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Final Cut Pro X Essentials

Learn the latest version of Final Cut Pro, using the official Apple Pro Training courseware. Using a number of real-world footage examples, learn both the features and capabilities of the application and the practical techniques that you will use daily in your editing projects.

Learn how to utilise the software and receive tips on best practices and workflows required for professional video editing regardless of output.

The course methodology is designed to enable you to produce professional quality editing in Final Cut Pro as quickly as possible, so you can be productive immediately.

  • Training Overview

    • Video Editing Concepts and Workflows
    • Importing and Organising Media
    • Creating Metadata
    • Editing Clips into a Project
    • Trimming and Adjusting Edit Points and Clip Location
    • Audio Editing and Audio Creation
    • Adding Transitions
    • Animated Titles
    • Applying Filters and Setting Motion Properties
    • Add Effects
    • Colour Correct
    • Using the Slip & Slide Tools
    • Finishing and Final Output
  • What You Get

    • Official Apple Pro Training Final Cut Pro Text Book (see image below)
    • Class Exercises Relevant to Industry
    • Apple Macs are Provided
    • After Course Support

This course is provided as custom training only, please call us on 1300 441 891 to schedule your training


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Course Outline

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

Organising Footage

  • Keyword Collections
  • Applying Keywords in the Keyword Editor
  • Applying Keywords by Dragging Clips onto a Keyword Collection
  • Rating: Favourites; 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
  • - Finalising 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
  • Equalisation


  • 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
  • Customising 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 Blu-ray
  • Exporting a Still Image
  • Share via Email
  • Share Monitor
  • Backing up Projects and Events