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Migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to Final Cut Pro X

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Learn how to upgrade to Final Cut Pro X and migrate your projects and workflows from Final Cut Pro 7 over to the new toolset.


  • Welcome
  • Using the exercise files
1. Overview at 10,000 Feet: Thinking in FCP X
  • FCP X is a different landscape
  • What is a library and where is the browser?
  • Learn to love the Inspector
  • An editor's opinion: Getting the interface to work for you
2. Ingest
  • The difference between linking and adding to a library
  • Original, optimized, and proxy footage
  • What the rest of the ingest switches do
  • An editor's opinion: Getting the most out of the ingest
3. Browsing and Organizing
  • Where are my sequences? Where are my bins?
  • How keywords are different and more powerful than bins
  • Where are my subclips?
  • Adjusting metadata for clips with the Inspector
  • Adding a LUT and what to do if you need more than FCP X has built in
  • What happened to the viewer and how to best play clips?
  • How to sync dual audio such as DSLR footage
  • What is a role and why should you care?
  • An editor's opinion: When to use thumbnails vs. lists
4. Editing
  • How everyday editing works
  • Three-point and backtime editing
  • Nuances of replacing clips
  • Using Audition means multiple clips in the same place
  • Adding dissolves especially on connected clips/secondary storylines
  • Working snapshots vs. versioning duplicates
  • The timeline index​: Your secret weapon
  • An editor's thoughts on FCP X editing
5. Adjusting Clips on the Timeline
  • Cutting down clips quickly with trim start/end (Tops and Tails)
  • Using the Blade tool
  • How to create split edits and other pro trimming
  • Slipping, sliding, and nudging clips on the timeline
  • An editor's thoughts on trimming
6. Mixing and Working with Audio
  • Adjusting audio source levels
  • Adjusting head and tail fades
  • Keyframing and using the Range tool for smart ducking
  • Using lanes: How they give some level of "tracks"
  • Noise reduction, hum removal, and other audio effects
  • Working with mono and stereo tracks
  • An editor's thoughts on audio
7. Effects
  • Retiming clips, including optical flow
  • No more Motion tab: Resizing and cropping clips
  • Adding and saving effects
  • Compound clips
  • Adding titles
  • How Motion is meant to work with FCP X
  • An editor's thoughts on effects
8. Media Management and Output
  • Exporting: Using the Share menu and how to send to Compressor
  • Moving media between projects
  • Deleting render files
  • Some best practices for a shared environment
  • Next steps

Taught by

Jeff I. Greenberg


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