Course Description

Final Cut Pro 5: The Essentials

Study 365

Final Cut Pro 5: The Essentials


Final Cut Pro 5: The Essentials

Visual effects guru, Brian Maffitt helps you get up to speed on the leading Mac-based video editing application during this Final Cut Pro 5 video training series, produced in HD. With Final Cut Pro 5: The Essentials, it’s easy to fine-tune your skills by accessing the same video clips used by your host, Brian Maffitt, to give you hands-on experience with the new techniques. You’ll learn how to work with HDV footage, make edits, add effects, output your project, and more.

Course outline

This course is comprised of the following modules:

Part 01

  • Module 1: Getting Started
  • Module 2: The Basics of Editing
  • Module 3: Getting Around: the Browser & Viewer
  • Module 4: Getting Around: the Timeline
  • Module 5: Editing With the Tools
  • Module 6. Setting Up a New Project
  • Module 7: Using Transitions
  • Module 8: Setting Preferences
  • Module 9: Logging & Capturing Clips

Part 02

  • Module 1: Storyboarding & Trimming
  • Module 2: Working with Graphics
  • Module 3: Controlling Motion
  • Module 4: Affecting Video
  • Module 5: Audio Fundamentals
  • Module 6: Output & Export

Course Curriculum


  1. Getting Started
  2. The Basics of Editing
  3. Getting Around: the Browser & Viewer
  4. Getting Around: the Timeline
  5. Editing With the Tools
  6. Setting Up a New Project
  7. Using Transitions
  8. Setting Preferences
  9. Logging & Capturing Clips


  1. Storyboarding & Trimming
  2. Working with Graphics
  3. Controlling Motion
  4. Affecting Video
  5. Audio Fundamentals
  6. Output & Export

Presenter Information:

Brian Maffitt brings a singularly diverse background to presenting and directing. As a former professional actor, photographer, carpenter, and Graceland Tour Guide, he jumped on board the computer graphic revolution in the late 1980s. He founded MAFF/x in 1993 and won several awards for video production, interactive design, and animation. Brian also co-founded Atomic Power Corporation and released two award-winning sets of software plugins for After Effects, “Psunami”, and “Evolution”. The latter was acquired by Adobe in 2001 and is now included with every copy of After Effects sold, and has been featured prominently in untold commercials and films, including Pixar’s Academy Award-winning “The Incredibles”.

A combination of communication skills and computer proficiency made video training a natural progression. As Total Training’s co-founder and Chief Creative Officer, he is devoted to great training, crafted by an extraordinary creative team, for exceptional customers. And if he can occasionally make you smile (or roll your eyes) along the way, so much the better.

Course Duration:

From the day you purchase the course, you will have 12 months access to the online study platform. As the course is self-paced you can decide how fast or slow the training goes, and are able to complete the course in stages, revisiting the training at any time.

Method of Assessment:

At the end of the course, you will have one assignment to be submitted (you need a mark of 65% to pass) and you can submit the assignment at any time. You will only need to pay £19 for assessment and certification when you submit the assignment. You will receive the results within 72 hours of submittal and will be sent a certificate in 7-14 days if you have successfully passed.


Successful candidates will be awarded a certificate for Final Cut Pro 5: The Essentials.

Benefits you will gain:

By enrolling in this course, you’ll get:

  • High-quality e-learning study materials and mock exams.
  • Tutorials/materials from the industry leading experts.
  • Includes step-by-step tutorial videos and an effective, professional support service.
  • 24/7 Access to the Learning Portal.
  • Recognised Accredited Qualification.
  • Access Course Content on Mobile, Tablet or Desktop.
  • A study in a user-friendly, advanced online learning platform.
  • Excellent customer service and administrative support.

Course Code S 0229
College Name Study 365
Course Category Adobe, Computers & IT (Information Technology)
Course Type Online Learning
Course Location Athlone, Westmeath, Ireland
Course Fee 29
Course Duration 365 days
Entry Requirements Learners must be age 16 or over and should have a basic understanding of the English Language, numeracy, literacy, and ICT.
Career Path Media editor Production editor Graphic design Video editor Videographer
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