Editing videos for Youtube can be a hassle when doing it on a regular or daily basis. Two NLE’s are used a lot for that task: Apple’s Final Cut Pro and Adobe’s Premiere CC. I have worked with both.

There is a big difference between many NLEs and Final Cut Pro. Both are a collection of files and folders inside a project file. Final Cut Pro does have different names and offers one more extra choice: copy the files of your camera(s) inside the library.

Final Cut Pro v.s. Premiere terminology:

Libraries <=> Projects
Events <=> Bins
Project <=> Sequence

Different names for the same parts in a project, or library, whatever you choose to use. You will get used to that when working in one of both.

Before you start editing with video you have to think about one thing: get organized with your raw footage, audio, and titles.

I have multiple drives with folders. I use drives for audio/effects/music, video, photo, drone, and libraries. Each drive also has a full backup.

My folder structure is as follows: Drive: \[camera][year][project]\

Folder structures should be made how you want them to be. But, do not go too deep. Keep it simple in layers. Three or four is deep enough. It should help you find files, not hide them.

Depending on your choice to use FCP or Premiere your editing choices will be registered inside the project or library. Remember, inside Premiere your main file is a project. Inside Final Cut Pro you first open a library and inside that you start a new project (which is called sequence in Premiere).

The first step is to import your footage. Inside Premiere the files will be kept in the original location (video drive) and linked inside the project. Files can be organized inside the project with newly created bins (folders).

Inside Final Cut Pro you have a choice. You can leave the files in their original location, which means they will be linked. You create an event and then import the files without copying them to the library.

My choice always is: I always copy the audio, video, photo, and title files to the new library. I do this because I can keep the original files inside each library. One thing though: I make a pre-selection of each file by scrolling thru and setting in- and out-points before I import everything. And if there is no time to do that, I just import all files and select/delete the recordings before I start editing.

This video shows how Matti Haapoja works. Let’s skip the intro of his video and watch his workflow, which he uses for his almost everyday uploads to his Youtube channel.
This is how my FCP screen looks with all the windows opened.
This is how the inside of a library looks like. Folders and files. You can see the events (AUDIO, EFFECTS, PROJECT and TITLES)

The most important part of the workflow of Matti is the keyboard shortcuts. I used his suggestions of setting the Q, W, X, and E keyboard shortcuts. Together with his sorting process: throwing everything on the timeline and selecting what to use and what not to. By deleting the video files which will not be used it all gets more clear.

The timeline is magnetic, which means you can shift around everything without losing files. By using the new keyboard shortcuts; Q, W, X, and E clips can be shortened or broken up in parts and from there moved to their final places. Clips can be edited much more easily to the music like this, without losing your material. And still you always can go back one or more steps with CMD+Z.

Knowing your NLE is very important. At the end Matti makes a couple of remarks about the timeline. How he misses tracks. By using roles in FCP you can throw audio and video clips on virtual tracks. Also, moving around clips without moving others is possible by holding the tilde key. You will discover more and more about FCP when using it. The same goes for Premiere CC and any other NLE you have chosen to work with. My choice for E(dit) was Final Cut Pro.

I will continue writing about Final Cut Pro and the other tools I work with. They have given me much joy in the editing videos process and I love sharing my knowledge about them. Youtube is a very good source for learning workflows. Youtubers post workflow regularly. Sometimes it takes some time to find them, but many times you can learn a lot from them. Just sit back and watch.

There is also a massive book about FCPX available. It is updated with each new version. The hardcopy will not change, but with the book get a free to download PDF file of the complete book with the new version updates. Here you can find more information about the book.

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