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The Focal Easy Guide to Final Cut Pro X

2nd Edition

By Rick Young


282 pages

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Master invaluable workflow tips that will allow you to tap into the full power of Final Cut Pro X and achieve results quickly, regardless of your skill level.

Rick Young’s Focal Easy Guide to Final Cut Pro X, Second Edition is the ultimate mentor for getting up and running with Apple’s professional editing software. In this step-by-step, full-color guide, Young clearly explains the key concepts and vital knowledge you need to edit your project from start to finish, providing clear, time-saving instruction on producing and outputting using Final Cut Pro X. This new edition has been updated to include:

    • A thorough introduction to Final Cut Pro X and the philosophy by which the software works
    • Coverage of the complete postproduction process, including setup, importing, editing, audio, effects, and output
    • Additional sections on Multicam Editing, working with Proxies, and effective media management of Libraries
    • Instruction on encoding, distributing, and archiving your completed projects
    • A companion website ( featuring downloadable video footage that you can edit using the techniques covered in the book

Packed with tutorials and real-world examples, The Focal Easy Guide to Final Cut Pro X, Second Edition will take you through the ins and outs of the software and have you editing and outputting your movies in no time!

Written for Final Cut Pro X version 10.1.3 and beyond.


"Rick always seems to find the essentials so necessary to learn and effectively work with Final Cut Pro. . . He cuts to the chase with very specific, step-by-step instructions and ‘how-tos’, making it seem as if he were the instructor sitting right next to you in a private lesson."

- Steve Douglas, videographer; writer and reviewer,

"Speed, quality, and organization are imperative in today’s video editing environment. Rick has written an easy-to-follow guide for editors of all levels that will have you editing and exporting your footage quickly so you can share your work with the world."

- Chip Dizárd, Media Professor; Final Cut Pro X Certified Trainer; Co-founder,

Table of Contents

System Setup; The Interface; Importing Media; Organization; Editing; Audio; Effects; Share;

About the Author

Rick Young is Editor for Movie Machine (, a website devoted to the art and technology of digital filmmaking. Rick is also the Director and Founding Member of the UK Final Cut Pro User Group, an Apple Solutions Expert, and a freelance television director and editor with many years of broadcast experience, including work for the BBC, Sky, ITN, CNBC, and Reuters Additionally, he is a liaison to the US Creative Pro User Groups and the author of the best-selling series The Focal Easy Guide to Final Cut Pro.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General