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vinegarman Calculating status...
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Mar 10, 2013 1:07 PM

Does anyone know if Apple produced and videos to exlaining how to use FCPX?  I am just getting started but most of the people I know and resources I have are pre FCPX. Some terms like 'compositing' seems to have been abandoned in FCPX because searches for that term yield only information for pre X.

  • Dan Thomas (DAGWare) Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)
  • squamish ed Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
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    Mar 10, 2013 1:59 PM (in response to vinegarman)

    As a starting point I found this series of tutorials are very good and the price is right too (free).



  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,925 points)
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    Mar 10, 2013 4:46 PM (in response to vinegarman)

    Another Tom Wolsky tutorial.


    And there are others of course.


    My two cents is mosy of us are best served by spending a few bucks and learing the fundamentals – rather than say, going to You Tube and viewing a video on how to achieve a certain result,


    Good luck.



  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,925 points)
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    Mar 11, 2013 6:58 AM (in response to vinegarman)

    Well, we all learn differently – which is fine. In the end, we develop the necessary skills by applying what we think we know about the tools to real projects with real deadlines.


    FCP has undergone rapid development since it was introduced. Some of the changes are probably not reflected in the tutorials you mention.


    Good luck.



  • Luis Sequeira1 Level 5 Level 5 (4,805 points)
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    Mar 11, 2013 8:38 AM (in response to vinegarman)

    vinegarman wrote:


    Thanks, I have watched some of Izzy's other courses. He is great! His courses are much better than some of the paid ones.


    I checked out this one and while so sa far he is is up to his "unusually high standards" :-), The interface on his video and some other are different than the version I have. For example, he and others reference an inspector button which is clearly seen on their versions, but I have no such button. I just downloaded 10.0.6 from the Apple site today.


    Can anyone explain why this is so and suggest a fix.



    I agree that Izzy's video are of great quality. The problem you mention can't be fixed, though: Izzy put out this introductory course shortly after FCP X appeared, so it reflects the interface of FCP X 10.0. Many new features and interface changes have occurred in almost two years - especially 10.0.3 and 10.0.6 were big new-feature packed releases.

    Izzy has a more advanced course, which is more recent.


    Another great source of FCP X knowledge is MacBreak Studio: Steve Martin and Mark Spencer put out a more-or-less-weekly episode.

  • squamish ed Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
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    Mar 11, 2013 10:18 AM (in response to Luis Sequeira1)

    The inspector icon in the newer version is in the same location but looks different. It now looks like bars with sliders.


    Izzy's Advanced FCPX course was very helpful for me. Unlike the course I suggested earlier as a starting point it's not free. I second the suggestion that you look at MacBreak Studio: Steve and Mark give free quick overviews of all sorts of techniques. Their in depth training can be bought from Ripple Training.


    Tom Wolsky (from this forum) has written a highly recommended text on FCPX and also offers online training. Tom is an amazing resource.

  also offers a lot of FCPX training.


    Creative Cow has 39 FCPX tutorials listed.


    I hope you find some that fit your learning requirements.




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