Final Cut Pro X Hands-On

What You'll Learn

Come learn Final Cut Pro X from the guy who wrote the book for Apple! This 1-day HANDS-ON intensive course teaches you what you need to know to edit productions for a variety of projects, including documentaries, short stories, and corporate videos using Final Cut Pro X.

Class will cover the core FCPX editing workflow:

  • Starting the Project
    • Import and organize raw camera files
  • Assembling the Project
    • Learn the tools used by every editor no matter the genre
  • Enhancing the Project
    • Work with titles, effects, and audio to sweeten the edit
  • Sharing your Finished Project
    • Output to multiple platforms with ease

Computer Requirement

This is a hands-on class where you'll "learn by doing". Therefore you'll need a computer. If you need any particular software installed, that will be detailed below. Not all programs require special software so if there isn't any detailed listed below you will only need a computer with a up-to-date web browser. We always recommend that if you have one, that you bring your own computer if at all possible. However, if you need one, we have several Apple iMac workstations with all the necessary software that are available by reservation for only $20 per day. You can reserve a computer rental using this form but you must complete your registration first. In most cases, the class will be taught with the Macintosh version of the software but generally the only difference between the Mac and Windows version is the keyboard shortcuts, using the Command key on Mac and the Control key on Windows.

You will also need to bring along your own headphones.

This class covers the latest version of Final Cut Pro X 10.4.5 available from the Mac App Store. So, if you're bringing your own computer make sure it has the latest version of Final Cut Pro X 10.4.5 preinstalled. Also, don't forget to bring all of the required accessories (power cord, display, keyboard, and mouse). You will need at least 5GB of free space available for the instructor to install the class edit materials.

Who Should Take This

Aspiring filmmakers and video editors who have macOS experience, but are new to Final Cut Pro X. This is a beginner class that moves quickly through the workflow while answering your questions throughout the class time.

Presented By Brendan Boykin

Brendan Boykin

Brendan Boykin is a trainer, editor, and author based in Pueblo West. As an Apple Certified Master Trainer and the owner of Creek Mountain Media, Brendan draws on his background in broadcast and corporate video to provide training to post-production, education, and broadcast facilities nationwide. Brendan is an author, contributing writer, and technical editor/reviewer for numerous Apple Pro Training Series books. His latest book, Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X 10.4: Professional Post-Production, is the official curriculum of the Apple Training and Certification program.

BDA Members


BDA Members: $269.00

Non-Members: $289.00

Available Dates

November 16, 2019 / 9am - 5pm

In Boulder Location


If you see a register button above there is currently still space available.

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Customer Comments

It covered everything I was hoping it would and more. Very thorough and easy to follow.Katie
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Comments For: Final Cut Pro X Hands-On

Brendon was an engaging, a patient teacher, and very thorough. I was pleased that he considered the needs of his students which enabled us to dive in deeper on some of the topics of interest. He made a long day whiz by. It was informative and enjoyable with lots of tips that I will start using immediately to significantly reduce my time editing.Karen on 5/9/2016
Very helpful, filled with useful info & excellent demonstration. anonymous on 7/24/2014
This class was very detailed. The instructor was very patient and had an excellent ability to explain with clarity the concepts he was trying to get across.Tim on 5/17/2014
The instructor was patient and helpful while also being very thorough. Overall a great experience.Jill on 5/17/2014
I hardly know where to begin to say how much I enjoyed learning from Brendan Boykin. He is the consummate EXPERT when it comes to Final Cut Pro X, in fact he wrote the book, literally (the official FCPX training manual for Apple)! Yet he delivers the training with such a personable style you walk away with a full toolbox. I want to take more classes from him!Laura on 2/5/2014
"Great intro. Exactly what I was looking for."Justin on 1/16/2014
Instructor "informative" and class was "...great stuff"anonymous on 1/16/2014
"FCPX seems so much more less intimidating...Engaged instructor!"Katie on 1/16/2014
"Helped me decide what editing program to use."anonymous on 1/16/2014
very "concise and able to explain everything simply."Kat on 1/15/2014
Great to learn shortcuts and terminology of a program I am some what used to.Klara on 7/20/2013
I knew very little and was just catapulted a year down the road toward my mastering FCP. [The instructor] was fabulous. Perfect.Katarina on 7/20/2013
Covered what I needed. Excellent trainer, well informed.Craig on 7/20/2013
This class gave me a jump start on how to use software that I could not have learned alone. The instructor was very well prepared and keeps class interesting.Ann on 3/2/2013
I learned everything I hoped to learn and more.Nicole on 3/2/2013
I had a much better experience because Brendan remembered me and how lost I was last year! Brendan is very knowledgable and communicates well.Linda on 7/9/2012
Brendan's a great instructor really kept my attention during a long day.kristen on 7/9/2012
There is an abundance of new ideas, tips, tricks and knowledge packed into two days. Brendan knows his stuff, is easy to understand and follow, and provides several ideas while always waiting for the whole class to catch up if he moves too fast.Ben on 7/9/2012
Brendan is excellent very knowledgable.Randy on 7/8/2012
Brendan was great! An intimidating software made easy.Megan on 7/17/2011
Brendan is one of the best software teachers I've ever had. Very good at explaining difficult information. I learned everything I wanted to learn and more!Jeni on 7/17/2011
Hit the nail on the head! Great content and wonderful instructor. Best BDA class I've taken!Alison on 12/5/2010
Great job covering tips, techniques, and time savers, as well as caveats, pitfalls, and do's +don'ts in the real world.Gabriel on 9/25/2010
It covered everything I was hoping it would and more. Very thorough and easy to follow.Katie on 6/26/2010
I just wanted to let BDA know that Brendan presented a wonderful class. He is by far the best instructor I've seen. He went at the perfect pace, tailored the class to fit the needs of the attendees, had a sense of humor, was easy to follow, and thoroughly explained things in a way that was easy to understand. I learned so much in two short days!Keith on 10/27/2009
The class was excellent, and most impressively the content and instruction matched the course description on the web perfectly. It was exactly what I was looking for, and Brendan did an excellent job. Thank you.Jon on 10/26/2009
Was absolutely what I was looking for and what the brochure promised. Now I'm ready to tackle all my projects.Jon on 10/25/2009
Thanks so much for a great class. I appreciate the personalized instruction based on our different needs, and Brendan does a terrific job of explaining and teaching about Final Cut Pro. Having an instructor who uses consistently correct terminology makes it easy to take notes and understand them later, also. I took over 40 pages of notes, and feel confident that I can now teach my students the basics of FCP. Thanks again!Terri on 7/20/2009
I feel much more confident to take on FCP now. Brendan does a great job of breaking it down.Terri on 7/19/2009
Brendan covered all the info I was expecting pretty well plus more. Great presentation style!Scott on 2/22/2009
An amazing class! The entire workflow was taught, taking the guessing game out of the process!Mikaela on 4/7/2008
This taught me everything I needed and wanted to know. Brendan is very professional and never got stumped with a question. He was awesome. brent on 6/25/2007
Brendan is a great teacher and a nice guy. Very prepared and efficient.Edwin on 6/25/2007
I loved the class size!Ginger on 2/7/2007
Ten out of ten! BDA is great.Edwin on 2/7/2007
I found this class to be very informative and helpful. As someone who has only dabbled in FCP without any proper instruction, I came out of this class far more confident in my ability to use FCP in the future.Gary on 6/19/2006


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