Start your free trial now, and begin learning software, business and creative skills—anytime, anywhere—with video instruction from recognized industry experts.

Final Cut Pro 7 Essential Training

with Abba Shapiro

Video: Welcome

Teaches the core features and tools that will take a hodgepodge of video clips and turn them into a finished project.
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 3m 38s
    1. Welcome
    2. Remapping operating system functions
      1m 36s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 14s
  2. 34m 17s
    1. Launching the application for the first time
      3m 52s
    2. Adjusting essential preferences
      3m 54s
    3. Learning the interface
      4m 16s
    4. Customizing the window layout
      4m 15s
    5. The four ways to drive Final Cut Pro
      7m 32s
    6. Organizing the browser
      8m 9s
    7. Tab improvements
      2m 19s
  3. 13m 16s
    1. Editing with the Viewer window
      8m 31s
    2. Marking clips
      1m 58s
    3. Marking in the timeline
      2m 47s
  4. 47m 45s
    1. Working with audio in the Viewer window
      3m 39s
    2. Track targeting
      4m 43s
    3. Three-point editing
      5m 31s
    4. Manipulating the playhead
      5m 47s
    5. Moving clips in the timeline
      4m 1s
    6. Adjusting edit points in the timeline
      3m 53s
    7. Splitting clips
      5m 11s
    8. Multitrack editing
      2m 47s
    9. Deleting clips
      2m 14s
    10. Performing an insert edit
      3m 21s
    11. Performing a shuffle edit
      1m 48s
    12. Other ways to work with clips
      4m 50s
  5. 44m 52s
    1. Performing a replace edit
      2m 57s
    2. Linking and unlinking
      5m 45s
    3. Roll and ripple edits
      7m 0s
    4. Adjusting edit points on the fly
      2m 38s
    5. Slip and slide edits
      7m 49s
    6. Creating subclips
      3m 42s
    7. Match framing
      5m 22s
    8. Editing audio and video
      9m 39s
  6. 14m 43s
    1. Taking control of your timeline
      3m 24s
    2. Changing track visibility and locking
      2m 31s
    3. Auto Select
      2m 10s
    4. Creating keyboard shortcuts
      3m 30s
    5. Creating buttons
      3m 8s
  7. 27m 50s
    1. Introduction to mixing
      4m 20s
    2. Adjusting audio levels in the viewer
      3m 11s
    3. Adjusting audio levels in the timeline
      7m 34s
    4. Fading audio
      6m 23s
    5. Adjusting the audio mix on the fly
      3m 6s
    6. Using the Audio Mixer tool
      3m 16s
  8. 20m 20s
    1. Inserting markers
      3m 3s
    2. Types of markers
      4m 31s
    3. Moving and repositioning markers
      2m 10s
    4. Snapping markers to each other
      2m 26s
    5. Transcribing using markers
      1m 54s
    6. Navigating to markers
      1m 48s
    7. Ripple-deleting markers
      1m 17s
    8. Subclipping using markers
      1m 53s
    9. Exporting markers
      1m 18s
  9. 21m 41s
    1. Fit to fill
      3m 55s
    2. Changing speed at a constant rate
      4m 41s
    3. Changing speed at a variable rate
      10m 47s
    4. Creating and using freeze frames
      2m 18s
  10. 31m 22s
    1. Using transitions
      8m 13s
    2. Modifying transitions
      1m 23s
    3. Introduction to rendering
      7m 46s
    4. Applying bulk transitions
      2m 1s
    5. Alpha transitions
      6m 42s
    6. Saving favorites
      5m 17s
  11. 26m 1s
    1. Using filters
      2m 19s
    2. Modifying filters
      5m 40s
    3. The Color Corrector
      7m 17s
    4. Smoothcam
      4m 58s
    5. Saving favorites
      1m 54s
    6. Filterpacs
      3m 53s
  12. 19m 41s
    1. Working with stills
      10m 56s
    2. Moving on stills
      3m 4s
    3. Working with layered Photoshop files
      5m 41s
  13. 19m 0s
    1. Creating basic titles
      3m 57s
    2. Creating lower thirds
      3m 19s
    3. Creating outline text
      4m 29s
    4. Creating a credit roll
      4m 7s
    5. Using master templates
      3m 8s
  14. 19m 6s
    1. Introducing multicam editing
      1m 40s
    2. Creating a multicam clip using sync points
      2m 50s
    3. Creating a multicam clip with timecode
      2m 21s
    4. Editing a multicam clip in a timeline
      5m 5s
    5. Refining your multicam edit
      7m 10s
  15. 32m 0s
    1. Importing files and folders
      2m 9s
    2. Importing audio into Final Cut Pro
      3m 25s
    3. Preparing for log and capture
      6m 18s
    4. Special considerations for HDV users
      1m 26s
    5. Logging clips
      7m 6s
    6. Capturing clips
      6m 19s
    7. The Log and Transfer window
      4m 13s
    8. Reconnecting media
      1m 4s
  16. 8m 2s
    1. Exporting to a QuickTime movie
      2m 32s
    2. Sharing
      2m 36s
    3. Sending to Compressor
      1m 2s
    4. Printing to video
      1m 52s
  17. 48s
    1. Goodbye

please wait ...
Final Cut Pro 7 Essential Training
Video duration: 0s 6h 24m Beginner


Final Cut Pro 7 Essential Training demonstrates why Final Cut Pro is the primary tool for professional video editors. It gives users access to nonlinear editing workflows, collaboration features, and creative tools. Apple Certified instructor Abba Shapiro teaches the core features and tools that will take a hodgepodge of video clips and turn them into a finished project. He moves through the entire process, from selecting and refining the best takes to building a story. Using advanced editing techniques, he shows how to refine that story into a tight and effective show. Abba covers all the steps needed to get up and running, cut a story, mix audio, and deliver a final project. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Preparing for an optimal Final Cut Pro editing experience
  • Taking control of the Timeline by mastering the interface and learning the best keyboard shortcuts
  • Learning the best practices for bringing clips into the Timeline
  • Refining the Timeline with Ripple, Roll, Slip, and Slide edits
  • Performing quick and easy color corrections
  • Understanding and using the new markers features
  • Importing video and audio files from tape, P2 media cards, and music CDs
  • Understanding how to shoot and edit with multiple cameras
  • Sharing a finished project on DVD, an MP3 player, or YouTube
Final Cut Pro


(Music playing) Hi! I'm Abba Shapiro and welcome to Final Cut Pro 7 Essential Training. If you are new to the application, you will learn everything you need to know to build a show. If you are using Final Cut Pro already, you will learn about many of the new features of Final Cut Pro 7, and discover how you can work smarter and faster. Some of the areas that we'll cover include using keyboard shortcuts to quickly scan, select, and edit your media, mixing audio, working with transitions and filters, and color correcting your footage.

We will also explore some advanced editing techniques, such as zooming in and around still images, and stabilizing bumpy shots with the SmoothCam Filter. Now let's explore Final Cut Pro 7.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Final Cut Pro 7 Essential Training .

Expand all | Collapse all
please wait ...
Q: Is there a course in the Online Training Library that teaches more about burning Blu-ray Discs? Is Final Cut Pro a good tool for Blu-ray?
A: Final Cut Pro’s ability to burn Blu-ray Discs is very limited. Apple markets the functionality more as the ability to "create a Blu-ray screener." A good alternative to Final Cut Pro for Blu-ray authoring is Adobe Encore. If you want to author a more complex Blu-ray Disc, check out Chapter 17 of the Encore CS5 Essential Training, and the movie “About Blu-ray Discs and HD Video.”
Q: What is the quickest way to set up hardware with Final Cut Pro?
A: The easiest way to set up hardware in Final Cut Pro (version 7 and above) is, fittingly, the Easy Setup. Go to the Final Cut > Easy Setup and select the options that best fit the hardware being used. 
Q: How does one open the exercise files that come with the course? When trying to import the files in Final Cut Pro, they are visible, but not selectable/grayed out. What is the reason for this?
A: The project files cannot be opened from within the application. The Import command is only used for media files. Simply double-click on the exercise files from the Finder to open the files in Final Cut Pro.
Q: When attempting to import the exercise file in the "Fit to Fill" video, the clip icon displays properly and the video appears in the canvas. However, after going to the beginning of the Timeline and attempting to play the video, it displays as "Unrendered" in the Canvas window. How can this be fixed?
A: Make sure Unlimited RT is checked in the upper left corner of the Timeline window. Unlimited RT will push the computer as hard as possible. Playback may have dropped frames. This is normal and OK. Clips will automatically render on export.
The clip can also be rendered by pressing Cmd+R and will play without dropped frames and full resolution.
Q: Is there a setting in Final Cut Pro that will enable the use of the Log and Capture function when importing video from a digital camera, specifically, a Canon 5D Mark II? Despite following the instructions in the Chapter 14 movie “Preparing for log and capture," the Log and Capture function does not work.
A: First off, when importing tapeless media, the Log and Transfer function must be used, not Log and Capture. See “The Log and Transfer window” video in Chapter 14. Secondly, the media must be connected through a card reader, not the camera, in order to import the video. Lastly, make sure to install the Canon Final Cut plug-in as well as the latest Canon 5D Mark II firmware, which updates some of the video functions.
Q: At about 1:40 in the "Taking control of your timeline" video, the author states that by holding the Command key and adjusting the track height, all audio or video tracks will follow. However, this doesn’t work for me, but works with the Option key. Is this a custom keyboard shortcut the author uses?
A: This is an error in the video. The Option key is indeed the correct key to use to adjust the track heights, not the Command key.
Q: The author asks us to reassign some commands, using system preferences. When using the Mountain Lion operating system, the Exposé window is not available. Is there a workaround for this operating system? Will I have these kinds of compatibility problems throughout the training?
A: Mountain Lion uses "Mission Control" in settings. F9 and F10 no longer need to be remapped and F11 and f12 can be. There should be no other foreseeable issues following along with the course.





Don't show this message again
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.

Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ .

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now Already a member? Log in

* Estimated file size

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.

Mark all as unwatched Cancel


You have completed Final Cut Pro 7 Essential Training.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


Upgrade to View Courses Offline


With our new Desktop App, Annual Premium Members can download courses for Internet-free viewing.

Upgrade Now

After upgrading, download Desktop App Here.

Become a Member and Create Custom Playlists

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of online learning video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Log in

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

You started this assessment previously and didn’t complete it.

You can pick up where you left off, or start over.

Resume Start over

Learn more, save more. Upgrade today!

Get our Annual Premium Membership at our best savings yet.

Upgrade to our Annual Premium Membership today and get even more value from your subscription:

“In a way, I feel like you are rooting for me. Like you are really invested in my experience, and want me to get as much out of these courses as possible this is the best place to start on your journey to learning new material.”— Nadine H.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.

Sign up and receive emails about and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from

Sign up and receive emails about and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.