Final Cut Pro X and digital editing

Course Dates: 17/06/24 - 05/08/24
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Keeley Street
Familiarise yourself in this practical course with the language of editing, its essential conventions and common techniques using Apple’s flagship professional editing program Final Cut.
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Final Cut Pro X and digital editing
  • Course Code: VG256
  • Dates: 17/06/24 - 05/08/24
  • Time: 18:00 - 21:00
  • Taught: Mon, Evening
  • Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Lily Markiewicz

Course Code: VG256

Mon, eve, 17 Jun - 05 Aug '24

Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Learn the basics of Final Cut Pro, a professional editing package and its techniques. Familiarise yourself with the language of editing, its conventions and common techniques. Work on your own Mac and use supplied clips to edit little sequences. We will cover various aspects of film editing, both in technical and conceptual terms. This includes basic cutting techniques, like inserting and connecting clips, and how to construct a narrative.

What will we cover?

- Understanding the interface
- Use the Event Browser to make a first edit
- Adjust audio using keyframes
- Make an append edit
- Make a connect edit
- Understand the function of a connect edit (A/B roll)
- Use the trimming tool to make a ripple edit
- Essential data-management.

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 an append edit
- Make a connect edit
- Use a connect edit to make an A/B roll edit
- Use the trimming tool to make a ripple edit
- Place and work with markers
- Rate clips.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introduction to Final Cut and the basic principles of editing moving image footage. It will be helpful if you have some computer experience, but it this not essential.

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. This is then followed by an exercise, allowing for some individual tutorial support. Periodically there will be forum sessions were we will look at each other’s work to discuss different aspects of editing/ filmmaking in general and the post-production process. Asking questions and commenting is encouraged at all times. Handbooks, manuals and worksheets are available.
You will be taught with workshops, short lectures, practical exercises, tutorials and handouts. Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in Digital arts, Graphics & Illustration and Photography.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You may want to purchase removable storage to collect and keep your data safe, though you will have your own account in class where you can accumulate your work from week to week.
You might also want to consider purchasing books related to the subject of film-making and editing. We will provide you with a range of handouts, and you can make use of books in the library.

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 available.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

By the end of the course you should be comfortable to work with your own material and to experiment on your own, either at home or in our open access programme.
Film, Video, Lighting & sound,
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.

Lily Markiewicz Tutor Website

Lily is a freelance film editor and consultant. Her main work over the past 10 years has been in helping people turn their dreams and visions into interesting films and successful artworks. She specialises in film editing, but also consults on all other aspects of film making and fine art. “To me, helping people find the stories the really want to tell and turn them into enjoyable and interesting films is uniquely rewarding and deeply fulfilling. I am particularly interested in enabling people’s own capacity, teaching them both practical skills (e.g. use of software and technical aspects of filmmaking) alongside conceptual underpinnings and critical engagement (version of visual literacy).” She has been teaching film and video related subjects ever since her own postgraduate student days. She is also an award-winning and internationally exhibited/collected artist.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.