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Learn how to build and refine your story with the redesigned editing toolset in Final Cut Pro X. In this course, author Ashley Kennedy focuses on getting you comfortable with each aspect of the editing process in Final Cut—from preparation and organization, to editing and refining, to audio and effects, to media management and exporting. Each stage of the postproduction workflow is explained thoroughly and concisely, and uses real-world examples from both narrative and documentary workflows.
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Before embarking on our editing journey, let's just take a little bit of time to get introduced to the material that we'll working with. In this course, we'll be working in two separate projects, a documentary called Farm to Table and a narrative project called Castles. For most of the course, we'll be working with Farm to Table, which is a documentary about organic farming in Santa Barbara, California. We have numerous different types of assets for this project, including interviews, B-roll, music, titles, and graphics. The documentary follows one farmer BD Dautch and examines each phase of the Farm to Table movement, from the growing to the harvesting to the selling at the Farmer's Market to the relationships with consumers and restaurants.
Now we won't be editing the entire documentary, but we'll be focusing on several scenes. We'll also be working with the dialogue scene from a dramatic film called Castles. This film is about a frustrated architect named Joseph that has recently been having some pretty serious professional setbacks. The film focuses on the relationship between Joseph and his boss, where Joseph is given the task of coming up with a design for a big project or else. Our assets for this project just include the basic shots of dialogue.
Now that we're acquainted with the projects that we'll be editing, we're all set to begin.
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