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Final Cut Pro X Basic Training


2 Days

This 2 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 features, audio editing and audio creation, finishing and final output.


This class is designed for anyone looking to edit professional-quality video using Final Cut Pro X. Understanding of the Macintosh operating system and basic computer navigation is desired. The course is designed for those who prefer hands-on and interactive instruction to best explore the full functionality of Final Cut Pro X.


Understanding of the Macintosh operating system and basic computer navigation is desired.


Day 1:

  • Exploring the Final Cut Pro X Interface

  • Following a Workflow

  • Opening Final Cut Pro X

  • Using Menus and Shortcuts

  • Viewing and Sorting Events

  • Skimming Clips and Changing Views

  • Viewing and Creating Projects

  • Working in the Event Library

  • Viewing Projects in the Timeline

  • Hiding and Quitting Final Cut Pro

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

Day 2:

  • 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

  • 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

  • Working with Sound

  • Monitoring and Adjusting Audio in the Timeline

  • Adding Music and Sound Effects

  • Adjusting Levels in the Audio Inspector

  • Creating Audio Fades

  • 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,

  • Understanding Motion Properties

  • Retiming Clips

  • Applying Preset Speed Effects

  • Transforming an Image

  • Cropping an Image

  • Adding a Ken Burns Effect,

  • Applying Effects

  • Enhancing Color

  • Modifying Effect Parameters

  • Applying Audio Effects

  • Preparing a Project for Exporting and Sharing

  • Exporting Movie File

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