Final Cut Pro 7 Training Courses – The Essentials Course (2 days)

Final Cut Pro 7 Essentials


Apple’s amazing industry standard post production tools, Final Cut Studio comprises of Final Cut Pro 7, Motion 4, Soundtrack Pro 3, Color 1.5, Compressor 3.5 and DVD Studio Pro 4. In the latest version of Final Cut Studio (prior to the release of Final Cut Pro X), these applications enjoyed ever tighter integration and a host of innovations that help you work faster and collaborate more efficiently.

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Considering all of the advancements made in the most recent Final Cut Pro 7, there are now even more reasons why it is the first choice of professional editors and producers worldwide.

Our Final Cut Pro training courses offer a variety of ways to learn this incredibly powerful and versatile software suite and will give you the skills needed to work in a modern post production environment.

“I was really impressed with this course and found it both informative and interesting. Our course tutor explained things in a clear and concise way and was able to backtrack if something was not understood fully. I have come away with the knowledge that I can operate a Final Cut suite for a basic edit and will use this knowledge to become more adept with the software. Thanks!”

Chris, Specsavers Opticians.
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Following on from our 1 day Final Cut Pro Introduction training course, this second day ventures deeper into the editing and trimming process, teaching you how best to refine your editing techniques in order to produce smoother and more professional results. In addition, the processes of applying mattes, split screens and color corrections are covered in detail, as well as further audio manipulation techniques. Taking you deeper into the power of Final Cut Pro, this second day course (in combination with the first) covers all of the ‘essential techniques’ and ensures that you find yourself well on your way to mastering this unique and powerful software.

Courses in this series include: Final Cut Pro 7 Introduction (1 day), Final Cut Pro Essentials (2 days), and Final Cut Pro Complete (3 days).

Lovely that the pace adapted as we were going through to take account of where we were and how we were going. Small groups worked incredibly well and the tutor was very intuitive about relative strengths and weaknesses.

Simon, The Open University (GRT).
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Duration: 2 days.

Price: £375.

Location: 21st Century Studios, St Albans, Hertfordshire. For security reasons, further details are only provided upon booking.

Times: 10.00am to 4.30pm.

Equipment: Our fully featured training room includes six top-of-the-range iMac computers configured to work in both Macintosh (OSX) and PC (Windows) modes, ensuring you the maximum familiarity with your chosen operating system.

Further assistance: Our FAQ page contains the answers to many common questions. Alternatively please call 07543 403616 to arrange to speak to our training manager.

Very good, exactly at the correct level for me, would definitely recommend to others. Trainer was excellent!

Farah, DTA.
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Screening and marking

  • The Final Cut Pro interface
  • Following a workflow
  • Navigating clips
  • Marking clips

Editing clips in the timeline

  • Managing project elements
  • Editing a rough cut
  • Making overwrite edits
  • Managing timeline tracks
  • Making insert edits
  • Adding audio clips
  • Drag and drop editing
  • Changing volume of edited clips

Capturing & Transferring footage

  • Connecting sources for capture & transfer
  • Creating a new project for capturing
  • Previewing and marking your source
  • Logging clips
  • Choosing clip settings
  • Choosing capture settings
  • Setting capture preferences

Finishing the rough cut

  • Adding cutaways
  • Editing to narration
  • Editing to music
  • Copying, cutting, pasting and positioning clips


  • Applying transitions
  • Evaluating project needs
  • Understanding transitions
  • Viewing transition options
  • Modifying and copying transitions
  • Using the Transition Editor
  • Previewing and rendering effects

Creating titles

  • Adding a lower third
  • Creating a credit roll
  • Composite opening titles
  • Creating a freeze-frame

Soundtrack Pro 3

  • Final Cut Pro and Soundtrack Pro workflow
  • Sending audio to STP
  • Applying noise reduction
  • Removing clicks & pops
  • Sending back to FCP

Finishing and outputting

  • Output to Tape
  • Export Quicktime & Quicktime conversion
  • Outputting for iPod & iPhone
  • Outputting for YouTube & Mobile Me



  • Preparing a project for trimming
  • Trimming preferences
  • Trimming overview
  • Trimming shortcuts
  • Rippling edit points
  • Trimming on the V2 track
  • Trimming one track of a linked clip
  • Trimming to refine a sequence
  • Adjusting two edit points
  • Slip and slid editing
  • Rolling two edit points
  • Keeping linked clips in sync
  • Trimming in realtime in the timeline and trim window

Refining the edit process

  • Creating subclips
  • Adding markers to clips
  • Storyboard editing
  • Working with master clips

Supporting the edit process

  • Saving and loading layouts
  • New ProRes workflows

Motion 4 – An overview

  • Final Cut Pro and Motion 4 workflows
  • Green screen removal in FCP then Motion
  • Creating animated motion graphics
  • Avoiding rendering

Mixing audio tracks

  • Organising and editing audio tracks
  • Monitoring and adjusting audio levels
  • Applying transitions to fade volume
  • Setting keyframes to change volume
  • Using the audio mixer
  • Recording a narration track
  • Importing CD tracks

Creating titles

  • Applying a Boris title
  • Creating a Boris credit roll
  • Adding mattes

Changing motion properties

  • Changing speed properties
  • Creating a freeze-frame with speed tools
  • Changing clip size and position
  • Building a split screen

Applying filters

  • Viewing and modifying filter parameters
  • Applying audio filters
  • Using a colour correction filter
  • Animating filters

Finishing and outputting

  • Using iChat Theatre Preview
  • Using Timecode Viewer
  • Creating DVDs and Blu-ray Discs
The tutor explained everything, well delivered course, stupid questions competently answered. A must for any video editing novice. Course covers a good selection of information, plenty to remember.

Russell, St George’s School Ascot.
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