Final Cut Pro: 5 YouTube Channels Full of Tips

filmApple released Final Cut Pro X, the newest version of the Final Cut video editing software, back in 2011. It met mixed reviews: Many long-time users of the program found X’s changes in layout a step backwards from the previous version, Final Cut Pro 7.

Regardless which version you have, you’ve probably achieved a decent understanding of how it works — so we’ll skip the basic “tricks.”

Instead, we’ve compiled the most helpful YouTube channels for cool Final Cut tips: shortcuts, visual effects and color grading, to name a few. Some are geared specifically for X, while others highlight techniques that can be used across all versions, whether you’re looking to brush up on a few techniques, or just curious about how other editors work best.

Do you know any other YouTube channels for great Final Cut Pro tutorials? Or better yet, do you have any tricks these videos haven’t highlighted? Share them with us in the comments.

1. Matthew Pearce

Matthew Pearce, a self-proclaimed “maker of things” for Macs, created a handful of Final Cut tutorials, which cover the differences between 7 and X, as well as Final Cut’s integration with Adobe After Effects.

Recommended tutorials:

– “Converting Final Cut Pro 7 to X” (above)

– “Ten 10-Second FCP X Tips”

– “Final Cut Pro X to After Effects Workflow”

Full list here.

2. Final Cut King

We told you about Final Cut King — or Zach King, rather — back in January, but he’s worth mentioning again. Arguably one of the most well-known Final Cut users on the web, King’s page is chock-full of original videos and tutorials that highlight basic overviews and easy-to-create special effects.

Recommended tutorials:

– “Final Cut X Overview” (above)

– “Final Cut Pro Rubiks Cube Effect”

– “Final Cut X Review”

Full list here.

3. Dan Allen

UK-based filmmaker Dan Allen’s playlist covers animating, exporting files and creating text with the Final Cut software.

Recommended tutorials:

– “Cutting Music Video and Workflows Using Multi-Cam” (above)

– “mVintage Review”

– “Technicolor Color Assist”

Full list here.

4. The Final Cut Pro School

The name says it all. A great page for all things X.

Recommended tutorials:

– “Color Grading for Beginners” (above)

– “Exporting Tutorial”

Full list here.

5. BX Films

This South Bend, Ind.-based group has a solid collection of clips on color-matching and multi-camera editing.

Recommended tutorials:

– “Synchronize, Multicam Edit, Magnetic Timeline in a Multicam Environment” (above)

– “Makeshift Multicam Edit”

– “Match Color”

Full list here.

Image via iStockphoto, sunnyart


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