These two free video tutorials will help you learn to edit video using Final Cut Express, or any video editing software package really. The first is more basic, the second shows more advanced techniques like using the motion tab and adding filters. Watch them in order for best understanding.
I am demonstrating on Final Cut Express, but so much of what I show is fairly universal, no matter what editing program you are using.
If you are new to video editing, and particularly if you are interested in Final Cut Express or Final Cut Pro, watch these two tutorials, (one is about ten-minutes, the other about 7). They will show you how the programs are laid out and how they work.
Final Cut Express is an inexpensive option for anyone wanting to dive into professional-level editing without spending much. FCE is now $199, compared to Final Cut Studio which is $999. (UPDATE, IN 2011, FCE WAS TAKEN OFF THE MARKET)
If you desire a high level of control over all the details of your video, then a program like Final Cut Express is what you want. It’s got a fairly steep learning curve, but once you get the basics down, it’s not that hard at all. In fact, I find it a lot of fun and a very creative outlet.
I cover all the basics in these videos.
Final Cut Express and its big brother Final Cut Pro are really not that different. On a creative level, Express can do about 90% of what Pro can do. The single biggest difference in the two programs in what they come bundled with and how many file formats they work with. Pro works with more professional formats that Express can’t handle.
Unless you are working in a professional situation, that probably won’t be an issue since Express takes the majority of common formats and Apple has already worked AVCHD into Express’ capabilities.
Final Cut Express is a great program for editing video and this free tutorial will get you started with it. But like I already said, even if FCE is not your program of choice, this tutorial will teach you a lot about editing in general.
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