Two Day Workshop: Introduction to editing with Final Cut Pro X

Workshop October 27-28, 2012 - 10am-5pm

Final Cut Pro X has redefined the post-production process for journalists and video professionals. Until now all non-linear editing systems were based on film editing.

FCP X works with new paradigms from tapeless workflows. This two day workshop will guide you through this revolutionary new way of editing by taking you through an edit from start to finish.

We’ll look at how to import and organise your media, create a rough cut, trim and cut, add music/effects/titles and voice over, colour correct and export for multiple platforms.

Following on from the weekend will be a Storytelling for the Edit workshop that will help you to see storytelling from an editors perspective. This workshop is complementary, but not essential to the Introduction to Editing session.

Own laptops and editing media are optional, though desirable if you have access – we do not provide hardware or software in these workshops


  • Importing / transcoding files,
  • Creating events,
  • Keywords,
  • Grouping clips
  • Reviewing media,
  • Marking.

Sequencing Clips

  • Magnetic timeline,
  • Adding clips to the timeline,
  • Clip timing,
  • Auditioning,
  • Story lines and compound clips.

Adjusting Video

  • Speed,
  • Scaling,
  • Cropping,
  • Distorting,
  • Keyframing.
  • Text

Music & Audio

  • Editing / Enhancement,
  • Recording V/O


  • Template effects,
  • Adjusting effects.
  • Colour correction,
  • Auto balancing / matching colour,
  • Manual correction.


  • Quicktime / Apple devices /  Vimeo / Youtube,
  • Compressor.

Trainer: Simon Ruben

Simon is an award winning freelance editor and video trainer with over seven years of broadcast experience across a range of genres.

Simon has designed and delivered popular courses for the Frontline Club since 2007 including Final Cut Pro, Compressor, DVDSP, Motion. He has also tailored courses for, Save The Children, Medecins Sans Frontiers, Soho Editors and the NUJ.

Simon has an MA in Mythology from Bristol University and found digital story telling to be the perfect vehicle for his academic and narrative passion.