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Final Cut Express 4 Essential Training

with Lonzell Watson

Video: Welcome

Teaches how to create animated graphics, perform detailed color correction for broadcast-safe results, and make audio edits.
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  1. 14m 57s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Overview of the Final Cut Express suite
      1m 52s
    3. Adjusting essential preferences
      9m 47s
    4. Remapping Exposé keyboard shortcuts
    5. Using the exercise files
      1m 7s
  2. 21m 30s
    1. Learning the interface
    2. Understanding the Browser window
      3m 28s
    3. Understanding the Viewer window
      4m 15s
    4. Understanding the Canvas window
      1m 37s
    5. Understanding the timeline
      5m 16s
    6. Understanding the tools
      2m 32s
    7. Understanding the audio meters
    8. Customizing the workspace
      2m 43s
  3. 17m 34s
    1. Importing from tape
      6m 23s
    2. Transferring AVCHD footage
      1m 55s
    3. Importing music from a CD
      2m 14s
    4. Importing photos
      3m 25s
    5. Importing from iPhoto
      1m 54s
    6. Importing iMovie '08 projects
      1m 43s
  4. 16m 14s
    1. Making subclips
      2m 43s
    2. Storyboarding
      1m 41s
    3. Three-point editing
      2m 47s
    4. Editing to the beat
      3m 40s
    5. Backtiming a clip
      1m 45s
    6. Deleting clips
    7. Moving clips around in the timeline
      1m 33s
    8. Using markers
      1m 7s
  5. 16m 37s
    1. Trimming with the Roll and Ripple tools
      6m 3s
    2. Trimming with the Slip and Slide tools
      3m 30s
    3. Using the Trim Edit window
      3m 6s
    4. Deleting gaps within the timeline
      2m 56s
    5. Keeping everything in sync
      1m 2s
  6. 11m 50s
    1. Adjusting audio levels
      6m 47s
    2. Using audio filters
      1m 37s
    3. Creating audio transitions
      3m 26s
  7. 7m 42s
    1. Overview of video transitions
      2m 15s
    2. Adjusting video transitions
      5m 27s
  8. 7m 24s
    1. When to correct color
      1m 27s
    2. Correcting problems with exposure
      4m 9s
    3. Being broadcast-safe
      1m 48s
  9. 19m 36s
    1. Overview of RT playback
      4m 16s
    2. Using filters
      5m 28s
    3. Compositing
      3m 35s
    4. Adjusting clip speed
      2m 29s
    5. Keying video clips
      3m 48s
  10. 20m 44s
    1. Titling your program
      4m 2s
    2. Creating lower thirds
      2m 32s
    3. Dynamic titling with LiveType
      4m 14s
    4. Using Boris text
      4m 6s
    5. Importing Photoshop files
      2m 13s
    6. Creating credit rolls
      3m 37s
  11. 11m 52s
    1. Polishing before delivering
      1m 33s
    2. Exporting for DVD authoring
      3m 36s
    3. Exporting to tape
      3m 4s
    4. Exporting for the web
      2m 27s
    5. Exporting for iPods
      1m 12s
  12. 1m 26s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 26s

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Final Cut Express 4 Essential Training
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Check out the free training on the new Apple Final Cut Studio suite released July 2009. Final Cut Studio Overview, includes three free hours of tutorials on Final Cut Pro 7, Motion 4, Color 1.5, Soundtrack Pro 3, DVD Studio Pro 4, Compressor 3.5, and Final Cut Server 1.5.

Final Cut Express 4 has brought professional video editing to the weekend editor. In Final Cut Express 4 Essential Training, Final Cut Pro Certified Professional and digital video specialist Lonzell Watson teaches the fundamentals of this software. He shows how Final Cut Express, along with its included program, LiveType 2, offers the power to create animated graphics, perform detailed color correction for broadcast-safe results, and make audio edits. He also provides detailed instruction on how to get finished videos out to the world through DVD authoring, exporting to the web, and optimizing for iPods and other mobile devices. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Adjusting the workspace and preferences for any video creator
  • Bringing content in from outside sources, including tape, photos, and iMovie '08 projects
  • Creating a story through storyboarding, editing with audio cues, and setting transitions
  • Understanding the difference between Final Cut Express and Final Cut Pro
  • Using LiveType 2 to create engaging titles and credit rolls
  • Performing background replacements with chroma keying
  • Creating effects with FX plug-ins
Final Cut Express


Hi! This is Lonzell Watson, professional television director and producer. I will be the instructor for your Essential Training for Apple's Final Cut Express 4. The purpose of this course is to give you an extensive overview of the post-production process as it pertains the Final Cut Express 4, so that you can immediately go out and create your own video works of art. This training has been laid out to follow this same workflow that I use personally as a professional video editor. You will also practice how to put your story together by storyboarding and creating rough cuts of your movie, then we will refine that rough cut into a polished, professional presentation and add sleek animated titles with Apple LiveType.

After we complete our tour of the Final Cut Express interface, I will show you how to create some attention grabbing video by creating effects using chroma-keying, advanced compositing, animating still photos, customizing special effects and creating custom transitions. Last but definitely not least, what's the good in having an amazing piece of video if no one sees it? So we will wrap up by showing you how to serve your video for the web, for DVD distribution, and for playback on the iPod. You will learn all this and more in Final Cut Express Essential Training from

Now let's jump in and get creative!

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Final Cut Express 4 Essential Training .

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Q: After changing the Mac OS X Expose keys to dashes as instructed in the tutorial, the Expose keys -F9, F10, and F11- retain their Expose functions and override the Final Cut keyboard shortcuts. Why have the keys kept their original functions?
A: After setting the Expose Settings to dashes, go into the Mac OS X System Preferences and choose Keyboard. Once there, click on the Keyboard tab, then click to check the box "Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys.” This should release F9, F10, and F11 from their Expose functions and allow them to be uses as editing keys in Final Cut.





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