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Final Cut Pro X Advanced Editing

Note: This course was originally designed for Final Cut Pro X (10.0). It has been adapted and modified for Final Cut Pro 10.1. As such, this is classified as a custom course by PCCI, and no longer an official Apple Certification Course.

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
  • Organizing projects with advanced Metadata techniques.
  • Working with Compound Clips and auditions.
  • Working with Multicamera Editing.
  • Targeting specific areas to color correct with shape and color masks.
  • Finetuning clips in the timeline.
  • Creating custom effects and transitions.
  • Finishing and final output, including working with Compressor.
Who should attend

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.


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

Course outline
  • Organizing Your Media
    Working with Metadata, Source Media Metadata, Auto-Analysis Metadata, Adding Your Own Metadata, Working with Metadata Views, Creating a New Metadata View, Modifying Existing Metadata Views, Duplicating and Deleting Metadata Views, Rating Clips, Marking Favorites and Rejects, Adding Keywords, Organizing Keywords, Adding Markers, Filtering Clips, Creating Smart Collections, Batch Renaming Clips, and Relinking Clips
  • Professional Editing Techniques
    Reviewing Editing Basics, Modifying Edits, Project Defined Editing, Backtiming Edits, Limiting Source Media, Combining Complex Edits, Overview of Storylines, Using Secondary Storylines, Applying Transitions to Connected Clips, Breaking Apart Storylines, Understanding Compound Clips, and Adding Titles to Connected Clips
  • Working with Auditions
    Creating Auditions in the Event Browser or Timeline, Changing Picks, Editing with an Audition, Creating an Audition in the Timeline, Modifying Auditions, Reviewing Clips within an Audition, Finalizing Auditions, Auditions and Effects, Duplicating a Clip into an Audition, Duplicating from Original, Duplicating with Effects, Apple an Effect to all Picks, and Adding Effects to Other Clips
  • Working with Audio
    Mastering Audio Levels, Working with Audio Meters and Waveforms, Adjusting Volume in the Timeline, Adjusting Volume Across a Selected Area, Animating Audio Levels, Subframe Audio Adjustments, Adjusting Volume in the Audio Inspector, Resetting All Volume Adjustments, Adjusting Volume from the Modify Menu or Keyboard, Nudging Keyframes, Audio Fades, Crossfading between Clips, Panning Audio, Configuring Audio Channels, Stereo Panning, Animating Pan Effects, Panning in the Timeline, Surround Panning, Preset Pan Methods, Managing Audio Channels, Enabling and Disabling Channels, Expanding and Disabling Channels, and Breaking Apart Audio Clips
  • Working with Audio Effects
    Audio Equalization, Applying Enhancements Manually, Adjusting Equalization, Equalization Filters, Using Custom Controls, Turning Off or Removing a Clip Effect, Transferring Effects to other Clips, Levels Effects, Reverbs, Spaces and Echo Effects, Distortion Presets, Pitch Shifting and Voice Effects, Preserving Pitch When Retiming Clips and Animating Audio Effects
  • Multicamera Editing
    Understanding Multicamera Editing, Creating a Multicam Clip, Viewing the Multicam Clip, Editing With Multicam Clips, Cutting Between Angles, Channel Selection, Switching Angles, Trimming Multicam Clips, Custom Multicam Clip Settings, Modifying a Multicam Clip, Changing Order, Fixing Sync, Adding/Deleting an Angle, and Adding Effects
  • Keying and Compositing
    Creating a Multilayered Show Opener, Laying the Groundwork, Using a Compound Clip from the Event Browser, Timing Edits with Markers and Hold Segments, Using Keying and Masking Effects, Automatic Keying and Manual Sampling, Using a Garbage Mask, Advanced Keying Features, Compositing Generators, Compositing Graphics, Layered Graphics, and Advanced Keying Features
  • Transformations, Effects, and Titles
    Transforming Clips, Working with Effects, Browsing, Previewing, and Applying Effects, Modifying and Combining Effects, Creating Titles, Modifying Titles, Using Text Styles, Custom Titles, and Using Roles with Titles
  • Creating Animation
    Animating Clip Position, Keyframing in the Viewer, Keyframing in the Inspector, Keyframing in the Video Animation Editor, Animating a Generator, Creating a Travel Matte, and Animating with Transitions
  • Color Correction Basics
    Understanding Color Correction, Using an Appropriate Display, Using the Highest Quality Media, Using Original or Optimized Media, Manually Relinking Offline Clips, Learning the Color Correction Interface, Exploring the Interface, Applying Automatic Color Adjustments, Controlling iMovie Adjustments, Using Video Scopes, and Adjusting Contrast Using the Color Board
  • Adjusting Color and Saturation
    Using the Color Controls, Manually Eliminating Color Casts, Adjusting Color Temperature Creatively, Using the Global Color Control, Adjusting Saturation, Changing Saturation with Contrast Adjustments, and Dissolving Between Two Grades
  • Color Matching
    Understanding Shot Matching, Matching Clips Automatically, Performing Simple Clip Matching, Matching Corrected Clips, Matching Clips Manually, Breaking Down a Scene, Grading the First Clip, Matching Other Clips to the Reference Clip, Copying Grades, Using HIdden Commands to Apply Corrections, Matching Insert Clips, Some Tips on Shot Matching, Using Additional Corrections and Effects in a Scene, Adding Corrections to Individual Shots, Saving and Applying Correction Presets, Adding Correction to an Entire Scene Using Compound Clips, Adding Other Effects to a Grade, and Using Broadcast Safe
  • Creating Isolated Color Adjustments
    Using Color Masks, Working Inside and Outside of Masks, Using Shapes to Target Frame Regions, Using a Shape to Create a Vignette, Combining Shapes, Combining Shapes and Masks, Masking Difficult-to-Isolate Skin Tones, Masking Corrections to the Sky, and Animating Shapes
  • Advanced Sharing and Sending to Compressor
    Sending from Final Cut Pro X vs. Sending to Compressor, Exporting Projects and Media for Finishing, XML Round Trips, Exporting Media Using Roles, Sending to Compressor, Understanding the Compressor User Interface, Using Window Layouts, The Compressor Workflow: Batches, Jobs, and Settings, Creating a batch, Adding Jobs, Applying Settings, Destinations, and Actions, Using Automatic Settings, vs. Auto Detect Settings, Creating Custom Settings: Encoder, Frame, Filters, Geometry, Actions, Creating and Using Droplets, and Advanced Compressor Topics
Presentation Method

Class time will be divided between instructor-led presentations and hands-on exercises. Classes are limited to six students or less with an individual workstation for each student to use during the course.

Course materials

Each course participant receives the book, Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X Advanced Editing, by Michael Wohl, Alexis Van Hurkman, and Mark Spencer.


The Final Cut Pro X Level Two exam has been retired. But you can still become an Apple Certified Pro in Final Cut Pro X by passing the Final Cut Pro X (v 10.1) End User Exam. To prepare for the exam, you should begin by taking the course, Final Cut Pro X: Professional Post Production.

The standard exam fee is PhP 11,250 (USD 250). But if you take it as part of the course, you can take the exam for only PhP 6,750 (USD 150). That’s a 40% savings.


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9 AM to 5 PM


PhP 12,595 (USD 315)

Includes the book Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X Advanced Editing from Peachpit Press, lunch and snacks.

Be sure to read the Registration Info before registering.


Note: Your seat is not confirmed until we receive a 50 percent down payment.

Course Date(s)

Deposit payment at your nearest Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) branch, in the name of Philippine Center for Creative Imaging, S/A 1-249-91545-5. Fax deposit slip to 892-5281 with your name and class details. Surrender deposit slip on first day of class to get official receipt.

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