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Ep. 1: Introducing Final Cut Pro X

Vimeo Video School
May 18, 2015 by Vimeo Video School Staff

Mac-owning pals can tap into the complex art of editing with the power of Final Cut Pro X. In this Vimeo Video School series, we’ll walk you through Final Cut’s hefty video-editing toolset, from basic functions to advanced settings.

We’ll cover:

  • Learning the interface
  • Importing your media
  • Analyzing your media
  • Managing your media
  • Understanding playback and skimming
  • Starting your edit
  • Working with markers
  • Editing audio
  • Editing video in the inspector
  • Editing audio in the inspector
  • Adding music and sound
  • Using transitions
  • Utilizing visual effects
  • Adding text
  • Working with stills
  • Exporting and uploading to Vimeo
  • Up next : Ep. 2: Learning the Interface


  1. Ready to conquer the complex realm of film editing? All you need is a non-ancient Mac and some raw footage to get started.
    02:10
  2. 2.
    Find your way around Final Cut’s tool-stuffed yet streamlined interface.
    03:03
  3. 3.
    It all starts with an import: snag clips from your computer, camera, phone, and more.
    04:13
  4. 4.
    During and after you import, add keywords and metadata to your clips.
    05:12
  5. 5.
    Organize clips into libraries, events, and projects and create Smart Collections.
    08:29
  6. 6.
    View your work in progress with ease: the playhead and the skimmer are at your service.
    08:04
  7. 7.
    Tap into the timeline and start selecting, trimming, and dragging your clips to perfection.
    13:45
  8. 8.
    Meet your marker: add bookmarks to make navigating your timeline extra easy.
    03:30
  9. 9.
    Mute, solo, fade, or adjust the levels of your audio within the timeline.
    06:35
  10. 10.
    Rotate or crop clips, adjust size, correct colors, and more.
    07:44
  11. 11.
    Auto-enhance your audio, apply presets, or make manual adjustments.
    03:41
  12. 12.
    Make some noise: add music and sound effects, record a voiceover, and import Garage Band projects.
    03:26
  13. 13.
    Browse and add transitions to make moving from one clip to another as smooth as butter.
    03:05
  14. 14.
    Hop between the effects browser and inspector to play with color presets, keying, and themes.
    04:38
  15. 15.
    Put words on your pictures with titles, captions, and credits.
    02:46
  16. 16.
    Crop, trim, and add that beloved Ken Burns pseudo-movement to imported stills.
    05:02
  17. 17.
    Learn how to properly export and upload to Vimeo with these simple steps.
    03:47

38 Comments

Tim Roper

According to the Apple page, the current version of FCPX requires OS X v10.10.2 or later (ie, Yosemite).

Andrea Allen PRO

Thanks Tim! We will make a note of that and hopefully update the video soon!

Greg Berman

Hi Andrea, is this tutorial for 10, 10.1 or 10.2? Thank you!

Due Pinlac Plus

I just transitioned to final cut x from 7... and it has been a nightmare of a transition. You guys are life savers.

Nofilm*

Final cut 7 is wonderful and so simple. FCPX is so painful. And Apple… no comment.

Hydraulic Pictures PRO

FCPX is only painful if you try to work in it the way you worked with 7. If you take some time to learn it you will never want to go back to 7.

The Final Cut Pro X Editor

I second what Hydraulic said. I never want to go back to FCP 7 or Premiere. Once you learn FCP X you find out how convoluted FCP 7 was.

LateNite Films PRO

I'll third what Hydraulic said. FCPX is not only a lot more simple - but it also streamlines so many tasks and workflows. I highly recommend just spending some time playing with it. Once you've cut a project on it, it'll all start to make sense.

Ben Balser PRO

I am a professional trainer, and teaching FCPX is infinitely easier for my thousands of students to learn than previous versions ever were. So a +5 here!

Shahin Shokoui Plus

Same here. I teach a class of Journalists. They just dive in and are in their stories. Very soon we talk about intermediate stuff, since they got the basics very fast.

It can be confusing indeed if you've worked on other NLEs. But It is beautiful and very powerful.
So +6

Michael Matzdorff Plus

Nofilm, get past the "unlearning curve" and you'll be working and happy. I worked on FOCUS with Will Smith, we used FCP X - it's extremely powerful. Check out rippletraining.com and fcpxfeatures.co for great tutorials and a book I wrote on workflow. Good Luck!

Cre8ive Beast Plus

Indeed, thank you for the book. I have been using FCPX for a few years and now I'm rolling it out in my company to have collaborative work across 3 different regions in the world and your book was invaluable.

The Final Cut Pro X Editor

Great to see this series up. I know it takes a lot of time to create these. Obviously the FCP X 10.2 update has been release so I hope to see updated versions of these tutorials come out.

Rosalie Tenseth Plus

thank you for doing this - I am editing some experimental shorts right now without an editor that I normally hire to do this stuff, but since I'm trying to do a series of no budget experimentals to learn from ---having this is going to be invaluable. I have been editing reels etc on here already. Looking for storage help and working with sound though I feel the sound should probably be done elsewhere and then moved back over - or I don't know what I'm doing in FCX to get rid of background noise etc without then getting that weird echo effect as a result in FCX here.

Tim Roper

I've watched most of the other free learning FCPX videos out there, and this series has been the best for me. Seth sticks to the basics in a logical, efficient way without going off on tangents (others have a tendency to do that). I used to use FCP7, and only get confused when other training refers back to it. Cold turkey with X is the better way to go. Also, Seth has a pleasant voice--something that does make a difference when watching tutorials (which, let's face it, isn't always the most fun activity).

Daniel M

This series is super helpful. I'm new to FCP (I'm on a trial version now, but will probably buy it), and this series has made it possible for me to get up and running. I also have access to lynda.com through my employer, and I have been watching their Essential Training course on FCP X. While it goes into more detail, I don't think it's any better (the lynda.com course is about 8 hours of video, and it does include some sample footage to edit). Thanks to Vimeo and to Seth for putting this together. Stuff like this makes me happy.

Greg Berman

Are your tutorials for the latest version Final Cut 10.2? Thank you and look forward to hearing from you all.

Ron Plus

This series is super helpful thank you.

Supraket Meshram

Hi
I use FCP 10.1.3 on Mac 10.10.4

After working on more than 10 projects, I tried to empty the event/project files by right clicking on the Event/Project and Sending to Trash.
It goes off from my Event/Project list, however when I check my Trash bin, it's empty. When I check the available space on the hard disk, it remains unchanged. Also when I press Command + Z, it comes back again which means it didn't get deleted at all.

How do I remove every single file, folder including the saved thumbnails, rendered files and project files because I don't need it anymore and need to create some space in my hard disk.

Any lead and tips will be helpful.
Thank You.

joeleefilms

Go to your home folder located in your HD > Movies folder > then you will see a Final Cut Backups folder.

Fred D

Go to the drive/volume where your FCPX Libraries are stored ( the Libraries are iconed with 4 purple squares, and named : 'library name'.fcpbundle. These are the libraries that you created earlier for your projects and contain your Event files which in turn contain your project/time line files. They may also contain copies of your original project media (taking up a lot of space), if you used the 'Save to Library' preference when you first imported the media to the Library ; or it may just be links/pointers to where the original media is stored.
If you trash these Library files, all the project work will be lost ! So be sure that is what you really want to do ! You can also trash the relevant fcp backup files you will find on the drive. Finally you could trash all the original media files on whatever drive/volume they may be on. I personally would never trash original media files and large external HDDs for archiving stuff are as cheap as chips these days !

Peter McGann PRO

Hope that the video resolution is improved from this first intro..../PM

Akash Sarkar

i don hv mac bt still i wannna learn fcp as i wanna b a video editor so downloaded all ur tutorials hope they r gonna help me a lot..plz update more..

Federico Garcia-Mochales Plus

Disposez-vous de la vidéo en français ou même sous-titrée? Mon abonnement Pro est made in France... La bonne journée à tous

Bob_svk

thank you so much sir for great video I really enjoy you video 'please keep making video about Final cut pro i'm new to this. i'm looking forward to become of of you subscribe =D

thank again for good video very clear details.

sincerely:
Bob N

Ben Halsall Plus

This is a great introduction to Final Cut Pro X

I have a few tutorials here that might be useful - youtube.com/user/benhalsall

There is lots of stuff there and I always like to get questions from people who are learning FCPX :-D

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