How to edit a promo video in Apple's FCPX
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How to edit a promo video in Apple's FCPX

Learn how to edit a course video using FCPX, from first cut to sharing on YouTube.
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Created by George Kingsnorth
Last updated 5/2015
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What Will I Learn?
  • How to edit a short course promotional video using Final Cut Pro.
  • How to edit using Apple's FInal Cut Pro X.
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  • You should have an Apple Computer.
  • You should have Final Cut Pro X.

This course is for students who are keen to learn editing using Apple's Final Cut Pro X.

The course is made up of 54 videos with a duration 5 hours and 28 minutes.

Section 1 introduces the course.

Section 2 contains 15 videos taking you through FCPX interface and how to make it suit your working style.

Section 3 takes you through creating a library, event and project. You will be shown how to sort files in preparation for importing into FCPX and shown how to use Audacity to convert MP3 files into AIF or WAV files. You will see how files are copied from an SD card to the hard drive and finally imported into FCPX.

Section 4 takes you through the whole editing process n FCPX, using a short course promo video as an example. You will see how clips are added to the timelines, how music is added and how B-roll shots are used to illustrate what is being said in the piece-to-camera. You will see how the material is built in layers and the issues surrounding using FCPX compared to using Adobe Premiere.

Section 5 takes you through using FCPX's animated title templates and how to add basic titles for end credits. You will be shown how to do colour correction and work with sound effects.

Section 6 shows you how to share you finished video via YouTube and how to send projects to Compressor so you are more in control of the types of CODECs you might choose to use.

Section 7 provides a course conclusion.

This is an ideal course for someone wishing to learn the basics of editing using Final Cut Pro X, as uses a course promo video as an example. Students are encouraged to shoot their own material and edit in FCPX using the demonstrations as a guide.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for newbies who have an Apple Computer and want to know how to edit using Final Cut Pro X.
  • This course is NOT for students who only own a Windows PC or Linux.
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Curriculum For This Course
56 Lectures
Course Promotional Video
1 Lecture 01:56

This is the promotional video for this course.

Preview 01:56
Course introduction
1 Lecture 03:21

This video introduces the course and provides a summary of what is in the course.

Preview 03:21
Looking at FCPX interface & features.
15 Lectures 01:16:46

This video provides a summary of section 2.

Section 2 Introduction

In this video we explore the interface of FCPX and how to adapt it for our own needs.

Preview 05:13

In this video we look at how to hide or show the Event Viewer.

Hiding and Showing Event Viewer

In this video we look at how to scroll through the timeline listen to audio to help define cut points.

Audio Scrolling through timeline and clips.

In this video the cursor tools are demonstrated.

Using Tools associated with the cursor.

In this video the keyword editor is demonstrated.

Working with the keyword editor.

This video looks at the keyword favour, disfavour and delete buttons, which are used to highlight appropriate clips for use in the edit.

Favour, disfavour & delete keyword associations.

In this video we look at how to import clips into FCPX.

Importing clips.

In this video we look at locating clips store on the hard drives when importing into FCPX.

Locating clips on to the hard drive when importing in FCPX.

In this video we reveal the background tasks window and discuss the timecode reader.

Timecode reader and background tasks window.

In this video the enhancement menu is demonstrated as an initial stage for auto colour correction.

Working with the enhancement menu.

In this video the retime editor is demonstrated to show how you can do slow-motion and timelapse.

Preview 04:23

In this video we explore the effects buttons and the range of filters available in FCPX.

Effects button – part 1.

This video continues to look at the effects buttons.

Effects button – part 2.

This video provides a conclusion for section 2.

Section 2 Conclusion
Creating a lirbary, sorting out clips and importing into FCPX.
7 Lectures 28:11

This video introduces section 3.

Introduction to Section 3

The most important aspect of this lecture is not so much the video but the two zip files that you can download. These two files contain all the video clips (but NOT the images) used to create the course promotional video edited in this course. For photos I would encourage you to take images and add them into the places where I have used my photos. This way you are making a more unique video. Another suggestions is for you to shoot your own piece to camera to replace the one I used (though it is also supplied in the zip files.

So if you would like to follow the demonstrations, please download the two zip files and unzip them in a location on your hard drive that can be easily found.

I have also added a sample log-sheet which you can adapt for your own needs. You could log the material in the zip files.

Many thanks.

BONUS MATERIAL: Added Resources for editing purposes

In this video you will be shown how to create a new FCPX Lirbrary and project in preparation for the first cut.

Creating a FCPX library and project.

In this video we demonstrate how to organise media clips and use Audacity to convert a MP3 file into a AIF file.

Preview 04:57

In this video we explore the importance of setting up folders for your clips before importing into FCPX after copying clips from an SD card.

Copying from SD card and organising files into folders.

In this video we look at importing clips into FCPX.

Importing clips.

This video provides a summary of section 3.

Section 3 conclusion
Editing from first to fina cut.
17 Lectures 02:21:27

This video introduces section 4.

Introduction to section 4.

In this video we begin the editing process taking the first steps to adding a clip to the timeline.

Making the first cut.

In this video we take the piece-to-camera and voice over to create the basic structure of the promotional video.

Adding the piece to camera and voice over.

With the piece-to-camera and voice over in place, music is added.

Adding music track.

As the music is made up of two parts, in this video we demonstrate how to get the music edit point to work seamlessly.

Adding the end piece of music.

In this video we look at how to adjust the end music clip so that there is no noticeable change in the audio. As an editor I am never satisfied with the first version so find myself having to rework the edit. This is what is demonstrated here, my wish to get it right.

Preview 01:26

Having created the basic structure for the video, now we have to start adding video clips to illustrate what is being discussed. This video demonstrates the beginning of this process.

Covering the first section with images.

With the first section of the video covered with overlay shots, in this video the process continues with the next section.

Adding clips to the next section.

Sometimes the clips just doesn't fit the way you want it to so in this video changing the speed of the clip in the timeline is demonstrated to help solve this problem.

Changing the speed of a clip in the timeline.

By this stage you will notice that editing does not happen in a linear fashion as I am filling in different sections of the video out of sequence. This is a very efficient way of as you can use shots you come across and add them in without having to go back a locate the shots again. This video continues on with showing this process.

Preview 14:11

In this video the end section is worked on.

Filling in end section.

In this video you will be shown how to add a brand graphic onto the timeline.

Adding a brand graphic.

As most of the clips already imported have been edited into the timeline, the film is shaping up differently to my previous edit. So more shots are required. Instead of using the import button, this video demonstrates dragging the clips into the browser from a folder outside FCPX.

Importing additional shots by dragging.

The recently added clips are now edited into the timeline.

Editing new shots into sequence.

Though the timeline has been filled with clips, I realise that I need to make room for some end credits. In this video the shots are re-edited to allow space to the end credits.

Making room for end credits.

In this video we make a comparison with the first version of the video and the second version, created during this course. The purpose of this is to demonstrate how the same material can be crafted into different forms. When I once taught a group of students in Dublin editing technique, none of them had seen the other's work and thought the video could only be edited they way they had done so. They were quite surprised to see 8 completely different editions. When I look at projects I have edited in the past I often see alternative ways I could have approached the editing. As an exercise, look at the videos shown in this lecture and consider how you would have done things differently?

Preview 07:26

This video concludes section 4.

Section 4 conclusion.
How to add graphics, do colour correction and work with sound?
8 Lectures 58:48

This video introduces section 5.

Introduction to section 5.

This video demonstrates adding an animated title template and making adjustments to give an appropriate title for the video.

How to use an animated title template?

This video demonstrates how a previously produced end credits can be added into the timeline.

Adding end credits from video source.

This video demonstrates how to create a similar end credit for the company producing the video using FCPX's own build in title tool.

Adding an end company logo graphic.

This video explains why the music composer credit should be add when using a Creative Commons License. Then the credit is produced using FCPX's title tool.

Preview 15:58

This video looks at how to use FCPX's colour correction tools to fine tune a sequence of images so that they work together better in the sequence simply by correcting their colours.

Doing a spot of colour correction.

So far we have been concentrating mainly on images. Now we look at improving the sound.

Working on the sound.

This video provides a conclusion for section 5.

Section 5 conclusion.
How to share your finished video?
6 Lectures 28:21

This video introduces section 6.

Introduction to section 6.

With the video complete it is now time to share the file. In this video we look at the more automated Sharing feature in FCPX and sending the project to Compressor.

Preview 06:01

As using the Share button and Compressor can seem fairly simple, in this video we look at how to ensure you know where the rendered file went to.

Working out where the movies went too.

In this video we demonstrate how you can set the destination folder for the rendered movie to go to within Compressor.

Taking control of where things go.

In this video we look at how to export the finished video to YouTube.

Exporting to YouTube.

This video provides a conclusion for section 6.

Section 6 conclusion.
Course wrap up.
1 Lecture 03:13

This video wraps up the course.

Overall course conclusion
About the Instructor
George Kingsnorth
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I have been a Media lecturer for twelve years, initially at UCE Birmingham and more recently at the Southern Regional College, where I was the Course Coordinator on the HND in Interactive Media Production and the new HND in Creative Media Production for three academic years.

My academic work involves designing and implementing courses from BTEC First Diploma Level 2 through to HND Level 5 courses; internal verification; planning and grading assignments; reviewing equipment and software needs for both classroom and studio based work; and pastoral care for students. I have also had a key role in setting up the NI SkillSet Academy between 2006 and 2008.

I have over thirty years experience in digital video, film and television, primarily as an editor but over the past twenty years also in production. I have worked for the BBC NI, UTV, RTE and many independent production companies. I have written numerous short scripts, which have been put into production and screened either in film festivals or broadcast on UK television. I have developed one of my feature film screenplays called 'The Fall' into a published novel and set up the new publishing company, Gullion Media Limited in 2008. I have been working with new authors to publish their books. To date the company has published 4 books: 'The Fall'; 'Hidden' ( both authored by George J. Kingsnorth); 'GeoCache' by Errol Bader and 'Stripping it back' by Billy Dixon.

With Jeff Marshall, as co-producer, I have written and director an award winning low-budget digital feature film called 'Fiddler's Walk'. I am currently producing a feature film called 'Monty's Quest'. In addition, I am co-producer, co-director and editor of the feature length documentary 'Bleeding Pines of Turpentine' (BPOT) about the devastation and recuperation of the long-leaf pines in North Carolina and how this has affected the local community. BPOT was the opening film at the 2nd Newry Film Festival 2013 on 16th September 2013.

Work History:

Managing Director of Youtreetv Ltd, a new company set up to produce video tutorials for on-line courses November 2013 - present.

Managing Director of Gullion Media Limited, a new publishing company Sept 2007 – Current.

Lecturer in Media Production, Southern Regional College Sept 2004 – Feb 2014 (Currently on a career break).

Course Director/Senior Lecturer – Digital Television Technology & Production, TIC Dec 2002 – Sept 2004.

Freelance Editor/Director & Managing Director Blue Sphere Productions now Kingsnorth Films Ltd Aug 1997 – Current.

Avid Editor, Callister Communications Ltd, Lisburn May 1995 – Aug 1997.

Freelance Editor/Director, Belfast, June 1989 – May 1995.

Picture Editor, Anglia Television, Norwich – June 1988 – May 1989. Assistant Film Editor, BBC NI, Belfast, Dec 1984 – June 1988.

Inhouse Productions Ltd, Manchester, April 1984 – Dec 1984.

Education: Master of Education, 2013 University of Ulster.

Master of Arts Degree in Media Studies, 2005 University of Ulster.

Postgraduate Diploma in Further & Higher Education, 2008, University of Ulster.

Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Television Technology & Production, 2003 UCE.

Postgraduate Certificate in Popular Culture 2003 O.U.

BA in General Studies 1997, O.U.

H.N.D. Film & Television 1983 Bournemouth & Poole College of Art & Design.