Final Cut Pro X: stage 1
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
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This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VG251
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
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.
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?
- The Final Cut interface and its windows and functions
- making an edit using the Browser
- Drag&drop editing
- Adjusting audio using keyframes
- Making an append edit
- Making a connect edit
- Understanding the function of a connect edit
- A/B roll editing
- Using the single trimming tool to make a ripple edit.
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
- perform a connect edit
- perform an append edit
- describe the structure of an A/B roll edit and its use.
- use the single trimming tool to make a ripple edit
- use some essential keyboard shortcuts.
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?
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 VG256 Digital video editing using Final Cut Pro X: stage 2.
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.