Final Cut Pro 7: Select Topics

Final Cut Pro 7: Select Topics


Total Run Time: 2.5 hrs

Total Training for Apple Final Cut Pro 7: Select Topics is a collection of tutorials that address some of the fundamentals of setting up and using Apple Final Cut Pro 7. Presenter Kevin McAuliffe, who teaches Final Cut Studio at the Toronto Film College, will show you how you can get started using this powerful editing tool. The tutorials begin with setting up the install & troubleshooting common FCP7 problems. Then you'll launch the application, get a brief overview of the interface, discover how to use Easy Setup, and review user preferences, system settings and the menus.


  1. Set up and Install Your Final Cut Pro 7 Software
  2. Learn About Sequence Setups, Importing Clips & the Timeline
  3. Review the Editing Tools & Keyboard Shortcuts
  4. Create Motion Effects and Apply Filters
  5. Learn to Work with Your Text

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Final Cut Pro 7: Select Topics covers the basics of editing and working with effects. You’ll learn how to setup a new sequence, import clips, and work with a timeline. The series also covers editing in the clips and linking them, the editing tools and keyboard shortcuts. You’ll also learn about adding motion effects, how to apply filters, the difference between realtime and non-realtime effects, how to add generators and work with text, and review Safe RT extreme. By the time you are done with these tutorials you will have a fundamental understanding of how to get up and running, basic editing techniques, and how to add effects to your projects.

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Course outline

Chapter 1: SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS (03 min)

  1. System Requirements

  1. Setting Up the Install
  2. Troubleshooting Common FCP7 Issues
Chapter 3: GETTING STARTED (52 min)

  1. Launching FCP7
  2. Brief Interface Overview
  3. Using Easy Setup to Create Multi-Formatted Sequences
  4. Creating Your Own Easy Setup Preset
  5. User Preferences
  6. System Settings
  7. Exploring Menu Items
Chapter 4: BASIC EDITING (45 min)

  1. New Sequence Setup, Importing Clips & Timeline Options
  2. Changing Sequence Settings to Match Clip Settings
  3. Editing Clips into the Timeline
  4. Working with Linked Clips
  5. Exploring the Editing Tools & Keyboard Shortcuts
Chapter 5: BASIC EFFECTS (49 min)

  1. Basic Motion Effects
  2. Applying Filters
  3. Realtime vs. Non-realtime Effects
  4. Adjusting Effect Attributes
  5. Adding Generators
  6. Working with Text
  7. Safe RT Extreme
  8. Credits

Presenter Info

Kevin P. McAuliffeKevin P McAuliffe is currently a freelance senior level video editor working in HD post production in Toronto, Canada. He has been in the television industry for 12 years, and cuts on Avid Media Composer 4 and Apple’s Final Cut Pro 7. He also spends a chunk of his days in Adobe’s After Effects, which he has been using since version 3.5 (yes, 3.5!). Kevin’s high definition onlining credit list includes concerts for Coldplay, Sarah McLachlan, Barenaked Ladies, Snow Patrol, Sum41, Paul Anka, Il Divo and Pussycat Dolls, to name a few. Also, Kevin is an instructor of Advanced Final Cut Studio at the Toronto Film College.