The Top-Ten Things I Wish I Knew About Final Cut Pro…Ten Years Ago.


I’ve been an editor for a while now at several different shops. Through those days and places I have mostly been self taught until I ended up here with SuiteTake. At SuiteTake training and skill development is not just encouraged, it’s part of our daily responsibilities. Therefor, in the recent past my learning curve has increased dramatically.

The Top Ten things I wish I knew:

10. Shift and option dragging

9. Quick Ken Burns effect

8. QuickTime vs Quicktime Conversion.

7. The Black and code button.

6. Option 1,2,3 for transition alignment

5. Esc, tab, spacebar to navigate windows

4. Apply normalization to audio in FCP

3. Disable dropped frames warning.

2. Disable rendering with caps lock.

1. Map your keyboard.

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If you’re an experienced editor you probably know most of these already, however, if you’re just starting out like me so many years ago you’ll be putting yourself ahead of the game by learning these tricks now and not 10 years from now.

The following video tutorial demonstrates a list of 10 efficiencies and workflows with Final Cut Pro that I wish I had known from the start. If I had these often simple tricks in my pocket from day 1 I would have saved myself countless hours and heaps of frustration.

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Jeff has always been captivated by film and video, so it was only natural that he would attend Columbia College Chicago. He graduated with top honors and began his career as an audio and robo-cam operator for World News Leader, CNN.


Following CNN, Jeff came back home to Chicago and found a position that truly expanded his creative abilities with an outdoor-travel television show. Jeff traveled all across North America--from Alaska to Mexico, capturing the beauty of nature through his lens.


In between those video shoots Jeff was honing his editing skills by assembling both long and short form corporate videos, broadcast television, commercials, and documentaries.


It was his amazing shooting and editing skills that brought Jeff to Edit Creation’s attention. He joined our team in 2008 as a videographer and editor. With 8 years of experience and hundreds of projects in his archive, Jeff is a welcome addition to our team. As a videographer he shoots to edit, seeing the world through his lens. And as an editor Jeff’s vision goes well beyond the screen, tapping into the soul of the project.

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  1. Hey Jeff, this top ten list is fantastic. Final Cut Pro is a very useful program from what my buddy says of it, he uses it to made web videos for the music industry. You can post this to our site and link back to your site. We are trying to create a directory for top ten lists where people can find your site. The coolest feature is you can let other people vote on the rankings of your list.

  2. […] list, I consider that one a super obvious one.  But maybe I’m in the minority.  Anyhoo, here’s a link to his great video to keep you satiated until I can get back on a regular posting […]

  3. Oh my ! How can you dare to miss the incredible usefulness of the “e” key [extend edit]. It's such a great key ! You should be ashamed to have remaped your keyboard to throw it away :-) I'm begging you, please please use the “e” key !

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  5. the first three minutes are “a whole lot of time”… Start watching this video at 3:13. (I already knew about shift-dragging, so after 5:39, still didn't get any new content… but the rest looks terrific. I look forward to watching the rest of the video. Patience pays off… I'm learning something at 6:35!

  6. Tip #9, 7:55 to 15:35. Nice tip, thanks!

  7. Thanks for tip #9, a better Ken Burns Effect. 7:54 to 15:35.

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