Free Final Cut Pro X Introductory Class

Final Cut Pro X is the choice for many editors the world over. In fact I personally believe its currently the fastest way to edit stories efficiently.
This is an introductory course in the basic functions of Apple Final Cut Pro X.

I’ve been a Broadcast professional since 2006, and been a technical trainer/college instructor since 2012. In that time I’ve been fortunate to across the country in different facilities, and worked with a lot of different people with different skill sets.

One thing that I’ve learned in that time is that everyone needs to start somewhere, and it can be hard to find the right information quickly and easily. While other training services require a monthly subscription to get started, or free online tutorials give disjointed information, I wanted to put together a class that gives everyone the basics, for free.


Really? What’s the catch?

Well I’ll be honest with you. The reason why I have this class out there is a few different reasons.

I believe everyone should know the basics. This class is aimed squarely at beginners.
A rising tide lifts all boats. When everyone knows the basics it gives people room to advance faster
It’s training I wish I had when I was learning video editing.
Its a preview of my teaching style. While earning the basics might be all you need, I’m confident that if you need to learn something quickly and efficiently, I can offer customized advanced training to you or your team.

The course and what you will learn:
This course is geared towards those who have never used Final Cut Pro X, those new to video editing, or moving to Final Cut Pro X from another editing suite.

This course is a preview of my professional training in Apple Final Cut Pro X and can be considered the bare minimum. It does NOT go into fine details of Final Cut Pro X and its feature set, but acts as a means to get people up and running as fast as possible.

Here’s the set of Introductory lessons In a playlist:

Final Cut Pro X professional training 01- Getting started with FCPX

Are you brand new to Final Cut Pro X and don’t know where to start? Are you looking to purchase it for you or your team but want more information before you make the plunge?
In this tutorial you will learn the basic overview of the program including how media is organized using events and libraries. We talk about basic in and out selection as well as create append edits, insert edits and connected clip edit.
We briefly talk about the new magnetic timeline and basic audio adjustments in our projects.

This tutorial is an introductory video demonstrating some of the basic workflows of Final Cut Pro X.

Final Cut Pro X professional training 02 – Basics of editing in FCPX

So you know the basics of the interface, how exactly do you set up your project and add clips to your storyline?  In this lesson we start editing.

Final Cut Pro X professional training 03 – Keyword and Smart Collections

Keywords and smart collections are some of the most powerful tools in FCPX. Using them properly will make sure the clip you want is easily found.

Final Cut Pro X professional training 04 – Rate and sort media

Now that you have clips lets learn how to quickly find your best clips or clips that you may not have used in your project

Final Cut Pro X professional training 05 – Using markers & To do lists

Makers and to do notes are a great way to leave yourself or other editors instructions if you are coming back to your stories often.

Final Cut Pro X professional training 06 – Ken burns effect in FCPX

In this lesson you will learn the very basics of animating using the ken burns effect in FCPX

Final Cut Pro X professional training 08- Blur/censor faces and logos using built in effects

In this lesson we work with applying effects and basic animation principles to blur out a persons face.

Final Cut Pro X professional training 09- Understanding Optimized & Proxy media

By using proxy media in FCPX you can edit hi res (4k 6k 8k) video on older machines or on the go- without compromising your efficiency.

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