Final Cut Pro 7


This course will equip you with the a thorough working knowledge of Apple’s Final Cut Pro 7 and non-linear editing theory to produce video ready for broadcast and the web.

With an approach that is flexible to the skill levels of all participants, the course is built on the premise that hands-on solo editing is the best way to learn. The focus is on fast, efficient techniques for organising and cutting your edit and on creating engaging, effective content. The course is perfect for those seeking skills for producing multi-platform content.

Participants completing the course have gone on to edit/produce content for both broadcast and web audiences. Genres include; factual documentaries, promos, virals, (non drama) features, news pieces, corporates, web content, sports coverage and more. Please see the testimonials below.

Students each have their own Mac work station and learn how to take an edit from start to finish and troubleshoot along the way. Participants are welcome to bring their own footage to edit with or can use Frontline archive footage from pieces shot around the world by freelance cameramen.

We start with shortcuts and tips for fast and efficient navigation in OSX.

Course technical contents:
Presentations on and practical exercises in;
* Project set-up
* The FCP workspace
* Tips and shortcuts
* Organising long and short form edits
* Importing video and audio
* Importing and creating still images
* Setting objectives
* Sequencing clips
* Creating titles
* Sound in Final Cut Pro and basic sound mixing
* Transitions
* Colour correction and finishing
* Exporting / Compression – Web, Mobile device, transcoding
* Standards conversion
* Print to tape

Theory content:
Presentations on and practical exercises in;
* What makes a bad cut
* Walter Murch’s ‘ideal cut’
* Rhythm
* Montage
* Body language

Applications covered: FCP 7, Mpegstreamclip, Quicktime Player Pro/, JES Deinterlacer
Recapping and testing is done daily to build confidence and strengthen knowledge.

 One week (5 Days)

Who it’s for:
 The Frontline editing courses are designed for a range of skill levels. From total beginners, to those wanting to take their basic knowledge to another level.

 To train participants to confidently story-tell across a range of genres for a range of platforms/audiences.

Tutor: Simon Ruben


“Just a quick note to say thank you for a great course.  Its a great starting point and even it only was one week managed to take us though the whole process”

“Seven months have now passed since we attended our course with you at Frontline, and I am happy to report that we have enjoyed some success since then.
Since then we carried out a series of six short features for the Queen’s tennis tournament.
Here it is:
As well as proving popular on the website, the feature was shown on the big screens at Queen’s during the week and seen by one of the top men at the BBC. He liked it so much that he bought it from us to open BBC 2’s coverage of the tournament! They then showed it again to open their final coverage on Sunday. As you can imagine, we were thrilled.”

“Thanks again for everything – the course was awesome!”

“Thank you for a very good course. It wasn’t easy but it was certainly stimulating.”

“Just wanted to say a personal thanks for looking after me so well on the FCP course last week.”

“The course was really great and really helped my to push on with my FCP skills and understand what is possible.”

“Thank you again for a great course!…I don’t really know what I expected but I didn’t think I would manage to make a film of any kind!”

“Thanks once again for the last week I had a really really interesting time.  And thanks once more for your patience and kindness throughout the course.  I felt intially like a real fish out of water when I arrived but certainly didnt feel that at the end of the week”

“I am so sorry I did not email you after our wonderful course at Frontline in December. Time – and the holiday season – ran away with me.  But I thought you might be interested to know that inspired by your course, I have lost no time filming and editing a demo video for a new venture I am setting up with another ex BBC colleague”

“Just thought I might let you know: all video/editing skills I learnt at the Frontline are being put to good use… in Bollywood! I am an AD on a film here, not in small part thanks to my (short) experience with you”

“I’m heading off to Everest on Monday to cover Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ Everest Challenge. I’m going to be spending two months in base camp filming video reports back to The Telegraph and also the charity’s website – which can be found at:

Course dates: 8th – 12th August

Course fees: Full Price £735
Discounted rate for freelancers £580