Apple Certified Associate - Final Cut Pro X

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Quotenfrau, Nov 30, 2011.

  1. Quotenfrau macrumors 6502

    Quotenfrau

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    Hi

    Is anyone Final Cut Pro X certified associate? Howto prepare for exam (self study)?

    I have no pro experience in video editing. Wish to become a pro.

    Source: http://training.apple.com/pdf/fcpx-exam-prep.pdf

    I would buy the book, read and practise a lot

    http://www.amazon.com/Apple-Pro-Tra...4671/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1322655351&sr=8-1

    other hints? Better books?
     
  2. Quotenfrau thread starter macrumors 6502

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  3. mBox macrumors 68020

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    Yes your right about the Orange Training, however I didnt post it as SPAM. I copied and pasted from my fave FCP web site www.fcp.co.
    Best way to learn is to get in it.
    I teach it at local college.
    Ive had FCP legacy in my blood since v1.
    It wasnt easy to break away to FCPX but it was worth it :)
    The free online tutorials are helpful too.
    There is also an awesome manual rewrite here
    http://www.dingdingmusic.com/DingDing/Manuals.html

    Have fun, its worth learning :)

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    another good link to learn from
    http://www.kenstone.net/fcp_homepage/fcp_homepage_index.html

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    BTW, wouldn't you learn to crawl before running?
     
  4. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

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    Apple certs don't mean squat. Learn the program, edit some pieces.
     
  5. Quotenfrau thread starter macrumors 6502

    Quotenfrau

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    Hi mBox

    thanks for links. But which book from Amazon.com do you recommend me for introduction (and passing the exam)?

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    I am not native English speaker. Sorry for that.

    Does this means Apple certs are easy?
     
  6. mBox macrumors 68020

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    Yes dont focus on the certificate. Learn it first.
    From my experience it doesnt get you anywhere unless you have a killer reel.
    Dont just stop at FCP either, look around and get some edit time in Avid and Premiere.
     
  7. handsome pete macrumors 68000

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    It means they're largely unnecessary. I don't begrudge anyone for getting the certification, but simply going through the motions by learning through a book, online tutorials, or a class should be sufficient.

    I have yet to run into anyone in the real world that has gone through the certification process. I can see it being beneficial if you ever want to teach a course or something along those lines, but it's a solid demo reel that will be much more valuable in getting work.
     
  8. cgbier macrumors 6502a

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    The Apple Cert means you know when to push which button, but that makes you a technician, not an editor. The certificate is cool though to cover a crack in the wall.
    Check out all tutorials and books you can find on EDITING, while learning FCP X on the side.

    As others said, a demo reel will give you more business than a logo on your business card.
     
  9. cgbier macrumors 6502a

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    The Peachpit books are, btw, the "official" Apple certified books for the Apple certification training. You know the book in and out (and can answer all the test questions inside), you have good chances to pass the exam.

    If you want to be a pro (what is that in any way?), you should be fluent in more than one software. What happens if your first client asks you to build his project in Premier or Avid? Saying "no can do, sir" to your first client already can give your reputation (the most important thing in this business) a huge hit.

    For me it is easy to be married with FCP, as I live on a small Pacific island without much competition (and not much business), but I produce a live talk show a couple of times a year with a local TV station. They use DVStorm, so I have to know my way through DVStorm.

    Tip: Besides FCP, learn at least some Premier and a bit Avid.
     
  10. Chaos123x macrumors 68000

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    I never been asked if I'm certified or even if I have a degree. It's all about who you know and how talented you are.
     
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    No Edius upgrade? DV storm sucks.
     
  12. cgbier macrumors 6502a

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    I know it sucks. They are in it to make money, they don't want to upgrade. We've been producing for them before, first with Amigas, then G3 iMacs. When they left us in 2003 or so, they bought a DVStorm hardware package that they never upgraded - still going RCA out from their XL and GL... :rolleyes:
     
  13. FinalCutProX macrumors newbie

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    Final Cut Pro X Certification Exam Preparation

    Heya,

    You can also take a test quiz for free at http://FinalCutProX.net/quiz to prepare for the Apple Certification Exam.

    There's a paid pro quiz that has 50 questions and a detailed report card of your answers. The upgraded quiz is available when you purchase the Final Cut Pro X Video Training Series at http://bit.ly/FCPX-Training
     
  14. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020

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    If you ask me, software certifications rarely mean much in this business. An FCP X certification would tell someone that you're proficient in how the software operates, but says very little about your skills as an actual editor. Being a good editor goes far beyond knowing what buttons to press in an NLE.

    If your overall goal is to become an editor that gets paying work, you need to learn the necessary software and the actual craft. Craft is something that isn't easily taught in online classes and books. It takes talent, practice and being open to criticism.


    I second that. I have a degree in film (and still buried in student loans) and no one has ever asked me if I had a degree or if I was certified in using FCP or Avid. My prior work and references get me jobs.
     
  15. mBox macrumors 68020

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    There can only be one...

    Well my title is obviously wrong ;)
    Learn em all! Dont stop at one app.
    Check out the industry sites and magazines.
    Now of course while your'e learning, pile up the demo reel so that you can edit it down to a good decent 2 to 3 minutes.
    Ive been thru the wash as a student, employee and teacher in this field and have had to pleasure and dis-pleasure of a lot of demo reels.
    Having a cert doesnt do squat unless the it states that in the job posting.
    Which is rare these days.
     

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