Two-Day Workshop: Introduction to Video Editing with Final Cut Pro X

Workshop Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 March 2018, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Standard £300
Freelance/Student £250
Members £200

Final Cut Pro X has redefined the post-production process for journalists and video professionals, and is now the software of choice for BBC News. 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.

“As a teacher, I can sincerely say that Simon is a way above par educator. Aside from his comprehensive expertise on the subject, the clarity and structure with which he presented the course, ensured that I took in as much as was possible. . . . It was worth every penny – thank you!”

“Simon is the best teacher that I ever, ever had. He gave absolutely clear, understandable explanations and answered all my silly questions!”

“Simon is an outstanding trainer! I have been on several technical courses and this is definitely the best! Great if you like fast-paced learning.”

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.


  • Importing/transcoding files, creating events, keywords, grouping clips reviewing media and 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 and text
  • Music and audio: Editing/enhancement and recording voiceover
  • Effects: Template effects, adjusting effects, colour correction, auto balancing/matching colour and manual correction
  • Sharing: Quicktime/Apple devices/Vimeo/Youtube and Compressor
Please bring your own laptop and software for this workshop. Although this is optional we strongly recommend it in order to make the most of the day.
The Frontline Club will provide media with which to practice editing.
To follow the entire day’s workshop on your own Mac, please ensure you have the following software installed:
Final Cut Pro X version 10.4 can be purchased here.
You will need to have OS X v10.11.4 or later installed on your Mac.
You can download the latest OS, High Sierra here.
A fully functioning 30-day trail version can also be downloaded for free here.
Please note, Final Cut Pro X is not compatible with Windows/PCs.
In order to maximise training time, it is essential that the software is installed and operational before the course starts.
Please ensure that your iCloud settings are switched off the default in order that you can work off your computer’s desktop without files being automatically copied to iCloud. See this page for help in doing this.

About the trainer
Simon Ruben is an award winning freelance editor and video trainer with over eight years of broadcast experience across a range of genres. He has designed and delivered popular courses for the Frontline Club since 2007 including Final Cut Pro, Compressor, DVDSP and Motion. He has also tailored courses for, Save The Children, Accenture, Medecins Sans Frontiers, LV, Soho Editors and the NUJ.