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From iMovie to Final Cut Pro X (FCPX) in Less Than 1 Hour

Make the switch from consumer to pro video editing with Final Cut Pro X 10.3-10.4 without fear by taking this course
Rafi Saar
250 students enrolled
English [Auto-generated]
Master all the basic movie editing tasks in FCPX & be able to grow the knowledge going forward
Create cool movies that look great
Know where all iMovie features went to in FCPX and more
Understand the power and potential of this great pro app
Decide if FCPX is the movie editor of choice that's right for you

Have you been thinking about making the move to Final Cut Pro X (FCPX), but were afraid to do so?
Do you find yourself limited by iMovie or any other consumer movie editing software, and you want more power to express your creativity?
You’re not sure if FCPX is right for you or worth your investment?

Take this short less-than-1-hour course and all your questions will be answered!

FCPX is in fact a full-blown professional video editing software package, but as it’s made by Apple, it is still powerful AND user friendly at the same time!  All you need is this short course to get you started, and once you know the basics, you’ll be able to create movies without fear.
Once you have this knowledge mastered, it’ll be much easier to learn more.  There’s always more to learn in FCPX.  Heck, even I’m learning something new about this amazing program every now and then.  At least now you’ll know what information to look for.

If you’re already using iMovie and you’re bothered by its limitations then this course is especially suited for you.  Both programs share some common concepts so the switch between those 2 apps will be the easiest.  But the apps are clearly different and I will show the main differences in this course.
If you haven’t been using iMovie before, but you’ve answered YES to any of the questions above then this course is also for you as I will show you and explain how FCPX works.
I’ll clearly also explain the main advantages of Final Cut Pro X and what makes it a PRO app that’s way much better than iMovie or any other consumer video editor.

So there’s no reason to be scared to try out FCPX since:

  • you have this less-than-1-hour course that shows you through all the basics
  • this course has Udemy’s 30-day guarantee
  • FCPX is user-friendly so it’s easy to catch the basics and create complete movies quickly
  • Apple provides a 30-day trial of FCPX (which I’ll show you where to get it from)

So even if you’re not sure the app is worth your investment, with the 30-day free trial and this short course, you can get up-to-speed quickly and use the full 30 days to evaluate the app and make a smart purchase decision.

And as all my students already know, once enrolled in my class, you’ll get my full support with your questions either in the public Q&A section or in private messages.

This course was created using FCPX 10.3 which was released on Oct. 27, 2016 with a new modern user interface.

I’m sure you will enjoy this class and I can’t wait to see the amazing movies you will make!

Course Introduction

Promotional Video

This is the course promotional video.


Just giving a few details before we start with the course.

Install & Preparations

Install, Import from iMovie, and the Interface

This lecture will cover where to buy FCPX from or where to download the 30-day free trial from.
Then we'll cover how to import a movie from iMovie if you need it.
Finally, we'll go through the FCPX user interface to understand where everything is located on screen.

Import Media & Data Organization

In this lecture we'll learn how to import our media into FCPX and how to organize our clips before we start editing to make our life much easier and streamline our actual editing workflow.

Editing in Final Cut Pro X

Edit in the Magnetic Timeline

This lecture will cover the basic editing tools we have with our clips in the timeline and the advantages of the magnetic timeline.

Transform, Crop, & Keyframes

In this lecture we'll cover the 2 main image manipulations which are transform and crop.
We'll also explain keyframes which are one of the main strengths of a professional movie editing application.

Music & Audio

In this lecture we'll see how you can add music and other sound bites from several sources.


As the name implies, this lecture will show how to add transitions, but also how you can edit its parameters.

Effects & Green Screen

This lecture will cover the many effects available in FCPX.  Specifically, we'll show how to add blur and how to add a mask to an effect, how to perform color correction, and how to apply a green screen effect.


In this lecture we'll see how titles are handled in FCPX and what options we have to change the titles parameters.


This lecture will show what backgrounds and other dynamic generators we can use and how to change their available parameters.


Here we'll see how to add photos from the supported photos apps and what we can do with them in FCPX.

Auto-Enhance & Retiming

In this lecture we'll see FCPX's options to auto-enhance the image and the sound.  Then we'll see how we can change the speed of our clips in the timeline.


Here are just a few questions to see if you understood some basic concepts.

Exporting and More ...


This lecture will focus on exporting our finished movies and how to add more export destinations.

More Advanced Options

In this lecture I'll quickly show a few more advanced options available in FCPX without explaining how those work.  The intention is to be aware of these capabilities so you'll be able to look more into these if it interests you.

Bonus Lecture: More Resources

In this lecture I discuss another course on FCPX, my FCPX Tips YouTube channel, and my personal web site.

You can view and review the lecture materials indefinitely, like an on-demand channel.
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