Final Cut Pro X Post-Production

Creative Professional

This Final Cut Pro X 10.4 Professional Post-Production course is designed to provide students with becoming familiar with the user interface while learning how to perform editing functions. Students will work with real-world media to learn practical approaches to video editing—from basic techniques to powerful advanced features.

Demonstrate your knowledge by passing the Final Cut Pro X 10.4 exam and earning Apple Certified Pro Final Cut Pro X 10.4 certification.

Each student will need a setup with the following equipment: A Mac computer with the correct configurations and software (and version) being taught in the course already installed. They will also need at least 8 GB of RAM; a single display with a minimum resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels (16-bit resolution); enough disk space to install Final Cut Pro X, the Final Cut Pro X Additional Content, and the course media; a keyboard and a mouse or trackpad; a standard audio headset.

3 Days

Upon completion of the Final Cut Pro X 10.4 Professional Post-Production course, students will be able to:

  • 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
  • Students will also finish and share your final project.

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.

  • macOS and basic computer navigation
  • Video editing terminology

Day 1


Download and prepare lesson media files

Understand the basic Final Cut Pro workflow.


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


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.


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


Perform connect edits

Create and edit in a connected storyline

Adjust audio levels

Share the project to ? a media file


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


Vary the playback speed of clips

Modify the look of clips with effects

Use transitions

Adjust the transform and compositing controls

Create compound clips.


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


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


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


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