Effective Storytelling with Final Cut Pro X v10.0.9

with Diana Weynand
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Effective Storytelling with Final Cut Pro X v10.0.9
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Dive into narrative with Diana Weynand, as she shares a comprehensive method for finding, crafting, and developing a compelling story in Apple Final Cut Pro X. The course also covers key concepts such as building a primary storyline, evaluating content and pacing, trimming distracting clips, creating different story versions, and storyboarding. The course also explores how to capture and organize media, incorporate B-roll cutaways, apply the Ken Burns effect to still images, re-time music and clips, and add finishing touches.

Topics include:
  • Identifying story elements
  • Finding the essence of a story
  • Importing folders and stills as keyword collections
  • Using keywords to make clips accessible
  • Prepping clips for editing
  • Developing story diversity
  • Sculpting the story within the timeline
  • Fine-tuning edits
  • Organizing separate story segments into independent storylines
  • Recording a narration track
  • Adding sound effects
  • Applying effects to enhance story elements
  • Adding freeze frames
Final Cut Pro


- [Voiceover] Hi, I'm Diana Weynand, welcome to Effective Storytelling with Final Cut Pro X. In this course, we'll take a look at the different ways you can sift through a mountain of video footage, find the pearls, and shape them into an interesting and effective story. The techniques covered in this course can be used in any editing application, not just Final Cut Pro. I'll start by showing you how to find the essence of your story, and how to bypass the fear of the first edit. Then I'll show you how to combine story segments, trim distractions, and refine the primary bed of your story.

We'll explore techniques on creative editing, and build layered video sequences with cutaways that will add depth to your story. We'll see how to storyboard a project or script using placeholders. Finally, we'll look at altering a story's look and feel by applying effects, and color using the color board. With this course, you'll learn the editor's approach to crafting a story. Not the writer's approach or the director's approach. With repeated viewings that can only occur during the editing process, you'll learn to craft a story as though you were sculpting with clay.

So grab your footage, and roll up your sleeves, it's time to find your story.

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