FCP 101: An Introduction to Final Cut Pro X
This three-day, hands on course teaches students to perform basic editing functions while becoming familiar with the user interface. Start with basic video editing techniques and work all the way through Final Cut Pro's powerful advanced features. Students work with dramatic real-world media to learn the practical techniques used daily in editing projects. Projects include footage from the hit series Fairly Legal, behind-the-scenes digital effects filmmaking with Silverdraft's MobileViz, the award-winning documentary Delicious Peace Grows in a Ugandan Coffee Bean, exciting drag-racing footage from the NHRA and Pullin TV, and Matthew Modine's short film, "I Think I Thought."
The Final Cut Pro End User Test will also be offered on the last day of class at no additional cost.
What You Will Learn
- 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.
- Applying effects, transitions and retiming clips.
- Finishing and final output.
Who Should Attend?
This class is designed for anyone looking to edit professional-quality video with Final Cut Pro X and who prefers hands-on and interactive instruction to best explore its functionality.
FCP 101 students who wish to be recognized by Apple as an Apple-Certified Pro have the option to take the Final Cut Pro X Level 1 End User Exam, free of charge, on the last day of class from 5pm to 7pm. Students who are interested in Certification but do not wish to take the Exam on Friday may register to take the exam during any one regularly scheduled Level 1 Certification testing date and pay the associated course fee.
As an Apple-Certified Pro, you will have the ability to differentiate yourself to employers and colleagues as a highly skilled user of Final Cut Pro. You will receive a certificate from Apple distinguishing you as an Apple-Certified Pro, and you will have the right to use the Apple Certified Pro logo.
Students should have the following prerequisite knowledge prior to attending the course:
- Knowledge of OS X and basic computer navigation
- Basic knowledge of editing terminology is recommended
FCP 101 is taught Friday through Sunday OR Saturday through Monday, 10:00am to 5:00pm.
Class Dates in 2013
February 15 - 17
March 23 - 25
April 12 - 14
June 8 - 10
August 16 - 18
November 16 - 18
Students who have completed FCP 101 will receive a 10% discount off the cost of either the Six-week Art of Editing Course or FCP 300: Three-day Advanced Final Cut Pro Intensive if taken within one year of FCP 101.
Final Cut Pro 101 can also be scheduled as a private, one-on-one class at your convenience, during the week or on the weekend, at our facilities or at your Manhattan home or office. Please call The Edit Center for pricing and scheduling information.
Outline from the Apple Pro Training Series Book
Final Cut Pro X: Professional Video Editing
Exploring the Final Cut Pro X Interface
|Following a Workflow, Opening Final Cut Pro X, Exploring the Interface, 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, and 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, and 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, and 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, and Closing your Project
Finetuning a Rough Cut
|Adding Markers to a Project, Connecting Clips to the Primary Storyline, Overwriting and Replacing Clips, Auditioning Clips in the Project, and Working with Storylines
Adding to the Primary Storyline
|Duplicating a Project, Removing Clip Selections and Adding Gaps, Understanding Trimming, Applying the Trim Tool, and Trimming with Precision
|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, and 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, Recording a Narration Track, and 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, and Using Themes
Retiming and Transforming Clips
|Understanding Motion Properties, Retiming Clips, Creating Holds and Variable Speed Segments, Applying Preset Speed Effects, Transforming an Image, Cropping an Image, Adding a Ken Burns Effect, and Creating Keyboard Shortcuts
Applying Effects and Enhancing Color
|Applying Video Effects, Modifying Effect Parameters, Auditioning and Animating Effects, Applying Audio Effects, and Enhancing Color in Final Cut Pro
Exporting and Sharing Your Project
|Preparing a Project for Exporting and Sharing, Detecting Audio Peaks, Adjusting Video Levels for Broadcast, Exporting 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