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Chapter Four. Preparing to Edit

Chapter Four. Preparing to Edit

I know you're desperate to get started. You're sick of all the theories and patterns and definitions and tips. You're ready to start chopping up film.

Well, hang on, we're almost there.

You can't edit anything until you've got footage to cut, so before we can get into the nitty-gritty nuts and bolts of editing, you have to get some footage into your computer. And to do that, you have to log and organize it.

Much of this chapter is going to be about how to use various features of Final Cut Pro, but I'm not just rewriting the manual. I'm going to point out the most effective, efficient, and powerful ways to use these features—inside stuff that I've learned from long experience. And I'm also going to let you know which features to ignore for now.

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