FCP7 Editing - Advanced


This course is eligible for bursary funding.

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This practical 2 day course builds on our ‘Editing for Online and Cross Platform: Final Cut Pro’ course, teaching the in-depth technical skills needed to edit films more professionally. By the end of the two days trainees will be able to edit a project to an online broadcast standard, using the more advanced effects and tools within Final Cut Pro. They will be able to access footage and understand what images will work in different formats and mediums.

Development Producers, Assistant Producers, Producer/Directors or similar with a good handle on the basics of editing who want to be able to improve both their technical knowledge of the software and editing skills in order to create more polished cuts for use online and for broadcast.  

You should have attended the 'Editing on FCP' course at Developing Talent, or have equivalent working knowledge. Delegates will be sent a detailed booking form before the course so that we can gauge their experience and objectives and tailor the course accordingly. 

  • Overview of editing workflow:  logging clips, creating sub-clips, bins and labels, putting clips into the timeline using keyboard shortcuts.
  • Fine Tuning:  polishing the edit, sound mix and titles using shortcuts.
  • Advanced Effects:  key framing, multi-screen split screen, blurring shots, working with nested sequences.
  • Advanced Sound:  getting sound ready for broadcast, applying and customising sound effects and recording a voiceover guide track.
  • Media Management:  different ways if archiving completed projects, making projects offline, re-connecting media and batch digitising.
  • Introduction to Colour Correction:  choosing and creating a specific look.
  • Introduction to Colour:  understanding the software interface and basic colour correction.
  • Advanced Colour Correction:  colour balance correction, scene matching, skin tone adjustment, improving the composition of shots.
  • Titles:  creating titles, creating clean scrolling credits and key framing
  • Green Screen:  keying using Primatte RT, noise removal and matte density functions.
  • Introduction to Compressor:  export and encoding options for web, DVD, mobile phone and Blue Ray.   Using the auto-detect function.
  • Feedback on Projects:  a final review and discuss of the projects trainees have been working on over the past two days.

Our tutors are all award-winning, acclaimed and active editors, whose credits range from Dispatches and Cutting Edges to music videos and commercials, from TV dramas like Dr Who to feature films and shorts.

Do I need to bring anything to the course?It’s advisable to bring a pen and some notepaper. Otherwise, all you need is a receptive mind and your energy and enthusiasm.Is lunch provided?We keep you replenished with teas, coffee, biscuits and fruit. We don’t provide lunch – although there are a number of sandwich shops, cafes, restaurants close by, as well as a supermarket.What if I have to cancel?If you cancel more than 10 working days before the course date, you will get a full refund. If you cancel with less notice, or once the course has been confirmed the full course fees are still due. We will however endeavour to get you onto to a future course as and when we have a spare space. Although this cannot be guaranteed and will usually involve you being offered the place at short notice, we have a great track record of making sure people get their training – even it takes a bit of time.

Maximum 8 people but usually 4-6.


10:00-17:30 (please arrive 15 minutes early for induction on the first day) 


Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be in writing and must be received at least 10 working days prior to the course date or the full fee will be charged. DV Talent reserves the right to cancel courses at any time (e.g. if there are insufficient enrolments) without liability, and delegates will be offered an alternative date or full refund. In booking a course, you are acknowledging you have read and accepted our Terms and Conditions.