The Top Ten things to do after you've bought FCPX

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A few months on from the release of Final Cut Pro X, we thought we would take a look at what you can do or need once you've bought FCPX. Content, tutorials, books and videos all await.

Looks like there was a similar minded person in Cupertino on Sunday when we drafted this post as Apple published a Knowledge Base article of FCPX resources. We are very pleased to be listed in the blog section by Apple as "Comprehensive resource for Final Cut Pro news, reviews, and training."

With that billing we had better get on with it then! Start the countdown music even though we are not doing this in reverse order.

You've bought FCPX, now what should you do?

1) Purchase Motion & Compressor and download additional content

A bit of a no-brainer really, both Motion and Compressor are priced at $49 each and provide add-on functionality for FCPX. As you will see from following posts, Motion is the new way to build titles, effects and transitions in FCPX and Compressor is your friend for making different copies of deliverables.
Make sure you are running the latest version of FCPX by looking in the App Store application for updates, also go into software update to install the additional content available.

2) Read the Apple FCP7 to FCPX White Paper

This was published on the day of the 10.0.1 upgrade and got a bit lost in all the news coverage. Some excellent comparisons and tips in this free publication from Apple. If you've edited on FCP7 before then this is a must read.

3) Read the unofficial graphic enhanced manual for FCPX

You can either download this excellent publication for $1.99 or purchase a hard copy via Amazon. We have it on good authority that this is one of the most popular books about Final Cut Pro X out there. Written by Edgar Rothermich, it lets pictures do the hard work instead of stodgy text. read more...
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