Introduction to Final Cut Pro X



In this course, you will learn the tools and techniques that make FCPx 10.3 one of the best editing tools in the business. You will learn basic editing functions while becoming familiar with the user interface. Starting with media management, importing and basic video editing techniques, and working all the way through Final Cut Pro's powerful advanced features such as effects, titles and color correction. You will work with dramatic real-world media to learn the practical techniques used daily in editing projects.


Apple Certified Pro, Final Cut Pro X Level One

For Connected Classroom attendees:�
Connected events will be held at a local training center with state-of-the-art video conferencing equipment allowing the course to be broadcast to multiple locations. Students will have the same classroom experience and interact live with the connected classroom instructor. The instructor will be on a large, HD quality screen with interactive video and audio to listen and communicate with students. A second large HD quality screen will display the instructor�s live presentation.


This class is designed for individuals looking to edit professional-quality video with Final Cut Pro X and who prefers hands-on and interactive instruction to best explore its functionality.


  • Knowledge of OS X and basic computer navigation
  • Basic knowledge of editing terminology is highly recommended

Learning Objectives

  • Use libraries to organize and manage media and projects
  • Apply exceptionally fast, fluid editing techniques for video and audio
  • Fine-tune clips in the timeline
  • Compare alternate shots from a collection of clips
  • Apply effects, transitions, and retiming clips
  • Work with 3D titles
  • Finish and final project

1. Exploring the Final Cut Pro X Interface

  • Following a workflow
  • Opening Final Cut Pro X
  • Exploring the interface and 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
  • Hiding and quitting Final Cut Pro

2. Importing

  • 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

3. Organizing Clips in an Event

  • Using metadata to customize an event
  • Adding keywords to clips and assigning multiple keywords to clips
  • Applying keywords to a clip range
  • Rating, sorting, and searching clips
  • Creating smart collections

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

5. 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

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

7. Applying Transitions

  • Preparing for transitions, applying a video transition, and using the transitions browser
  • Modifying transitions and changing transition parameters in the inspector
  • Adding transitions to other storylines and compound clips
  • Exploring audio transitions

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

9. Working with Titles, Generators, and Themes

  • Using the titles browser
  • Adding a lower third
  • Modifying titles and adding bumpers and credits
  • Working with video generators using themes

10. Retiming and Transforming Clips

  • Motion properties
  • Retiming clips and creating holds and variable speed segments
  • Applying preset speed effects
  • Transforming and cropping an image
  • Adding a Ken Burns effect
  • Creating keyboard shortcuts

11. Applying Effects and Enhancing Color

  • Applying video effects
  • Modifying effect parameters
  • Auditioning and animating effects
  • Applying audio effects
  • Enhancing color in Final Cut Pro

12. Exporting and Sharing Your Project

  • Preparing a project for exporting and sharing
  • Detecting audio peaks
  • Adjusting video levels for broadcast
  • Publishing a project to Apple devices
  • Publishing a project to video sharing sites
  • Exporting a movie file or an image from your project
  • Exporting for Blu-ray disk, DVD, or disk image