Final Cut Diploma

Final Cut Diploma


Introduction: getting started


Screening and marking

  • The Final Cut Pro interface
  • Following a workflow
  • Navigating clips
  • Marking clips

Editing clips in the timeline

  • Managing project elements
  • Editing a rough cut
  • Making overwrite edits
  • Managing timeline tracks
  • Making insert edits
  • Adding audio clips
  • Drag and drop editing
  • Changing volume of edited clips

Finishing the rough cut

  • Adding cutaways
  • Editing to narration
  • Editing to music
  • Copying, cutting, pasting and positioning clips

Trimming to refine clip duration

  • Preparing a project for trimming
  • Trimming overview
  • Rippling edit points
  • Rippling in the Viewer and by numbers
  • Trimming on the V2 track
  • Trimming one track of a linked clip

Trimming to refine a sequence

  • Adjusting two edit points
  • Slipping one clip
  • Slipping sequence clips
  • Rolling two edit points
  • Sliding clips to refine position
  • Keeping linked clips in sync

Refining the edit process

  • Creating subclips
  • Adding markers to clips
  • Storyboard editing
  • Editing multicamera

Applying transitions

  • Evaluating project needs
  • Understanding transitions
  • Viewing transition options
  • Applying transitions
  • Modifying and copying transitions
  • Using the Transition Editor
  • Previewing and rendering effects

Mixing audio tracks

  • Organising and editing audio tracks
  • Monitoring and adjusting audio levels
  • Applying transitions to fade volume
  • Setting keyframes to change volume
  • Using the audio mixer
  • Recording a narration track
  • Importing CD tracks

Creating titles

  • Adding a lower third
  • Applying a Boris title
  • Creating a credit roll
  • Adding mattes
  • Composite opening titles

Changing motion properties

  • Changing speed properties
  • Creating a freeze-frame
  • Changing clip size and position
  • Building a split screen

Applying filters

  • Viewing and modifying filter parameters
  • Applying audio filters
  • Using a colour correction filter
  • Animating filters

Finishing and outputting

  • Detecting audio peaks
  • Broadcast video levels
  • Using Easy Export
  • Backing up projects

Getting around in Motion

  • Following a New Paradigm
  • Importing Video
  • Setting a Play Range
  • Transforming and Duplicating a Clip
  • Adding Effects
  • Hiding and Showing the Project Pane
  • Stylising with Filters
  • Framing with a Mask
  • Compositing with a Blend Mode
  • Adding Text,
  • Animating with Text
  • Using Library Content
  • Arranging Layers
  • Using Function Keys
  • Outputting Projects

Building a Composite

  • Setting Up a Project
  • Creating a Background Using the Inspector
  • Using Photoshop Files
  • Compositing with Blend Modes and Filters
  • Editing in Motion
  • Making Overwrite Edits
  • Managing Timeline Tracks
  • Applying Masks and Using Clones

Creating Animation with Behaviours

  • Adding Basic Motion Behaviours
  • Stacking Behaviours
  • Using Basic Motion Behaviours in 3D
  • Using Simulation Behaviours
  • Applying Parameter Behaviours
  • Cloning a Group and Combining Behaviors
  • Adding a Light

Animating with Keyframes

  • Recording Keyframes
  • Changing Keyframes Interpolation
  • Setting Keyframes Manually
  • Using Keyframes on Multiple Parameters
  • Working with Multiple Keyframe Curves
  • Animating Crop with Keyframes

Creating Content with Generators, Shapes and Paint Strokes

  • Drawing Shapes
  • Creating a Background with a Generator
  • Searching for Content
  • Modifying Animated Content
  • Masking with Images
  • Importing Vector Graphics
  • Working with Paint Strokes
  • Using Shape Behaviours
  • Using the Bezier Tool

Creating Text Effects

  • Creating, Formatting and Styling Text Layers
  • Saving and Applying Text Style Presets
  • Duplicating, editing and Aligning Text Layers
  • Applying Text Behaviours
  • Using the Glyph Tool
  • Adding Motion Blur

Working with Particle Emitters and Replicators

  • Using Emitters to Make Particle Systems
  • Adjusting Emitter and Cell Controls in the Inspector
  • Adding Cells
  • Using Emitters from the Library
  • Replicating Elements
  • Modifying Replicator Presets

Using Audio

  • Importing Audio
  • Setting Markers and Keyframes in the Audio Editor
  • Working with Audio and Video
  • Editing to the Beat
  • Animating with Audio

Speed Changes and Optical Flow

  • Creating Constant Speed Changes
  • Using Frame Blending and Optical Flow
  • Creating Speed
  • Ramps with Keyframes
  • Creating Speed Effects with Retiming Behaviours
  • Using Time Filters

Stabilising, Tracking and Keying

  • Tracking and Stabilizing a Shot
  • Keying Greenscreen Footage
  • Creating Garbage Masks
  • Correcting Color for Seamless Compositing

Publishing Smart Templates for Final Cut Pro X

  • Setting up the Final Cut Pro Project
  • Working with Effects Presets
  • Modifying Effects
  • Creating Smart Motion Templates
  • Completing the Animation
  • Using Build In and Build Out Markers

Rigging and Publishing Widgets

  • Rigging a Checkbox Widget
  • Modifying, Testing and Publishing a Widget
  • Deconstructing a Transition Project
  • Rigging a Pop-up Widget
  • Using the Link Parameter Behaviour
  • Creating a Final Cut Effect
  • Rigging the Slider Widget
  • Publishing Widgets and Parameters

Building a 3D scene

  • Making 3D Transformations in the Canvas
  • Converting 2D Groups to 3D
  • Adding and Working with Cameras
  • Arranging Groups and Layers in 3D Space
  • Mixing 2D and 3D Groups

Animating Cameras and Using Advanced 3D Features

  • Animating a Camera with Behaviours
  • Using Advanced 3D Features
  • Working with Depth of Field
  • Turning on Reflections
  • Using Lights and Shadows
  • Exporting Advanced 3D Features

Final Cut Pro X

The Final Cut Pro X interface

  • Following a workflow
  • Using menus and shortcuts
  • Viewing and sorting Events
  • Skimming clips and changing views
  • Viewing and creating projects
  • Working in the Project Library
  • Viewing projects in the Timeline


  • Importing media into an Event
  • Importing folders as Keyword Collections
  • Analyzing and correcting imported clips
  • Importing from a camera

Organising clips in an Event

  • Using metadata to customize an Event
  • Adding keywords to clips
  • Adding multiple keywords to clips
  • Applying keywords to a clip range
  • Rating, sorting and searching clips,
  • Creating Smart Collections

Building a rough cut

  • Creating a new project
  • Screening and marking clips
  • Appending clips in the Timeline
  • Viewing and arranging clips in the Magnetic Timeline
  • Inserting clips into the primary storyline
  • Changing edited clips
  • Connecting clips to the primary storyline

Fine-tuning a rough cut

  • Adding markers to a project
  • Connecting clips to the primary storyline
  • Overwriting and replacing clips
  • Auditioning clips in the project
  • Working with storylines

Adding to the primary storyline

  • Duplicating a project
  • Removing clip selections and adding gaps
  • Understanding trimming
  • Applying the Trim Tool
  • Trimming with precision

Applying transitions

  • Preparing for transitions
  • Applying a video transition
  • Using the Transitions Browser
  • Modifying transitions
  • Changing transition parameters in the Inspector
  • Adding transitions to other storylines
  • Compound clips, and exploring audio transitions

Working with sound

  • Adjusting audio in the Timeline
  • Adding music and sound effects
  • Adjusting levels in the Audio Inspector
  • Creating audio fades
  • Recording a narration track
  • Correcting problem audio

Working with Titles, Generators and Themes

  • Using the Titles Browser
  • Adding a lower third
  • Modifying Titles
  • Adding bumpers and credits
  • Working with Video Generators
  • Using themes

Retiming and transforming clips

  • Understanding Motion Properties
  • Retiming clips
  • Creating holds and variable speed segments
  • Applying preset speed effects
  • Transforming an image
  • Adding a Ken Burns effect
  • Creating keyboard shortcuts

Applying effects and enhancing colour

  • Applying video effects
  • Modifying effect parameters
  • Auditioning and animating effects
  • Applying audio effects
  • Enhancing colour in Final Cut Pro

Exporting and sharing your project

  • Preparing a project for exporting and sharing
  • Detecting audio peaks
  • Adjusting video levels for broadcast
  • Publishing to Apple devices
  • Publishing to video sharing sites
  • Exporting for Blue-Ray disc, DVD or disk image