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Apple Certified - Professional Editing Techniques

This course is designed for those who want to learn the full feature set of Final Cut Pro X and how to use it in any editing environment.  The three day hands-on classroom course includes the Apple Pro Training Series book: Final Cut Pro X, which includes a DVD of all the video material used in the course. (This course covers the requirements necessary to become an Apple Certified Pro, Level 1 in Final Cut Pro X.) The book is required reading for the online course as well. The Apple Certified User Test Level 101 is available right after the course for those students who would like to participant. However, if you'd like to wait, you can come back to the Weynand Training Center and take the test at a later date. Final Cut X is a 64-bit application. It sports a brand new interface, with features to speed up the editing process, including background rendering, full use of multicore processors and Apple's Grand Central Dispatch system, as well as the option to make edits as footage is being imported. 




FCP 101 - Introduction to Final Cut Pro X 

(Hands-on Classroom is 3 eight-hour days / Live Online Course is 5 four-hour days)

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

Instead of being offered over three consecutive days, some Apple Authorized Training Centers (AATCs) offer this course in a Prime Time delivery model. The class is divided into three-hour seminars to allow working professionals to take the course without interrupting their busy schedules.

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.

What You Will Learn

  • 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.


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.

Course Outline

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 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.

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. 

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.

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.

Certification Exam
The Cetification Exam is available for those Students who would like to take the end user test to become an Apple Certified Pro: Final Cut Pro X Level One Status.

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