FCP 300: Final Cut Pro X Advanced Editing

Duration: 3 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 Apple-authorised, three-day, hands-on course teaches hard-to-find advanced editing and finishing techniques. During the course, delegates will learn how to create fantastic effects using filters creatively, colour correct like a pro and create complex audio mixes. The course also covers advanced workflows for managing media, including the use of Compressor.


A basic knowledge of OS X and basic computer navigation is required. Thorough knowledge of editing terminology is highly recommended. Ideally, students will have attended a FCP Pro 101 course.

Course includes

The Peachpit Press Apple Pro Training Series course book, follow-up telephone support and, for training on Transmedia premises, lunch and refreshments.

Course outline

Organising Your Media

  • Working with Metadata
  • Source Media Metadata
  • Auto-Analysis Metadata
  • Adding Your Own Metadata
  • Working with Metadata Views
  • Creating a New Metadata View
  • Modifying Existing Metadata Views
  • Duplicating and Deleting Metadata Views
  • Rating Clips
  • Marking Favorites and Rejects
  • Adding Keywords
  • Organising Keywords
  • Adding Markers
  • Filtering Clips
  • Creating Smart Collections
  • Batch Renaming Clips
  • Relinking Clips

Professional Editing Techniques

  • Reviewing Editing Basics
  • Modifying Edits
  • Project Defined Editing
  • Backtiming Edits
  • Limiting Source Media
  • Combining Complex Edits
  • Overview of Storylines
  • Using Secondary Storylines
  • Applying Transitions to Connected Clips
  • Breaking Apart Storylines
  • Understanding Compound Clips
  • Adding Titles to Connected Clips

Working with Auditions

  • Creating Auditions in the Event Browser or Timeline
  • Changing Picks
  • Editing with an Audition
  • Creating an Audition in the Timeline
  • Modifying Auditions
  • Reviewing Clips within an Audition
  • Finalising Auditions
  • Auditions and Effects
  • Duplicating a Clip into an Audition
  • Duplicating from Original
  • Duplicating with Effects
  • Apply an Effect to all Picks
  • Adding Effects to Other Clips

Working with Audio

  • Mastering Audio Levels
  • Working with Audio Meters and Waveforms
  • Adjusting Volume in the Timeline
  • Adjusting Volume Across a Selected Area
  • Animating Audio Levels
  • Subframe Audio Adjustments
  • Adjusting Volume in the Audio Inspector
  • Resetting All Volume Adjustments
  • Adjusting Volume from the Modify Menu or Keyboard
  • Nudging Keyframes
  • Audio Fades
  • Crossfading between Clips
  • Panning Audio
  • Configuring Audio Channels
  • Stereo Panning
  • Animating Pan Effects
  • Panning in the Timeline
  • Surround Panning
  • Preset Pan Methods
  • Managing Audio Channels
  • Enabling and Disabling Channels
  • Breaking Apart Audio Clips

Working with Audio Effects

  • Audio Equalisation
  • Applying Enhancements Manually
  • Adjusting Equalization
  • Equalisation Filters
  • Using Custom Controls
  • Turning Off or Removing a Clip Effect
  • Transferring Effects to other Clips
  • Levels Effects
  • Reverbs
  • Spaces and Echo Effects
  • Distortion Presets
  • Pitch Shifting and Voice Effects
  • Preserving Pitch When Retiming Clips
  • Animating Audio Effects

Multicamera Editing

  • Understanding Multicamera Editing
  • Creating a Multicam Clip
  • Viewing the Multicam Clip
  • Editing With Multicam Clips
  • Cutting Between Angles
  • Channel Selection
  • Switching Angles
  • Trimming Multicam Clips
  • Custom Multicam Clip Settings
  • Modifying a Multicam Clip
  • Changing Order
  • Fixing Sync
  • Adding/Deleting an Angle
  • Adding Effects

Keying and Compositing

  • Creating a Multilayered Show Opener
  • Laying the Groundwork
  • Using a Compound Clip from the Event Browser
  • Timing Edits with Markers and Hold Segments
  • Using Keying and Masking Effects
  • Automatic Keying and Manual Sampling
  • Using a Garbage Mask
  • Advanced Keying Features
  • Compositing Generators
  • Compositing Graphics
  • Layered Graphics
  • Advanced Keying Features

Transformations, Effects and Titles

  • Transforming Clips
  • Working with Effects
  • Browsing
  • Previewing and Applying Effects
  • Modifying and Combining Effects
  • Creating Titles
  • Modifying Titles
  • Using Text Styles
  • Custom Titles
  • Using Roles with Titles

Creating Animation

  • Animating Clip Position
  • Keyframing in the Viewer
  • Keyframing in the Inspector
  • Keyframing in the Video Animation Editor
  • Animating a Generator
  • Creating a Travel Matte
  • Animating with Transitions

colour Correction Basics

  • Understanding colour Correction
  • Using an Appropriate Display
  • Using the Highest Quality Media
  • Using Original or Optimised Media
  • Manually Relinking Offline Clips
  • Learning the colour Correction Interface
  • Exploring the Interface
  • Applying Automatic colour Adjustments
  • Controlling iMovie Adjustments
  • Using Video Scopes
  • Adjusting Contrast Using the colour Board

Adjusting Colour and Saturation

  • Using the colour Controls
  • Manually Eliminating colour Casts
  • Adjusting colour Temperature Creatively
  • Using the Global colour Control
  • Adjusting Saturation
  • Changing Saturation with Contrast Adjustments
  • Dissolving Between Two Grades

Colour Matching

  • Understanding Shot Matching
  • Matching Clips Automatically
  • Performing Simple Clip Matching
  • Matching Corrected Clips
  • Matching Clips Manually
  • Breaking Down a Scene
  • Grading the First Clip
  • Matching Other Clips to the Reference Clip
  • Copying Grades
  • Using Hidden Commands to Apply Corrections
  • Matching Insert Clips
  • Some Tips on Shot Matching
  • Using Additional Corrections and Effects in a Scene
  • Adding Corrections to Individual Shots
  • Saving and Applying Correction Presets
  • Adding Correction to an Entire Scene Using Compound Clips
  • Adding Other Effects to a Grade
  • Using Broadcast Safe

Creating Isolated Colour Adjustments

  • Using colour Masks
  • Working Inside and Outside of Masks
  • Using Shapes to Target Frame Regions
  • Using a Shape to Create a Vignette
  • Combining Shapes
  • Combining Shapes and Masks
  • Masking Difficult-to-Isolate Skin Tones
  • Masking Corrections to the Sky
  • Animating Shapes

Advanced Sharing and Sending to Compressor

  • Sending from Final Cut Pro X vs. Sending to Compressor
  • Exporting Projects and Media for Finishing
  • XML Round Trips
  • Exporting Media Using Roles
  • Sending to Compressor
  • Understanding the Compressor User Interface
  • Using Window Layouts
  • The Compressor Workflow: Batches, Jobs and Settings
  • Creating a batch
  • Adding Jobs
  • Applying Settings
  • Destinations and Actions
  • Using Automatic Settings vs. Auto Detect Settings
  • Creating Custom Settings: Encoder, Frame, Filters, Geometry, Actions
  • Creating and Using Droplets
  • Advanced Compressor Topics

Exams and Certification

Attendance on this course is a pre-requisite towards passing the Final Cut Pro X Level Two Exam, allowing a successful candidate to achieve Apple Certified Pro - Final Cut Pro X Level Two status.

Not quite ready but coming soon!

This course is coming soon! We will be ready to run the course as soon as The Apple Pro Training Series book "Final Cut Pro X Advanced Editing" by Michael Wohl, Alexis Van Hurkman and Mark Spencer starts shipping. It is scheduled to do so on March 30, 2012, so expect dates from April. The official course outline from Apple provides more details of the course.

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