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Getting Started

  • Launching FCP for the first time
  • The Interface Tour
  • Setting Preferences – Undo Levels, Copies, Hide Dock, Screen Real-estate, Window Arrangement CNTRL-U,
  • Saving Project
  • Learning the Interface: The Browser: All Media files, Audio/Video/Images. The Viewer: Pre-Editor-Multi Use, Canvas: What the Viewer sees/Final Output, Timeline: Graphical Representation of time, Playhead, Tool Palette: Various Editing Tools, Audio Meters: Volume of Sound. Activating Windows, Closing Windows, Resizing Windows, Moving Windows
  • Different Ways of Using Final Cut: Pull down Menus vs. Keyboard Shortcuts vs. Button Editing, Control Clicking, Bump and Drag. Find your own way!
  • Organizing the Browser – Stretch out Browser, Creating Bins-Audio, Video, Images, Sequences. Bin Viewing Options – List vs. View
  • Customizing Coloring Tabs

Getting Started

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Getting Started 0:04
    • Launch Final Cut Pro
  • The Interface Tour 0:27
    • Browser Tab
    • Effects Tab
    • Viewer Tab
    • Canvas Tab
  • Setting Preferences 1:59
    • User Preferences
    • System Settings
    • Easy Setup
  • Saving Project 3:34
    • Saving Project

Transcription: Getting Started

Hi, welcome back to This next lesson is on getting started. 0000

Let us do that. Let us get started.0005

First thing, let us launch Final Cut Pro for the first time which I have already done.0006

And once it is launched you can set your preferences, you can arrange this program whatever you see fit.0014

First thing we are going to do is do a quick little tour here.0021

Let us check out the interface tour.0024

So, over here to left we have our browser. This is where files are imported to. 0028

There are different ways to import into this browser.0035

But, basically, you want to keep this really nice and organized.0037

You can create bins. What they call bins as for our folders.0042

How you see fit, depending on your project.0046

You can create bins within bins.0049

Over here, to the right of that is the effects tab.0052

And in there we have all kinds of effects we can apply.0055

Over here, this window here. This is our actual viewer tab.0059

The viewer tab is basically where we can pre-edit the clips.0065

So, let us say we have a long piece of footage. 0070

We are just trying to find in moments or sections of that clip. 0072

Then we can, sort of, go in there and shave shoot down the edges basically.0076

And in there we have the video. We can see there are audio for that clip. 0081

We can apply filters and of course there is motion if you want to key frame anything.0087

To the right of that is the canvas. The canvas is really where we see the final output of our movie.0095

Here we can. It is really depended on what is on the timeline.0105

So, for instance, if I am playing this movie here. 0110

This is what our audience see. This is our final output.0113

Next up is setting preferences. 0118

So, when you are setting your preferences...0121

Again it all depends on your camera.0122

I will not get to into preferences.0124

But it just depends on the footage, the size of your footage, the type of codec you are using.0125

So, here we have four different options for preferences. We have user preferences. 0134

You know, some these are more detailed than others.0141

Some people like to edit specific ways.0144

Let us go back to the general tab. Levels of undo. That is to recent clips.0148

You know, how many tracks you want to have set up on your timeline.0154

The audio playback, low, medium, high.0160

Again there is editing. How to set your labels, colors. 0163

So, you can get pretty detailed. It is very user-friendly. 0168

We have system settings, where you want your cash to go to, memory playback controls.0175

We also have an easy set-up which is kind of nice.0184

You can save your presets. We have HD, NTSC.0190

This particular project is mostly set up with H264 footage at 59.9 frames. 0197

But it has all kinds of frame settings.0206

So, it is really user-friendly with the settings.0208

So, saving the project is really just like any other way of saving a project.0214

You are going to go up here. You can save it in a few different ways.0219

You can save project. You can save project as. You can save all. 0221

You can even set the number of times in which you want to have automatic save.0225

So, it is a pretty fun little program, I will say. I have used it for years. 0230

And like I said if you are using this for a simple vacation video or feature film, it is very powerful. 0235

It will grow with you, so to speak.0241

Thank you for watching and I will see you in the next lesson.0243