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In this second part of our FCPX Essentials series, you will learn how to edit footage in FCPX and add eye-catching effects and transitions.

With this FCPX Essentials series, we look at some of the key features of FCPX. Whether you're a brand new editor or a seasoned veterinarian transitioning to the program, these videos will give you a basic understanding of the program. We'll look at the unique design and layout. We will learn how to import, edit, cut and deploy a project in FCPX.

Remember, this is not a master class. Rather, it is a beginner's guide designed to help you lay the foundations for your next steps with the program.

For the second part of our three-part series (here the first part) we start with the processing of our film material and do our first round of editing in the processing program. We'll learn how to customize our footage, make editing decisions, and introduce changes to a project. We'll also look at how two footage interacts with each other.

FCPX Essentials: edit

Features included in Final Cut Pro X Essentials.

Step 1: Select the clip to edit

First, let's select the clip that you want to edit. To do this, we can simply hover over the clip with the mouse and double-click on the clip to highlight and select it. You can also use the skimming function in FCPX to browse your footage for a quick overview of your recordings. Once selected, you can press the space bar to play your footage.

FCPX Essentials: Select Clip

Play footage using the spacebar.

Step 2: make the cut

When you've used your spacebar to play your footage, tap it again to pause it. If you stopped in the wrong area, you can use the arrow keys to navigate frame by frame to find the perfect section.

When you find the perfect section for your clip, press I on your keyboard to select the in the Point of your editing. After pressing, hit the spacebar again to resume playback and get to your second edit point in your footage, your end point.

When you find the end point of your clip, press Ö make that Outpoint Your processing. When you have made both the In and Outpoint selections, you are ready to insert the footage into your project.

Step 3: insert your edited clip into the project

You have made your changes and can now move them to a project. Fortunately, this is super easy to do. To do this, simply click on the edited clip and drag it onto your project's timeline. Boom. You have just edited your first clip in FCPX. You can follow all of these steps to edit your other two clips now.

Step 4: add transitions

We have now edited three clips in our FCPX timeline. By adding transitions (or effects) to the clips, we can really improve our editing. Today we're going to use three editing tricks to really amplify our footage: a speed ramp, a strobe effect, and classic cross resolution.

The ways to enhance your footage

1. Speed ​​ramp

Speed ​​ramps are a perfect (and easily peelable) way to add a little bit of character to your transitions.

  1. Use the blade tool to cut off each of the clips for about 1.5 to 2 seconds.
  2. Select each clip and speed up to 8x.

2. Strobe effect

Not only is the strobe effect a great editing trick, it also shows you the blade tool and how to enable and disable your clips.

  1. Select the two clips you want to switch between.
  2. Use your blade tool to cut back the last three or four frames of each individual clip.
  3. You should have about six to eight individual clips cut out. Now select every other clip and just press V to deactivate the clip.
  4. With every other clip turned off, you now have your strobe effect.

3. Dissolve the cross

Sometimes something simple is enough. When that simple moment calls for it, cross resolution is an excellent choice. Find out how to do it.

  1. Look for cross resolution in your transition window.
  2. Once it appears, just drag the effect between the two clips.

And there you have it. We just finished editing our first three clips in FCPX. We learned how to set our In and Out points, drag our footage onto the timeline, and use some nifty editing tricks. In our final lesson in our FCPX Essentials series, we'll learn how to insert a music track, color correct our footage, and export a high quality final product. Until next time.

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