Introducing Final Cut Pro X

A guide to editing video in Final Cut Pro X.
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  • Lectures 36
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 5/2013 English

Course Description

This innovative product uses interactive video to give viewers an overview of the features in Final Cut Pro X, which Apple has redesigned from the ground up. Final Cut Pro X should be much more accessible to “pro-sumer” videographers, many of whom shoot video with their digital SLR cameras. This video is geared to this new audience, taking them through the fundamentals of video editing, as well as how to get going quickly with Final Cut Pro X, which still is an advanced, pro-level application. Experienced instructor Joseph Linaschke presents up to four hours of high-quality HD video, complete with lesson files to practice freshly gained knowledge.

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  • Internet
  • Final Cut Pro X

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  • To teach viewers about the features of Final Cut Pro X

Who is the target audience?

  • Beginners

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Section 1: Getting Started with Final Cut Pro X
The best way to get an idea of what Final Cut Pro X can do is to see it in action. In this first of two videos that demonstrate the complete process of making a movie, we'll create a new project, add assets, arrange them into a movie, and edit clips to the desired length.
The best way to get an idea of what Final Cut Pro X can do is to see it in action. In this second of two videos that demonstrate the complete process of making a movie, we'll optimize the audio and add music, titles, transitions, and special effects. Finally, we'll upload the finished movie to YouTube.
In this video you'll be introduced to the key interface elements and features of Final Cut Pro X: the Event Browser, the Viewer, the toolbar, the timeline, and more.
Section 2: Import Options
You can import footage into Final Cut Pro X from your Desktop or an attached disk drive, directly from a camera, or even from an existing iMovie project. This video demonstrates all three.
When you import your footage, there are many options that offer ways to enhance or speed up your editing work. This lesson explains what each option does, when to use it, and how it can impact your workflow.
Section 3: Keywording and Favorites
Picking favorite shots – and rejecting the bad ones – is a great way to get organized when editing. In this video you'll learn how this simple yet powerful tool works in Final Cut Pro X.
For larger projects, organizing clips and scenes with keywords can make finding the right shot simple when creative editing begins. In this video you'll learn how to apply keywords and then find those clips later.
Section 4: Editing and Navigation
Adding clips to the timeline is as easy as dragging and dropping, but learning the different editing techniques and their keyboard shortcuts will greatly speed up your editing workflow, as you'll see in this video.
The basic Select tool is very flexible and often all that you’ll need. However, there are other tools that can give you even more flexibility when editing and refining more complex projects. This video will introduce you to them.
As your timeline gets bigger, you’ll want to take control over how it looks. In this lesson you'll learn how to scale the timeline and how to show just the information you want to see while editing.
Markers are a great way to add notes to a clip or to keep track of important elements. This lesson will also show you how add a to-do to a timeline, ensuring that you don’t forget to come back and complete a task later.
From playing in the Viewer to full-screen mode, this video will show the different playback options you have available in Final Cut Pro X.
Section 5: Transitions, Titles, and Backgrounds
Adding the right transition between shots is an important element of storytelling. In this lesson you'll learn how to find, add, and control the many transitions available in Final Cut Pro X.
Adding transitions is easy, but if there’s no extra content (heads and tails) to transition with, Final Cut Pro X can automatically shift your timeline to allow transitions to play. You'll see how it works in this video.
FCPX's advanced transitions can be customized to suit your purposes. In this lesson you'll learn how to manipulate them using the Inspector panel.
Opening titles, lower thirds, and closing credits are just some of the titling options available in Final Cut Pro X. You'll learn where they are and how to control them in this video.
Sometimes you need content that didn’t come off the camera. From solid colors to natural textures, you'll see just what Final Cut Pro X can add to your project in this video.
Section 6: Color
Color correction is an advanced feature, but Final Cut Pro X makes it easy. In this lesson, you'll learn how to auto-correct shots, and even how to make two clips from two different scenes look alike with Match Color.
When you want to take total control over the color of a shot, the Color Board lets you do so. In this lesson, you'll learn how to access it and what it can do.
If you need inspiration for color-adjusting your shots, Final Cut Pro X includes several presets to get you started. Or, once you’ve dialed in a “look” you want to repeat, you can save it as your own preset to reuse later.
Section 7: Music, Sound, and Audio Editing
In addition to its own library of sound effects, Final Cut Pro X lets you access other installed libraries on your computer, such as your iTunes collection. In this lesson you'll see just how easy it is to add music and sound effects to your movie.
If your sound, dialogue, or music don't sound exactly the way you want them to, FCPX's enhancement tools and multi-band EQ let you do something about it. You'll see how they work in this video.
Section 8: Still Photos
In this lesson you'll learn how to access your iPhoto or Aperture library and how to integrate the photos into your movie. You'll also learn how to apply the famous "Ken Burns effect."
The color in a photograph may not match the colors shot on video. In this lesson you'll learn to adjust the colors to make them look like they belong together.
Section 9: Advanced Features
If you want total control over the edit point between two clips, the Precision Editor gives you the tools to perfect a cut and make it look just right. You'll learn how to use it in this lesson.
Video clips can be resized, distorted, and cropped in Final Cut Pro X. In this video you'll see the tools that make this possible and learn how to control them.
If you’re unsure of which direction you want to head in with an incomplete project, duplicating it before moving on gives you an easy way to go back to a previous point. In this lesson you'll learn about the options for duplicating projects in Final Cut Pro X.
Keyframing is the technique that makes animation easy. You'll learn how to apply, control, and remove keyframes in this lesson.
Handheld video can suffer from shakiness and modern DSLRs can sometimes have a distracting “rolling shutter” effect. In this lesson you'll learn how to fix these in Final Cut Pro X—often with just one click.
Shooting video with just on-camera audio is never ideal, but if you shoot audio on a separate recording, keeping the files in sync used to be difficult. In this lesson, you'll learn how easy it is to do in FCPX and get some tips for achieving the best results.
When you want to add a color “look” to a series of clips, working on them individually can be tedious. In this video you'll learn how to group clips into a single “compound clip” and apply effects to all the contents at once.
If you can’t decide between two or more shots for a scene, auditions let you swap between them easily, going back and forth until you decide on your final cut. You'll learn all about auditions in this video.
FCPX lets you add advanced, customizable effects to your shots to make them look like an old TV show, a dream sequence, and more. In this video you'll learn how to apply these built-in effects to your video project and modify them to get the effect you want.
Section 10: Sharing
Final Cut Pro X makes it easy to share to common online services like YouTube or Vimeo, or to devices like your iPad or Apple TV. This video will show you how.
This video gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the cameras, lighting, microphones, and other gadgets that were used to create the sample footage used in this course.

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