202 Final Cut Pro Tutorials

In our last featured list we covered “202 DIY Filmmaking Tutorials.” In this feature we will focus on Final Cut Pro. In future articles we will take a look at the other elements that make up the Final Cut Studio suite. Also stay tuned for other featured lists covering popular editing programs such as Adobe, Avid, Sony and more.

***Update: “222 Apple Motion Tutorials

Apple.com

It should go without saying Apple.com should be your first stop when wanting to learn about Final Cut Pro. They have video tutorials coving all aspects of Final Cut Studio, we have included the links specific to the FCP tutorials below. Other pages of interest are: Downloads, Third-Party Plug-ins, AppleCare Support, Final Cut Support Page and Final Cut Discussions. If you intrested in more advance training you should take a look at their Apple Pro Training.

Videos

Overview of the Interface
Importing Footage
Editing
Compositing
Filters
Export

White Papers (PDF)

Native HDV Editing with Final Cut Pro 5 FAQ
Uncompressed SD Editing Using Final Cut Pro
Final Cut Pro and XDCAM HD

Video Tutorials

As I’m sure you know the amount of FCP videos on YouTube seems to be endless. Below we have highlighted a few of the highest rated, most relevant videos and channels. We have also included some of our favorites from Vemio.

YouTube
emeek77

$1 Geenscreen and a Keying secret
Changing the Colors of an Object
Multicam Essential Editing
Film Look
Getting Started
Teleportation effect
Panning Background
Making a moving filmstrip
Sync menu explained
MultiCam editing basic’s
Making a cheap Giant with mask’s
Make clips run backward
Playing with speed
Sending clips from FCP to Motion
The BIG diff between FCE and FCP
Sprocket Holes?
Using Final Cut Pro Audio Filters
Extracting and replacing Color
Using an Asymmetrical Edit
Making a Reflection
2 of the same Filters!!!! WHY???
C.O.P.S Face Blur Effect
Picture in Picture with a 3D Filter
Transitions and how they work
Final Cut Pro Title Sequence
Chroma Keying
Clip Speed
Getting Started
Travel Matte
Keyframing Text
Advanced Render (making it fast)
3 point editing
One Minute Tip – #1
One Minute Tip – #2
FREE Plugins and Garbage Mattes
Time Remapping secrets and workflow

MacVideoHelpline

Final Cut Pro: Layering Video
Final Cut Pro: Effects & Pasting Attributes
Final Cut Pro: The Cloning Effect
FCP Lesson 1: The Interface (Part 1)
FCP Lesson 1: The Interface (Part 2)
Altering Clip Speeds in Final Cut Pro
Nesting Sequences in Final Cut Pro
Working with Bluescreen: Part 1
Working with Bluescreen: Part 2
Final Cut Pro: Calling the Yak

callaway1515

Final Cut Pro 6 Tutorial: Teleport Effect
Final Cut Pro Tutorial: Basic Motion and Keyframes
Final Cut Pro 6 Tutorial: Basketball Movie Tricks
Final Cut Pro 6 Tutorial: Freeze Frames
Final Cut Pro 6 Tutorial: The Basics Part 1
FCP Tutorial: Reflection

provideoschool

Final Cut Pro Tutorial – Creating the Apple reflection look
Final Cut Pro tutorial – The “bleach bypass” film look

pro2go95

Final Cut Pro – Export
Final Cut Pro – Compositing
Final Cut Pro – Importing Footage
Final Cut Pro – Overview of the Interface
Final Cut Pro – Editing
Final Cut Pro – Filters

PixelHeadsNetwork

How To Work With the Patch Bay in Final Cut Pro
How To Create Motion Master Templates in Final Cut Pro
How To Use Keyboard Shortcuts in Final Cut Pro #2
How To Use Keyboard Shortcuts in Final Cut Pro #3
How To Color Correct in Final Cut Pro
How To Find Audio Peaks in Final Cut Pro
How To Create a Freeze Frame in Final Cut Pro
How To Search For and Apply Filters in Final Cut Pro
How To Rename Files and Clips in Final Cut Pro
How To Preview Unrendered Clips in Final Cut Pro
How To Apply Filters To Partial Clips in Final Cut Pro
How To Perform a Replace Edit in Final Cut Pro
How To Use the Updates Of Final Cut Pro Version 6.0.2 #1
How To Use the Updates Of Final Cut Pro Version 6.0.2 #2
How To Use the Updates Of Final Cut Pro Version 6.0.2 #3
How To Use the Updates Of Final Cut Pro Version 6.0.2 #4
How To Use the Button Bars in Final Cut Pro
How To Search For Unused Assets in Final Cut Pro
How To Create a Timeline Static Region in Final Cut Pro

shirtlessapprentice

Keying in Final Cut Pro
Matching Color Hue in Final Cut Pro
Color Correcting White Balance in Final Cut Pro
Editing in a Multicam Sequence

Vimeo

Final Cut slow motion at various speeds
Final Cut Pro Tutorial: Plesantville Effect
Final Cut Studio slow motion demo
Final Cut Pro Tips – Bleach Bypass look in Final Cut Pro 6
Smoothcam effect with Final Cut Pro
SmoothCam demo – Smoothing lateral moves
Final Cut Pro Does This Sometimes
How To Blur Out Images In Final Cut Pro So You Won’t Get Sued!
Final Cut Pro Tutorial: How To Bleep Out Words
Keyboard Shortcuts A to Z
Import Video into from AVCHD cameras.

Web Tutorials

With over a million FCP users and countless sites we could have easily listed 100′s more tutorials. The sites we highlighted are some of the most prolific. Most of the sites below we have only listed a small sampling of the tutorials available on their site. We encourage you to explore beyond the links we provided.

Creative Cow

David Battistella
EDIT TO TAPE – A STEP BY STEP GUIDE
Recapturing HDV, Can it be done?
Walter Biscardi
Preparing Your Sequences to Go From FCP to Color
Maximum FCP Efficiency with Tabs
Walter Biscardis Secrets for Real-time Sequences
Travel Mattes in FCP: Part One, The Basics
Travel Mattes in FCP: Part Two, Adding Animation and Drop Shadows
Travel Mattes in FCP: Part Three, Enhance Your Interviews
Field Editing & Production Using Final Cut Pro
Roger Bolton
Vee You: 8 Free Mac Plug-ins for FCP, AE and Motion
Fast Flowing Montages for FCP & Motion
Cowdog
Using Automator for repetitive tasks in Final Cut Pro
Philip Hodgetts
How2 Upgrade to Final Cut Pro 4 — the Right Way!
Technique – How2 Canvas & Viewer with Waveform & Vectorscope
Dustin Lau
Become replaceable. Have a life with better FCP project management
Better Media Management in Final Cut Pro
Get Fast in Final Cut Pro — FAST!
Steve Miller
Jittery Film Effects in Final Cut Pro
Chris Poisson
Travel Mattes in FCP: Faster than AE
Really? Capture HDV to ProRes in FCP? Over FireWire?! Yes!
Shane Ross
The Ultimate Real-world FCP FAQ, part 1
The Ultimate Real-world FCP FAQ, part 2
The Ultimate Real-world FCP FAQ, part 3
Build Unique Transitions with Filters in Final Cut Pro
P2 Import in Final Cut Pro 6
DVCPRO Frame Rate Converter
Movement on Stills
Importing P2 into FCP
Stephen Smith
Creating a Hologram
Stephens Five FCP Time Saving Tips
Compressor Custom Settings: A Creative COW Final Cut Studio Video Tutorial
As a Page Turns: A Creative COW Final Cut Studio Video Tutorial
Bad TV Look: Final Cut Pro Tutorial
CSI: COW
Creating That Old Film Look with Final Cut Studio 2
Bad TV Effect for Final Cut Pro
Creating That Old Film Look For Final Cut Pro
Marco Solorio
Capture Cards and Codecs
Tim Wilson
Apple’s ProRes 422
Part 2: ProRes for HDV, with a splash of Color
Boris Yamnitsky
FCP Titling with Boris: Old-fashioned LED Animation

geniusDV

Organizing tips for Final Cut Pro
The Final Cut Pro Interface
Final Cut Pro Timeline Editing
How to capture and input video
3 point editing
Trimming tools for Final Cut Pro
Adjusting Audio Levels
Final Cut Transitions
Using Multiple Video Tracks
Creating Titles
How to make a Filmstrip effect
Using Alpha Mattes
Outputting from Final Cut Pro

The Los Angeles Final Cut Pro User Group

Uploading Movies for YouTube with maximum quality
Exporting Project Files for DVD
Scrolling Text in Live Type
Using Compressor to export to IPO
Final Cut Pro Multi-Cam
Different way to work with HDV in FCP
Thumbnail Video Index
Chroma Sampling: An Investigation
Breaking Free of HDV Limitations

Ken Stone’s Final Cut Pro

Setting Up a Project in Final Cut 6
Exporting Markers from FCP
DVCPRO HD Aspect Ratio Bug in Final Cut Pro 6

Zoom In Online

Using Transfer Modes for ‘Film’ Effect
Creating a Photo Montage in Motion
Trim Edit Window Part 1
Finding Unused Shots
Cutting a Slide Show to the Beat of Music
3-Way Filter Color Corrector
Applying Transitions to Multiple Clips
Final Cut Pro Keyboard Shortcuts

Digital Media NET

Working with XDCAM EX Footage in Final Cut Pro 6
How to get SDI Timecode into Final Cut Pro using AJA capture devices
Gain Adjust: Absolute vs Relative Audio In Final Cut Pro
Freeing Up Space In Those Finished Video Projects
Final Cut Pro 6 Essential Editing: Collapsing the Multiclip
Final Cut Pro 6 Essential Editing: Trim Edit Window
Final Cut Pro 6 Essential Editing: Ripple tool
Final Cut Pro 6 Essential Editing: Open Format
Final Cut Pro 6 Essential Editing: Replace Edit Technique
Final Cut Pro 6 Essential Editing: 3-point editing
Final Cut Pro 6 Essential Editing: The View Menu
Final Cut Pro 6 Essential Editing: Customizing your workflow
Final Cut Pro 6 Essential Editing: Navigating the workspace
Add Motion templates to create lower thirds in Final Cut Pro
Final Cut Pro Advanced Technique: Using Sorenson Video 3
Final Cut Pro 6 Techniques: Editing with Canon?s 24F
Final Cut Pro 6 ? Editing fast, accurate, and effectively when adding clips
Keying options for Motion 3
Singling out a color in Final Cut Pro 6
Trashing Preferences in Final Cut Pro
Working with XDCAM EX Footage in Final Cut Pro 6
Exporting a Media Composer edit to Soundtrack Pro
How to get SDI Timecode into Final Cut Pro using AJA capture devices
Gain Adjust: Absolute vs Relative Audio In Final Cut Pro

Further Reading

We have only scratched the surface of the information available for Final Cut Pro. Below you can explore a vast collection of sites to continue your ongoing education.

Editing Blogs

Pro Video Coalition
HDFilmTools
The Editblog
Tech Thoughts
Splice Here
ProLost
Studio Daily
Post Production Standards
Videomaker
little frog in high def
HD Cinema
Digital Producer
Editing organazized
Motionographer
Final Cut User
Discrete Cosine
Indie4K
Video CoPilot
Make Better Media

Podcasts

Cowcast
Digital Heaven Podcast
Learn Final Cut Pro Podcast
Ripplecast

Final Cut User Groups
United States

Arizona Final Cut Pro User Group
BOSFCPUG – Boston Final Cut Pro User Group
Carolina Final Cut Pro User Group
Chicago Final Cut Pro Users Group
Connecticut Final Cut Pro User Group
CUTS – Austin Final Cut Pro User Group
Denver Final Cut Pro User Group
Digital Video Detroit
Hawaii FCPUG
Lafcpug – Los Angeles Final Cut Pro User Group
Indianapolis Final Cut Pro User Group
Mac Filmmakers
The Moving Pictures Collective of NYC
NAProViG – Nashville Apple Pro Video Group
New Jersey Final Cut Pro User Group
Oklahoma City Final Cut Pro User Group
Philadelphia Final Cut Pro User Group
San Diego Final Cut Pro User Group
SBFinalCut – The Santa Barbara Final Cut User Group
Seattle Final Cut Pro User Group
SF Cutters
SoFlaFCPUG – South Florida Final Cut Pro User Group
South Louisiana Final Cut Pro Users Group
Tulsa Final Cut Pro Users Group

International

Dublin Final Cut User Group
Calgary Final Cut Pro Users Group
FCPUG Italia
Final Cut MTL : The Montreal Final Cut Users Group
GAPRUG – Gauteng Apple Pro User Group
Hong Kong Final Cut Pro User Group
Midlands Final Cut User Group
MexiPUG — Mexico Final Cut Pro User Group
Final Cut Pro User Group Sweden
Sydney Final Cut Pro
TOFCPUG -Toronto Final Cut Pro User Group
Tokyo Final Cut Pro User Group U.S.A
UKFCPUG – United Kingdom Final Cut Pro User Group
VCFCPUG — Vancouver Final Cut Pro User Group
WEFCPUG – West of England Final Cut Pro User Group

Web Forums

Apple Discussion Forums
2-Pop Final Cut Studio Forums
Creative Cow
Digital Media Net Final Cut Studio Forums
DVcreators.net
FinalCutPro-L
Final Cut Studio Planet
FXPlugfx
Ken Stone’s Final Cut Pro
macProVideo.com User Forums
Post Forums for Final Cut Studio
Recipe4DVD DVD Studio Pro Forum

DVD & CD Training

Call Box
Class On Demand
DVcreators.net
Larry Jordan
lynda.com
macProVideo.com
Magnet Media
VTC
Total Training
Ripple Training
Streaming Media
VASST Absolute Training

Software

Training Books

Turnkey Editing Systems

$5000 to $5999.99
Final Cut Studio 2/Mac Pro Turnkey System
Final Cut Studio 2/Customized 17″ MacBook Pro Turnkey System
$6000 to $7999.99
Final Cut Studio 2/Mac Pro Turnkey System
AJA Io Breakout Box Mac Pro Turnkey System with Final Cut Studio 2
$8000 to $9999.99
AJA IoHD/17″ MacBook Pro Turnkey System with Final Cut Studio 2
$10000 to $12500
AJA IoHD Breakout Box Mac Pro Turnkey System with Final Cut Studio 2
Blackmagic Decklink HD Mac Pro Turnkey System with Final Cut Studio 2
AJA KONA LHe Mac Pro Turnkey System with Final Cut Studio 2
$12500 to $15000
Blackmagic Decklink HD Mac Pro Turnkey System with Final Cut Studio 2
Final Cut Studio 2/KONA 3 Mac Pro Turnkey System
Multibridge Eclipse/Mac Pro Final Cut Studio 2 Turnkey System

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