If you switch to Final Cut Pro editing after using another video editing software, the interface may seem a bit tricky. Still, you will be so impressed with the results you get. No worries, you can learn 90% of the Final Cut Pro basic editing techniques in just a few minutes. We will guide you through the step by step process using it, even if you are a beginner to the software.
You’ll experience the process from opening Final Cut Pro the very first time to sharing your finished video project over the next few steps. By the end of this article, you should be able to use what you’ve learned to perform great edits in Final Cut Pro X for your projects.
Editing Video with Final Cut Pro X
Important Media from Your Library
By opening Final Cut Pro X., after a few seconds, the main interface should appear on your screen.
At the top-most menu bar, go to File > New > to start creating your new project. Type the name of the project and select it. We recommend using Automatic Settings at the beginning. Again, at the top menu bar, choose File > import > media from your library. This will show up in the Media Import window, where you can easily select all the files (video and audio) you’d like to import into your project.
Press Import Selected, the media you’d like to include in your project, and close the media import window.
Add Text to Your Video Clips
Above the Browser, click on the Titles and Generators Sidebar icon to open this feature. Choose the Title you’d like to add to your video. Trim the starting and endpoints of your Title the same way you did with your video clips for better decorum.
You can change it with your own by double-clicking it. You can also make adjustments to your video Title by clicking on the Title Inspector icon at the top right corner of your computer screen, or you can also preview your Title on the screen in the Viewer.
Add Effects, Transitions, and Music
Click on the “Effects” browser icon and browse through the effects you’d like to add to your video. By skimming the mouse over the thumbnail, you can preview the results. Now drag the effect on the clip. You can also add such an effect between two video clips to add an animated effect between them.
When you open the effect inspector, you can customize the effect adjust by yourself.
Add your music to the selected clip by importing it the same way you added videos in the starting steps. You can use some of Final Cut Pro’s built-in tracks. These are all royalty-free tracks, and you won’t have to worry about licensing like you would with many songs.
Professional video editing experts say you always try to use transitions subtly and only where they make sense. When it comes to transitions, most of the time, less is more. Nothing is wrong with a “hard cut” between the two clips. The two great uses for transitions show the passage of time or moving from one scene to the next.
You can make color corrections to your videos by using the balance color tool of Final Cut Pro X. You can remove any color cast from your video clips, and it is a fast and easy way to bring out the best in your footage.
Highlight the video clips in which you want color correction, then click the enhancements icon below the Viewer to open the drop-down menu. Now, click on the balance color. You’ll notice an improvement in brightness and contrast in your selected clips.
Share Your Video Clips
On the top menu bar, you’ll find an option called “File.” Please select this option, click on share and then master it and click next to choose a location to save your output video. It will take a few minutes to check your progress by clicking on the background task icon at the top of the screen. That’s it! Share your video and show your professionalism.