Sep 22, 2021
These days there’s no shortage of video tutorials, software integrations, and web apps that promise to make a content creator’s life easier.
But no matter what sort of videos you make and what gear you use, one thing is certain: You’re going to be using video editing software. And knowing how to use different programs will help you figure out which one is best for you.
Final Cut Pro is Apple’s answer to Adobe’s Premiere Pro, Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve, and similar tools. It’s got a comparable number of tools available, and the nature of iOS means you’ll be able to access your projects on any Apple device you use.
But when it comes to actually familiarizing yourself (and maybe even mastering) this editing tool, you won’t just want to read a blog post about it — even if it’s a thorough article with a step-by-step guide and screenshots.
The best way to learn video editing tricks (besides actually doing them) is by seeing other filmmakers in action. So here are six of the best Final Cut Pro tutorials out there. And even if you only watch one of these videos, you’re already a few steps closer to being able to complete any project in this editing program.
Yup, these are objectively the best final cut pro tutorials on the entire internet.
Alright, maybe that’s a little dramatic. But these are tried and true tutorials from respected filmmakers and educators. More importantly, each one has clear instructions that will guide you through the program and help get you started.
Think Media is a trusted source of tutorials for all things filmmaking (and content creation in general). And while this video doesn’t give a ton of depth on what you can do with Final Cut Pro, it definitely builds a solid foundation for starting a project and getting to know the UI.
One of the most valuable takeaways from this tutorial is the focus on file management. It’s something that’s downright invaluable for anyone who works on creative teams — file names, folder organization, etc.
Having a consistent process will help you find the assets, even if you’re checking back in a month or even a year later. And that’s especially true once you start to drop external files — like royalty free music and sound effects — into your project.
An added benefit is the detailed breakdown of all the different options and settings available for each project you work on. It means you don’t have to learn through trial and error.
“Complete crash course” is pretty self-explanatory: Eduard Stinga’s video goes over all of the basics (and a few extras) you’ll need to become a Final Cut Pro wizard.
The biggest perk about this video is that it’s presented like a course, with time-stamped chapters that dive deep into each topic. It’s less conversational and more academic, which is sometimes the dry-but-valuable sort of content you want from a solid tutorial.
Eduard spends some time in the Effects tab, which highlights audio and video effects you can add to your project. It’s a fun tool that — when used in moderation — let you add some unique style to any project.
Here’s another helpful set of tips for any beginner Final Cut Pro user. A benefit here is that you get a second perspective from a different kind of filmmaker. (Tyler Stalman references using it for commercial work.)
Most of these tips are about quality of life things, helping you optimize the time you spend in “editing mode” on your projects. But they’ll also help you create good habits as you get familiar with everything Final Cut Pro can do.
Final Cut Pro is a powerful tool...but iMovie is a free program on the App Store. It’s a pretty common tool for content creators, mostly because it’s an editing software that’s readily available and pretty easy to use.
However, Final Cut Pro does offer a lot of tools that you just can’t replicate in iMovie. This particular video shows the differences between the two programs and really dives into the pros and cons that creators can expect when they’re ready to level up their video production.
This particular video combines the “former iMovie filmmaker” perspective of the last video with the “complete crash course” vibes of Eduard Stinga’s video.
It’s very much a beginner-centric look at Final Cut Pro, whether you’re also coming from iMovie (like Claudia did) or are just starting to explore different video editing programs.
For the most part, all of these tutorials have been covering the basics of Final Cut Pro, but focusing on different aspects or features. However, once you’re comfortable with the software, you’ll want to start...you know, editing stuff.
A big component of post-production is color grading and color correcting. This particular video is one of the most comprehensive (and time-friendly) tutorials about what a coloring workflow looks like in Final Cut Pro, and how you can set your own preferences in the video editor.
Coloring isn’t quite as straightforward as editing footage. But since color plays a big part in the color temperature and atmosphere of a video, it’s a skill you absolutely want to get familiar with.
This beginner-level tutorial pulls it together for anyone using Final Cut Pro. And there are some more advanced tips at the end too once you get comfortable.
Because in all honesty, that’s the sort of content you want from tutorial videos. You want to get the basics of whatever program, feature, or technique, and you want to see them in action. But learning some more advanced skills is the thing that’ll make the tutorial helpful in the long-term.
These videos are some of the best Final Cut Pro tutorials out there because of how they combine good presentation, helpful information, and unique perspectives from across the content creator map.
Hopefully you’ll pick up everything you need to jump into Final Cut Pro and start producing better content today. That way, you can really start to grow your YouTube channel (or any other platform where you share your content).
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