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Final Cut Pro X Training

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Apple Final Cut Pro Training Classes in Los Angeles or Live Online | Learn how to edit movies and videos with Final Cut Pro

Learn HOW to EDIT & Composite VIDEO

Final Cut Pro X | Level 1 teaches you to how to import, export and edit videos. Learn how to use Final Cut Pro to accelerate post production.




Final Cut Level 1 Upcoming Classes

Location Length Dates Times Cost
Live Online 2 days Sep 18-19 Wed-Thu
Dec 11-12 Wed-Thu



Final Cut Pro Training Outline | Level 1

Apple Final Cut Pro Training Los Angeles

Our Apple Final Cut Pro course is a beginner class for students new to editing or who have not used Final Cut Pro before and want to learn how to edit video, and the art of motion graphics and compositing.


  • Basic Computer Skills & File Management on Windows or Mac


The work spaces

  • Customizing workspaces
  • Accessing all panes and palettes

The Project Pane

  • Importing media
  • Video, video/audio, audio, stills images, layered Photoshop documents
  • Acceptable file formats, missing codecs, using “.VOB” assets
  • Displaying an organizing media
  • Linked media, unlinked and offline assets
  • Creating utility media (bars and tone. lead counter, black video, color matte, transparent video)

The Timeline/Sequence Pane

  • Creating a new sequence (choosing the right video standard)
  • Track headers (locking, targeting, resizing and displaying options)
  • Time ruler (SMTPE time code vs. audio units)
  • Keyboard shortcuts for efficient navigation
  • Types of tracks
  • Adding and deleting tracks

The “Canvas” Monitor

  • Navigation and preview capabilities
  • Editing capabilities (temporal and spatial)
  • Ganging to Source and Reference Monitors

The “Viewer” Monitor

  • Navigation and preview capabilities
  • Editing capabilities for video and audio
  • “J” and “L” cuts
  • Three and four point edits

The Tool Bar

  • Basic edits with the Selection and Blade tool
  • Ripple edit tool
  • Track selection tool
  • Rolling edit tool
  • Slip edit tool
  • Slide edit tool
  • Pen tool
  • Zoom and Hand tools

The Effect Control Panel

  • The “fixed effects” (intrinsic clip attributes)
  • Adding and adjusting effects
  • The importance of the stacking order
  • Deleting, copying, pasting and duplicating effects
  • The help of the “Canvas” Monitor

The Audio Mixer Part 1

  • Track volume and panning
  • Master volume, VU meters and clipped signals
  • Solo, mute and record (playback and recording)

Creating Titles

  • Professional text formatting (tracking, leading and kerning)
  • Lower thirds
  • Rolling and scrolling titles
  • Using Boris 3D

The Capture Window

  • Connecting and recognizing your camera/deck
  • Logging tapes and clips
  • Straight capture
  • Batch capture
  • Scene detect

Using “Compressor”

  • Exporting your final movie (sequence vs. in & out)
  • Saving and duplicating in the render queue
  • File formats, compression methods and codecs for DVD, Blu-ray and web

Basic Preferences

  • Importing stills
  • Pre and post roll
  • Default transition duration


  • Video and audio transitions
  • Applying and editing transitions
  • Default transitions and keyboard shortcuts
  • Using transitions as effects


  • Types of markers
  • Adding, moving removing and na
  • vigating markers
  • Editing with markers to the beat of music
  • Markers as notation tools

Popular Video and Audio Tricks

  • Freeze frame (AKA frame hold)
  • Reverse motion
  • Speed-up/slow-down and pitch control
  • Picture-in-picture
  • Split screen
  • Track mattes (video inside text and shapes)
  • Green screen (AKA chroma key)
  • Sepia tone


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We offer Apple Final Cut Training classes in Los Angeles & Online Live.

We offer Group Final Cut Pro Classes,
1-on-1 Final Cut Pro Training, Live Online Instructor-Led Final Cut Pro Training,
and Onsite Final Cut Pro Training nationwide.


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