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Michael Wohl Demos Hidden FCP X Editing Tricks at LA Final Cut Pro Users Group Meeting

The furore over whether FCP X is a suitable NLE for pro video editors is beginning to die down. Yes, there are still murmurings of discontent amongst certain groups of FCP 7 users while others have turned their backs completely on this new piece of software. However, many editors appear to have decided to learn how the new FCP X actually works, and fully explore its potential.

At the recent LAFCPUG meeting on June 28th 2011, Michael Wohl (one of the first designers of the original Final Cut and insider at Apple over the past 9 months) demoed some hidden editing tricks within Final Cut Pro X. In fact the word “demo” doesn’t do this justice. It could’ve been a deadpan, run-of-the-mill demonstration. But that’s not what Michael Wohl is all about! He combines his inside knowledge, experience, humor and honest appraisals of ‘missing features’ with workarounds and editing tricks, not well-documented outside his macProVideo.com FCP X training series, to truly engage and entertain his audience. 

But don't take my word for it! Check out the videos below, shot by Dean Cleary and Brian Denny, from Michael's presentation at the recent LAFCPUG:

And if you're wondering whether Final Cut Pro X is right for you I’d recommend doing the following:

  1. Watch Michaels’ FREE 45-minute Final Cut Pro X 101 Overview
  2. Watch the entire series of Final Cut Pro X training by Michael Wohl


Rounik Sethi

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Rounik is the Executive Editor for Ask.Audio & macProVideo. He's built a crack team of professional musicians and writers to create one of the most visited online resources for news, review, tutorials and interviews for modern musician and producer. As an Apple Certified Trainer for Logic Pro Rounik has taught teachers, professional musicians and hobbyists how to get the best out of Apple's creative software. He has been a visiting lecturer at Bath Spa University's Teacher training program, facilitating workshops on using music and digital media tools in the classroom. If you're looking for Rounik, you'll most likely find him (and his articles) on Ask.Audio & macProVideo.com.


Jul 20, 2011
Hamish H
Hey folks

Thnaks for posting this - its a really good companion for the 45 minute overview video.

I have a question about final cut x though that the videos haven't answered.

I want to make videos to go along with tracks I've created in Logic. So instead of a main final cut timeline made of video clips, with extra audio tracks added, I want to have an audio file as the main timeline, and add vid clips to that.

ie add the audio first then add vid clips.

I was wondering if Final Cut can do this. I am about 99.9% sure it can, but imovie can't so its always worthwile checking.

Thanks very much!
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