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FCP 200: A Comprehensive Study of Final Cut Pro X

Course Description

This five-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."

This course is based on the FCP 101: Introduction to Final Cut Pro X course. However, the lessons are covered in five days, providing more comprehensive coverage of the material.


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.


Course Cost




FCP 200 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 200 is taught Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.


Class Dates in 2013
March 4 - 8
April 29 - May 3
July 8 - 12
October 28 - November 1


Students who have completed FCP 200 will receive a 10% discount off the cost of the Six-week Art of Editing Course, FCP 300, or the AVID MC 101 course.


Lesson Outline from the Apple Pro Training Series Book

Final Cut Pro X: Professional Video Editing

Topic Description
Lesson 1
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
Lesson 2
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
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, and Creating Smart Collections
Lesson 4
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
Lesson 5
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
Lesson 6
Adding to the Primary Storyline
Duplicating a Project, Removing Clip Selections and Adding Gaps, Understanding Trimming, Applying the Trim Tool, and 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, and 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, and 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, and Using Themes
Lesson 10
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
Lesson 11
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
Lesson 12
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
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