Final Cut Pro X Training Courses – Introduction Course (1 day)

Final Cut Pro X Introduction

Following on from Final Cut Pro 7 (aka FCP7 or Final Cut Studio) comes Final Cut Pro X (aka FCPX or Final Cut Pro 10), Apples latest incarnation of the world’s No. 1 favourite video editing software.

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For experienced users of FCP7, FCPX represents a major change in the way Final Cut Pro works, and many editors still choose to stick with the familiarity of the earlier version. Apple have since ceased selling FCP7 altogether, so for those looking for the ultimate in Mac video editing, FCPX is the only choice worth making. And a powerful application it is, incorporating many of the refinements culled from previous versions of Final Cut, mixed with some of the sensibilities of iMovie and other programs from Apple’s latest software suite.

For those seeking to master the latest version of Final Cut Pro, our one and two day courses take you directly into the heart of the software, giving you a complete and concise overview of what’s changed from the previous version and how you can best utilise the new functionality of FCPX to streamline your production workflow.

This one day course presents a comprehensive overview of the software, helping you to get to grips with the functionality of FCPX quickly. From familiarising yourself with the new timeline and editing controls, setting up the correct preferences and mastering the media library, our one day course provides excellent value for money to ensure that you are well on the way to mastering Apple’s most popular video editing tool.

Also available is our Final Cut Pro X Essentials course – two days of FCPX training, to take you even deeper.

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: 1 day.

Price: £195.

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.

An excellent course – really thorough, well-explained and correctly pitched. The tutor was brilliant, very clear in his explanations and helpful during example work. I would highly recommend this course!

Hannah, University of Bedfordshire.
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Introducing FCP X

  • Welcome
  • About the tutor
  • Introducing FCP X


  • Streamlined editing interface
  • 64-bit processing abilities, background rendering
  • Smart and keyword collections
  • 3rd party plug-ins
  • EDL/XML, network support
  • Background rendering
  • Missing applications of the FCP Studio and their replacements

Installing FCP X

  • Location of program files
  • Avoiding conflicts and potential problems

FCP X Interface: Event Library / Media Browser

  • Organising media
  • Viewer / Inspector
  • Viewing media
  • Project Library / Timeline
  • Editing and creating media

FCP X Interface: Toolbar

  • Importing/keywording media buttons
  • Editing buttons
  • Trimming tools menu
  • Enhancements menu
  • Retiming menu
  • Content libraries

FCP X Interface: Dashboard

  • Timecode indicator
  • Audio meters
  • Background tasks window

FCP X Interface: Commands

  • Understanding keyboard shortcuts
  • Quickly viewing keyboard shortcuts
  • Contextual menus
  • Customising commands and keyboard layout
  • Searching for commands
  • Command groups

FCP X Interface: Other general interface features

  • Resizing windows and returning to defaults
  • Saving and undo levels
  • Help menu

FCP X Preferences: Editing

  • Time display
  • Timeline preferences
  • Audio
  • Still images
  • Transitions
  • Dialog warnings

FCP X Preferences: Playback

  • Rendering
  • Playback
  • Pre-roll
  • Player background

Import preferences: Organising

  • Copying files to events folders
  • Importing folders as keyword collections

Import preferences: Transcoding

  • Creating optimised media
  • Creating proxy media

Import preferences: Video

  • Analyse for stabilisation and rolling shutter
  • Analyse for balance colour
  • Automatically keyboarding the composition of clips
  • Creating smart collections after analysis

Import preferences: Audio

  • Analysing and fixing audio problems
  • Separating mono and group stereo audio
  • Removing silent channels

Importing media from a disk drive

  • FCPX’s events metaphor
  • Where to store your events
  • Creating and naming a new event
  • Importing files into events
  • Smart collections and keywords

Importing from solid state media

  • Connecting card reader or camera
  • Using the camera import window
  • Skimming and marking media to import
  • Choosing to optimise media and to which drive

Import media from tape

  • Connecting the camera
  • Choosing media to import
  • Importing from camera

Importing from iMovie

  • Importing iMovie projects
  • Importing iMovie event library

Creating and opening archives

  • Benefits of using archives

Using the event library (organising media)

  • Explanation of event metaphor
  • Hide/show button
  • Duration slider
  • Clip appearance switch
  • List/filmstrip view toggle

Events/clips grouping drop down

  • Group events by disk
  • Group events by date
  • Show date ranges in event library
  • Arrange events by most recent
  • Group clips by
  • Arrange clips by
  • Merging events, creating events, copying events


  • Bar color labeling system
  • Keywording HUD
  • Adding/removing keywords
  • Drag and drop
  • Typing manually
  • Keywording shortcuts
  • Keywording selections

Filter HUD

  • Searching by text
  • Searching by other parameters
  • Creating smart collections

Rating clips

  • Clip view pull down
  • Applying rejected and favourite ratings
  • Applying smart collections based on ratings

Moving events and clips

  • Deleting events and clips
  • Transcoding clips after imported
  • Where the clips reside in the Finder

Using the project library

  • Explanation of project metaphor
  • Location of projects in Finder
  • Navigating between project library and timeline
  • Creating folders and organising projects
  • Creating projects
  • Default event
  • Video properties
  • Audio and render properties
  • Using the inspector to reveal/modify project settings
  • Duplicating / moving projects

This is the best software course I have been on. Made sense of the complex bit of kit.

Christopher, BSI.
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