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COMM326 - Final Cut Pro

Introduction to Final Cut Pro and files for course instruction.

Downloads & Templates

FCP Intro: Rename FilesFolder (Download 1st)

Various files to rename/organize in preparation for import to FCP. (187MB .zip folder)

Horse standing in flooded yard

FCP Intro: Media Import Folder (Download 2nd)

Multiple files (.mov) for use in Final Cut Pro introduction session. (211MB .zip folder)

Older man in red hat being interviewed


Final Cut Pro X - The Basics Handout


6 page reference sheet (PDF) for Final Cut Pro X. Used in Student Multimedia Design Center (SMDC) instruction session(s)

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Final Cut Pro Help

Searchable repository of Final Cut issues, questions, and step-by-step guides.

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Audio Recording Examples

1) Laptop audio


2) USB Microphone


3) Studio 3 - Multipurpose recording studio. (Boom Mic, bigger room, more ambient/background sound)


4) Studio 6 - Audio recording studio (Acoustic paneling, smaller room)

Outline of Topics

Topics covered in Session 1 (March 17):



- Organize and title clips before import
- New Library (save to desktop & backup to hard-drive), New Event, New Project (Close other libraries that may be open: "Untitled")

- Import media (Copy to Library!) from camera, SD card, desktop, wherevs
- Careful of editing or removing (deleting) original media before fully imported & transcribed
- Overview of sections of the FCP interface: Keywords, Favorites, Event browser (selecting sections or, or whole clips), timeline, inspector, effects & transitions.

- Timeline: "magnetic" or "lift from storyline") - "Lift from storyline" is my recommended workflow
- Inspector: Video, Color, Audio & Information elements. Use Info Inspector to check and adjust resolution, fps, etc. 
- Background tasks monitor (circle in top left corner)



- Keystroke "A" for select tool
- Keystroke "B" for blade
- Range or entire clip selecting
- Dragging clips, audio, images to timeline. Layering, video & audio placement
- Editing individual clips: Dragging endpoints, cutting, audio and video opacity adjustments
- Effects & Transitions overview: Cross fade (both video & audio)
- Titles (text/copy)

Several Stages of Editing:
1) In camera (position, cropping, audio inputs, zoom, track/pan, etc.)
2) In live recording (when to start/stop recording, where interviewees are to look, voice projection, etc.)
3) Media Import (don't have to bring in everything!, title and organize)
4) Video editing program (timeline, clips, effects, etc.)



- Editing in Mono vs. Stereo
- Recording a voice over (VO). Illustrate how to do so with built-in headphone mic on timeline. Recommend other recording options (embedded examples above)
- Audio levels and adjustments



- File > Share OR Export button (top right). Master File (default), Name/Title, Settings and Location
- Choose the H.264 codec. Reduces size while retaining HD resolution