The Digital Laboratory
Think of your computer loaded with Final Cut Pro as being like a digital laboratory. In the days when cine-film was the only means for movie-making, everyone relied on the lab. Film would be processed at the lab; there were work prints; answer prints; release prints; opticals . . . the lab was central to virtually every facet of the post-production process.
Your Mac is a digital lab, just waiting for you to stir the potions.
Essentially the post-production process is the same as it has always been. While the means to achieving results has changed, digital filmmaking requires similar methods and procedures to that of filmmaking ...