Final Cut Pro X 10.4
Final Cut Pro X 10.4 is a revolutionary video-editing application that helps beginners and seasoned professionals achieve stunning results. In this 3-day, hands-on course, you’ll become familiar with the user interface while you learn how to perform editing functions. You’ll work with real-world media to learn practical approaches to video editing—from basic techniques to powerful advanced features.
Who should attend

This course is designed for anyone who wants to edit professional-quality video with Final Cut Pro X and who prefer hands-on and interactive instruction to best explore the software’s functions.

What you’ll learn

This course teaches you the following skills:

  • Using libraries to organize and manage media and projects
  • Applying exceptionally fast, fluid editing techniques for video and audio
  • Fine-tuning clips in the timeline
  • Applying effects and transitions, and retiming clips
  • Working with 3D titles, 360º video, and multicam clips
  • Creating captions
  • Manipulating images with the color correction effects

You’ll also finish and share your final project.

Recommended knowledge

You should know about these topics before you attend the course: 

  • macOS and basic computer navigation
  • Video editing terminology (highly recommended
Course outline

Day 1


Getting Started

Download and prepare lesson media files; understand the basic Final Cut Pro workflow. 


Importing Media

Define the clip, event, and library containers; understand the differences between internal and external media files; create a camera archive; import files using Media Import and the Finder.


Organizing Clips

Apply keywords to a clip and clip ranges; search and filter clips by keywords; add notes and ratings to a clip; create Smart Collections; detect people and composition within clips; understand and assign roles.


Making the First Edit

Create a project; understand the attraction and repulsion behaviors of a storyline; append, insert, and rearrange clips within a primary storyline; batch edit a storyboard of clips; Ripple, Roll, and Slip edit clips; use the Blade tool; replace with a gap clip, ripple delete, and join through edit.



Day 2


Making the First Edit (continued)

Perform connect edits; create and edit in a connected storyline; adjust audio levels; share the project to a media file.


Revising the Edit

Define and distinguish between the two types of project duplication; understand the replace edit options; use markers for clip sync and task notes; create and edit with an audition clip; refine clip duration using Trim to Playhead and Trim to Selection.


Enhancing the Edit

Vary the playback speed of clips; modify the look of clips with effects; use transitions; adjust the transform and compositing controls; create compound clips.


Finishing the Edit

Add and modify a lower third; add and modify a 3D title; split-edit audio and video; keyframe audio; adjust an image using the Color Board, Color Wheels, and Color Curves.



Day 3


Sharing a Project

Export to a media file; post media to an online host; create a bundle for multiple platforms; understand the XML workflow; integrate Compressor export options.


Managing Libraries

Differentiate between external and internal media; import media as referenced and managed; move and copy clips within and between libraries; consolidate media files in one location.


Advancing Your Workflow

Identify manual options for new projects; sync dual system recordings; create a chroma key; understand the multicam workflow; configure for 360º video editing; create and share closed captioning.

Apple Professional Training Series book
The primary reference for this course is Final Cut Pro X 10.4: Professional Post-Production by Brendan Boykin. You can save 30 percent on the book price by using coupon code PP-APL-DISC at the Peachpit online store. 
Exam Preparation Guide
This guide provides the information you need to prepare for the Apple Certified Professional - Final Cut Pro X 10.4 exam to earn Apple Certified Pro certification. 
Final Cut Pro
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