Final Cut Pro X: stage 1

Course Dates: 04/03/21 - 01/04/21
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Online
Want to edit video like a professional? Get to grips with the industry software Final Cut Pro X on this intensive introductory course, learning the basic principles and technical skills of editing movie footage. Discover the conventions of professional editing, how to construct a narrative, and the technical features specific to Final Cut Pro X, trying your hand at basic cutting techniques to produce seamless videos on your own computer.
This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: VG255

Finished Thu, eve, 04 Mar - 01 Apr '21

Duration: 4 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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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, manipulating sound and how to sequence and 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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Selecting clips for editing using the Event Browser
- Creating a rough cut using append editing
- How to adjust audio using keyframes
- Connecting edits using A/B roll editing
- Fine tuning your edits using the trimming tool
- Exporting 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 using single selections
- make an append edit using keyboard shortcuts
- adjust audio using keyframes
- make a connect edit using keyboard shortcuts
- create an A/B roll edit
- use the single trimming tool to make a ripple edit
- export clips as QuickTime movies.

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

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

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 discussions. 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. Periodically there will be forum sessions were we will look at each other’s work to discuss different aspects of editing and 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?

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.


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

You can develop your skills further in 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 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.