Final Cut Pro: Intro to Video Editing

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Class Details

Price per person: $795
Length of class:two days
Version covered:X


In this two-day hands-on course, students become familiar with the user interface while they learn how to perform editing functions. Students work with real-world media to learn practical approaches to video editing—from basic techniques to Final Cut Pro’s powerful advanced features.


This class is designed for anyone who wants to edit professional-quality video with Final Cut
Pro X. No prior experience with Final Cut is necessary, though experience using the Mac OS is required.

Class Outline

Getting Started
- Upgrade earlier versions of events and projects
- Download and prepare lesson media files
- Understand basic Final Cut Pro workflow

Importing Media
- Define the clip, event, and library containers
- Understand the differences between managed and external media files
- Create a camera archive
- Import files using Media Import and the Finder

Organizing Clips
- Apply keywords to clip and clip ranges
- Search and filter clips by keywords
- Batch rename clips
- Add notes and ratings to a clip
- Create Smart Collections
- Detect people and composition within clips
- Understand and assign roles

Making the First Edit
- Create a project
- Add and rearrange clips within a primary storyline
- Ripple, Roll, and Slip trim clips
- Blade, replace with gap, ripple delete, and join through edit
- Perform connect edits
- Create and edit in connected storyline
- Adjust audio levels
- Share the project to a media file

Revising the Edit
- Define and distinguish the two types of project duplication
- Understand the replace edit options
- Use the Dashboard for playhead positioning
- Use markers for clip synchronization and task notes
- Create and edit with an audition clip
- Refine project using trim to playhead and trim to selection

Enhancing the Edit
- Vary the playback speed of clips
- Modify the look of clips with effects
- Utilize transitions
- Adjust transform and compositing controls
- Create compound clips

Finishing the Edit
- Add and modify a lower third
- Split edit audio and video
- Keyframe audio
- Color correct a clip

Sharing a Project
- Export to a media file
- Post media to an online host
- Create a bundle for multiple platforms
- Understand the XML workflow
- Identify and distinguish the two Compressor export options

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