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Final Cut Pro X: Introduction (FCP 101)

This is the ideal course for those looking to get started in Final Cut Pro X. Final Cut Pro X is a revolutionary video editing application that makes it possible for both beginners and seasoned editors to achieve stunning results. This three-day, hands-on Apple authorised course will teach you to perform essential editing functions while becoming familiar with the user interface.

Starting with basic video editing techniques and working all the way up to the powerful advanced features in Final Cut, you will work with real-world media to learn the practical techniques used daily in editing projects. If you are using Final Cut Pro 7, please see our Introduction to Final Cut Pro 7 course outline instead.

Having completed this course, you can take the Final Cut Pro Level One exam at Media Training. For details of exam dates please call us on 020 7713 7179.

Pre-Course Requirements:
You need no Final Cut or video editing previous experience to attend this course.

  • Introduction
    • The Apple Pro Certification program

    The Final Cut Pro X interface
    • Following a workflow
    • Using menus and shortcuts
    • Viewing and sorting Events
    • Skimming clips and changing views
    • Viewing and creating projects
    • Working in the Project Library
    • Viewing projects in the Timeline

    • Importing media into an Event
    • Importing folders as Keyword Collections
    • Analysing and correcting imported clips
    • Importing from a camera

    Organising clips in an Event
    • Using metadata to customize an Event
    • Adding keywords to clips
    • Adding multiple keywords to clips
    • Applying keywords to a clip range
    • Rating, sorting and searching clips,
    • Creating Smart Collections

    Building a rough cut
    • Creating a new project
    • Screening and marking clips
    • Appending clips in the Timeline
    • Viewing and arranging clips in the Magnetic Timeline
    • Inserting clips into the primary storyline
    • Changing edited clips
    • Connecting clips to the primary storyline

    Fine-tuning a rough cut
    • Adding markers to a project
    • Connecting clips to the primary storyline
    • Overwriting and replacing clips
    • Auditioning clips in the project
    • Working with storylines

    Adding to the primary storyline
    • Duplicating a project
    • Removing clip selections and adding gaps
    • Understanding trimming
    • Applying the Trim Tool
    • Trimming with precision

    Questions and answers

  • Applying transitions
    • Preparing for transitions
    • Applying a video transition
    • Using the Transitions Browser
    • Modifying transitions
    • Changing transition parameters in the Inspector
    • Adding transitions to other storylines
    • Compound clips, and exploring audio transitions

    Working with sound
    • Adjusting audio in the Timeline
    • Adding music and sound effects
    • Adjusting levels in the Audio Inspector
    • Creating audio fades
    • Recording a narration track
    • Correcting problem audio

    Working with Titles, Generators and Themes
    • Using the Titles Browser
    • Adding a lower third
    • Modifying Titles
    • Adding bumpers and credits
    • Working with Video Generators
    • Using themes

    Retiming and transforming clips
    • Understanding Motion Properties
    • Retiming clips
    • Creating holds and variable speed segments
    • Applying preset speed effects
    • Transforming an image
    • Adding a Ken Burns effect
    • Creating keyboard shortcuts

    Applying effects and enhancing colour
    • Applying video effects
    • Modifying effect parameters
    • Auditioning and animating effects
    • Applying audio effects
    • Enhancing colour in Final Cut Pro

    Exporting and sharing your project
    • Preparing a project for exporting and sharing
    • Detecting audio peaks
    • Adjusting video levels for broadcast
    • Publishing to Apple devices
    • Publishing to video sharing sites
    • Exporting for Blue-Ray disc, DVD or disk image

    Questions and answers