Create a new project

To create a movie in Final Cut Pro, you first create a project, which provides a record of your editing decisions and the media you use. Then you add clips to the Timeline and edit them.

When you create a new Final Cut Pro project, you do the following:

  • Name the project.

  • Specify the event where the project is stored.

    Often, you store projects in events that contain the media used to create the project. When you drag media from the Finder or a Final Cut Pro media browser to the Timeline, that media is automatically located in the same event as the project.

Optionally, you can also set the starting timecode and define the video, audio, and render properties for the project.

After creating your project, you add clips to it from an event in the library.

Note: If you’re creating a project and you haven’t yet imported media into Final Cut Pro, you should do so. For more information, see Importing overview.

Start a project

  1. If you don’t see the Libraries list, click the button at the bottom-left corner of the Browser.

    Show button
  2. In the Libraries list, select the event where you want to create the project.

  3. Choose File > New Project (or press Command-N).

  4. In the window that appears, type a name for the project in the Name field.

  5. If you want to store the project in an event other than the selected event, choose a different event from the In Event pop-up menu.

    If you drag any media files from the Finder directly to the project in the Timeline, or add media to the project from one of the media browsers, that media is automatically stored in the same event with the project.

  6. If you want to further customize settings for your project, click Use Custom Settings.

    Note: Final Cut Pro shows the Automatic Settings by default, but it retains the settings you used last, so this step may be unnecessary.

  7. If you want your project’s timecode to start at a value other than 00:00:00:00, type a starting timecode value in the Starting Timecode field.

  8. If you want to make any changes to the project’s video or audio properties, select Custom and use the pop-up menus.

    Unless you have a specific requirement for the project you’re creating, it’s best to leave “Set automatically based on first video clip” selected. For information about project settings, see Modify a project’s settings.

  9. Click OK.

    The new project appears in the Browser with the name you gave it in step 4.

You can now add clips from the Browser and begin to edit your project in other ways, adding titles, special effects, background music, sound effects, and more.

You can change a project’s properties at any time. For more information, see Modify a project’s settings.