Final Cut Pro Course

Final Cut Pro Training | Course Overview

Course Description

This two day, hands-on course teaches students to perform basic editing functions while becoming familiar with the Final Cut Pro user interface.

You will use exciting real-world footage from the USA Network 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 Zero to Hero racing footage from Pullin TV, and Matthew Modine’s short film, I Think I Thought, all to demonstrate both the features of the application and the practical techniques you’ll use daily in your editing projects.

Final Cut Pro X and Final Cut Pro 7

All our scheduled courses use the latest version - FCPX - if you wish to learn FCP 7, then custom training can be organised.

What You Will Learn

  • Marking clips, using insert, overwrite
  • Drag & drop editing
  • Trimming edit points
  • Using Ripple, Roll, Extend edits tools
  • Applying filters & setting Motion properties
  • Audio editing and audio creation
  • Using the Slip and Slide tools
  • Finishing and final output

Who Should Attend

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

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Video Concepts

  • Video Terminology
  • TV Broadcast standards
  • Pixel aspect ratios
  • File types; formats and Common DV Codecs

Introduction to Final Cut Pro X

  • Exploring the Final Cut Pro interface
  • Events and Projects
  • Media on hard drives
  • The events library and the events browser
  • List view and filmstrip view
  • Skimming and playing clips
  • JKL playback
  • The project library project timelines
  • Navigating the timeline: zooming; moving between edit points; moving by a frame
  • Clip appearance in the event browser and the timeline

Importing Footage

  • Importing various video, image and audio formats
  • Importing layered Photoshop files
  • Demonstration of capturing off mini DV Tape
  • Demonstration of Capturing HDV clips

Organizing Footage

  • Keyword collections
  • Applying keywords in the keyword editor
  • Applying keywords by dragging clips onto a keyword collection
  • Rating: Favorites; rejects
  • Setting in and out points
  • Filtering a search in the event browser
  • Search criteria in the filter window
  • Smart collections

Basic Editing: Building the rough Cut

  • Creating a new Project
  • Duplicating a project
  • Drag and drop editing from the event browser or the finder
  • Append edits
  • Insert edits
  • Connect edits
  • Overwrite edits
  • Replace edits
  • Editing multiple clips at once
  • Snapping
  • Rearranging clips on the time magnetic timeline
  • The timeline index window

Finishing the rough Cut

  • Adding, deleting and navigating markers
  • Disabling a clip
  • Auditions:
  • - Creating auditions from the timeline
  • - Creating auditions from the
      event browser
  • - Swapping auditions
  • - Finalizing auditions

Fine tuning the rough Cut

  • Removing clip selections and adding gaps
  • Range selection tool
  • The Blade tool
  • The position tool
  • Open in timeline
  • Trimming:
  • - Trimming with the selection tool
  • - Trimming with keyboard shortcuts
  • - Snapping a trim to the playhead
  • - The trim tool
  • - Roll edit, slip edits, slide edits
  • - The precision editor
  • - Split edits (expand audio and video)


  • Adding transitions
  • Transition preferences
  • Applying transitions to multiple clips
  • The transitions browser
  • Editing transitions in the inspector
  • Time line pins
  • Adding transitions to secondary storylines and compound clips
  • Audio transitions


  • Introduction to sound: Amplitude, frequency
  • Adjusting audio levels on the timeline
  • The Audio Meters
  • Keyframing levels on the timeline
  • Adding music and sound effects
  • Adjusting levels and Panning clips in the inspector
  • Creating audio fades
  • Recording a voice over
  • Hum removal; noise removal
  • Equalization


  • The titles browser
  • Title/action safe
  • Adding and editing a title
  • Lower third titles
  • Copying and pasting titles
  • Modifying titles in the inspector
  • Changing title properties
  • Adding title styles
  • Bumper titles
  • Credit titles

Video Generators

  • The generators browser
  • Adding a generator
  • Modifying a generator in the inspector

Speed Changes

  • The retime editor
  • Freeze frames
  • Reverse motion
  • Slow motion
  • Time ramping


  • The crop; transform and distort tools
  • Transform properties in the inspector
  • The Ken Burns effects
  • The video animation menu (clip>show video animation menu)
  • Editing keyframes on the timeline
  • Slow motion
  • Time ramping
  • Customizing Keyboard shortcuts

Working with Effects

  • The effects browser
  • Applying effects
  • Modifying effects in the inspector
  • Copying and pasting effects
  • Animating effects
  • Audio effects: eq

Colour Effects

  • The enhancements menu
  • The color balance effect
  • The color board: adjusting exposure and tint


  • Exporting Media
  • Publishing to Apple devices
  • Publishing to web (youtube; vimeo; facebook etc).
  • Exporting to DVD and Blue Ray
  • Exporting a still image
  • Share via email
  • Share monitor
  • Backing up projects and events
Final Cut Pro Course
SYDNEY NovDec Jan Feb Mar Apr
Final Cut Pro X Essentials 8 & 9 26 & 27 11 & 12 Jun
Final Cut Pro 7 Essentials Custom training only
MELBOURNE NovDec Jan Feb Mar Apr
Final Cut Pro X Essentials 27 & 28 29 & 30 19 & 20 23 & 24
Final Cut Pro 7 Essentials Custom training only
BRISBANE NovDec Jan Feb Mar Apr
Final Cut Pro X Essentials Currently not available as a public course in Brisbane. Private training can be organised.

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"Great course and Ben was very co-operative and explained the process at a level that could be understood. Handouts were great."

"This is a fantastic course with a friendly environment for all levels of experience and knowledge."

"Good course, enjoyable, learnt all the basics of Final Cut Pro."

"I would highly recommend this course to everyone with even a slight interest in video editing - terrific job Ben!"

"Antony is a terrific trainer with an extensive knowledge of Final Cut Pro 7. I walked away feeling confident that I could edit professional videos."

"Antony was great at looking after us. Very patient and great with explanations."

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