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Apple Final Cut Pro 100 - Overview of Final Cut Pro Training Course

Apple Final Cut Pro 100 - Overview of Final Cut Pro Training Schedule

Final Cut Pro Training Course Synopsis

This two day hands-on course introduces students to the primary feature set and basic interface of Final Cut Pro. 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 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 Training Course

  • Working with the Browser and Bins
  • Drag and drop editing
  • Trimming Edit points
  • Marking and deleting clips in the Timeline
  • Using Ripple, Roll and Extend edits
  • Using the Slip and Slide tools
  • Audio editing and audio creation
  • Finishing and final output

Final Cut Pro Training Course Length and Time

This class is 2 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 - Enrollment

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Location for this Final Cut Pro Training Course

We have training centers in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, San Diego and Washington DC. We also offer classes at a network of rental facilities. We offer private onsite training and instructor-led, live online training. If coming to a rental facility, please double-check the location of your class with our office to make sure you get to the right location.

Goals for this Final Cut Pro Training Course

Sterling Ledet and Associates realizes the importance of education and we take pride in being able to offer you classes that are more custom fit to your needs. Call us at (877) 819-2665 if you have any special questions or e-mail us at

Course Note

This class is appropriate for Final Cut Express users. While several features of Final Cut Pro are not available in Express, most of these features (such as the restriction on video formats) are not relevant to this class, and the majority of this class will be very useful to Final Cut Express users, as the interface is basically identical. There are however, a small selection of lessons, such as Batch capture, that are not relevant to users of Final Cut Express.

Lesson 1 - Screening and Marking in FCP

  • Screening and Marking in FCP
  • Launching Final Cut Pro
  • Following a Workflow
  • Working with Projects
  • Working with Projects
  • Organizing Project Elements
  • Playing Clips in the Viewer
  • Navigating Clips
  • Playing and Navigating
  • Marking Clips
  • Saving, Hiding, and Quitting FCP

Lesson 2 - Editing Clips in the Timeline

  • Managing Project Elements
  • Editing a Rough Cut
  • Making Overwrite Edits
  • Managing Timeline Tracks
  • Making Insert Edits
  • Adding Audio Clips
  • Moving Clips in the Timeline
  • Creating a New Rough-Cut Version

Lesson 3 - Finishing the Rough-Cut

  • Adding Cutaways
  • Editing to Narration
  • Editing to Music
  • Copying and Cutting
  • Pasting and Positioning Clips

Lesson 4 - Preparing a Project for Trimming

  • Trimming Overview
  • Rippling Edit Points
  • Rippling in the Viewer
  • Rippling by Numbers
  • Trimming on the V2 Track
  • Trimming One Track of a Linked Clip

Lesson 5 - Trimming to Refine a Sequence

  • Preparing Your Sequence
  • Adjusting Two Edit Points
  • Slipping One Clip
  • Slipping Sequence Clips
  • Rolling Two Edit Points
  • Sliding Clips to Refine Position
  • Dragging Clips to New Locations
  • Keeping Linked Clips in Sync

Lesson 6 - Refining the Editing Process

  • Creating Subclips
  • Adding Markers to Clips
  • Storyboard Editing
  • Replacing Edits
  • Editing Multicamera

Lesson 7 - Supporting the Editing Process

  • Reconnecting Media
  • Playing Multiple Formats
  • Working with Master Clips
  • Finding and Labeling Project Items
  • Customizing Shortcut Keys
  • Saving and Loading Layouts
  • Optimizing User Preferences

Lesson 8 - Capturing Footage

  • Connecting Sources for Capture
  • Creating a New Project for Capturing
  • Logging Your Clips
  • Choosing Clip Settings
  • Choosing Capture Settings
  • Choosing Capture Options
  • Setting Capture Preferences
  • Acquiring Other Media

Lesson 9 - Applying Transitions

  • Evaluating Project Needs
  • Understanding Transitions
  • Viewing Transition Options
  • Applying Transitions
  • Modifying and Copying Transitions
  • Using the Transition Editor
  • Changing Transition Parameters
  • Previewing and Rendering Effects

Lesson 10 - Mixing Audio Tracks

  • Preparing the Project for Mixing
  • Editing and Organizing Audio Effects
  • Monitoring and Adjusting Audio Levels
  • Applying Transitions to Fade Volume
  • Setting Keyframes to Change Volume
  • Using the Audio Mixer
  • Recording a Narration Track
  • Importing CD Tracks

Lesson 11 - Creating Titles

  • Preparing the Project for Titles
  • Working with Video Generators
  • Adding a Lower Third
  • Creating a Credit Roll
  • Adding Mattes
  • Applying a Boris Title
  • Building a Composite Opening Title
  • Using Master Templates
  • Working with Graphics

Lesson 12 - Changing Motion Properties

  • Evaluating a Project
  • Changing Speed Properties
  • Creating a Freeze Frame
  • Changing Clip Size and Position
  • Building a Split Screen
  • Animating Motion Parameters

Lesson 13 - Applying Filters

  • Evaluating a Project for Effects
  • Applying and Viewing Video Filters
  • Viewing and Modifying Filter Parameters
  • Applying Audio Filters
  • Using a Color Correction Filter
  • Animating Filters

Lesson 14 - Finishing and Outputting

  • Preparing the Project for Finishing
  • Detecting Audio Peaks
  • Adjusting Video Levels for Broadcast
  • Exporting QuickTime Files
  • Outputting to Tape
  • Making a Timecode Window Burn
  • Backing Up Projects


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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