Video Editing in Final Cut Pro X: Learn the Basics in 1 Hour

Learn editing with Final Cut Pro X in the shortest time. Perfect for the beginning editor or new content creator.
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  • Lectures 14
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2015 English

Course Description

This course is for beginners who are interested in getting started with Apple's Final Cut Pro X. Perhaps you have a business you'd like to promote, or you may need digital content for your social media campaigns. Creating simple videos is EASY!

Learning any new software can be difficult, especially something as complicated as video editing. This course will introduce you to FCP X and help you feel comfortable with the interface.

  • You will learn how to import audio, video and pictures.
  • You will learn all about the process of editing these assets into a single cohesive story.
  • You will learn all you need to know about exporting your hard work as a final polished video.

If you've outgrown the abilities of iMovie or Windows Movie Maker, it's time to step up and join the big leagues! FCP X is a full-featured industry-standard professional-level video editor. And what's more... You can easily learn it in an hour!

This course includes easy to follow tutorial videos for learning the interface and basic functions of FCP X, a printable tip sheet, and more!

You can learn everything you need to know about FCP X Basics in about an hour.

The course is broken into four simple parts;

  • Getting to Know Final Cut Pro X,
  • Getting Your Raw Content In,
  • Cutting It Up, and
  • Getting It Out.

This course is taught by Drew Tyler, a University instructor with more than 15 years of video production skills who is still actively editing and storytelling.

What are the requirements?

  • Download and install Final Cut Pro X 10.1.4! There's a link to a 30-day Free Trial in Section 1

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Feel comfortable with Final Cut Pro X
  • Understand the process of editing better
  • Import audio, video, & pictures into a project
  • Use shortcut keys to be more efficient in your editing
  • Avoid rookie mistakes in setting up projects
  • Easily navigate your way around Final Cut Pro X
  • Edit clips together, to tell a story
  • Easily and efficiently manage your media for projects
  • Export your final project to your hard drive, YouTube, Udemy and more

Who is the target audience?

  • Digital Marketers
  • Social Media Managers
  • Multi-Media Journalists
  • Communication Directors
  • Community Managers
  • Students
  • This course is probably NOT for you if you’re looking to learn advanced techniques in FCP X.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Everything You Will Need

Grab this link for your trial version of FCPX

1 page

This Tip Sheet is perfect to print off and keep near you as you work. We'll cover all the elements of this sheet throughout the course.

Section 2: Getting to know FCP X

Editing is a powerful tool. Editing boils down to the simple act of deleting. We take all of the raw material we've gathered and remove all the unnecessary parts.


Learn where everything is and what to call it. Orient yourself for success!


Understanding the way FCP manages your files will help you organize small and large jobs alike.

5 questions

Can you recall the parts of the FCP X interface? Do you understand asset management?

Section 3: Getting you Raw Content In

The first step in editing is gathering the pieces or digital assets you'll be working with. Learn how to import clips from your camera or media card.


Learn how to add files to your project that are on your computer. Assets can be videos, audio files, still pictures or more.

Section 4: Cutting It Up

Learn the process of taking the parts we want from the raw videos and adding it to the timeline.
Learn the keystrokes that make things easier.


Learn how to get around on the timeline. Learn how FCP X's timeline operates differently from other editors. Use arrow keys and shortcuts for editing.


Learn best practices for laying out your project on your timeline.


Learn how to work through your project in layers, little by little creating a polished piece.

Section 5: Getting Your Polished Content Out

Learn the process of exporting or 'baking' a video. Learn to take the individual clips we've assembled, and polished, and turn them into a stand-alone piece for YouTube, Vimeo, Udemy, or Facebook.

Section 6: Some Bonus Ideas and Wrap-Up

Learn about adding some "Flavor" to your videos like effects, filters, and transitions.


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Instructor Biography

AnDrew Tyler, Video Producer, Social Media, Digital Media Instructor, M.A.

My name is Drew and I'm a professional video producer, teacher & consultant. I've been producing, shooting, editing and distributing digital content for more than a decade. I believe in the power of video to tell stories and improve communication. My professional life has included producing TV shows, corporate consulting, live-streaming conventions, run-and-gun freelancing, and University teaching.

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