have about titles that we talked about during the interface part of this clause. And you can see we've got a bunch of different options. Now these ones down the bottom, you may not have simply because this is from a plugin I downloaded. But you should have everything from lower thirds to 3D cinematic. So what we might do is as you can see, you can hover over and you can see the cinematic title that comes in gives us our title, may take a little bit longer to load as now adding some 3D elements into the scene. In fact, I've changed that one. Let's just go that and let's actually do this one. We're going to head on over to the inspector and you can see we have a few other options. So we have the information, we have the color, we have the film strip, which is where we can control the opacity and all that sort of stuff. Then we have this lines here and this is where we can change What's written. So let's type in. So let's click in here and go my video. Alright, and we can obviously change the font and all that sort of stuff. And we get like a real time representation of what it's meant to look like. And black goo bleak. And we can change the size and do all the things you think we could do with texts. We can also change the material so we can make it always weird, lovely things which is crazy noise also add a bit of a glow if we wanted to, lot of different options, but we're gonna leave it like that for now and we have our title. But what I'm noticing is, you know what? Let's put this at the start. So we're going to move that to the very start of our thing. And we're going to click that, unselect everything. We're just going to move it. And we might even add another text. So what we're gonna do is click totals. Let's just get a basic texts. So that is going to be here. And we're just going to chuck it over here. Let's make it. I'm just going to urban noun spectra. Let's just type in mountain life. And then we can move it around. We can just click and drag and put it wherever we want to put it, change the font, all that sort of stuff. And obviously we can do the fade in and out if we want to as well by clicking that, doing what we did before so we can do not go forward a little bit like that. Go forward. I'm gonna hit another keyframe, go forward. And then we're going to fade it out. So then we have that title fades in and fades out. Perfect. So now we've got our titles. Let's add a few transitions in here so that we can finalize out video. To do that, we can head on over to menus over here that we were looking at during the interface portion of this class. Let's have a look at the transition browser, and we can just pick a few. So let's go to this first one and let's just do across those also. You literally just click and drag and it will place it in-between there. And then you can click these handles here to make the transition logic or shorter and make it really short. Just haven't really quick. One like SAR. And let we can always zoom in and just make it a bit bigger the coat. And what we might do with this one because it brought, let's do a bloom. So we're gonna do that one there. Like SAR. All right, so we've added some transitions. Let's do another one. Let's do a, let's do a simple blow. Fig. Alright, so we've added some transitions. Lastly, let's add some effects. Now obviously you can go through and have a look at more different transitions or that they're now in terms of effects, we could do a few things, but honestly like it's probably going to be pretty good in terms of not just because we're keeping it pretty simple, but we could put like an aged paper effect. And then all of a sudden we get this weird look here. And if we ever want to edit to that effect, Click on the footage you applied it to. And then you can see effects will be at the top here. So we can do amount, we can do that size of the details of that sort of stuff. We can have it fade in all that kind of things and we can turn it on and off. So if you see anything like that that you want to add, we could maybe add aged film to this one here. We have this cool little effect them. And again, we can play around with the amount of age film we get realistic, iMovie, maybe grade whatever that is, change the color or anything like that. Very cool. And you can browse through all these as well. So we can go through and have a look at different effects that you could apply. We could also do some, do some raindrops if we really wanted to, which is gonna be kinda cool and makes it look like a bit of a reflection. And that is pretty much it for transitions and affects. A lot of this is pretty much just experimenting, having a look at different ones that you want to apply to your scene and seeing what works. But by clicking and dragging them down, we can ad texts and all that sort of stuff. There. 8. Part 7 - Colour Grading: Alright, so let's take a look at color grading the footage inside or Final Cut Pro. If you don't know what color grading is head on over to Google and take a look. But effectively what we're gonna do is just change how the colors look in video clip. Now, to do that, all we wanna do is click the video clip. We want to work on, head on over to the inspector and you want to hit this we had triangle thing. This is gonna be the color inspect eyes. You can see that pops up. Alright, and we have a few different ways. We can have a look at this. The default one that they give you without you changing it is this weird little dot system. So how this system works, we have this main slider here, which is going to be your master. So it's going to pull everything together. Ok. You also have your shadows sliders. So this is going to affect the exposure. Ok, so that's what we've selected of the shadows. Okay, so we're going to raise the shadows or lower the shadows. All right, the next one is going to be your midtone. So that's going to be pretty much mainly all the Kola. Alright? And you can see as we bring that off, it's going to raise the brightness of the color or lower it. And then this white dot will be your highlights. So mainly just anything Freida. Alright, we can bring that down a little bit. Now we can have a look at this saturation. So we're going to work the exact same way. We have a mass of saturation slider, which is going to bring it all up. We'll bring it all down. Okay. All we can do it individually, so we can do the midterms separately to the highlights and all that sort of stuff. Okay, and that's going to have the color as well. So the color is really going to be like the Hue, I guess. So you can bring it and change the hue around and do a lot saying, say we can make it a little bit blew up. And we turn this on and off by hitting this little checkmark. Even say that we've really changed the way it feels. This makes this looks quite warm and summary. And then this one looks quite wintery in blue. All right, now there are other ways to change this. So let's have a look at this clip, heal. What we're gonna do is instead of using this one here that they have preset, we can hit this dropdown next to no corrections, and we can add a correction. So we got color board. So what we're working on now, color wheels, which is this little one number here, we can have a look at colored curves. Alright? All hue and saturation curves. Now, Personally, I find the easiest one to use is color wheels. So what we have here is color wheels. We have our master, which is going to control everything together as shadows, pilots and mid tones with the color wheels, the right-hand pot is going to adjust the brightness and if you hover over it, alright? Alright, so we can adjust the saturation of the entire clip. We can bring the shadows Dan a little bit, we can bring the highlights down and little bit, the middle dot is going to change the hue of that color. So if we want to make, say, the mid tones and bring them and make them a little bit bluer. And so we can do that by changing that. And then we can obviously bringing the Saturation up a little bit. I mean, bring him over here, just play around with it and maybe bring me the shadows Docker as well. And you can see by turning this on and off, you can see the effect that we've had on the footage. So that is one way to colour grade the footage. Another way is to use what is called Lots. Again, head on over to Google, check it out. But basically, a lot is going to be a folder, a file of settings that you apply to a bit of footage that'll change the look of it. So to do that, you can download and apply it by adding an effect. So basically you go, so you wanna go to effects. You want to scroll on over to all video and audio and you're gonna type in lumped. All right, so you've got custom loved by clicking and dragging that onto your footage and heading on over to the Effects section. You can see that we can choose a custom lot. So what you would do is go a lot. And then you'd go choose custom lot. It's gonna bring up a file browser and you're going to browse to that lot that you have saved wherever you've saved it. Now, I use a plugin via motion v effects, which we're gonna talk about at the end of this course. So I'm going to add that. And this basically has all installed anyway. So I can go and presets and you can see here that I've got a bunch of plied and by clicking on them, you can see the footage changes. Alright? And we can just apply one and go OK. And then we can basically change the intensity of it as well. So when I have it right at the top. And then we can also control the different levels of this lot, which is really good as well. So we can throw all this, we can make it more or less saturated. And just by doing that, we have changed what really is quite a flat image into more of an interesting image there. What's cool is if say you wanted to pace the effect from this one onto another clip, we can just click this GO command c to copy it. Click the footage that you want to change it to go Command Shift v is going to bring up our paced attributes and all we're gonna do here is check what we want to paste. So all I wanna do is paste the Hamlet that paste and straight away you can see it adds that one there. Now you will have to probably go through and change some settings S. So and then we have changed the look of this one as well, which we couldn't do by just sitting on and off. And really that's a real basic look at color grading. I will do a complete separate course on color grading if you want to check that one out because it's definitely something that deserves its own full topic. 9. Part 8 - Exporting: All right, so now we are ready to export our final video, which is really simply in Final Cut Pro, all you do is head on over to the share button, click it, and it's gonna give you a bunch of different options, okay, so master file is basically going to give you just a single file on your desktop. Obviously that makes pretty Senate for a lot of sense that you can play and share however you want. You can also export to YouTube and Facebook. So basically it's just gonna give you another file that you can save, but it's going to be compressed to the point where it's good for sharing on the internet. If what you're looking for is not here, you can add destination and it's gonna give you a few other options here, right? So we can export file, so to stuff, but master file is generally pretty good. So we're going to go to share Master File. And pretty much what we have here is an estimate of the size of the file. We can go to settings and we can do a few things, changed the format and all that sort of stuff. You can export just the video, just the audio. You can change way you're going to be posting it. Changed the video codec. So Perez, 4444 or uncompressed, if you want, you can notice how that'll change the file size depending on what you want. If you want uncompressed, this is probably going to be giving you the best result. All of this sort of stuff. He is compressed to a point. Progress is probably like the nice little Middleground. Okay, so apple progress for two to not being, so basically Perez 4444, that's going to be high dynamic range for as full to2. It's gonna give you a nice balance. So 2.72 gig. Otherwise, you can just do a really nice compressed H.264. Give you a small file. You're gonna go next, gonna tell you where to save it. So we're gonna go to desktop, my first video, render, save it there. And then it's gonna go ahead and do it. And it's going to allow you to continue doing whatever you wanna do. And you can see it just if you click this button here, the background tasks which we looked at at the start, it's going to show you a little I guess. It's going to show you our loading bar there. And once it's finished, it will give you a preview of the video which you can click and play. And like I said, if we go to Memphis video, you can see here we have our rendered file and that's how easy it is to edit and export. You'll very fast video in Final Cut Pro. 10. Part 9 - Best Plugins for FCPX: Alright, so we've edited and exploited video in Final Cut Pro ten. That's it. That's all there is to video editing. And obviously these sorts of things just take time so you get a little bit better, a little bit fossa and a little bit fancier. The longer you edit inside of an editing software, like Final Cut Pro. But there are ways to make not only the editing process easier, but also to add a little bit of phlegm pizzazz to your edits, and that is with plug-ins. Now the benefit of Final Cut Pro ten is it has pretty much the largest Plugin Library of all video editing suites. So more than premia prior, More than to Vinci resolve, it is just has heaps. So obviously you can go on google a bunch of resources for Final Cut Pro. And you're going to come across thoughts like motion array and premium bait and shut a stock that have plugins for Final Cut Pro ten. But pretty much in my opinion, you need to ignore all of that and head on over to motion, the motion BF x plugins, in my experience, the best and easiest to use across the board and went talking other software like Premier Pro and diminish result, motion be effects, plugins, full Final Cut Pro, just ten out of ten across the board, you're going to have tidal packs, cinematic sand effects, add-on clips like rain and snow and smoke and all that sort of stuff that you can add to your clips, transition packs as well. And although you do have to pay for a lot of these ones, that you can just slowly add them to your repertoire. So if you're creating a video and you need some fancy transitions, you head on over to motion, find a cool transition pack, you pay them, and then you have those transitions for life. And it's gonna make editing easier and also make it look a little nicer with your final product. So if you are looking for plug-ins for Final Cut Pro ten, motion be effects is the one I recommend. So head on over there and have a look at this election because they have hundreds and hundreds of transitions, titles and everything in between. That's it for this beginner's guide to Final Cut Pro ten, banana, you know, had to import footage, organize it, edited, and export it, and then share it with the world. So hopefully you enjoyed this course.