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Final Cut Pro X 10.1.x Essential Training

with Ashley Kennedy

Video: Welcome

Learn how to build and refine your story with the redesigned editing toolset in Final Cut Pro X.
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  1. 22m 14s
    1. Welcome
      1m 15s
    2. Using the exercise files
      3m 29s
    3. FCP X v. 10.1.2: Media Management Updates
      9m 53s
    4. FCP X v. 10.1.2: Organization and Audio Updates
      7m 37s
  2. 25m 27s
    1. Understanding file structure in Final Cut Pro (FCP) X
      5m 37s
    2. Understanding how FCP X works: Story-line-based editing vs. track-based editing
      2m 33s
    3. Taking a tour of the FCP X interface
      9m 22s
    4. Accessing additional tools
      5m 55s
    5. Getting to know the projects for this course
      2m 0s
  3. 43m 18s
    1. Updating projects and events from previous versions of FCP X
      9m 25s
    2. Creating and organizing events from scratch
      5m 47s
    3. Basic library and event management
      8m 8s
    4. Organizing footage with keywords and ratings
      10m 18s
    5. Performing searches and creating Smart Collections
      4m 52s
    6. Displaying event data
      4m 48s
  4. 39m 16s
    1. Playing, marking, and subclipping shots in preparation for editing
      7m 9s
    2. Understanding different types of editing tools
      6m 59s
    3. Making the first edits: Using Insert and Append edits
      5m 38s
    4. Changing shots: Using Overwrite and Replace edits
      5m 39s
    5. Performing video- and audio-only edits
      2m 31s
    6. Moving clips within the primary story line: Swapping shots, splitting clips, and creating gaps
      4m 13s
    7. Removing material from the primary story line
      3m 2s
    8. Understanding timeline navigation: Snapping, skimming, zooming, and panning.
      4m 5s
  5. 23m 6s
    1. Trimming clips: Using the Ripple tool
      8m 38s
    2. Manipulating transitions and creating split edits: Using the Roll tool
      5m 27s
    3. Changing clip content and position: Performing Slip and Slide edits
      5m 35s
    4. Using the Precision Editor for fine trimming control
      3m 26s
  6. 14m 1s
    1. Connecting clips to the primary story line
      7m 2s
    2. Understanding features and limitations of connected clips
      3m 40s
    3. Working with secondary story lines
      3m 19s
  7. 30m 30s
    1. Adjusting audio level and channel configuration via the Inspector
      8m 22s
    2. Keyframing audio in the timeline
      5m 3s
    3. Repairing audio problems automatically
      5m 9s
    4. Adjusting audio EQ
      4m 41s
    5. Recording audio
      4m 1s
    6. Syncing audio from multiple sources
      3m 14s
  8. 24m 20s
    1. Nesting and breaking apart clips
      3m 59s
    2. Performing quick extractions using Top and Tail edits
      5m 43s
    3. Auditioning clips to try multiple editing options
      4m 4s
    4. Working with markers
      4m 56s
    5. Customizing the keyboard and workspace
      5m 38s
  9. 13m 57s
    1. Syncing your multicam group clips
      6m 43s
    2. Performing a multicam edit
      3m 49s
    3. Refining the multicam edit
      3m 25s
  10. 1h 20m
    1. Working with basic motion effects: Transform, Crop, and Distort
      9m 46s
    2. Using motion effects with still photos and graphics
      5m 39s
    3. Adding and adjusting transition effects
      7m 9s
    4. Adding and adjusting video effects
      6m 9s
    5. Adding and adjusting audio effects
      4m 24s
    6. Keyframing video and audio effects over time
      6m 2s
    7. Copying and pasting effect properties
      4m 44s
    8. Creating and adjusting titles
      6m 58s
    9. Working with generator effects
      6m 15s
    10. Adding animated themes
      3m 39s
    11. Creating freeze frames
      3m 22s
    12. Using speed effects to retime clips
      7m 33s
    13. Working with layered Photoshop files
      4m 39s
    14. Understanding rendering options and preferences
      4m 0s
  11. 34m 14s
    1. Analyzing footage for problems
      3m 54s
    2. Following a proper color correction workflow
      9m 48s
    3. Applying multiple color corrections to clips
      3m 32s
    4. Using color correction templates
      3m 3s
    5. Using automatic color correction tools
      5m 55s
    6. Performing secondary color correction with color masks
      4m 9s
    7. Performing color correction adjustments using shape masks
      3m 53s
  12. 19m 29s
    1. Taking a closer look at the import and analysis options
      6m 36s
    2. Importing from cards and file-based cameras
      4m 37s
    3. Importing iMovie projects and events
      2m 9s
    4. Capturing from tape
      3m 6s
    5. Making a tape archive
      3m 1s
  13. 11m 44s
    1. Managing events and libraries between different drives and destinations
      9m 14s
    2. Managing render files
      2m 30s
  14. 35m 56s
    1. Sharing projects using presets
      6m 52s
    2. Exporting a hi-res QuickTime movie
      5m 41s
    3. Using Compressor to export with custom settings
      9m 27s
    4. Exporting a still image
      1m 38s
    5. Exporting to DVD or Blu-ray with chapter markers
      4m 26s
    6. Exporting stems out of the timeline using roles
      7m 52s
  15. 3m 14s
    1. Next steps
      3m 14s

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Final Cut Pro X 10.1.x Essential Training
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Learn how to build and refine your story with the redesigned editing toolset in Final Cut Pro X. In this course, author Ashley Kennedy focuses on getting you comfortable with each aspect of the editing process in Final Cut—from preparation and organization, to editing and refining, to audio and effects, to media management and exporting. Each stage of the postproduction workflow is explained thoroughly and concisely, and uses real-world examples from both narrative and documentary workflows.

This course and its exercise files are only compatible with Final Cut Pro X v10.1 or later. If you are running a prior version of Final Cut Pro X please upgrade your software to v10.1, or, if you chose not to upgrade, use the pre-v10.1 Final Cut Pro X Essentials course that's still available in the library.

Topics include:
  • Understanding nonlinear editing
  • Creating, organizing and managing libraries and events
  • Organizing footage with keywords and ratings
  • Playing and marking clips
  • Performing Insert, Append, Overwrite, and Replace edits
  • Moving and removing clips
  • Trimming in the timeline: performing ripple, roll, slip and slide edits
  • Working with connected clips and multiple storylines
  • Adjusting audio levels, EQ, and more
  • Performing a multicam edit
  • Adding and animating video and audio effects
  • Working with motion effects, speed effects, titles, themes, and generators
  • Performing primary and secondary color correction
  • Importing and analyzing footage from multiple platforms
  • Managing media and project data
  • Sharing and exporting projects
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Hi, I'm Ashley Kennedy. Welcome to the Final Cut Pro X Essential Training. This training is for all users of Final Cut Pro 10.1 and later. If you're using Final Cut Pro X 10.0.9 or earlier, please check out the applicable training also available on In this course, I'll show you many of Final Cut's powerful organizational tools and techniques so you can find exactly what you need exactly when you need it.

I'll show you basic and intermediate editing techniques as we work in both documentary and dramatic narrative projects. We'll take a look at how to enhance your program's audio using many of the integrated audio editing and equalization tools as well as how to use Final Cut's robust color correction tools to perform both primary and secondary color correction. We'll explore how to apply all types of effects to enrich your video graphics and audio. And I'll show you how to input, output, media manage and trouble shoot your materials so that you can feel comfortable with the technical components of editing as well as the artistic.

So let's have fun as we begin to take a look at many exciting possibilities inside of Final Cut Pro X.

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