How to Add Custom Music to the Final Cut Pro Browser


How can you add your own custom music to Final Cut Pro so you can easily access it from inside the interface as you’re editing a video project?


This video demonstrates the steps to set it up:

Once you have this set up like I show in the video, you’ll be able to get easy access to all your own custom music files from within the Final Cut Pro interface, inside the Photos and Audio Sidebar.

I hope the information is useful to you!

20 Free Resources for Video Creators


How can you find free resources on


I’ve been adding new resources to this website for the past 14 years (since 2005!).

And for the past 12 years or so, paid customers have been supporting the continued growth and development of

But I’ve also been adding plenty of free resources to the website.

Anyway, just in case you missed some of the free resources, I’ll create a list here of twenty of the most popular and useful (in my opinion) resources on this website:

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Coming Soon: Motion – Level 2!

Ever since I released my past Motion training, people have been asking me for more.

Motion is super powerful, useful, and fun. I use it all the time, and I understand why folks want more training on it.

Well, I have good news: I’m almost done recording a whole new training series on Motion.

I’m calling this one “Motion – Level 2” because it assumes you know some of the basics of using Motion.

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Which is better: After Effects or Motion?

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Which is better, After Effects or Motion?


This is something a lot of folks have asked about, so I thought I’d answer this question directly with my personal opinion:

After Effects is much better than Motion. It’s a lot more powerful and is considered to be the industry standard in motion graphics.

It also costs a lot more and isn’t as compatible with Final Cut Pro as Motion is.

Am I switching to After Effects from Motion? No, I’m not.

Motion is excellent for my needs, so it’s my tool of choice for motion graphics. I don’t need all the features of After Effects, and I don’t want to pay the higher price.

But there’s more to this comparison…

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How do I catalog video files?

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How do you catalog video clips?


I talk a lot about media management, which includes the practice of cataloging video files.

Media management is something I’m passionate about, and frankly I think it’s an important part of video survival.

I suppose the word “survival” might be a bit of an exaggeration, but it sometimes feels like it would be oh-so-easy to drown in media.

Because video files are enormous, it’s not feasible to keep all your video footage on your computer’s internal hard drive. It would fill up quickly.

This means it’s likely you’re off-loading the video files somewhere.

And if that’s the case, you can benefit from a way to track the location of those video files, in other words, cataloging the video files.

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What format should I use? What resolution? What frame rate?

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“What frame rate and resolution should I use when I’m shooting video of a sporting event, and I’m going to upload the edited video to Vimeo?”

This is the essence of a question I recently received from someone, and I suspect it’s similar to questions that many people have.

Now please be aware — Like most of my answers to questions, this is only my opinion.

I’ll share what my answer was along with my thinking here…
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