What is the course about?
Learn the basics of professional editing package Final Cut Pro X and its techniques. We'll guide you through the language of editing, its conventions and common techniques. You'll work on your own Mac using supplied clips to edit short sequences. We will explore various aspects of film editing, both in technical and conceptual terms. This will include basic cutting techniques like inserting and connecting clips, and how to construct a narrative.
What will we cover?
- Use the Event Browser to make a first edit
- Adjusting audio using keyframes
- Making an append edit
- Making a connect edit
- Understanding the function of a connect edit (A/B roll)
- Using the single trimming tool to make a ripple edit
- Rate clips.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- use the Event Browser to make a first edit
- adjust audio using keyframes
- make append and connect edits
- use a connect edit to make an A/B roll edit
- use the single trimming tool to make a ripple edit
- use rating in its basic form.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introduction to Final Cut software and the basic principles of editing moving image footage. It will be helpful if you have some computer experience, particularly on Apple Macs, but this not essential.
You will need be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and be prepared to take part in group discussion. You should be happy using numbers and able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Each week there will be a demonstration of a particular aspect of Final Cut Pro X. This is then followed by an exercise, allowing for some individual tutorial support. Periodically there will be forum sessions where we will look at each other’s work to discuss different aspects of editing and filmmaking and the post-production process. Asking questions and commenting is encouraged at all times. Handbooks, manuals and worksheets are available.
Please note we will be working on Apple Mac computers.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Our high definition cameras and the latest professional equipment and software are available for your use throughout the course. It would be useful to bring a memory stick (or portable hard drive – please note PC-formatted hard drives can be read by Apple Mac computers, but not written to). CDs/DVDs are also available, and you will have your own account in class where you can accumulate your work from week to week.
You might want to consider purchasing books related to the subject of filmmaking and editing. We will provide you with a range of hand-outs, and you can make use of books in the library.
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
By the end of the course you should be comfortable experimenting with editing your own material, either at home or in our open access programme. You may want to join a digital video production class or enrol on an intermediate digital video editing course. You will find a range of courses in the prospectus or on the website.
You can further develop your skills and interest in Digital film making through a range of courses at the City Lit in digital film making, editing and animation. You can also enhance your work through a range of sound design courses at city lit.
You can download a PDF of all the Digital Arts courses on offer at:
http://www.citylit.ac.uk/courses/Art,_design_and_digital_media, search on the web site or request a printed prospectus from the City Lit home page.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details