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A quick roundup of April's best free Final Cut Pro X tutorials

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With not much news on a quiet Monday, we thought that it was a good opportunity to take a look at the best free Final Cut Pro X tutorials that have been published this month.

Up first we have a short but informative tutorial from Ben Consoli on improving voice overs in FCPX. A lot of editors can make pictures look good, but a lot of times the audio lacks that polish. Using Voice Over Enhancement might just help get your dialog sounding better.

Ben was a guest at the recent Boston Creative Pro User Group and we hope to feature his presentation when it is posted. 

 

Next up is Chris Fenwick with a beginners look at the basic tools in Final Cut Pro X for colour correction. Worth a watch just for his first couple of lines in the video! A great example of making a mask for the sky too.

 

Whilst looking at his YouTube channel, we also found this video on making quick bullet points in Keynote and importing them into FCPX. We have done this on numerous broadcast projects with FCP7 and got great results with pie charts, so FCPX should be no different.

 

Another beginner's tutorial and this time the Web Video Chefs cook up a video on how to move a connected clip by using Option +Command click. It might be short, but it's one keyboard shortcut that we keep forgetting!

 

And lastly, our friend Dan Allen publishes a tutorial on disabling roles for export . He adds this new video to a rather impressive long list of free FCPX tutorials. Make sure you have a large coffee pot nearby!

 

There are of course many more Final Cut Pro X tutorials out there, but we picked the ones we liked that were produced to a professional standard.

 

 


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I am the Editor-in-Chief of FCP.co and have run the website since its inception ten years ago.

I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

great house giveaway 2020

2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. 

Tour de france 2020
Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.

 

BBC snooker the crucible

BBC's Snooker has played a big part in my life, I've been editing tournament coverage since 1997. I'm proud to be part of a very creative team that has pioneered many new ideas and workflows that are now industry standard in sports' production. This is currently an Adobe Premiere edit.

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Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

Plugin Design & Development

I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.

FCP.co

Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

The Future

I'm always open to new ideas and opportunities, so please get in touch at editor (at) fcp.co. I've judged film competitions, presented workflow techniques to international audiences and come up with ideas for TV shows and software programs!

 

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