When you first come to Final Cut Pro X, it might take some time to get used to the interface, and to get the interface to work for you. Like with learning other things, the more you use Final Cut Pro X, the more proficient you will be with the software. Learn how to get the Final Cut X interface to work for you.
- [Instructor] For me as an editor, it's all about getting the interface to work for you. I'm going to give you a couple tips. I've helped a lot of editors get started into Final Cut 10. And once they can get over that initial hump, it gets to be a very, very fast editor. The first thing I'm going to tell you though, about the interface is to be patient with yourself. The longest day, the slowest day will be your first day, your first project. The next one, you'll be twice as fast and twice as fast again. Be aware that Final Cut 10 has this work spaces menu and its got a couple pre-built ones here, that's default.
It's a really great key command zero. I also have the ability to organize footage and it's closing a lot of the elements. For example it's closed the timeline, which I can open back up. These are items here, shown in a given workspace. These are all items that you can get to from keys. I'm going to go ahead here and show you the color and effects workspace. You can see I've got scopes already visible. I'm going to go ahead and look at the dual displays. I'm on a two screen system. I'm not actually going to switch it here. If you have two screens, I highly recommend you work with the dual displays.
You can choose what appears on that second display. I'm going to go back up and hit a command zero and return back to my default. Everything gets reset. Command four opens and closes the inspector. Command one takes you to your library, to your project area. Command two, to your timeline. That's now what's in focus. Command one, command two, you can see that it's a very subtle focus change. Command three takes you here, up into your viewer. Let me just move my play ahead here, command three.
The viewer is active. Other items I want you to be familiar with, here under the Windows menu. Show in workspace, event viewer. I'm going to close the inspector so you can see this. It's a source monitor. So I'm now only getting that scrubbing here and I'm only getting the timeline scrubbing here. It's up to you if you want to keep this. I'm going to keep it for a little bit, but I just want you to be aware, this event viewer has a little bit of weird toggle for me. I don't need it and on this screen real estate it's going to be a little too tight.
But if you really want that, you should absolutely turn it on, it feels super comfortable. Especially if you expect that. If you would want to save that, I'd go to workspaces and I would just save it as a new workspace with it open. So I'll actually do that. I'll say event viewer. And I'll go here to work spaces and I'll say save this workspace as. And I'll call it standard displays and hit save. I'm going to go back and I'm going to just set it back to default, but you now see I've got a new one set to standard displays.
My preferences like any other piece of Macintosh software is found under the name of the program. Here are my preferences. Its default is playback. My background render is off throughout this title, but I'd like you to see yours is probably on. And I also have a keyboard here that I can customize to anything I like. And your first instinct may be to go and start modifying it to what you come from other editors. I suggest you learn Final Cut's mentality rather than stumble trying to associate it to other tools you're used to.
If I click on any key like the J, J for Jeff, it shows you what commands are associated to it. You can take any individual item and you can drag or type a key and it'll assign it, but it won't do it on the default keyboard. You'll have to create a copy of it. And you can duplicate and import and export these if you want to take them to other systems. I'm going to go ahead and close that up. I'd like you to see a lot of the time I'm going to be working with my audio scrub off. That's a shift S to turn audio scrubbing on and off because I find it distracting, especially when I'm recording a title.
- Touring the Final Cut Pro X interface
- Ingesting footage
- Browsing and organizing media
- Adjusting metadata
- Editing in Final Cut Pro X
- Trimming clips
- Mixing audio
- Adding effects
- Creating titles
- Exporting projects