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The Colorado Film School continues to offer Apple-certified professional training for Final Cut Pro and Color. The classes are taught on the CFS campus by Jerry Hofmann, author of Jerry Hofmann on Final Cut Pro 4. Financial Aid is not available for this course.


The Apple Training & Certification program is designed to keep you at the forefront of Apple technology. Certification creates a benchmark to demonstrate your proficiency in specific Apple technologies and gives you a competitive edge in today’s evolving job market.


Learn more about Apple Certification at training.apple.com.


Next Class Dates:

August 14-16, 2015


These classes will be taught with the newest software release available.


The latest edition requires program modification. More details on the NEW curriculum coming soon.


See our last program curriculum:


FCP 101 Comprehensive Study of Final Cut Pro X


Tuition: $600. Additional $150 for Certification Exam if you choose to take it.


The Colorado Film School offers an Apple Certified class in Final Cut Pro X. (Final Cut Pro 200) This is the 3-day certified course from Apple, taught by Jerry Hofmann.


Final Cut Pro X is a revolutionary video editing application that makes it possible for beginners and seasoned professionals to achieve stunning results. This three-day, hands-on course teaches students to perform basic editing functions while becoming familiar with the user interface. Start with basic video editing techniques and work all the way through Final Cut Pro's powerful advanced features. Students work with dramatic real-world media to learn the practical techniques used daily in editing projects.


Instead of being offered over three consecutive days, some Apple Authorized Training Centers (AATCs) offer this course in a Prime Time delivery model. The class is divided into three-hour seminars to allow working professionals to take the course without interrupting their busy schedules.


This course is based on the FCP 101: Introduction to Final Cut Pro X course. However, the lessons are covered in three days, providing more comprehensive coverage of the material.


Who Should Attend

This class is designed for anyone looking to edit professional-quality video with Final Cut Pro X and who prefers hands-on and interactive instruction to best explore its functionality.


What You Will Learn

- Creating Smart Collections to organize media based on metadata and keywords.

- Using the Magnetic Timeline for an exceptionally fast, fluid new way to edit.

- Combining multiple elements into a single Compound Clip.

- Finetuning clips in the timeline with the Precision Editor.

- Comparing alternate shots from a collection of clips with just a click using auditions.

- Applying effects, transitions and retiming clips.

- Finishing and final output.



Students should have the following prerequisite knowledge prior to attending the course:

- Knowledge of OS X and basic computer navigation

- Basic knowledge of editing terminology is highly recommended


Course Outline


Day 1

Exploring the Final Cut Pro X Interface

Following a Workflow, Opening Final Cut Pro X, Exploring the Interface, Using Menus, Shortcuts and the Mouse, Viewing and Sorting Events, Skimming Clips and Changing Views, Viewing and Creating Projects, Working in the Project Library, Viewing Projects in the Timeline, and Hiding and Quitting Final Cut Pro.



Importing Media into an Event, Importing Folders as Keyword Collections, Analyzing and Correcting Imported Clips, Importing from a Camera, Importing from the Finder, and Importing from Other Applications.


Organizing Clips in an Event

Using Metadata to Customize an Event, Adding Keywords to Clips, Assigning Multiple Keywords to Clips, Applying Keywords to a Clip Range, Rating, Sorting and Searching Clips, and Creating Smart Collections.


Building a Rough Cut

Creating a New Project, Screening and Marking Clips, Appending Clips in the Timeline, Viewing and Arranging Clips in the Magnetic Timeline, Inserting Clips into the Primary Storyline, Changing Edited Clips, Connecting Clips to the Primary Storyline, and Closing your Project.



Day 2

Finetuning a Rough Cut

Adding Markers to a Project, Connecting Clips to the Primary Storyline, Overwriting and Replacing Clips, Auditioning Clips in the Project, and Working with Storylines.


Adding to the Primary Storyline

Duplicating a Project, Removing Clip Selections and Adding Gaps, Understanding Trimming, Applying the Trim Tool, and Trimming with Precision.


Applying Transitions

Preparing for Transitions, Applying a Video Transition, Using the Transitions Browser, Modifying Transitions, Changing Transition Parameters in the Inspector, Adding Transitions to Other Storylines and Compound Clips, and Exploring Audio Transitions


Working with Sound

Monitoring and Adjusting Audio in the Timeline, Adding Music and Sound Effects, Adjusting Levels in the Audio Inspector, Creating Audio Fades, Recording a Narration Track, and Correcting Problem Audio



Day 3

Working with Titles, Generators and Themes

Using the Titles Browser, Adding a Lower Third, Modifying Titles, Adding Bumpers and Credits, Working with Video Generators, and Using Themes


Retiming and Transforming Clips

Understanding Motion Properties, Changing Clip Speed, Creating Holds and Variable Speed Segments, Applying Preset Speed Effects, Transforming an Image, Cropping an Image, Adding a Ken Burns Effect, and Creating Keyboard Shortcuts.


Applying Effects and Enhancing Color

Applying Video Effects, Modifying Effect Parameters, Auditioning and Animating Effects, Applying Audio Effects, and Enhancing Color in Final Cut Pro


Exporting and Sharing Your Project

Preparing a Project for Sharing, Sharing a Master File, Publishing a Project to Apple Devices, Publishing a Project to Video Sharing Sites, Exporting an Image from your Project, Exporting for Blue-Ray Disc, DVD, or Disk Image, Backing Up Projects and Events.


Certification Exam

Students take an end user exam to earn Apple Certified Pro, Final Cut Pro X Level One status. (note: You must purchase the test fee separately.)



Jerry Hofmann


During his life long career, Jerry Hofmann became an award winning theatrical actor, TV and film editor, director and producer. He has produced hundreds of TV commercials, and industrial films for Fortune 500 companies, Hollywood studios, and advertising agencies. He currently owns and operates jlh productions, and is a general partner in 24 Seven CSR, a new media company specializing in automated customer service web based video technologies.

Jerry teaches advanced post production classes for the Colorado Film school, and at the University of Colorado at Boulder.


A true pioneer in NLE technology, Jerry has been a member of many industry beta teams, including Avid and Apple, helping them to develop NLE technologies. He has been intimately involved with this technology for the past 23 years.


Jerry is a team leader in the Final Cut Pro forum at the Creative COW web site, a leading contributor to Apple's own Discussion group on Final Cut Pro, and founded the Denver Final Cut Pro Users Group and is in demand for teaching and speaking engagements nation wide.



Click here to download the registration form and here to see a flyer about the training program.


To submit the application: Either print it and fax it to (303) 340-7326 ATTN: Christopher Beeson, or save it and email it as an attachment to Christopher.Beeson@ccaurora.edu. Be sure to sign the form before submitting! If you have questions please call (303) 340-7321.





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