Visual Storytelling with Final Cut Pro X — Second Edition

Andrew Gormley, Filmmaker

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37 Lessons (3h 25m)
    • 1. Trailer

      1:25
    • 2. Intro and Housekeeping

      2:52
    • 3. Footage Download Links

      2:30
    • 4. The FCP X File Structure

      2:38
    • 5. Storyline vs track based editing

      1:35
    • 6. The Interface

      7:24
    • 7. Import Options

      4:27
    • 8. Importing Footage

      8:51
    • 9. Organizing Your Footage

      8:39
    • 10. Compiling the Rough Cut

      19:16
    • 11. Advanced Trimming Techniques

      4:47
    • 12. Editing Preferences

      2:11
    • 13. Quick Sharing Your Project

      3:35
    • 14. Ripple, Roll, Slip, and Slide

      5:18
    • 15. Storylines

      3:28
    • 16. Compound Clips

      5:01
    • 17. Backing Up and Autosaving

      4:32
    • 18. 03 Synchronizing External Audio

      4:45
    • 19. 04 Multicam

      6:42
    • 20. Making Audio Edits

      4:43
    • 21. Adding Music to Reinforce the Edit

      7:57
    • 22. Using the Inspector for Audio

      7:16
    • 23. Applying Effects

      9:58
    • 24. Using the Inspector for Video

      12:52
    • 25. Transitions

      3:19
    • 26. Using Generators

      1:34
    • 27. Adding Titles

      3:25
    • 28. Working With Themes

      2:20
    • 29. Using Placeholders Effectively

      2:37
    • 30. Retiming

      10:19
    • 31. Freeze Frames

      1:06
    • 32. Working with Images

      4:48
    • 33. Primary Color Corrections

      12:23
    • 34. Working With Photoshop Files

      2:48
    • 35. Secondary Color Corrections

      7:34
    • 36. Sharing Your Work

      5:46
    • 37. 07 Markers and the Timeline Index

      4:10
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Project Description

Create your own mini-documentary using the provided footage.

The Interface and Your First Cut

  1. Create a 30 second video

    Produce and upload a 30 second video using all of the techniques discussed in the video lessons including:

    • Appended edits
    • Insert edits
    • Connected edits
    • Auditions
    • Anything else you think is relevant

    Upload your video to Vimeo and take a screenshot of your project library so we can see how you put it all together.

Adding Personality to Your Story

  1. Create another video

    Continue working with the Ice Festival footage and create a video up to two minutes in length that includes the following:

    1. An opening title
    2. A soundtrack
    3. Interview footage with a lower third of the talent's name and title
    4. Properly leveled audio clips
    5. An effect placed on one or more of your clips
    6. One transition whether it's a simple cross dissolve or a bloom

  2. Bonus: Create a storyboard

    I will assign bonus consideration points to anyone who concocts a 30-45 second storyboard using just placeholder generators and their own voice as the on-camera talent. It could be for an existing product/company or something you've just made up. Be original if you choose to do it!

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    Storyboard by Jake Simon

  3. Explain your process

    I also want you to briefly explain your process in a sentence or two. Did you use a secondary storyline or a compound clip? If so, why? How did you find editing audio levels? Were effects more of a help or hindrance? These things are unique to each editor, so I'd like to hear your version.

Your Final Cut and Sharing Your Work

  1. Create your final cut

    I want the final version of your story. No less than a minute and a half long and cut however you like, but there are two parts to this:

    1. I want your original :30 cut in the beginning with a title over black (or a generator) introducing it along with the date you completed it.
    2. I then want your finished, polished cut to be introduced in a similar manner with a title of your choosing and the date you submitted it.
  2. Share your work

    Once you've finished your final cut, share it with your classmates on your project page. Be sure to offer feedback on your peers' projects. 

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