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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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Now that you have taken this course, you should have the confidence to take what you know and begin experimenting in the wide world of editing that is Final Cut Pro X. If things seem a bit different from other programs you're used to that's because they are. But all I can say is embrace it. You're a storyteller. Find out how Final Cut Pro X can best help you tell your stories in it's totally redesigned storyline environment. Now my first piece of advice is that if you haven't already, you consider purchasing Compressor and Motion, each priced at about $50 so that you can access the full functionality of what is possible in working in Final Cut Pro X.
Now if you need help along the way, remember that the Final Cut Pro Help menu is a vast resource. First, if you just need help locating a specific menu item, you can type your inquiry in this search field right here. It's a very quick and easy way to find out what you need to know. Or if you go to Final Cut Pro Help, you'll have access to the entire Final Cut manual, and because it's keyword searchable it can really help you find exactly what you need.
Okay? You can also use the Help menu to study up on your Keyboard Shortcuts, as well as what Supported Cameras there are for Final Cut and then you can also access the Service and Support page on Apple's website. Also, if you're looking for additional royalty free materials, like sound effects and audio effect presets to edit with, as well as a bunch of other supported codecs and plug-ins, you can get all of that by coming up to Final Cut Pro and then Download Additional Content. Also, if you ever want to send along some feedback to Apple about your experience using Final Cut Pro, you can do so very easily right here.
Finally, if you would like to update your software, you can do so from Software Update, and it will allow you to upgrade to the latest release of Final Cut Pro, as well as Compressor and Motion if you have those applications. I recommend that you run updates as often as possible. Also as you're no doubt aware, the web is a great place to look for answers to your questions. I have a few places I want to call-out, starting right with Apple's own Final Cut Pro website. Here you can find out what's new about the latest software release, which is nice, since the software updates every few months.
Another good place to go is Tech Specs so that you can find out exactly what's needed to work efficiently in the Final Cut, Motion, and Compressor environments. And there's also this View resources page which provides access to third-party plug-ins, tools and content, helpful workflow specific white papers, tutorials, as well as access to many of the Final Cut user groups, web forums, and blogs. Now there's also the Final Cut Pro Frequently Asked Questions page, which is quite helpful for some of the most common Final Cut related inquiries.
If you'd like to go beyond the web and join a user group to attend regular meetings with other like-minded people, you can check out the Community's page which offers links to most of the national and international user groups, as well as to helpful online communities and forums. So that's it for now, I do hope this lynda course has been helpful in getting you started using Final Cut Pro X. Good luck, as you continue in your editing ventures. I'm Ashley Kennedy, thanks for watching!
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