Webinar: Apple Final Cut Pro X: Simple Tricks & Pithy Tips

Webinar: Apple Final Cut Pro X: Simple Tricks & Pithy Tips

Wednesday February 22, 2017

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Apple Final Cut Pro X: Simple Tricks & Pithy Tips

It is easy to get caught up in all the amazing technology contained inside Final Cut Pro X. But, sometimes, it’s worth taking a step back to look at how to accomplish those simple tasks that we know are there – somewhere – if only we knew where to look.

That’s what this session is about. Simple tricks and pithy tips that can help you edit faster, and add some fun to your life. Areas we will look at include:

  • The interface
  • Importing
  • Editing and Trimming
  • Organizing and Replacing clips
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Audio tricks
  • Transitions
  • Fixing audio problems
  • Simple color correction
  • Titles
  • Exporting

Plus lots more as we get closer to the session. Registration is always free – sign up today.


This is an intermediate session for Final Cut Pro X  editors, some experience with the software will help understand what is being covered. All you need to view this session is a web browser.

Time: 9:00 AM & 12:00 PM (PST)
Register Here: LarryJordan.com


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Apple Releases Final Cut Pro X 10.3

Apple Releases Final Cut Pro X 10.3

fcpx logoApple just released the latest major upgrade to Final Cut Pro X 10.3.

There are lots of new features in this version.  Larry Jordan has looked it over and shares what he has learned on his blog here.

Here’s an excerpt:


Apple’s marquee features for the software include:

  • A redesigned interface
  • Improvements to the Magnetic Timeline
  • Support for wide color gamut Rec. 2020 video (the color space portion of the HDR spec)

Within those three categories are literally dozens of changes.

From my point of view, the interface changes are the most visible, the changes to Roles and the Magnetic Timeline are the most significant and its support for Rec. 2020 video the most future-oriented.

Read Larry Jordan’s full article here: https://larryjordan.com/articles/new-apple-releases-final-cut-pro-x-10-3/

Larry Jordan to close his online tutorial and webinar business

“Larry has been one of the most respected trainers and tutorial producers since the times when Final Cut could only manage NTSC DV. He’s decided it’s time to wrap up his tutorial making and webinar publishing.

We have known for a while that Larry was going to end his long run of making tutorials and webinars for content creators. At one point in FCP7 time, his newsletter was the main source of information and tips. He knew FCP7 inside out and enjoyed answering the many (often tricky) questions that were sent to him on a weekly basis.

But time moves on.

It is increasing difficult to make enough money in online ventures. With instant access to anything with a click, original content can be disseminated around the world for nothing. That accessibility questions the product’s worth and with the rise of the DIY home tutorial on YouTube and Vimeo, not only does content get copied, it also gets pirated and shared.” – FCP.co

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Soften Skin Texture Quickly with Larry Jordan

“For state-of-the-art skin softening and smoothing effects, check out Digital Anarchy’s Beauty Box. Using an equal combination of facial recognition and magic, this plug-in for FCP X, FCP 7, and Premiere can make even the roughest skin look wonderful.

However, for those situations where you either don’t yet own Beauty Box, or the deadline requires something that will render REALLY fast, here’s a technique you can use to soften skin tones and add a bit of a glow to a romantic closeup.

This screen shot illustrates our final result. In this Final Cut Pro X tutorial, we will create a two-layer composite, where the top layer adds a blur and glow to the closeup on the bottom layer.

Unlike Beauty Box which just softens the face, we are softening the entire image, not just the skin, and decreasing the amount of contrast so that wrinkles appear less deep. This effect works best for close-ups where there is some contrast in the image. This won’t remove 20 years from a face, but it will make those years look a lot more gentle.


Here’s the starting image.

Edit the clip you want to soften into the Timeline. Press the Option key and drag the clip straight up to make a copy of the clip as a connected clip.

Make sure to match the same start and end points of the clip, otherwise the two clips will be out of sync; the black box of numbers should indicate 00:00 as you drag.

Open the Effects Browser (Cmd+6) and drag Blur > Gaussian Blur from the Browser on top of the upper clip.


Select the top clip (the one with the Blur effect applied). (To make this effect easier to see, I’ve turned the Blur effect off by unchecking the blue check box next to it in the Inspector. This is NOT necessary when you are creating the effect for yourself.)

Open the Inspector (Cmd+4) and scroll down to Compositing, at the bottom of the Inspector.

Change the Blend Mode to Lighten. (Screen will also work, but tends to wash out the image too much for my taste.)

Then, adjust the Opacity slider until you get the amount of glow that you like. I tend to use between 40 – 45%.

Here’s what the image looks like at this point; not a lot of change… so far. We need to add the blur.

Go back to the top of the Inspector and make sure the blue checkbox next to Gaussian is turned on (blue). Adjust the Amount of the blur to achieve the level of skin softening you want. My general blur settings are: Amount around 50%, Horizontal at 100%, and Vertical at 0%.

NOTE: I tend to just blur using the horizontal setting. This allows the eyes to remain sharp, while the skin softens.

With this setup, Opacity now controls the “glow” of the image, while the Blur Amount slider controls the amount of skin softening. Adjust each until you are happy with the look.

NOTE: While we are softening the entire image, because this is a close-up we tend to see this results of this effect as a softening of skin tones.

And here’s the finished, softer image. This technique will not make someone who is 60 look like they are 20, but it will take the edges off a face that looks like way too many miles of bad roads and hard living.

Select the top clip and type V to toggle between hiding and displaying the effect. This gives you a fast way to compare and adjust the results.


You can make this look even more romantic by adding a Vignette. To do this:

  • Select the two clips and combine them into a Compound clip (File > New Compound Clip).
  • Go to the Effects Browser > Stylize > Vignette and drag the vignette on top of the Compound clip.
  • In the Inspector, adjust the compound clip settings until you are happy with the look. (For this screen shot, I’m using the default settings for the Vignette effect.)

Done.” – Larry Jordan

Tips to Make Your Text Look GREAT! – Larry Jordan

“This week’s article was spurred by a Ted Talk on Typefaces delivered by Matthew Carter, a legendary typeface designer that I had the pleasure of working with in the mid-1980’s when we both worked at Bitstream in Boston.

It was from Matthew all those years ago that I developed my love of using the right font for the task, which has carried over into my video work. By the way, Norbert Florendo has a great definition of the difference between “font” and “typeface:” A “font is what you use, and typeface is what you see.”

Think of a font as a song, with the typeface being the MP3 version of that song. (Though, truthfully, since the Mac calls just about everything a font. I’ll be using the two terms interchangeably during this article.)” – Larry Jordan

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How To Use FCPX 10.1- Giant Tutorial Round Up

New to FCPX? Jonny at JonnyElwin.co.uk has put together a nice tutorial roundup.  He mentions all the big hitters, including Philip Hodgetts, Larry Jordan, Mark Spencer and more. 

Read his full post here, but here are a couple of highlights in the meantime.

Final Cut Pro 10.1 Overview

The Pixel Corps has a great discussion with Mark Spencer, Alex Lindsay and Steve Martin from Mac Break. It’s close to 2 hours long! This one was mentioned at the end of 2013 in the article In Depth: Apple FCP X 10.1, Plug-in Compatibility and Resources.

Introduction to Larry Jordan’s Final Cut Pro X (v. 10.1) Training