Training and Certification

FCP 101: Introduction to Final Cut Pro X


Final Cut Pro X is a revolutionary video editing application that helps beginners and seasoned professionals achieve stunning results. In this three-day hands-on course, students become familiar with the user interface while they learn how to perform editing functions. Students work with real-world media to learn practical approaches to video editing—from basic techniques to Final Cut Pro’s powerful advanced features.

How will I benefit?

 On completion of this course you'll be able to:

  • Use Final Cut Pro X, Apple's revolutionary new video editing software package
  • Employ key video editing techniques
  • Gain highly valued Apple Technical certification to demonstrate your committment and endorse your expertise to both users and potential clients

What will I learn?

  • Using workflows
  • Using libraries to organize and manage events, media, and projects
  • Applying exceptionally fast, fluid editing techniques for video and audio
  • Fine-tuning clips in the timeline
  • Comparing alternate shots from a collection of clips
  • Applying effects, transitions, and retiming clips
  • Finishing and final project


This course covers the requirements to become an Apple Certified Pro, Final Cut Pro X Level One. The exam can be taken on the afternoon of the last day of the course or later on one of our Apple Exam Sessions

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Course Outline

Day 1




Getting Started


• Upgrade earlier versions of events and projects
• Download and prepare lesson media files
• Understand basic Final Cut Pro workflow

Importing Media


• Define the clip, event, and library containers
• Understand the differences between managed and external media files
• Create a camera archive
• Import files using Media Import and the Finder

Organizing Clips

• Apply keywords to clip and clip ranges
• Search and filter clips by keywords
• Batch rename clips
• Add notes and ratings to a clip
• Create Smart Collections
• Detect people and composition within clips
• Understand and assign roles

Making the First Edit

• Create a project
• Add and rearrange clips within a primary storyline
• Ripple, Roll, and Slip trim clips
• Blade, replace with gap, ripple delete, and join through edit

Day 2




Making the First Edit (Continued)

• Perform connect edits
• Create and edit in connected storyline
• Adjust audio levels
• Share the project to a media file

Revising the Edit

• Define and distinguish the two types of project duplication
• Understand the replace edit options
• Use the Dashboard for playhead positioning
• Use markers for clip synchronization and task notes
• Create and edit with an audition clip
• Refine project using trim to playhead and trim to selection

Enhancing the Edit

• Vary the playback speed of clips
• Modify the look of clips with effects
• Utilize transitions
• Adjust transform and compositing controls
• Create compound clips

Finishing the Edit

• Add and modify a lower third
• Split edit audio and video
• Keyframe audio
• Color correct a clip

Day 3




Sharing a Project

• Export to a media file
• Post media to an online host
• Create a bundle for multiple platforms
• Understand the XML workflow
• Identify and distinguish the two Compressor export options

Managing Libraries

• Differentiate external and managed media
• Import as managed and external media
• Move and copy clips within and between libraries

Advancing Your Workflow

• Identify manual options for new projects
• Synchronize dual system recordings
• Create a chroma key
• Understand the multicam workflow



Certification Exam

Students take an end user exam to earn Apple Certified Pro, Final Cut Pro X Level One status

Course Dates

Please get in touch with us for information on when we are running this course.

More information about this course

Apple Authorised Training

  • This is an Apple Authorised course. The price includes the core text and the examination voucher fee. The exam session begins at approximately 3:00 pm on the final afternoon.
  • A pass in the exam leads to Apple Certified Pro, Level One in Final Cut Pro X.
  • More details are on the Apple website

Attending the course:

  • The course starts at 9:30 am on the first day and 9:00 am on subsequent days. Each day finishes at 5:00 pm.
  • We're open from 8:30 am for coffee, papers and magazines and WIFI. 
  • Important things like great coffee, tea, water, biscuits, mints and lunch are provided. 
  • The course takes place in our Apple training suite so there's no need to bring anything with you

Our Prices

  • The price published is fully inclusive of the core text and the examination fee. 
  • We don't charge VAT (we're part of Leeds  Beckett University so our courses are zero rated)



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Attendee Review (Participant review) Thu 28th Aug 2014
"Great course, great tutor - well paced and at the right level of detail."
Attendee Review (Participant review) Thu 28th Aug 2014
"All in all a very useful introduction to Final Cut Pro!"
Attendee Review (Participant review) Tue 9th Aug 2011
"Very good experience all round! Trainer excellent,environment excellent for training"