A Teacher’s Guide to the New Final Cut Pro X

You may have heard that Apple has released a new version of their movie editing software, Final Cut Pro.  The reviews are in and they’ve been mixed.  Even Conan O’Brien made fun of the new software.

I’ve been using Final Cut Pro since they released version 1.0 nearly a decade ago.  I have some of the same concerns about the new version, Final Cut Pro X, that many professionals have, namely the inability to import previous versions and having less control over how “tracks” behave.  However, as someone who has trained teachers on how to use Final Cut Pro, I am nothing but excited about the new version.  If you’re a teacher—and not a professional editor—who has been afraid to step up from iMovie, now is your time.

The new interface borrows a lot from iMovie which offends professionals but should excite teachers.  If you’ve figured out how to use the versions of iMovie since 2008 then it’s not so difficult to step up to Final Cut anymore.  For iMovie users, I’d jump in now if you’re ready.

If you’ve been using older Final Cut Pro versions then you’re going to need to figure out what to do with your old projects.  However, you can look forward to background rendering, ease of sound sweetening, and color correction once you make the switch.  And based on the recommendations of others, like Larry Jordan, I would wait until version 11 before switching.

I have not had a chance to play with the new software myself.  However, here is a round up of everything I’ve read on it.

Steve Martin’s Final Cut Pro: A First Look, a fantastic article with how-to directions on many of the new features.

David Pogue loves Final Cut Pro X

David Pogue Addresses Professional Editor’s Concerns

Richard Harrington responds to David Pogue’s reviews

Apple Answers FAQ about the new program

More Tips on Using Final Cut Pro X

Larry Jordan video presentation



5 Responses to “A Teacher’s Guide to the New Final Cut Pro X”

  1. Kevin Hodgson Says:

    Thanks for the overview — I still can’t figure out if it is worth the investment for what I do with video.

  2. Mathew Says:

    In the past, my rule of thumb used to be based on how often you edit video. You do seem to edit video often. If the keyboard shortcuts are as easy as they were before then you might find you’re able to work faster. I would probably wait for version 2 (version 11) though.

  3. Laura Peters Says:

    Just to update your postings, you might want to know about Larry Jordan’s recent blogs – http://www.larryjordan.biz/goodies/blog.html . Thanks for including this.

  4. Sean Says:

    Final Cut sounds like a great movie editing system. I’m just beginning to learn how to edit videos, so I really don’t know much about the various editing programs. Thank you for the post, I’m going to look more into this program, it sounds really good, especially if it’s still around after 10 years.

    Thanks for the post. Below is a link to my class blog.


  5. Mary LaCoste Says:

    I guess I should be embarrassed to say this, but I have never used any movie software. However, I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at University of South Alabama, and he is introducing us to some many new things, I bet I will be learning to make movies in no time. Thanks for your review of this software. It sounds very interesting, and it must be user friendly if so many teachers are using it and has been around for so many years.

    You can visit my class blog at:

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