Final Cut Pro 5: The Essentials

Final Cut Pro 5: The Essentials


Total Run Time: 11.8 hrs

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.


  1. Discover all the ins and outs of working with HDV, the exciting new video format that lets you create HD content on a DV budget.
  2. Learn how to save time with real-time effects processing on everything from DV to fully uncompressed HD.
  3. Uncover how to fix common audio problems with Final Cut Pro's built-in audio tools and effects.
  4. Understand the right way to output your final edits as high-quality Web clips using Apple's amazing H.264 High Definition video codec.

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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.

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Course outline

Disc 1:

Chapter 1: Getting Started (35 min)

  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
Chapter 2: The Basics of Editing (44 min)

  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
Chapter 3: Getting Around: the Browser & Viewer (41 min)

  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
Chapter 4: Getting Around: the Timeline (53 min)

  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
Chapter 5: Editing With the Tools (61 min)

  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
Chapter 6. Setting Up a New Project (34 min)

  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
Chapter 7: Using Transitions (52 min)

  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
Chapter 8: Setting Preferences (47 min)

  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
Chapter 9: Logging & Capturing Clips (40 min)

  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

Disc 2

Chapter 1: Storyboarding & Trimming (40 min)

  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
Chapter 2: Working with Graphics (74 min)

  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
Chapter 3: Controlling Motion (61 min)

  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
Chapter 4: Affecting Video (43 min)

  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
Chapter 5: Audio Fundamentals (38 min)

  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
Chapter 6: Output & Export (34 min)

  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

Presenter Info

Brian MaffittBrian 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.