Final Cut Pro X and digital editing
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VG256
Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)
What is the course about?
Good editing is about two things: knowing your tools and how to best use them, and knowing how to structure a sequence so it flows flawlessly. In this course we will look at both of these aspects in more detail, exploring Final Cut Pro's advanced tools and techniques, and considering how to structure and create a successful narrative. We will use supplied clips and work on at least one portfolio piece.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- How to use metadata to help set up an edit
- Using trimming tools to fine-tune an edit
- Advanced techniques for fine-tuning content, such as replacing and sliding
- Changing the appearance of a clip by changing scale, composition etc.
- Using text
- The use of effects to create and change a ‘look’.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- name and rate clips
- create usable keyword collections
- ripple and roll a clip
- use three-point editing to replace and/or overwrite clips in the timeline
- change the scale of a clip
- animate a transformation (e.g. scale) over time
- create a Ken Burns effect
- create a basic title
- create a basic mask
- use the colour match facility.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an intermediate class in Final Cut Pro X and editing moving image footage. It
You will need to 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. This is then followed by an exercise, allowing for some individual tutorial support. At least half of the course time is spent working on a sustainable project. There will be a 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.
Please note we will be working on Apple Mac computers.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will receive an email at least 2.5hrs before your session starts with details of the live session link. Please be
aware you will need to check your email address that is associated with your city lit account.
- As we use Google Classroom E-learning platform to share all tasks, notes, resources and demo videos, you will
need to login into our Google classroom before each sessions starts.
- You will need a computer or laptop. Ideally with a fully updated Google Chrome browser.
- You will need to have a functioning version of Final Cut Pro X installed on your computer prior to the course. It would be useful to bring a memory stick or portable hard drive to save your work.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can develop your skills further in Digital video editing: stage 3 and Video editing: Final Cut Pro X tips and tricks.
You can also develop your film making skills in Documentary, Narrative or Experimental film making classes.
City Lit offer a range of courses in video and DSLR film making, editing, sound, animated SFX with After Effects, digital and stop motion 2D and 3D Animation and an array of other visual arts courses to enhance your film making practice.
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.