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5 Tips for Final Cut Pro

Here are some basic tips and pointers when learning Final Cut Pro:

1. First and foremost, make sure to always save onto a hard drive. This will save you so much trouble when working on projects in different locations, especially for longer pieces that take more than a day to complete. Making your work organized will save a lot of time and hassle.

2. Under “User Preferences” Change the automatic save option for every 5 minutes. This way, in case Final Cut crashes, you won’t lose much of your work

3. If editing video with a voiceover ALWAYS do the voiceover immediately after you look at your clips. This helps you avoid having to cut your video and trying to align your voice with the clips.

4. Never drag your work into the track at the bottom. Instead, there will be a red “overwrite” button at the bottom of the upper-right screen. This will take the video you’re working on and place it in the track without overlapping. This button saves a lot of time.

5. Lastly, Make sure you know where your project is being saved. Under “File” “Save as” indicate what you want your project to be called along with where you want it to go. There’s nothing worse than slaving away on a project and then having no idea where it saved to.

By Audrey Bailey

  • written by Audrey Bailey on April 24th, 2013
  • posted in TV Reporting
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