Who is this course for?
This course is specifically designed for people who are wanting to learn how to use Final Cut Pro so they can edit and produce professional looking video.
What's the course about?
This course is all about Final Cut Pro - one of the world's leading video editing suites. In this course you will learn everything from the basics up to some amazing advanced features. Final Cut Pro is used by many professional movie makes to edit their movies - it's time you discover how you too can learn to edit like a pro.
Why this course?
There are lots of courses that teach you video editing…and of course I suggest you do as many as you can. However, if this is your first time, or if you are wanting to get into videography, then this is the best course for you. Why?
Firstly it will be fun! Learning that is not fun is not fun…OK, I suppose that makes sense ;-) We want you to have fun during your learning and will not only show you what is vital - but we plan to keep it fun and interesting too.
Secondly, we know that not only do you want to enjoy your learning, you want it to be easy to follow and meaningful. As such we are careful to go in a step-by-step way through the content, ensuring you understand everything before we move on. And if at any stage you are lost, then we are here to help. Just drop us a message and we will get back to you.
Thirdly you are about to be taught - not just by one person - but by I unique father-son team. We have been working together for years on online courses (check out our programming courses and others). I (Craig) have a PhD in educational technology and have been involved in technology and teaching it for over 30 years. I will share with you the benefit of my knowledge of teaching ensuring that the teaching is engaging, professional and effective. Joshua, has worked with me for years on video editing projects - from small to large scale and has immense skill in using Final Cut Pro. Together we are going to guide you on your learning journey with Final Cut Pro.
What kind of materials are included?
The course includes everything you need. The lectures are professionally created, as people have come to expect from my courses. We will explain everything to you and give you access to additional files/content where they are needed.
How long will the course take to complete?
There are 4 sections to this course, with each section providing short powerful videos on individual concepts. Learning to become proficient in using Final Cut Pro takes time. But, by following the course and working through each section, you will move from the basics to mastering some truly powerful advanced features.
How is this course structured?
This is an action course. So the course starts with getting to the doing straight away. The course is structured in the following way:
Why take this course?
It is quite simply the best course, covering the key content, in the most engaging way, by a most unique teaching team!
Welcome to our course on Final Cut Pro X. In this brief intro video - yes, we are standing outside, because who wants a boring intro video - you will get to meet your teacher guides in this course.
There is no place like starting at the beginning. This course has been designed to take you right from the basics to learning some really fun advanced features of FCP. In this lesson we will look at getting into FCP (you know that stands for Final Cut Pro don't you?)
We have found that all too often people skip over the interface of a product and get straight into the detail. This is like explaining a city on a map without first letting people see where the city is on the map. This section will give you an overview of the FCP interface and help you quickly see how it is arranged so you will know where to look for things when you are working.
The previous lesson gave you an overview of the FCP interface. In this lesson we want to show you how you can tweak the interface to make it easier for you to work.
Let's begin by seeing how to create a project and the difference between clips, events and projects libraries. This can sometimes be a little confusing, so let's explain it carefully so you will easily know what is going on.
FCP is all about editing video, so that means you need to get the video into FCP so you can work with it. In this lesson we look at how you can import video content into FCP.
FCP, like most great video editing software, works around the concept of a digital timeline. In this lesson we will look at how you put and arrange your video on the timeline.
Unless you are super-amazing, and we are sure you are in your own way, but chances are the video you are working with is not perfect. It needs to be trimmed and cropped. This is where FCP is really powerful and we look at how to trim and crop video in this lesson.
FCP has lots of good great effects - and that is why it is used by many professional video makers. In this lesson we will look at how effects work and show you some of the effects that you can use.
Editing videos and making them go from good to great is not just about how they look, it is also about how they sound. It is vital to have good audio effects, whether this means adding tracks or tweaking the audio track of your clips. In this lesson we will see how to adjust various audio effects.
You have no doubt noticed how many films have interesting transitions between scenes, as one scene fades, dissolves, burns away, etc. as another appears. In this lesson we will show you how you can use FCP transitions effectively in your videos.
FCP has the ability to help you dramatically improve video, even if the original is not great. Previous lessons have looked at how you can adjust the audio, but what if the video is shaky? In this lesson we will look at how you can apply the stabilisation effect to video.
Equipped with what you have learned so far in this section, it is time to put it all together and produce a video. In this lesson we show you how to make your video.
Now that you have made a video lets see how you can put it out for the world to see - watch out Steven Spielberg!
The more you work in FCP the faster you are going to become. One of the ways to become faster is to make use of keyboard shortcuts. These can save a lot of time, especially in the editing process. In this lesson we will show you which shortcuts are really vital for you to learn.
It's not just the video and the audio that make a great video, it is also the text and titles. In this lesson we will look at how you can do some amazing things with FCP's text/title options.
The previous lesson looked at some of the text options. But, remember that FCP is used by some producers to make professional movies. In this lesson we will look at some advanced things you can do with text.
Being able to change the speed of a clip opens up many exciting possibilities for what you can do with your videos. In this lesson we will show you how you can speed-up or slow-down your videos.
Gap are a good way to edit your video and cut out certain clips without losing your place. In this lesson we will look at how you can use this very clever technique effectively in your videos.
Masking is a very powerful editing technique that allows you to create special effects. In this lesson we will show you how you can use masking to create special effects - like video in video. We will show you in a later lesson how to then use this to clone people.
Most people who are getting into more advanced video creation will make use of multiple video and sound sources. So, for example, you may have two video sources (Roll A and B) and two audio sources. The trick is how do you align all of this afterwards. In this lesson we will show you how to do this, along with our clever hacks to make this even easier.
We introduced you to masking in an earlier lesson. In this lesson we are going to show you how you can extend this and create the very special effect - you see in movies - where people are cloned. For example, how can I talk to myself in a video. Well, you're about to find out how to do this.
Often you want to record your screen - and not just use video from a camera. After all, how did we record these videos you are watching? Are you interested in making your own video lessons like these? Well, in this lesson we go behind the scenes and show you how we did it and how you can record your screen and import it into FCP using the free QuickTime app.
All good things must come to an end - and so here we say farewell and please don't forget us when you're famous ;-)
Craig is a dynamic international speaker who has been involved in business, I.T. and education for over 20 years, with his PhD speciality being in IT and learning. He has taught and inspired everyone from politicians to corporate leaders to parents to children, all around the world. In addition he has published numerous books and research papers on IT, and launched many successful businesses both offline and online.
Craig is not only pushing the boundaries of teaching and learning, he has pushed the boundaries of physical endurance having run over 30 marathons (42km/26mi), 8 Comrades Marathons (90km/56mi). For Craig, life is about living it to the full!
Craig's passion is to creatively inspire people, whether through his work with disadvantaged communities in Africa or through his seminars to international leaders. Join Craig, one of the world's foremost authorities in online learning, and not only will you learn amazing things, you will be inspired by his creative and engaging approaches.
If you want to find out more about Craig then visit his website below.
What people say about Craig
- "Craig has the rare ability to engage personally with each member in his audience" (A. Byrnes, PDM Pty Ltd, Australia),
- "Craig is a dynamic speaker, out-of-the-box strategic thinker and professional" (R. van Rooyen, Associate Partner, Deloitte)
- “Mr. Blewett is a pleasure to take in. The excitingly focused style by which he speaks keeps you on the edge of your attention.” (C. Stickney, USA)
- “Craig is an experienced and highly competent teacher and presenter. He has the rare ability to convey innovative concepts in an engaging fashion that is packed with enthusiasm but also logic and balance.” (Dr. Alleyne, UK)
- "Craig is possibly one of the most interesting presenters I have encountered. His students love him and in public forums he is unequalled." (Prof. Maharaj, UKZN, South Africa)