Free Introductory FCPX class

Final Cut Pro X is the choice for many editors the world over. In fact I personally believe its currently the fastest way to edit stories efficiently.
This is an introductory course in the basic functions of Apple Final Cut Pro X.

I’ve been a Broadcast professional since 2006, and been a technical trainer/college instructor since 2012. In that time I’ve been fortunate to across the country in different facilities, and worked with a lot of different people with different skill sets.

One thing that I’ve learned in that time is that everyone needs to start somewhere, and it can be hard to find the right information quickly and easily. While other training services require a monthly subscription to get started, or free online tutorials give disjointed information, I wanted to put together a class that gives everyone the basics, for free.

Free?

Really? What’s the catch?
Well I’ll be honest with you. The reason why I have this class out there is a few different reasons.

I believe everyone should know the basics. This class is aimed squarely at beginners.
A rising tide lifts all boats. When everyone knows the basics it gives people room to advance faster
It’s training I wish I had when I was learning video editing.
Its a preview of my teaching style. While earning the basics might be all you need, I’m confident that if you need to learn something quickly and efficiently, I can offer customized advanced training to you or your team.

The course and what you will learn:
This course is geared towards those who have never used Final Cut Pro X, those new to video editing, or moving to Final Cut Pro X from another editing suite.

This course is a preview of my professional training in Apple Final Cut Pro X and can be considered the bare minimum. It does NOT go into fine details of Final Cut Pro X and its feature set, but acts as a means to get people up and running as fast as possible.

Here’s the set of Introductory lessons In a playlist:

Final Cut Pro X professional training 01- Getting started with FCPX

Are you brand new to Final Cut Pro X and don’t know where to start? Are you looking to purchase it for you or your team but want more information before you make the plunge?
In this tutorial you will learn the basic overview of the program including how media is organized using events and libraries. We talk about basic in and out selection as well as create append edits, insert edits and connected clip edit.
We briefly talk about the new magnetic timeline and basic audio adjustments in our projects.

This tutorial is an introductory video demonstrating some of the basic workflows of Final Cut Pro X.

Final Cut Pro X professional training 02 – Basics of editing in FCPX

So you know the basics of the interface, how exactly do you set up your project and add clips to your storyline?  In this lesson we start editing.

Final Cut Pro X professional training 03 – Keyword and Smart Collections

Keywords and smart collections are some of the most powerful tools in FCPX. Using them properly will make sure the clip you want is easily found.

Final Cut Pro X professional training 04 – Rate and sort media

Now that you have clips lets learn how to quickly find your best clips or clips that you may not have used in your project

Final Cut Pro X professional training 05 – Using markers & To do lists

Makers and to do notes are a great way to leave yourself or other editors instructions if you are coming back to your stories often.

Final Cut Pro X professional training 06 – Ken burns effect in FCPX

In this lesson you will learn the very basics of animating using the ken burns effect in FCPX

Final Cut Pro X professional training 08- Blur/censor faces and logos using built in effects

In this lesson we work with applying effects and basic animation principles to blur out a persons face.

Final Cut Pro X professional training 09- Understanding Optimized & Proxy media

By using proxy media in FCPX you can edit hi res (4k 6k 8k) video on older machines or on the go- without compromising your efficiency.

Animating titles in Apple Motion.

Apple Motion Professional Training Lesson 5 part 2
Animating titles in Apple Motion.

This is a 2 part lesson.
In Part 1 we deconstruct the design of one I recently created for a show on broadcast, and design it from the ground up.
Learn the basics of lower third design that can be used for titles or Q+A type graphics on your productions.

In part 2 We use behaviors, Keyframes and Masks, to create an animated lower third with a reveal.

You can use this with dropzones to make a variety of different graphics using your own Logo.

Download the Lower third in this project at:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1T5Y7baDzA2OWFaakp3Ui13Vlk/view?usp=sharing

Special thanks to Travis Watson for the suggestion.
If you have something you want to know how to do in Motion, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, After effects or other programs, send me a message or leave a comment. If it’s something many people can benefit from I’ll most likely cover it.

NEW- Free Premiere Pro Intro Training

I’ve been a video professional since 2006, and been a technical trainer/college instructor since 2012.  In that time I’ve been fortunate to across the country in different facilities, and worked with a lot of different people with different skill sets.

One thing that I’ve learned in that time is that everyone needs to start somewhere, and it can be hard to find the right information quickly and easily.  While other training services require a monthly subscription to get started, or free online tutorials give disjointed information, I wanted to put together a class that gives everyone the basics, for free.

Free? 

Really?  Whats the catch?
Well I’ll be honest with you.  The reason why I have this class out there is a few different reasons.

  1.  I believe everyone should know the basics.  This class is aimed squarely at beginners.
  2. A rising tide lifts all boats. When everyone knows the basics it gives people room to advance faster
  3. It’s training I wish I had when I was learning video editing.
  4. Its a preview of my teaching style.  While earning the basics might be all you need, I’m confident that if you need to learn something quickly and efficiently, I can offer customized advanced training to you or your team.

 

In the next coming months ill be posting free Introductory classes in Premiere Pro, After Effects, Motion, Final Cut Pro X, and Element3D.

I just wrapped up the free Premiere Pro class and you can find that as a whole playlist of 2.5 hours of content below, or visit my website at www.stanislawrobertluberda.com

What I learned from competing in the 2016 MKE 48 hour film project

This last weekend I competed in the 48 hour film Project for MKE. I was originally not intending to participate at all, because in the past it left me very frustrated and totally burnt out, however I had a talented friend approach me and we decided to give it a go with almost zero notice to assemble a team. Theres some things I learned from this years competition:

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VFX timelapse of commercial

Last Month I was fortunate enough to work on some VFX shots for a local company- Flip 11.  My tasks were to:

  1. Create “a perfect storm” of clouds coming in
  2. Sky replace the footage
  3. Track and Match Move the clouds
  4. Roto out the people in the scenes
  5. add additional rain elements if possible
  6. Screen replacements
  7. Add ight flare effects to sell the brightness and contrast of the hot blistering day.
  8. Composite in more steam/smoke
  9. track the car hood and match move the steam and smoke.
  10. Deliver within 48 hours.

I used mostly particular to create the cloud animation in layers. I was lucky enough to have lots of stprm clouds immediately after picking up the footage to use as reference material.

Particualr was great but also VERY resource intensive. Im running a majority of my work on a 8 core i7 with 2gb of video ram and had a hard time getting the particles to preview.

I additionally used several stock photos and even an instance or two of video co pilots “real Clouds” pack from like 10 years ago! (never throw away old stock).

For the tracking most of it was dove with the tracker but due to crossing the area of tracking I had to manually track the horizon point.  I had to blow out the scene just to see the horizon.

Additionally I had a few people crossing the scene that needed roto and one main one with curly hair that made things a bit challenging.

The sky was no where near a clean mattable color so I hade to rely on extract and a few passes to seperate the backgrounds.

In the second scene alot of that just wasnt possible and I had to layer a few masks in the trees so i could better Sell the trees withanother foreground layer of it.  Each scene didnt really have a horizon track point so I had to pick any feature that I could make work. A tree branch, some mounttain etc.

once the clouds were created in several layers and animations I pumped each one out as its onw alpha matte and recomposited them into all the scenes. So i eneded up creating about 8 layered weather systems and reused those.

Screen replacements were done with Mocha. I love using screen replacements with mocha. Its quick and its easy and it works!

The lense flares were creates with video co pilots Optical flares, and each exported as a tintable matte. Most were used at a very low opacity just to give a little extra bump.