5 Final Cut Pro Tips for Faster Video Editing

Cut Editing Time in Half 🎬

Emily Olson
3 min readMay 6, 2023
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Let’s face it: editing videos is a very time-consuming task.

But as someone who’s been in the YouTube game for a while, I’ve figured out some shortcuts to make the process quicker and easier.

Here are my five favorite Final Cut Pro tips (+ video tutorials 🎬) to help you edit faster and reclaim your time!

1. Turn Off Background Render

When you import video files into Final Cut Pro, the software automatically starts rendering in the background. This can slow down your computer and make the editing process lag.

⏲ To save time and speed up the editing process, turn off the background render feature. You can always render the video later when you’re ready to export it.

To turn off background render in Final Cut Pro, simply go to the menu bar, select “Final Cut Pro” and then “Preferences,” and uncheck the box for “Background Render.”

Make sure the Background Render box is Unchecked

2. Store & Delete Older Projects

Final Cut Pro creates Library files for every project you work on, and these files can take up a lot of space on your computer’s hard drive, which can then overall slow your computer down.

⏲ To keep your computer clean and spacious, it’s a good idea to delete old Library files that you no longer need. You can also store old Library files on an external hard drive to free up space on your computer. I use and love this one by Lacie.

Lacie External Hard Drive found on Amazon

3. Save & Use Color Presets

Saving your own color presets can save time because you won’t have to manually adjust the same colors repeatedly in your future projects, and you can quickly apply the same look to multiple clips.

⏲ To save a color preset, simply select a clip or group of clips, adjust the colors in the color correction pane, then click the Add Color Preset button and name it.

How to Save a Color Preset in Final Cut Pro

4. Copy and Paste Effects

If you have a lot of clips in your video that require the same effects or adjustments, you don’t need to apply them individually to each clip!

⏲ Instead, you can copy and paste the effects from one clip to another. This can save you a lot of time and ensure that your video has a consistent look and feel. Fast tutorial below!

Check out this Tutorial on How to Copy and Paste Effects

5. Use Plugins

Need an interesting effect, but don’t want to learn to animate it by-hand?That’s where plugins come in!

Plug-ins are like having a team of magical fairies to help you with your graphic design work. They make your videos look extra fancy without taking up too much of your time.

⏲ Because they’re easily customizable and already-animated, plugins are my secret weapon for faster video editing.

Animated Custom Title Plugin Pack from PixelFilmStudios.com