Final Cut Pro 5: The Essentials

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Overview Visual effects guru, Brian Maffitt helps you get up to speed on the leading Mac-based video editing application during …


Visual effects guru, Brian Maffitt helps you get up to speed on the leading Mac-based video editing application during this Final Cut Pro 5 video training series, produced in HD. With Final Cut Pro 5: The Essentials, it’s easy to fine tune your skills by accessing the same video clips used by your host, Brian Maffitt, to give you hands on experience with the new techniques. You’ll learn how to work with HDV footage, make edits, add effects, output your project, and more.

Learning with Study 365 has many advantages. The course material is delivered straight to you and can be adapted to fit in with your lifestyle. It is created by experts within the industry, meaning you are receiving accurate information, which is up-to-date and easy to understand.

This course is comprised of professional learning material, all delivered through a system that you will have access to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 365 days (12 months).

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  • Career Path:
  • Film students
  • Videographers
  • Video editors
  • Bloggers
  • Aspiring media editors
  • Creatives
  • Graphic designers

This course is comprised of the following modules:

Part 01

  • Module 1: Getting Started
  • Module 2: The Basics of Editing
  • Module 3: Getting Around: the Browser & Viewer
  • Module 4: Getting Around: the Timeline
  • Module 5: Editing With the Tools
  • Module 6. Setting Up a New Project
  • Module 7: Using Transitions
  • Module 8: Setting Preferences
  • Module 9: Logging & Capturing Clips

Part 02

  • Module 1: Storyboarding & Trimming
  • Module 2: Working with Graphics
  • Module 3: Controlling Motion
  • Module 4: Affecting Video
  • Module 5: Audio Fundamentals
  • Module 6: Output & Export

Brian Maffitt brings a singularly diverse background to presenting and directing. As a former professional actor, photographer, carpenter, and Graceland Tour Guide, he jumped on board the computer graphic revolution in the late 1980s. He founded MAFF/x in 1993 and won several awards for video production, interactive design, and animation. Brian also co-founded Atomic Power Corporation and released two award-winning sets of software plugins for After Effects, “Psunami”, and “Evolution”. The latter was acquired by Adobe in 2001 and is now included with every copy of After Effects sold, and has been featured prominently in untold commercials and films, including Pixar’s Academy Award-winning “The Incredibles”.

A combination of communication skills and computer proficiency made video training a natural progression. As Total Training’s co-founder and Chief Creative Officer, he is devoted to great training, crafted by an extraordinary creative team, for exceptional customers. And if he can occasionally make you smile (or roll your eyes) along the way, so much the better.

From the day you purchase the course, you will have 12 months access to the online study platform. As the course is self-paced you can decide how fast or slow the training goes, and are able to complete the course in stages, revisiting the training at any time. 

At the end of the course, you will have one assignment to be submitted (you need a mark of 65% to pass) and you can submit the assignment at any time. You will only need to pay £19 for assessment and certification when you submit the assignment. You will receive the results within 72 hours of submittal, and will be sent a certificate in 7-14 days if you have successfully passed. 

Successful candidates will be awarded a certificate for Final Cut Pro 5: The Essentials.

Learners must be age 16 or over and should have a basic understanding of the English Language, numeracy, literacy, and ICT. 

Learn the best video editing application present in the market today with this course, learning from many different video series which will enable you to gain the necessary training on the subject. Gain hands-on experience on the practical aspect of the course by learning new skills in this course. Learn to edit, add different effects to your project, and come out with many useful outputs to your project. A career with bright prospects await you with the completion of this course. According to, some of the key job positions along with the average UK salary per annum you can go for after completing this course will be as follows.

  • Media Editor - £24,020 per annum
  • Production Editor - £24,129 per annum
  • Graphic designers - £21,956 per annum
  • Video Editor - £24,020 per annum
  • Videographers - £23,073 per annum

Course Curriculum

Part 01
1: Getting Started
1. Launching a Final Cut Pro Project
2. Arranging Your Workspace
3. Introducing the Browser
4. Introducing the Viewer
5. Introducing the Timeline & the Canvas
6. Rendering Files
7. Playing Back in Fullscreen View
2: The Basics of Editing
1. Creating a New Sequence
2. Searching for Specific Clips Using the Find Dialog Box
3. Customizing the Timeline
4. Adding Clips to the Timeline & Closing Gaps
5. Assembling Clips with Snapping Turned On
6. Very Basic Editing
7. Trimming with the Blade Tool
8. Using Add Edit to Blade Selected Clips
9. Using In & Out Points in the Viewer
10. Three Point Editing & Using the J, K & L Keys
11. Overwriting vs. Inserting Clips
12. Editing by Using Primarily Keyboard Shortcuts
13. Saving Your Project
3: Getting Around: the Browser & Viewer
1. Moving & Closing Tabs
2. Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts & Utilizing Tooltips
3. Navigating the Browser Window
4. Changing Browser View Settings & Labeling Clips
5. Viewing Thumbnails & Changing the Poster Frame
6. Exploring Viewer Window Display Options
7. Viewing Channels & Transparency
8. Exploring Playhead Sync Options & Generators
4: Getting Around: the Timeline
1. Customizing Your Timeline
2. Navigating the Timeline
3. Zooming Inside the Timeline
4. Navigating Gaps
5. Timeline Audio & Video Controls
6. Source & Destination Controls
7. Viewing Clip Keyframes & Overlays
8. Setting & Navigating Markers in the Timeline
9. Setting & Editing Markers in a Clip
10. Modifying Marker Durations
11. Making Practical Use of Markers
12. Navigating & Deleting Markers
5: Editing With the Tools
1. Assembling Clips in the Timeline
2. Selecting, Linking & Stereo Pairs
3. Reordering Clips with the Insert Edit Function
4. Making Ripple Deletes & Ripple Cuts
5. Using the Roll & Ripple Tools
6. Slipping & Sliding in the Timeline
7. Making a Match Action Edit
8. Keyframing & Layering Audio Tracks
9. Adjusting Audio Levels & Adding Transitions
10. Creating & Rendering Audio Effects in Real Time
11. Using the Track Selection Tools
6. Setting Up a New Project
1. Changing Your Easy Setup
2. External A/V Devices & HDV
3. How Easy Setup Affects Your Project
4. Working with Non-Standard Compressors
5. Creating Your Own Easy Setup
6. Creating an Easy Setup from Scratch
7: Using Transitions
1. Setting Your Scratch Disks
2. Using the Real Time Options
3. Introducing Transitions
4. Applying Transitions
5. Understanding the Render Color Codes
6. Rendering Transitions
7. Modifying Transitions
8. Adjusting Pre-roll & Post-roll Options
9. Customizing Transition Parameters
10. Creating a Page Peel
11. Setting a Default Transition
12. Selecting Multiple Transitions at Once
8: Setting Preferences
1. Introducing Preferences
2. Setting Values for Levels of Undo & Recent Clips
3. Adjusting Audio Tracks, Quality & Real Time Video
4. Setting Autosave Vault Options
5. Activating Warnings & Dropped Frame Settings
6. Setting the Auto Render Values
7. Changing the Duration of a Still & the Editing Prefs
8. Turning On Dupe Detection
9. Setting Labels & Timeline Options
10. Choosing Render Control Options
11. Setting the Scratch Disks
12. Setting Search Folders & Memory & Cache
13. Adjusting More System Settings
14. Backing Up Your Preferences
9: Logging & Capturing Clips
1. Setting Up for Capture
2. Introducing the Log and Capture Window
3. Setting In & Out Points & Setting the Logging Bin
4. Entering Clip Information
5. Capturing Logged Clips
6. Deleting Unwanted Clips
7. Adjusting Log and Capture Clip Settings
8. Capturing Footage & Applying DV Start/Stop Detect
9. Creating New Clips on Start/Stop Capturing HDV Footage
10. Capturing Clips with Batch Lists
11. Final Comments & Credits
Part 02
1: Storyboarding & Trimming
1. Preparing for Storyboarding
2. Storyboarding the Clips
3. Adding Clips to the Timeline & Opening the Trim Window
4. Introducing the Trim Edit Window
5. Rolling & Rippling within the Trim Edit Window
6. Finding the Best Point to Make a Cut
7. Trimming Using the Mouse & the J, K, & L Keys
8. Dynamic Trimming Using the J, K, & L Keys
9. Understanding In Shift & Out Shift
2: Working with Graphics
1. Working with Adobe(R) Illustrator(R) Files in FCP
2. Importing an Illustrator File into Adobe Photoshop(R) for use in FCP
3. Sizing Graphics to Import into an HDV Timeline
4. Resizing Images in Final Cut Pro
5. Importing PSD Files as an Image & as a Sequence
6. Using the Photoshop Levels Command to Fix a Scanned Image
7. Straightening an Image in Photoshop
8. Making an Image a Layered File with Transparency
9. Removing Anti-Aliased Edges from an Image
10. Working with Alpha Channels
11. Working with Aspect Ratios & Resolutions
12. Understanding Pixel Aspect Ratio
13. Setting the Correct Alpha Channel Type
14. Making New Layers Via Selections inside Photoshop
15. Importing a Photoshop File with Layer Effects into FCP
16. Potential Problems Changing the Contents of a Layer
3: Controlling Motion
1. Importing Still Images
2. Creating a Container Sequence
3. Introducing the Motion Settings
4. Adjusting Scale & Rotation in the Viewer
5. Adjusting Scale & Rotation in the Canvas
6. Adjusting Center Values & Anchor Point
7. Adjusting the Anchor Point
8. Using the Crop Tool & Feathering an Edge
9. Using the Distort Tool
10. Adding & Adjusting a Drop Shadow
11. Using Keyframes to Create Motion
12. Animating a Wipe Effect
13. Changing the Velocity of an Animation
4: Affecting Video
1. Introducing Speed
2. Working with Frame Blending & Motion Blur
3. Slowing Down a Clip that was Shot at Normal Speed
4. Playing a Clip Backwards
5. Gaining More Control with Time Remapping
6. Using Time Remapping to Freeze Video
7. Working with Freeze Frames & Deinterlacing
8. Using Artistic Filters
9. Using Corrective Filters
10. Looking Closely at Color Correction
11. Pasting Attributes
5: Audio Fundamentals
1. Introducing Audio in Final Cut Pro
2. Identifying, Converting & Importing Audio Files
3. Fine-Tuning Your Stereo & Mono Tracks
4. Audio Scrubbing & Playback
5. Setting Keyframes
6. Introducing the Audio Mixer
7. Advanced Functions & Controls in the Audio Mixer
8. Applying Audio Effects
6: Output & Export
1. Using the Print to Video Command
2. Converting HD to DV
3. Using the Edit to Tape Command
4. Making an Insert Edit on Your Master
5. Creating a Media File of Your Content
6. Exporting Content for the Web
7. Final Comments & Credits

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