FCP 101 - Introduction to Final Cut Pro X

FCP 101 - Introduction to Final Cut Pro X Course Description

Duration: 3.00 days (24 hours)

This course teaches all the tools and techniques that make FCPx 10.3 one of the best editing tools in the business. Students will learn basic editing functions while becoming familiar with the user interface. Starting with media management, importing and basic video editing techniques, and working all the way through Final Cut Pro's powerful advanced features such as effects, titles and color correction. Students will work with dramatic real-world media to learn the practical techniques used daily in editing projects.

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Feb 12, 2018 – Feb 14, 2018
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM ET
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New York, NY 10018
Apr 16, 2018 – Apr 18, 2018
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM ET
519 8th Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10018
New York, NY 10018
Jun 18, 2018 – Jun 20, 2018
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM ET
519 8th Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10018
New York, NY 10018
Aug 29, 2018 – Aug 31, 2018
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM ET
519 8th Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10018
New York, NY 10018

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Intended Audience for this FCP 101 - Introduction to Final Cut Pro X Course

  • » 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.

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FCP 101 - Introduction to Final Cut Pro X Course Outline

      1. Getting Started
        1. Upgrading Existing Events, Projects, and Libraries
        2. Preparing the Source Media Files
        3. Introducing the Job and the Workflow
      2. Importing Media
        1. Understanding Clips, Events, and Libraries
        2. Creating a Library
        3. Preparing to Import Camera Source Files
        4. Using the Media Import Window
        5. Creating a Camera Archive
        6. Importing Source Media from a Camera
        7. Navigating Within a Filmstrip Preview
        8. Importing Clips from a Camera Card
        9. Choosing Media Import Options
        10. Applying Media Import Options
        11. Import Files from a Volume
        12. Importing Existing Files from a Volume
        13. Dragging from the Finder or Other Apps
      3. Organizing Clips
        1. Introducing the Libraries, Browser, and Viewer Panes
        2. Using Keywords
        3. Keywording a Clip
        4. Keywording a Range
        5. Adding Notes to a Clip
        6. Assigning Ratings
        7. Applying Ratings
        8. Customizing a Favorite
        9. Search, Sort, and Filter
        10. Filtering an Event
        11. Working with Smart Collections
        12. Creating a Libra1y-Wide Smart Collection
        13. Detecting People and Shot Composition
        14. Roles
        15. Assigning Roles
      4. Making the First Edit
        1. Understanding a Project
        2. Creating a Project
        3. Defining the Primary Storyline
        4. Appending the Primary Storyline
        5. Rearranging Clips in the Primary Storyline
        6. Modifying Clips in the Primary Storyline
        7. Performing Insert Edits
        8. Rippling the Primary Storyline
        9. Timing the Primary Storyline
        10. Inserting a Gap Clip
        11. Blading and Deleting
        12. Joining a Through Edit
        13. Refining Some Sound Bite Edits
        14. Editing Above the Primary Storyline
        15. Adding and Trimming Connected B-roll
        16. Understanding Connected Clip Sync and Trimming Behaviors
        17. Creating a Connected Storyline
        18. Converting Connected Clips into a Connected Storyline
        19. Appending Clips to a New Connected Storyline Editing Below the Primary Storyline
        20. Connecting a Music Clip
        21. Finessing the Rough Cut
        22. Adjusting the Edits
        23. Adjusting Clip Volume Levels
        24. Connecting Two Additional B-Roll Clips
        25. Refining Edits Using Cross Dissolves and Fade Handles
        26. Sharing Your Progress
        27. Sharing an i0S-Compatible File
      5. Revising the Edit
        1. Versioning a Project
        2. Snapshotting a Project
        3. Lifting from a Storyline
        4. Lifting Clips Out of a Storyline
        5. Replacing a Clip
        6. Replacing the Primary Storyline
        7. Creating Time at 0:00
        8. Working with Markers
        9. Creating Markers
        10. Using the Position Tool
        11. Realigning Sound Bites and B-roll to Music
        12. Working with Auditions
        13. Repositioning Storyline and Deleting Within
        14. Importing the Aerial Clips Using Finder Tags
        15. Working with an Audition Clip
        16. Trimming the Tops and Tails
        17. Trimming the Aerials
      6. Enhancing the Edit
        1. Retiming Clips
        2. Setting a Constant Speed Change
        3. Editing with Blade Speed
        4. Working with Video Effects
        5. Experimenting with Video Effects
        6. Creating a Depth of Field Effect
        7. Working with Video Transitions
        8. Experimenting with Transitions
        9. Compositing Using Spatial Parameters
        10. Creating a Two-Up Split Screen
        11. Exploring the Video Animati on Editor
        12. Compounding Clips
        13. Collapsing a Composite into a Compound
      7. Finishing the Edit
        1. Using Titles
        2. Adding and Modifying a Lower Third
        3. Creating 3D Titles
        4. Exploring 3D Options
        5. Working with Audio
        6. Adding Sound to a Clip
        7. Adjusting Volume Levels over Time
        8. Understanding Audio Enhancements
        9. Recording a Voiceover
        10. Using the Voiceover Tool
        11. Connecting the Image
        12. Exploring the Color Correction Tools for Luma
        13. Exploring the Color Correction Tools for Chroma
      8. Sharing a Project
        1. Creating a Viewable File
        2. Sharing to an Online Host
        3. Sharing to a Bundle
        4. Sharing a Master File
        5. Creating an Exchangeable File
        6. Utilizing Compressor
      9. Managing Libraries
        1. Storing the Imported Media
        2. Importing Existing Files as Externally Referenced
        3. Importing as Internally Managed Clips
        4. Copying as Externally Referenced
        5. Moving and Copying Clips Within a Library
        6. Making a Library Portable
      10. Advancing Your Workflow
        1. Using Manual Settings for a New Project
        2. Synchronizing Dual System Recordings
        3. Using Chroma Key
        4. Working with Multicam

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This training prepares students for the following exam(s):

  • » 9L0-852 : FCP X 10.2 Exam

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  1. All students in the class are at a comparable skill level, so the class can run smoothly without beginners slowing down the class for everyone else.
  2. NetCom students enjoy one of the industry's highest success rates, and pass rates when a certification exam is involved.
  3. We stay committed to providing you real value. Again, your success is paramount; we will register you only if you have the skills to succeed.
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- Team leader for the first undergraduate team to win the Duke Startup Challenge.
- Over 15 years of experience in the IT industry.
- NetCom Learning Instructor of the Year 2011.


Sam Polsky has spent his entire career in entrepreneurial pursuits, including such fields as biotechnology, software development, data management, and business process management. He began in entrepreneurship as team leader for the first undergraduate team to win the Duke Startup Challenge, a business development competition geared towards Duke Universitys various graduate schools.

Sam Polsky has since co-founded a consulting firm where he has been involved in software architecture, development and implementation. On top of that, Sam has been delivering acclaimed solutions in software architecture, development and implementation for over 15 years. He is a much-admired Subject Matter Expert and Trainer at NetCom Learning and was voted NetCom Learning Instructor of the Year 2011

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