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Course Duration: 3 Days

Cost £599 +VAT

Final Cut Pro X 101: Introduction to Final Cut Pro X


Final Cut Pro X is a revolutionary video editing application that makes it possible for beginners and seasoned professionals to achieve stunning results. 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.

What are the training course contents?

  • 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 and prerequisites

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.

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 highly recommended.


This course covers the requirements necessary to successfully become an Apple Certified Pro, Level 1 in FCP.  Level 1 certification attests to basic operational knowledge of the application. FCP Level 1 certification also counts towards the Final Cut Studio (FCS) Master Pro certification.

Course Outline

Day 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
  • 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
  • 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

Day 2

  • 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
  • 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
  • FCP 101 Introduction to Final Cut Pro X
  • 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

Day 3

  • 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

How Do I Book?

To book a training course, please call our Training Coordinator on 0117 922 5661
or alternatively send an email to training@western.co.uk

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