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Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X 10.1: Professional Post-Production EBook released

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***Updated with direct iTunes link***

One we have been keeping our eye on for the release, the new Final Cut Pro X 10.1 Professional Post Production book is out in Kindle & Ebook format. Authored by Brendan Boykin and published by Peachpit, this book follows a whole project through from start to finish.

Hot off the press is master trainer Brendan Boykin's new book, Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X 10.1: Professional Post-Production. For the moment it's only available as a Kindle download, but the paperback version is available to order via Amazon or Peachpit. Brendan very kindly described the book for us:

And here is the publication just issued on iTunes  Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X 10.1 - Brendan Boykin

Final Cut Pro X 10.1 presents the reader the real-world workflow of Final Cut Pro X: Import, Edit, Share. The reader experiences the same workflow typical of most Final Cut Pro editors. (all media supplied.)

Beginning with importing media, the editor manages media and clips within the library structure of Final Cut Pro X 10.1. The importing and organizing of media and clips is addressed in the first three lessons. The lessons continue to editing as the editor manipulates the primary storyline and the magnetic timeline, adds connected clips and connected storylines. The initial four lessons conclude with the share feature to export a rough draft of the edited project.

Lesson Five begins with an exercise on the importance of encapsulating the project for backup, before performing a revision edit pass importing and editing additional clips. The editor proceeds with adding a lower-third, trying some effects, and mixing audio. The share feature is explored in more depth including accessing Compressor at the conclusion of Lesson Eight.

The final two chapters cover more on executing media and clip management within the Final Cut Pro X libraries and in adding specialized sub-workflows to your project. Subworkflows covered include synchronizing a dual-system recorded clip, working with multicamera media, and compositing a chroma key clip.

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The Rough Draft created in Lessons 1-4

A major curriculum change is the book's use of one project media set for the core workflow. The reader experiences editing in as pure a form viable within a training environment. The book guides them on the edits required to achieve the lesson objectives.

By the end of Lesson Four, a new editor has touched the major facets of video editing and created an edit that is theirs, from importing to sharing. That same project gets revised and shaped in the remaining lessons to yield a second version.

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Version 2

A common question regarding training is, “With self-paced training materials on the market, what’s the point of attending a class at an Apple Authorized Training Center (AATC)?” The Final Cut Pro X 10.1 book and other training materials out there are fantastic ways to learn Final Cut Pro X.

What you benefit from in attending an AATC class is the experience and knowledge of an Apple Certified Trainer. An Apple Certified Trainer can take you deeper in areas specific to your workflow that the training materials may only cover briefly. Maybe you want to know more about retiming a clip. The trainer can show you additional retiming options available for every clip. More than that, a trainer can then point you towards applying additional effects that your workflow may need that’s not covered in other materials.

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Using the Blade Speed Tool

The dynamics of a trainer guiding you in your workflow are enhanced further by the other attendees at an AATC course. As attendees collaborate through their sharing of post-production experiences, everyone’s knowledge grows. The AATC classroom is a forum much like fcp.co, a helpful environment there to inspire your storytelling by answering technical and creative questions.

Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X 10.1: Professional Post-Production


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I am the Editor-in-Chief of FCP.co and have run the website since its inception ten years ago.

I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

great house giveaway 2020

2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. The shows have also been nominated for a 2021 BAFTA.

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Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.


BBC snooker the crucible

BBC's Snooker has played a big part in my life, I've been editing tournament coverage since 1997. I'm proud to be part of a very creative team that has pioneered many new ideas and workflows that are now industry standard in sports' production. This is currently an Adobe Premiere edit.

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Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

Plugin Design & Development

I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.


Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

The Future

I'm always open to new ideas and opportunities, so please get in touch at editor (at) fcp.co. I've judged film competitions, presented workflow techniques to international audiences and come up with ideas for TV shows and software programs!


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