From iMovie to Final Cut Pro X (FCPX) in Less Than 1 Hour
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Make the switch from consumer to pro video editing with Final Cut Pro X 10.3 without fear by taking this course
4.6 (11 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
153 students enrolled
Created by Rafi Saar
Last updated 1/2017
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Master all the basic movie editing tasks in FCPX & be able to grow the knowledge going forward
  • Create cool movies that look great
  • Know where all iMovie features went to in FCPX and more
  • Understand the power and potential of this great pro app
  • Decide if FCPX is the movie editor of choice that's right for you
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  • You will need a Mac computer, desktop or laptop, if you'll want to actually install Final Cut Pro X
  • I will show you where to buy or download a 30-day trial of Final Cut Pro X (FCPX)
  • The course can also be watched without the software as a means to help you decide if you want to switch to FCPX or not

Have you been thinking about making the move to Final Cut Pro X (FCPX), but were afraid to do so?
Do you find yourself limited by iMovie or any other consumer movie editing software, and you want more power to express your creativity?
You're not sure if FCPX is right for you or worth your investment?

Take this short less-than-1-hour course and all your questions will be answered!

FCPX is in fact a full-blown professional video editing software package, but as it's made by Apple, it is still powerful AND user friendly at the same time!  All you need is this short course to get you started, and once you know the basics, you'll be able to create movies without fear.
Once you have this knowledge mastered, it'll be much easier to learn more.  There's always more to learn in FCPX.  Heck, even I'm learning something new about this amazing program every now and then.  At least now you'll know what information to look for.

If you're already using iMovie and you're bothered by its limitations then this course is especially suited for you.  Both programs share some common concepts so the switch between those 2 apps will be the easiest.  But the apps are clearly different and I will show the main differences in this course.
If you haven't been using iMovie before, but you've answered YES to any of the questions above then this course is also for you as I will show you and explain how FCPX works.
I'll clearly also explain the main advantages of Final Cut Pro X and what makes it a PRO app that's way much better than iMovie or any other consumer video editor.

So there's no reason to be scared to try out FCPX since:

  • you have this less-than-1-hour course that shows you through all the basics
  • this course has Udemy's 30-day guarantee
  • FCPX is user-friendly so it's easy to catch the basics and create complete movies quickly
  • Apple provides a 30-day trial of FCPX (which I'll show you where to get it from)

So even if you're not sure the app is worth your investment, with the 30-day free trial and this short course, you can get up-to-speed quickly and use the full 30 days to evaluate the app and make a smart purchase decision.

And as all my students already know, once enrolled in my class, you'll get my full support with your questions either in the public Q&A section or in private messages.

This course was created using FCPX 10.3 which was released on Oct. 27, 2016 with a new modern user interface.

I'm sure you will enjoy this class and I can't wait to see the amazing movies you will make!

Who is the target audience?
  • iMovie users who want more power and need more features than what iMovie can give them
  • Those thinking about moving to FCPX but are afraid of moving to such a pro app
  • People who are not sure if FCPX is the movie editor for them or not can get a quick overview in this course
  • New users to FCPX who want a quick start guide
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Curriculum For This Course
Course Introduction
2 Lectures 02:25

This is the course promotional video.

Preview 01:39

Just giving a few details before we start with the course.

Install & Preparations
2 Lectures 11:32

This lecture will cover where to buy FCPX from or where to download the 30-day free trial from.
Then we'll cover how to import a movie from iMovie if you need it.
Finally, we'll go through the FCPX user interface to understand where everything is located on screen.

Install, Import from iMovie, and the Interface

In this lecture we'll learn how to import our media into FCPX and how to organize our clips before we start editing to make our life much easier and streamline our actual editing workflow.

Import Media & Data Organization
Editing in Final Cut Pro X
9 Lectures 34:42

This lecture will cover the basic editing tools we have with our clips in the timeline and the advantages of the magnetic timeline.

Preview 04:06

In this lecture we'll cover the 2 main image manipulations which are transform and crop.
We'll also explain keyframes which are one of the main strengths of a professional movie editing application.

Preview 06:13

In this lecture we'll see how you can add music and other sound bites from several sources.

Music & Audio

As the name implies, this lecture will show how to add transitions, but also how you can edit its parameters.


This lecture will cover the many effects available in FCPX.  Specifically, we'll show how to add blur and how to add a mask to an effect, how to perform color correction, and how to apply a green screen effect.

Effects & Green Screen

In this lecture we'll see how titles are handled in FCPX and what options we have to change the titles parameters.


This lecture will show what backgrounds and other dynamic generators we can use and how to change their available parameters.


Here we'll see how to add photos from the supported photos apps and what we can do with them in FCPX.


In this lecture we'll see FCPX's options to auto-enhance the image and the sound.  Then we'll see how we can change the speed of our clips in the timeline.

Auto-Enhance & Retiming

Here are just a few questions to see if you understood some basic concepts.

3 questions
Exporting and More ...
3 Lectures 04:40

This lecture will focus on exporting our finished movies and how to add more export destinations.


In this lecture I'll quickly show a few more advanced options available in FCPX without explaining how those work.  The intention is to be aware of these capabilities so you'll be able to look more into these if it interests you.

More Advanced Options

In this lecture I discuss another course on FCPX, my FCPX Tips YouTube channel, and my personal web site.

Bonus Lecture: More Resources
About the Instructor
Rafi Saar
4.6 Average rating
128 Reviews
1,200 Students
2 Courses
Owner Syncopa Productions and Software Engineer

Hi, I'm Rafi.  Originally from Belgium.  I have an MS degree in Computer Science from Columbia University.
While I've been a software engineer and a manager at hi-tech firms for many years, I was also always busy doing music, video, and photography.

I've been using the Macintosh computer since the early days of the Mac Plus and I always enjoyed all the software and tools that this platform provided us.  Over the years these tools allowed us to produce more and more professional products on our own using our personal computers.  Things that once required big studios, you can do today at home using relatively cheap software.

I'm very passionate about everything creative that I do, and that certainly includes audio and video work.
On the audio side, I have experienced with different DAWs until I finally settled on Apple's Logic Pro.  I compose, play, arrange, and sing.
On the video side, it really started as a hobby with the first release of iMovie.  At the time I was using a tape-based DV camera.  But iMovie was the first video editor that allowed anyone to do magic.  Suddenly there was a way to use the hours of footage that we all recorded on vacations and other occasions, and produce a much shorter and cool movie that people would actually be willing to sit and watch.  I was hooked right away.

Over time I used all versions of iMovie and at some point I made the jump to Final Cut Pro X, I opened a company called Syncopa Productions, I started producing professional movies for clients and I opened some YouTube channels.

With iMovie, I was often frustrated because of iMovie's limitations.  But my creative mind came up with tricks and solutions to overcome these.  I'm never satisfied until what I do is perfect.  That led me to find solutions to perform quasi-professional editing that you normally can only do with more expensive and more professional software.

I use that same perfectionism in my teaching.  I taught many people on many different subjects, in hi-tech and in private situations.  I could never rest until I knew for sure that the subject matter has been understood completely.

I think you'll find that trait in my lectures as well.  I am unable to teach something partially.  I won't just skim over a subject.  Whatever I teach, I'll cover it completely so you'll fully understand the subject.

I truly hope you will indeed learn from the knowledge that I'm sharing with you and that you'll apply that knowledge in your own life.