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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.

Upgrading from Final Cut Pro 7 to Final Cut Pro X gives video editors the newest interface and tools for video editing. Understanding the differences between the two versions paves the way for a painless upgrade experience. Learn how to migrate your skillset and your projects to Final Cut Pro X. Author Jeff Greenberg covers the new features and workflows in version X, including the magnetic timeline, connected clips, and the deep integration of color correction and sound editing.


  • 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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