I’ve been editing for years and it still remains one of my favorite things to do!
I started editing on tape then over time moved into digital non-linear editing.
I’ve edited on AVID, Adobe Premiere Pro and now Final Cut Pro X.
Final Cut Pro X, also called FCPX, is just a better, more visual, faster editing program.
It is Mac only, but like using Ecamm to livestream (another Mac-only program), it could be the reason for getting a Mac.
Another huge advantage of Final Cut Pro X is the price.
It’s a one-time cost of $299.
That’s it. Pay one-time and get all future upgrades for free. You can even use it on multiple Macs too.
If you’ve ever used iMovie, then think of FCPX as the grown-up version of iMovie with A LOT more features.
I also use a program called Compressor.
Compressor is an app that really comes in handy for quickly converting video and audio for a ton of platforms and uses.
It’s a one-time cost of $49.99 and works seamlessly with FCPX.
When I edit a video, I send it to Compressor, select what I want it converted to and hit batch.
Compressor can easily convert one video into multiple types of files at the same time!
Not a must, but I do recommend it if you produce a lot of videos.
I also have Motion. It’s a powerful animation and graphics tool that I’m just scratching the surface on.
One thing I do like is how it seamlessly integrates with Final Cut Pro X. You can create anything in Motion and it will automatically save to FCPX.
You can also use Motion templates and customize them with your logo too.
And like Compressor, it’s only $49.99. Pay once. Use forever.
If you have any questions about any of the tools and resources I use, please let me know.
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