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Final Cut Pro X 10.1.x Essential Training

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Learn how to build and refine your story with the redesigned editing toolset in Final Cut Pro X.

Learn how to build and refine your story with the redesigned editing toolset in Final Cut Pro X. In this course, author Ashley Kennedy focuses on getting you comfortable with each aspect of the editing process in Final Cut—from preparation and organization, to editing and refining, to audio and effects, to media management and exporting. Each stage of the postproduction workflow is explained thoroughly and concisely, and uses real-world examples from both narrative and documentary workflows.

This course and its exercise files are only compatible with Final Cut Pro X v10.1 or later. If you are running a prior version of Final Cut Pro X please upgrade your software to v10.1, or, if you chose not to upgrade, use the pre-v10.1 Final Cut Pro X Essentials course that's still available in the library.


  • Welcome
  • Using the exercise files
  • FCP X v. 10.1.2: Media Management Updates
  • FCP X v. 10.1.2: Organization and Audio Updates
1. Getting to Know the Editing Environment and the Project
  • Understanding file structure in Final Cut Pro (FCP) X
  • Understanding how FCP X works: Story-line-based editing vs. track-based editing
  • Taking a tour of the FCP X interface
  • Accessing additional tools
  • Getting to know the projects for this course
2. Organizing Your Libraries and Events
  • Updating projects and events from previous versions of FCP X
  • Creating and organizing events from scratch
  • Basic library and event management
  • Organizing footage with keywords and ratings
  • Performing searches and creating Smart Collections
  • Displaying event data
3. Basic Editing: Laying the Foundation in the Primary Story Line
  • Playing, marking, and subclipping shots in preparation for editing
  • Understanding different types of editing tools
  • Making the first edits: Using Insert and Append edits
  • Changing shots: Using Overwrite and Replace edits
  • Performing video- and audio-only edits
  • Moving clips within the primary story line: Swapping shots, splitting clips, and creating gaps
  • Removing material from the primary story line
  • Understanding timeline navigation: Snapping, skimming, zooming, and panning.
4. Refining the Edit: Using Trimming Tools
  • Trimming clips: Using the Ripple tool
  • Manipulating transitions and creating split edits: Using the Roll tool
  • Changing clip content and position: Performing Slip and Slide edits
  • Using the Precision Editor for fine trimming control
5. Beyond the Primary Story Line: Exploring Connected Clips and Secondary Story Lines
  • Connecting clips to the primary story line
  • Understanding features and limitations of connected clips
  • Working with secondary story lines
6. Basic Audio Editing
  • Adjusting audio level and channel configuration via the Inspector
  • Keyframing audio in the timeline
  • Repairing audio problems automatically
  • Adjusting audio EQ
  • Recording audio
  • Syncing audio from multiple sources
7. Additional Editing and Organizational Techniques
  • Nesting and breaking apart clips
  • Performing quick extractions using Top and Tail edits
  • Auditioning clips to try multiple editing options
  • Working with markers
  • Customizing the keyboard and workspace
8. Multicam Editing
  • Syncing your multicam group clips
  • Performing a multicam edit
  • Refining the multicam edit
9. Working with Effects
  • Working with basic motion effects: Transform, Crop, and Distort
  • Using motion effects with still photos and graphics
  • Adding and adjusting transition effects
  • Adding and adjusting video effects
  • Adding and adjusting audio effects
  • Keyframing video and audio effects over time
  • Copying and pasting effect properties
  • Creating and adjusting titles
  • Working with generator effects
  • Adding animated themes
  • Creating freeze frames
  • Using speed effects to retime clips
  • Working with layered Photoshop files
  • Understanding rendering options and preferences
10. Basic Color Correction
  • Analyzing footage for problems
  • Following a proper color correction workflow
  • Applying multiple color corrections to clips
  • Using color correction templates
  • Using automatic color correction tools
  • Performing secondary color correction with color masks
  • Performing color correction adjustments using shape masks
11. Additional Importing and Capturing Techniques
  • Taking a closer look at the import and analysis options
  • Importing from cards and file-based cameras
  • Importing iMovie projects and events
  • Capturing from tape
  • Making a tape archive
12. Managing Media and Project Data
  • Managing events and libraries between different drives and destinations
  • Managing render files
13. Sharing and Exporting
  • Sharing projects using presets
  • Exporting a hi-res QuickTime movie
  • Using Compressor to export with custom settings
  • Exporting a still image
  • Exporting to DVD or Blu-ray with chapter markers
  • Exporting stems out of the timeline using roles
  • Next steps

Taught by

Ashley Kennedy


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