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  Final Cut Pro level 1 Beginner course

Course Description:

In this 2-day hands-on training course you will learn the principles of non-linear video editing and how to apply them to projects as diverse as films, documentaries, slideshows, tutorials, music clips, weddings/events, etc., as well as enhance them with titles, transitions and artistic effects.

Learning Objectives:

This course will get you started with the basic concepts of Final Cut Pro and give you a path to continue your mastery of the application. This is a great primer for those seeking their Apple certification.

Who should attend:

FCP users who require a deeper understanding of the software functionality than ad hoc training can provide. Students are allocated enough time time to complete practical exercises. Additional time is available for revision and we explore essential information that does not fall within the standard course curriculum.

What you will learn:

The course covers all the elements of a typical editing project. From media management through timeline editing and adding titles, graphics, effects, audio mixing and export options. Learn time saving keyboard shortcuts and become familiar with production terminology. Successful completion will ensure a comprehensive understanding of the software and open avenues of creative expression.

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Hours are 08:30 to 16:00 unless specified otherwise

Course Outline

Introducing the Workspace

  • Looking at the workspace
  • Accessing all panes and palettes
  • Customizing the workspace
  • Finding resources for using Final Cut Pro

The Project Pane

  • Importing media
  • Video, video/audio, audio, stills images, layered Photoshop documents
  • Acceptable file formats, missing codecs, using ".VOB" assets
  • Displaying an organizing media
  • Linked media, unlinked and offline assets
  • Creating utility media (bars and tone. lead counter, black video, color matte, transparent video)

The Timeline/Sequence Pane

  • Creating a new sequence (choosing the right video standard)
  • Track headers (locking, targeting, resizing and displaying options)
  • Time ruler (SMTPE time code vs. audio units)
  • Keyboard shortcuts for efficient navigation
  • Types of tracks
  • Adding and deleting tracks

The "Canvas" Monitor

  • Navigation and preview capabilities
  • Editing capabilities (temporal and spatial)
  • Ganging to Source and Reference Monitors

The "Viewer" Monitor

  • Navigation and preview capabilities
  • Editing capabilities for video and audio
  • "J" and "L" cuts

The Tool Bar

  • Basic edits with the Selection and Blade tool
  • Ripple edit tool
  • Track selection tool
  • Rolling edit tool
  • Slip edit tool
  • Pen tool
  • Zoom and Hand tools

The Effects Control Panel

  • The "fixed effects" (intrinsic clip attributes)
  • Adding and adjusting effects
  • The importance of the stacking order
  • Deleting, copying, pasting and duplicating effects
  • The help of the "Canvas" Monitor

The Audio Mixer Part 1

  • Track volume and panning
  • Master volume, VU meters and clipped signals
  • Solo, mute and record (playback and recordings)

Creating Titles

  • Professional text formatting (tracking, leading and kerning)
  • Lower thirds
  • Rolling and scrolling titles
  • Using Boris 3D

The Capture Window

  • Connecting and recognizing your camera/deck
  • Logging tapes and clips
  • Straight capture
  • Batch capture
  • Scene detect

Using "Compressor"

  • Exporting your final movie (sequence vs. in & out)
  • Saving and duplicating in the render queue
  • File formats, compression methods and codecs for DVD, Blu-ray and web

Basic Preferences

  • Importing stills
  • Pre and post roll
  • Default transition duration


  • Video and audio transitions
  • Applying and editing transitions
  • Default transitions and keyboard shortcuts
  • Using transitions as effects


  • Types of markers
  • Adding, moving removing and navigating markers
  • Editing with markers to the beat of music
  • Markers as notation tools

Popular Video and Audio Tricks

  • Reverse motion
  • Speed-up/slow-down and pitch control
  • Picture-in-picture
  • Split screen
  • Track mattes (video inside text and shapes)
  • Green screen (AKA chroma key)
  • Sepia tone


Our outlines are a guide to the content covered on a typical course. We may change or alter the course topics to meet the objectives of a particular course.

  Final Cut Pro level 2 Advanced course

Course Description

This 2-day, hands-on course teaches students hard-to-find advanced editing and finishing techniques. Learn how to edit multi-camera projects, dive deeper with audio effects, work with compound clips, create video effect presets, understand the 360 video workflow and how HDR color correction works. This course also covers advanced workflows for managing media and sharing and receiving XML's.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for existing Final Cut Pro users who want to increase their skill level through learning advanced features and efficient workflows, and who prefer hands-on and interactive instruction.


Students should have the following prerequisite knowledge prior to attending the course:

Knowledge of macOS and basic computer navigation

Advanced knowledge of editing terminology is highly recommended FCP 101 - An Introduction to Final Cut Pro class or equivalent experience Course Outline

Sorry, we currently do not have any Final Cut Pro X level 2 courses scheduled at this time. Please contact us to see if we can put one on the schedule for you.

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Overview of Editing Basics

  • Review of Basic Editing Techniques
  • 3-Point Editing Rule
  • Using Insert, Overright, Connect and Insert

Lesson 2: Advanced Editing Techniques

  • Smart Clip Loading
  • Diving Deeper with the Replace Edit
  • Performing Back-timed Edits
  • Managing Secondary Storylines

Lesson 3: Advanced Trimming

  • Basic Slip, Slide and Roll
  • Extend Edit
  • Splitting Edits
  • Top and Tail Editing
  • Working in the Precision Editor

Lesson 4: Audio Editing Techniques

  • Using Additional Library Content for audio enhancement
  • Looking deeply at fixed audio effects
  • Working with audio effects from Logic
  • Working with Surround Sound

Lesson 5: Mastering Effects

  • Customizing Effects
  • Understanding Effect Order
  • Controlling Effect Timing
  • Limiting Effects with Masks
  • Creating Effect Presets
  • Stabilizing a Clip
  • Diving Deeper with Blend Modes
  • Bringing in an Effect from Apple Motion

Lesson 6: Compositing in Final Cut Pro

  • Basic Compositing Review
  • Adding Graphics from a Layered Photoshop File
  • Keyframing Basics
  • Keyframing in the Inspector and Timeline
  • Working with FCP Keyer

Lesson 7: Compound Clips

  • Understanding Compound Clips
  • Applying Effects to Compound Clips
  • Opening a Compound Clip
  • Adjusting Compound Clip Timing
  • Releasing a Compound Clip
  • Duplicating Projects and Compound Clips

Lesson 8: Advanced Color Correction

  • A Review of Video Scopes
  • An Overview of the Color Workflow
  • Adjusting Contrast
  • Adjusting White Balance
  • Using Multiple Color Effects creatively
  • Saving Color Presets
  • Working with HDR

Lesson 9: Multicam Editing

  • Creating a Multicam Clip
  • Grouping clips to a muti-camera angle
  • Editing Audio and Video Separately
  • Rearranging Angles
  • Offsetting Angles
  • Applying Effects to Multiclips and External Video
  • Controlling Multicam Angle selection through the inspector

Lesson 10: Working with 360 Video

  • Creating a 360 Project
  • Viewing 360 Video
  • Applying 360 Video Effects
  • Applying 360 Titles
  • Working with 360 in Flat Projects
  • Exporting 360 Video

Lesson 11: Preparing Audio for Finishing

  • Checking Audio Levels
  • Assigning and Working with Audio Roles
  • Managing and adjusting Audio Roles with Compound Clips
  • Sharing Audio Stems

Lesson 12 - Preparing Video for Finishing and Collaboration

  • Checking Video Levels
  • Managing Metadata
  • Working with Closed Captions
  • Sharing and receiving XML's
  • Sharing Libraries with Others
  • 3rd Party Collaboration Tools

Lesson 13: Advanced Outputting an Working in Compressor

  • Creating FCP Bundles
  • Changing Compressor Settings
  • Opening Compressor
  • Applying a Compressor Preset
  • Exporting with Compressor
  • Creating a Droplet

Lesson 14: An Overview of Motion

  • What is Motion?
  • Looking at Apple Motions Library
  • Creating a FCP Generator Project
  • Opening the Generator in FCP


Our outlines are a guide to the content covered on a typical class. We may change or alter the course topics to meet the objectives of a particular class.

Private Training?

Would you prefer to take a private Final Cut Pro course with one of our certified trainers?

We offer Final Cut Pro training:

From 1 to 100 delegates, On-site at your offices.

Group rates, Flexible dates, Customised courses & Ongoing support for Adobe Final Cut Pro

Virtual Classroom

Live, Online instructor-led Final Cut Pro training.
Flexible dates and times to suit. All taught in real time wherever you are to individuals or groups.


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Apple Final Cut Pro courses

Which Final Cut Pro Course do I take?

We offer 2 Final Cut Pro courses. A 2-day beginner and a 2-day advanced. Please read the course oulines above to determine which is best for you. We recommend taking the advanced course if you are knowledgable of at least 70% of the beginner course.

Apple Final Cut Pro Onsite Course Options

Wherever your office is located, we can come to you and deliver a private custom Final Cut Pro course. The larger the group the bigger the discount. However we also offer Final Cut Pro training for individuals, either at your corporate headquaters or your home.

For on-site courses, you will need to have a computer with Final Cut Pro and if there are 3 or more delegates, a projection system is required for our Final Cut Pro instructor.

Apple Final Cut Pro Public Courses

Currently we only offer Public Final Cut Pro courses in the Johannesburg and Cape Town areas. We can however provide a private onsite course or of course an online Final Cut Pro course is also available

Final Cut Pro Online Courses

If you are unable to attend a public Final Cut Pro course, or simply prefer the convenience of an online course, these are regularly offered. For online Final Cut Pro courses you will need Final Cut Pro, an internet connection of 5MB/s or faster and a headset with a mic or use your laptop's built in mic and speakers. All Final Cut Pro course materials are provided digitally. The course is of course, live and fully interactive with engaging teaching.

Apple Final Cut Pro Private Course

Final Cut Pro users tend to use the product for specific purposes. We can tailor a course to meet your specific goals.

What else should I learn after my Final Cut Pro course?

Final Cut Pro is the most popular editing software application and it does a great job working with sound and even basic titles and animation. However if you want to become a true post production professional, we recommend learning Audition and After Effects.

Final Cut Pro training classes are available for all versions

Apple frequently updates Final Cut Pro and we continue to teach earlier versions for those that have not upgraded

About Final Cut Pro Classes and Final Cut Pro Training Courses from TTC

Our instructors have been using and teaching Final Cut Pro for over 20 years. Whether you are a beginner or advanced we can assit you.

Prerequisites for enrolling in Final Cut Pro public courses

For our beginner courses there are no prerequisites

Course materials for Final Cut Pro classes

All delegates receive digital materials which are the official Apple training manuals. Our instructors may provide addtional training lessons and information especially for custom courses

Final Cut Pro Certification Training

Apple is a global company based in the USA and Final Cut Pro certification through Apple is recognised worldwide. We can assist you obtaining certification. Taking our Final Cut Pro courses is your first step to certification.

Final Cut Pro Class Reviews and Testimonials

Although Final Cut Pro is widely used and it is the defacto standard for video editing, many users simply don't understand it's full power and use it just for basic edits and transitions. Our Final Cut Pro courses will help you become a competent editor. You are welcome to contact them our clients.

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Final Cut Pro World Class Instructors

You can rely on the expertise of our Final Cut Pro instructors who have been teaching Final Cut Pro Training Classes over 15 years. Our trainers are developers too. It is essential to learn from professionals.

Final Cut Pro Course Support

When you attend our Final Cut Pro Private Training Class, all students receive class materials, a certificate on completion and 3 months support from our certified instructors.

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