Learn Editing with Final Cut Pro X
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Learn Editing with Final Cut Pro X

Learn behind-the-scenes secrets to quickly enhance your productivity and use of Final Cut Pro.
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Created by Sam Gill
Last updated 11/2015
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Managing Files
  • Managing Content
  • Importing Content and Files
  • Editing Videos
  • Dealing with Audio, Noise, and Hiss
  • Dealing with Video, Color, and effects
  • Common Pitfalls
  • Exporting Options and Choices
  • Behind-the-Scenes look at editing the entire promo video.
  • Featuring Bite-sized lessons, so you can pick and choose, what you want to learn, as well as being able to go back and reference a particular lesson for the future.
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  • Some basic video concepts would be helpful, but not necessary.
  • Final Cut Pro, runs on Mac. Latest versions need OS X 10.10
  • This course used Final Cut 10.2.2

Did you ever wish you could sit next to someone who has been using Final Cut Pro for years, and learn how to do a video project the easy and simple way? Did you every wish it would be easy to go back and reference lessons, because they were short and easy to locate? These questions are what led me to make and design this course. I decided to make a course I'd want to take myself. What I most wanted to know when I started working with Final Cut Pro was, how do you get a project from start to finish, and show me some tips and tricks along the way.

That is why this course exists, it is to give you that knowledge, the knowledge I wish I had when I started. Knowing about what tools are available is a good piece of information, but knowing how to use those tools can change who you are, and what you are able to do.

This course is designed with beginner to the advanced in mind. If you want to know how to work with a library, or event or project, or you want to dig deeper into Final Cut Pro, and learn about the terminal and hidden files and features, then you are covered, either way.

The lessons in this course are taken from a screencast of myself working on the promo video for this course. That's right, you are working on this course, the actual course. You sit with me, and I take you though all the steps that I did, from importing to managing content, to making a project, adding assets to that project, and then removing noise, hum, and hiss from the audio, to video effects, video titles, pitfalls, editing and exporting.

I show you how to do complicated tasks with powerful software in an easy and repeatable fashion. If you follow my steps you will be able to easily apply the same techniques and methods to your own projects and videos. As a handy added bonus, you also get access to retake any lesson, and since I spent the time to chop them into bite-sized pieces, you will be able to locate the exact lesson you want to reference in the future. I spent days and hours making this course to save you, what could easily take 3-12 months to learn on your own.

I hope you enjoy taking this course, and learning from me. I enjoyed making this course, and I want you to take my knowledge and use it to improve your skills and abilities. Enroll Now, and let's begin learning to edit with Final Cut Pro X.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course offers a walk through introduction for the beginner, who has no experience with Final Cut Pro
  • This course also offers advanced topics for those who want to dive deeper using the terminal, and more precise editing.
  • This course is designed to give a workflow to those who have worked with Final Cut, but were frustrated or overwhelmed by the features
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Curriculum For This Course
40 Lectures
Course Introduction
1 Lecture 03:08

An Introduction and overview for the course, what is covered, who it is for, and how you will benefit.

Preview 03:08
Behind-The-Scenes Production Walk-Through
35 Lectures 01:12:30

Welcome to Final Cut, Behind-the-Scenes look at editing an actual course. In fact editing the promo video for this course!

Preview 01:00

Let's learn about Libraries in Final Cut, how to use them, and how to manage content with them.

Preview 10:56

Now we look at managing content within Final Cut Pro, as related to Libraries, Events, and Projects.

Managing Content

Take a look at the Preferences, that can be set in Final Cut.


Let's look at the Importing screens from within the Preferences window.

Importing Assets

If you get those yellow triangles in Final Cut Pro, here is how to fix them, and essentially why they are showing up.

Repairing Links (Yellow Triangles)

Let us resume importing, and the options you have when importing.

Importing Continued

I brief introduction to the background render display window.

What is Background Rendering?

Here we look at the import dialogue, and explain how to import assets into your project, this works in conjunction with the preferences we explored earlier.

Exploring the Importing Dialogue Window

Now we setup a project, and start assigning assets to that project.

Setting up a Project

Explore removing background noise, and hiss from the audio track.

Audio Effects, and Tackling Noise

A brief preview of effects specifically to work with Green Screen.

Green Screen Preview and Intro to Video Effects

Listen to the difference with the audio effects we added, as compared to the original audio without the effects.

Audio Effects Comparison

Now that we have video to render, we can see the Background Render in Action!

Seeing Background Render in Action

Here is where to find the balance color feature, which can fix color quickly.

Where to Go to Balance Color

Now into the heart of the editing process.

Ready to Begin Editing

It is best to start with some rough edits.

Making Rough Edits

Then zoom in to refine those rough edits.

Refining Rough Edits

Use some powerful tools within Final Cut to make editing smoother, and more efficient.

Advanced Editing and Trimming

Discover the Trim tool, which helps refine edits.

The Trim Tool

Add a title video to the project.

Adding a Title Video

Replace the image in the title video with your own image.

Adding an Image to a Title Video

Add a music track.

Adding a Music Track

Use Fade and Level controls to fit the music track into the video.

Fade and Change Level of Audio Track

Import new images, and use them to replace images elsewhere in the project.

Import and Replace Images

Refine the music clip, and learn about attach points.

Refine Music Track

Learn how to resize the image you dropped in for the beginning placeholder.

Resize Image Placeholder

Add a music track at the end of the project.

Add Music Track at the End

A Brief review of all that you have accomplished.


Talk about video titles, and explore some more you could choose.

Video Title Considerations

Discover the Inspector, for changing settings and properties.

The Inspector for Properties and Settings

Learn about the ways you can export a video.

Exporting Options

Use the inspector to change properties of your project.

Project Settings and Video Resolution

Go over the exporting dialogue box in more detail.

Exporting Dialogue Window

Thank you for taking this course, be sure to check back for bonus content!

Thank You and Review

Quiz for lessons in the course.

Course Quiz
3 questions
Bonus: Turning Videos into Lessons, The Easy Way
3 Lectures 34:18

Use a powerful Final Cut Pro feature, to quickly makes lessons from longer videos.

Turning Videos into Lessons - Part 1

Use a powerful Final Cut Pro feature, to quickly makes lessons from longer videos.

Turning Videos into Lessons - Part 2

Explore an alternative way to make videos from lessons.

Alternate Way to Split Videos into Lessons
Bonus 2: Initial Tips for Shooting
1 Lecture 05:49

Half the battle of editing, is shooting the video better. In this segment, I talk about some keys for shooting better video. These tips will make it easier to edit the video. I use these tips on the Introduction video, as well as others, and they will serve you well.

Initial Tips for shooting
About the Instructor
Sam Gill
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I have been making music, since 1992. I have 3 labels, and 2 bands. I have programmed and written over 800 sequences, and when I have time, write about 80-100 songs a year. At one point I owned 19 keyboard synths, and 20+ synth rack modules. I used to record and arrange on a setup that consisted of a 24 channel Soundcraft, with 3 DA-88's and a Roland MC-50Mk2. I came to Logic and Apple in 2007, and picked up Ableton Live in 2009. I sold most of my hardware, and bought in to soft-synths, after I sampled my most used sounds, and was able to reliably use those. I continue to write to this day, and keep learning new techniques, and new ways to improve my music. Now that I have amassed such knowledge, I have found the joy of sharing what I know with others who can benefit from my years of experience.

Beside music, I have worked with electronics since 1990, and have built, repaired and fixed many things along the way. I got really sucked into electronics, when my synth passion ignited, and I found out that they need to be repaired frequently. I started repairing synths as early as 1998, learning about the ins and outs of the electronics that they were founded on.

I took an interest in programming keyboards, with my first programmable keyboard, which was a Kawai K11, which I bought in 1992. I did not know it then, but programming a keyboard, and programming a computer, are not very far off.

In 1994, I bought my one and only sequencer, a Roland MC50-Mk2, which I have to this day, and it writes in DD floppy drives. I have a collection of DD drives, since they are not easily found today. I composed over 800 sequences on that sequencer over a 10 year period. I learned how to arrange, and that arrangement method was directly transferrable to Ableton Live.

Since 1984 I also been an avid Photographer, and have invested in cameras, lenses, video equipment, and other sorts of gear, to not only share what I know, but how I think. Over time I have also developed a deeper spiritual sense, that has come to offer comfort, to those I hold dear, and has helped me to achieve peace within myself. I have published my photography works, and use my photography skills for a number of different uses. I also will have courses on photography and video techniques, to share, ones that I have learned over the years.

In 2007, I began to build up my contemplative skills, and began to think more about the world, and who I was. In 2011, I was forced to speed up this process, and went through a number of breakthroughs, and revelations. In 2013, and into 2014, I experienced spiritual awakening, in new and different ways, and had a lot of my beliefs turned upside down, or replaced, or expanded. As you may have guessed, I have now a lot to talk about on this issue, and I will be making courses for self-development, and personal development, along with helping you to understand some of the things that you may be going through, and how to cope or grow beyond them. Hope is always possible, in all situations, and a better outcome can always be pursued.

If you have a course that you would like me to teach, just send me a note, and I will add it to my list. I am always looking to help others, and mentor people, as I have the time. I hope that I have been able to help you, and grow your skills and talents, as you look for ways to express them.

I hope you enjoy watching and learning from these courses, as much as I enjoy teaching them. Be well, and take care my friend.