Best Final Cut Pro training...

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by NCTRNL, Nov 8, 2005.

  1. NCTRNL macrumors regular

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    I am interested in some hands on training through a certified trainer and I have also been looking at the DVD's that some places offer for training. Does anyone have any that they recommend? Just want to head in the right direction.
     
  2. Danksi macrumors 68000

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    Where are you headed with this? Personal or eventual Pro?

    I've been thinking of progressing from iMovie/FCE to Final Cut Pro and would like to eventually get into editing full-time.
     
  3. 748s macrumors 6502a

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  4. markjones05 macrumors 6502a

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    start loadin and loggin... hehe
     
  5. Danksi macrumors 68000

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    :confused: - did you mean practising/experience?
     
  6. markjones05 macrumors 6502a

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    Before you start editing full time you will more than likely spend alot of time loading and logging footage... Enjoy:D
     
  7. Danksi macrumors 68000

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    Back to being an apprentice... deep joy :rolleyes:
     
  8. evil_santa macrumors 6502a

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    I have found with training people often get two things confused, learning the software & learning how to edit.

    If you want to learn the software go to an authorized training center, your apple store my run these or a third party / school / university / training company. ( in the UK try http://www.sohoeditors.com/SETmain.asp)

    Learning to edit takes a little longer. You could try one of the following, go to film school / get a job at a production house, yes you will get all the jobs other people don't want to do / join a film club or make a short film with some friends.

    Doing a real job such as a short film is an excellent way to improve your editing skills. But avoid offering to do wedding video they are a major pain to do especial if its family.
     
  9. Danksi macrumors 68000

    Danksi

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    I'm interested in FCP training to learn a new tool. I'm going to take a self-paced route, running through this book and this book and then look into Apple Cert course/exam or exam-only options.

    In practical terms, I'd like to put together a couple of promotional projects for early summer, for two of our local clubs (ice-skating and MTB). Hopefully not as tricky as a Wedding video can be and it should give me the focus I'll need to build upon what I'll learn from self-training.
     
  10. evil_santa macrumors 6502a

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    the Apple Pro Training Series book are good,

    With doing videos for clubs you have to take the lead, dont get dragged it to editing by comittee, ie every one involved has a different idea what the video is about, set out some clear objectives & a story board & scripts before you start shooting.

    Good luck, you will learn a lot more by doing a fill project than just tinkering about with some home movies!
     
  11. Grimace macrumors 68040

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    Check out ProCare

    If you live near an Apple Store, many have Certified FCP specialists who will do 1-on-1 sessions with you for Pro apps as part of the ProCare program. Usage varies by store, but most limit you to one hour-long session per week. 52 hands on workshops for $99 is pretty friggin' good! You can edit on the store machines or bring in your own, and book an appointment at a time that works for you.

    *most* stores offer Pro app support, but not all.

    just another option.
     
  12. FF_productions macrumors 68030

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    One way to start training is to just....EDIT.

    I've been using final cut pro for about 6-8 months, and always try to find something to edit and always try to edit in different styles (different genres, different kinds of music). I always try to learn as many keyboard shortcuts as possible and get used to the fcp interface. Also, visit
    http://discussions.apple.com/forum.jspa?forumID=939&start=0

    It's the FCP forum at Apple, these guys will help you with any problems with final cut, they are REAL experts on FCP.
     

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