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Apple Final Cut Pro X 101 - Introduction to Final Cut Pro X Training Course

Final Cut Pro X 101 - Introduction to Final Cut Pro X Training Schedule

Final Cut Pro X Training Course Synopsis

This three day hands-on course introduces students to the primary feature set and basic interface of Final Cut Pro X. In this course you learn to perform basic editing functions while familiarizing yourself with the user interface. Topics include basic setup, adjusting and customizing preferences and settings, capturing video and audio, various editing and trimming techniques, ripple, roll, slip and slide tools, audio editing and audio creation, finishing and final output.

Prerequisites for this Final Cut Pro X Training Course

Students should have the following prerequisite knowledge prior to attending the course: Knowledge of Mac OS X and basic computer navigation Basic knowledge of editing terminology is recommended

What You Will Learn in This Final Cut Pro X Training Course

  • Creating Smart Collections to organize media based on metadata and keywords
  • Using the Magnetic Timeline for an exceptionally fast, fluid new way to edit
  • Combining multiple elements into a single Compound Clip
  • Finetuning clips in the timeline with the Precision Editor
  • Comparing alternate shots from a collection of clips with just a click using auditions
  • Comparing alternate shots from a collection of clips with just a click using auditions
  • Applying effects, transitions, and retiming clips
  • Finishing and final output

Final Cut Pro X Training Course Length and Time

This class is 3 days long. Class time is 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Breaks are scheduled throughout the day and lunch is typically scheduled 12-1. Students provide their own lunch.

Final Cut Pro X - Enrollment

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Goals for this Final Cut Pro Training Course

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Lesson 1 - Exploring the Final Cut Pro X Interface

  • Following a Workflow
  • Opening Final Cut Pro X
  • Exploring the FCP Interface
  • Using Menus, Shortcuts, and the Mouse
  • Viewing and Sorting Events
  • Skimming Clips and Changing Views
  • Hiding and Closing Final Cut Pro

Lesson 2 - Importing

  • Importing Media into an Event
  • Importing Folders as Keyword Collections
  • Analyzing and Correcting Imported Clips
  • Importing from a Camera
  • Importing from the Finder
  • Importing from Other Applications

Lesson 3 - Organizing Clips in an Event

  • Using Metadata to Customize an Event
  • Adding Keywords to Clips
  • Assigning Multiple Keywords to Clips
  • Applying Keywords to a Clip Range
  • Rating, Sorting, and Searching Clips
  • Creating Smart Collections

Lesson 4 - Building The 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
  • Closing your Project

Lesson 5 - Finishing The 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

Lesson 6 - Fine Tuning the RoughCut

  • Duplicating a Project
  • Removing Clip Selections and Adding Gaps
  • Understanding Trimming
  • Applying the Trim Tool
  • Trimming with Precision

Lesson 7 - 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 and Compound Clips
  • Exploring Audio Transitions

Lesson 8 - Working with Sound

  • Monitoring and 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

Lesson 9 - 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

Lesson 10 - Retiming and Transforming Clips

  • Understanding Motion Properties
  • Changing Clip Speed
  • Creating Holds and Variable Speed Segments
  • Applying Preset Speed Effects
  • Transforming an Image
  • Cropping an Image
  • Adding the Ken Burns Effect
  • Creating Keyboard Shortcuts

Lesson 11 - Applying Effects and Enhancing Color

  • Applying Video Effects
  • Modifying Effect Parameters
  • Auditioning and Animating Effects
  • Applying Audio Effects
  • Enhancing Color in Final Cut Pro

Lesson 12 - Exporting and Sharing Your Project

  • Preparing a Project for Exporting and Sharing
  • Exporting a Movie File
  • Publishing a Project to Apple Devices
  • Publishing a Project to Video Sharing Sites
  • Exporting an Image from your Project
  • Exporting for Blue-Ray Disc, DVD, or Disk Image
  • Backing Up Projects and Events


Our goal is to make sure your class meets your objectives, not ours. Therefore, all of our outlines are treated as guides to help steer the workshop. This outline does not guarantee that all the topics listed will be covered in the time allowed. The amount of material covered is based on the skill level of the student audience. We may change or alter course topics to best suit the classroom situation.

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