Final Cut Pro X: Hotshot

3 Day Course
Hands On
Official Curriculum

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Classroom Virtual Classroom Private Group - Virtual Self-Paced Online


Final Cut Pro X is a revolutionary video editing application that makes it possible for beginners and seasoned professionals to achieve stunning results. This three-day, hands-on course teaches hard-to-find advanced editing and finishing techniques. Learn how to create fantastic effects using filters creatively, color correct like a pro, and create complex audio mixes. This course also covers advanced workflows for managing media, including using Compressor.


What you will learn:

  • Working with Compound Clips and auditions.
  • Organizing projects with advanced Metadata techniques.
  • Targeting specific areas to color correct with shape and color masks.
  • Finetuning clips in the timeline with the Precision Editor.
  • Working with Compressor.
  • Creating custom effects and transitions.
  • Finishing and final output.

Target Audience

This class is designed for those who already have a working knowledge of Final Cut Pro X and who want to increase their skills by learning advanced features and efficient workflows.


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Overview of Editing Basics (3 topics)

  • Review of Basic Editing Techniques
  • 3-point Editing Rule
  • Track Targeting

Advanced Editing Techniques (3 topics)

  • Smart Clip Loading
  • Using Match Frame
  • Using Replace Edit and Ganging Playheads

Trimming Basics (3 topics)

  • Basic Rippling
  • Basic Rolling Extend Edit
  • Splitting Edits

Advanced Trimming (5 topics)

  • Trimming from the Keyboard
  • Trim Edit Window
  • Dynamic Trimming
  • Multi-track Trimming
  • Asymmetrical Trimming

Audio Editing (5 topics)

  • Adjusting Levels on the Fly
  • Adjust Levels Dialog
  • Applying Normalization Gain
  • Using Audio Filters- sending to Soundtrack Pro
  • Using the Audio Mixer Window

Multicam Editing (7 topics)

  • Basic Multicamera Edits
  • Working with Multiple Angles
  • Editing Audio and Video Separately
  • Collapsing and Un-collapsing Multiclips
  • Match-framing Multiclips
  • Applying Effects to Multiclips
  • Multiclips and External Video

Compositing in Final Cut Pro (3 topics)

  • Basic Compositing Review
  • Creating Travel Mattes
  • Adding Graphics from a Layered Photoshop File Keyframing Basics and Keyframing in the timeline

Mastering Filters (7 topics)

  • Customizing Filters
  • Understanding Filter Order
  • Filter Timing
  • Limiting Filter Effects
  • Creating Favoirte Filters
  • Hiding and showing Filter Controls
  • Working with Smoothcam

Nesting Sequences (8 topics)

  • Understanding Nested Sequences
  • Using Basic Nesting
  • Nesting in Place
  • Working Around Render Order
  • Mixing Sequence Sizes
  • Nesting as an Editing Tool
  • Nesting Master Filters
  • Unnesting

Preparing for Finishing (7 topics)

  • Nesting Sequences
  • Unnesting Sequences
  • Adding Widescreen mattes
  • Adding BITC
  • Managing Audio Outputs
  • Using the Media Manager
  • Exporting EDLs and XML Files

Troubleshooting Tips (3 topics)

  • Fixing Screen Direction Errors
  • Stealing Audio from Another Shot
  • Removing a Boom

Outputting (7 topics)

  • Sharing to Apple Devices
  • Sharing to DVD and BluRay
  • Sharing for the Web
  • Using Compressor
  • Outputting Audio
  • Exporting Still Frames
  • Exporting QuickTime Movies


Students should have the following prerequisite knowledge prior to attending the course:

  • Knowledge of Mac OS X and basic computer navigation is required.
  • Thorough knowledge of editing terminology is highly recommended.
  • Ideally, students will have attended an FCP Rookie course.

Additional Learning

The courses below may help you meet the knowledge level required to take this course.

  • Final Cut Pro X: Rookie

    This 3-day Apple Final Cut Pro X course will enable you to perform basic editing functions with professional quality video.

    3 Day Course Hands On Training Official Curriculum Course Code FCPXL1
    Classroom Virtual Classroom Private Group - Virtual Self-Paced Online

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