FCPX Creative Summit – Session Descriptions

Friday, October 27th

Friday, October 27th | 11:00 – 11:30am
Keynote Presentation – Use Creativity to Standout from the Crowd – Simeon Quarrie

Simeon Quarrie has always been in the business of standing out from the crowd. Simeon will share insights designed to move you forward as a creative and business owner. Simeon will take you step by step through his creative thought process. Listen as he explains key principles of editing, lighting, directing and concept creation. Walk away with a clearer understanding of how to think creatively and then implement your vision. As a Visual Storyteller who uses Photo & Video, he will help you define your next steps as a creative.

Friday, October 27th | 12:00 – 1:00pm
Keynote Presentation – An Interview with David Tillman

Jeff Greenberg interviews Peabody and Emmy award winning writer/producer/editor David Tillman about his experiences learning FCPX, and using it to edit documentaries for networks such as National Geographic Channel, Smithsonian Channel and A&E. David will share some of his insights as to why he loves using Final Cut Pro X and why he feels it enables him as a storyteller to tell better stories. He will also discuss the evolving workflow he uses to edit award-winning archival documentaries with extremely large amounts of media in not so large amounts of time.

Saturday, October 28th

Saturday, October 28th | 9:00 – 10:15am
Music and Final Cut Pro X

Music is a fundamental aspect of visual storytelling as it drives the tone, mood and pacing of your film or video. Using Final Cut Pro X and GarageBand, Steve will guide you through the process of choosing, editing, arranging and mixing music so that it enhances your story without detracting from it.

Topics include:

  • How to Choose the Right Music for Your Project
  • Music Editing Techniques
  • Arrange Drum and Synth Tracks Using GarageBand
  • Create Custom Music Arrangements
  • Learn Music Mixing Techniques for Voice-Driven Projects
  • Where to Find Some of the Web’s Best Music

Speaker: Steve Martin

Saturday, October 28th | 9:00 – 10:15am
Building Great Titles in Motion for FCPX

In this session we’ll start by breaking down the fundamental elements required for creating a solid, dynamic title open. From composition, to typography and color palettes, there’s a lot to consider. As we begin to build, we’ll explore presets, generators, particles and more. Once we’ve finished building, then we’ll optimize our titles for easy use in FCPX as a template. If you’re an editor who’s ever struggled with title design, or looked at a blank screen and wondered where to start… this session is where to start.

What concrete lessons or skills will attendees take away from this session?

  • Choosing the right font and layout to help tell your story
  • Building engaging animated graphic elements with generators
  • Adding depth with particles
  • Creating graphic transitions to tie elements together in an open

Speaker: Ian Robinson

Saturday, October 28th | 10:30 – 11:45am
Technical and Creative Workflows of Narrative Editing

Editing a large narrative film can seem overwhelming both, technically and creatively. In this seminar we will focus on the unique tools provided by Final Cut Pro and how to apply them to narrative editing. We will also discuss a variety of creative editing techniques and how to get the most out of the tools of Final Cut Pro.

Ideal for anyone who wants to create narrative films large and small with Final Cut Pro

Speaker: Kevin Bailey

Saturday, October 28th | 10:30 – 11:45am
Everyday Uses of Motion for Editors

Are you a Final Cut Pro X editor looking to add custom motion graphics to your projects? If so, then this is the session for you. We will start with easy ways to quickly add opening title sequences to projects by publishing them to FCP X from Motion. Then we will explore customizing built-in effects by modifying rigs and adding published parameters. From there, you will learn how easy it can be to create your own titles, transitions, and effects from scratch using Motion’s powerful rigging and publishing features.

What concrete lessons or skills will attendees take away from this session?

  • Publish Motion templates to Final Cut Pro X
  • Modify built-in titles, transitions, and effects
  • Create basic titles, transitions and effects from scratch
  • Publish, rename, and reorganize parameters
  • Build rigs and link parameters to make complex effect changes

Speaker: Mark Spencer

Saturday, October 28th | 10:30 – 11:45am
Why FCPX? 30 Workflow Problems Apple Solved with Critical Thinking

Keystrokes and clicks matter. Apple has streamlined common post processes and challenged common organizational ideas. Learn about the little things that make a big difference in how you spend your creative time. Ideal for anyone who wants to understand how Final Cut Pro gives editors more time to focus on the creative and assistants fighting the battle of organization, better tools to accomplish tedious and complex tasks.

AND Time Allowing, exploration of the FINAL CUT LIBRARY OPENER and a new slant on shared workflow strategies.

What concrete lessons or skills will attendees take away from this session?

Understanding the transition between other NLEs and FCPX and how to accomplish common editing and assisting tasks faster and more efficiently. And time allowing, Shared workflow strategies using Final Cut Library Opener.

Speaker: Mike Matzdorff

Saturday, October 28th | 1:00 – 2:45pm
Building a Motion Graphics Toolkit in FCPX

Creating compelling motion graphics for your Final Cut Pro X projects doesn’t have to be difficult, nor does it require hiring a graphics designer. In this session, Steve will show you how to build a repository of static and motion design elements that are readily available whenever you need to cook up some tasty visuals.

Topics include:

  • Creating a Library of Reusable Elements
  • Creating Your Own 2D & 3D Graphic Elements
  • Mining Content in Motion & Third Party Templates
  • Compound Clip Workflows That Will Save You Time
  • How to Animate & Change Stuff Quickly

Speaker: Steve Martin

Saturday, October 28th | 1:00 – 2:45pm
When One Isn’t Enough: Motion Replicators

Replicators are one of the more powerful tools in Motion, and they are often misunderstood. While they appear similar to Particles, they are definitely different and offer a little more control. In this session, we’ll create seemingly complex animated patterned backgrounds, transitions and more. If you’re a designer or editor, looking to add more depth and interest to your motion graphics, this session is for you.

What concrete lessons or skills will attendees take away from this session?

  • Build complex repetitive patterns in minutes
  • Create animated transitions
  • Adjusting replicator timing to create dynamic repeating shapes
  • Utilize layer blending to add depth and interest

Speaker: Ian Robinson

Saturday, October 28th | 1:00 – 2:45pm
Expandable Multi-Editor Workflow Using Final Cut Library Opener

Learn about a new approach to multi-user workflow in a scripted environment on Final Cut Pro X using the new tool from Arctic Whiteness — “Final Cut Library Opener” — we will demonstrate a complete pipeline from dailies to delivery using a master library and satellite libraries to facilitate collaboration speed, and organization. There will be opportunity for Q & A during the session.

What concrete lessons or skills will attendees take away from this session?

  • Set-up an expandable multi-user environment
  • Make the most of Ephemeral Libraries
  • Build solid, simple and portable navigation of your scripted show

Speaker: Mike Matzdorff

Saturday, October 28th | 2:30 – 3:45pm
Mission Impossible: Multicam

Learn how Emmy Nominated documentary Assistant Editor Patrick Southern employed Final Cut X’s Multicam tools to synchronize footage that had no matching timecode, no slates, no unified naming conventions, and that was entirely in French and Azeri.

What concrete lessons or skills will attendees take away from this session?

  • Create Multicam Clips using Markers, Timecode, or Audio Waveforms
  • Changing Synchronization in the Angle Editor
  • Refine Sync based on Audio Waveforms

Speaker: Patrick Southern

Saturday, October 28th | 2:30 – 3:45pm
Massive Fun with Particles in Motion

Motion’s powerful particle system and its realtime playback engine are a perfect combination for creating particle-based effects for your video projects. In this session you’ll learn how to add natural phenomena like smoke, fog, rain, sparks and fire to shots; you’ll explore animating particles with behaviors, making particles out of images and image sequences; building particle systems in 2D and 3D space, and using 3D objects as particle sources.

What concrete lessons or skills will attendees take away from this session?

  • Create particle systems from scratch
  • Modify particle presets
  • Composite and track particles to video clips
  • Use particle systems to create a broad variety of effects
  • Easily save particle presets and swap particle sources
  • Publish particle effects to Final Cut Pro X

Speaker: Mark Spencer

Saturday, October 28th | 2:30 – 3:45pm
Using Final Cut Pro X in Broadcast Television

Learn how Peter Wiggins uses Final Cut Pro X in broadcast television. With real case studies and media, Peter will run through different broadcast workflows and how the latest version of Final Cut Pro X not only shaves time off production but also results in a better product. But the fun doesn’t end there, he will also look at outputting from FCPX for broadcast and how third party apps can speed up the boring bits of production.

What concrete lessons or skills will attendees take away from this session?

  • Using FCPX at a broadcast level
  • Tips and tricks to speed up editing without compromising the output
  • Building and mixing timelines with full mix and international sound for delivery
  • Exporting multitrack files for delivery and archive
  • Automatic music & archive reporting using FCPXML
  • Archiving of Projects using Worx4 X
  • A few bad British jokes

Speaker: Peter Wiggins

Saturday, October 28th | 8:00pm
Advanced Private Screening of Off the Tracks

In 2011 Apple ended Final Cut Pro as we knew it and started over with a brand new video editing application: Final Cut Pro X. The disruption this change caused is still being felt by the film, television, and video industries to this day. With misinformation run amok, Off the Tracks is a documentary that aims to clear the air once and for all. Featuring exclusive interviews with the creative professionals who use the software and the developers who created it. Why did Apple make Final Cut Pro X?

presented by LumaForge and FCPWorks (Room CALI AB)


Sunday, October 29th | 9:00 – 11:30am
Getting Started in 360 Video Production

With the support of huge platform players like Google and Facebook, 360 Video is coming of age. In this info-packed session, you’ll hear from Steve & Mark as they walk you through the concepts, gear and post production workflows for creating and delivering 360 content.

Topics include:

  • 360 Concepts and New Ways of Thinking
  • What to Look for When Renting or Purchasing a Camera
  • 360 Production Principles – Camera Placement, Framing and Movement
  • Lighting and Sound
  • Hardware and Software Requirements for 360 editing
  • Stitching & Creating Equirectangular Clips
  • Preparing, Organizing and Setting up 360 Projects
  • Viewing & Editing 360 Content
  • Compositing Elements in 360 Scenes
  • Sharing 360 Content

Speaker: Mark Spencer and Steve Martin

Sunday, October 29th | 9:00 – 11:30am
How to Color Grade Your Project in FCPX

We’ll walk you through everything you need to know about how to effectively manage color in FCPX for projects large and small. We’ll dive into how to grade, look management, and all aspects of making the most of the color tool in FCPX. If you’ve wanted to learn how to approach finishing a project entirely in FCPX, this is the session for you.

What concrete lessons or skills will attendees take away from this session?

  • How to approach grading a shot in FCPX
  • how to manage looks in FCPX
  • How to use masks and power windows in FCPX
  • How to read scopes in FCPX
  • Best practices for round tripping with FCPX and high end grading approaches

Speaker: Jeff Greenberg and Sam Mestman

Sunday, October 29th | 12:30 – 1:45pm
Documentaries… Now!

Emmy nominated documentary Editor and Assistant Editor Patrick Southern shares workflow tips and tricks for making the most of FCPX in your edit. Learn how to utilize transcripts in you edit. Discover industry-tested methods for logging and organizing your footage. Find out the secrets behind making a clean turnover to color and sound. You might even learn a few nuggets on documentary research & production.

What concrete lessons or skills will attendees take away from this session?

  • Strategies for Keywording & Organizing Footage
  • Adding Transcripts to your Interviews
  • Editing Foreign Language Footage
  • Making Clean & Effective Turnovers to Resolve & ProTools

Speaker: Patrick Southern

Sunday, October 29th | 12:30 – 1:45pm
Building Final Cut Pro X Transitions in Motion

All the transitions Apple supplies with Final Cut Pro X were created in Motion 5. In this session Alex will show you how to create your own new custom transitions from scratch. You’ll learn how to combine Motion’s amazing real-time effects and animated elements to modify the outgoing and incoming clips around Final Cut edit points. You’ll also how to make simple controls available in the Final Cut inspector that modify multiple Motion parameters at the same time. Bring your transition plugin questions along as well!

After this session, attendees will know how to…

  • Modify the default settings of their favorite transitions
  • Install and transition plugins and how to share them with others
  • Add on-screen controls to transitions, so users can directly change settings instead of entering numbers into fields
  • Design transitions that respond to match the aspect ratio of the Final Cut Pro X project they are used in

Speaker: Alex Gollner

Sunday, October 29th | 12:30 – 1:45pm
Adobe After Effects for FCPX Editors

After Effects can take your motion graphics projects to the next dimension with both 2D and 3D graphics. In this session we’ll build a foundation for editors to quickly start getting comfortable in the Ae Interface. We’ll look at how to import and animate layered Photoshop and Illustrator files as we create an animated title open. Finally, we’ll wrap things up by rendering graphics for import and use in FCPX.

What concrete lessons or skills will attendees take away from this session?

  • Become familiar with the After Effects interface
  • Import and animate layered Photoshop and Illustrator files
  • Fundamental keyframing and setting custom keyframe interpolation
  • Optimize and render graphics for import into FCPX

Speaker: Ian Robinson

Sunday, October 29th | 2:00 – 3:15pm
Making beyond 4k workflow manageable

How do you edit a feature film on set using FCPX on a laptop with media shot at 6k? How can you maximize the media resolution for post? Come to this seminar and learn how to edit your 4k+ media without choking your hardware or breaking the bank. Questions are encouraged during this session! Ideal for mobile FCPX users who wants to get the most out of 4k+ workflows.

What concrete lessons or skills will attendees take away from this session?

  • Calculate a resolution buffer for post stabilization and reframing for any aspect ratio.
  • Create proxy media to lower data overhead and work faster in FCPX.
  • Setup FCPX to work with Overscan media.
  • Understand how offline settings in FCPX will translate down the workflow line when conforming to Camera original media.

Speaker: Robin Moran

Sunday, October 29th | 2:00 – 3:15pm
Tricking and Tracking Techniques in FCPX

Tracking lets you follow objects as they (or the camera) move around, and this technique is useful in many typical editing situations. This talk shows you how you can track with Motion, with other apps, and also how you can track with plug-ins directly within FCP X. We’ll show you how to use tracking to protect identities, replace screens, add callouts and labels, place 3D text in a scene, and perform high-end color correction. Questions are welcome.

What concrete lessons or skills will attendees take away from this session?

  • How to track objects with Motion
  • How to blur or pixelate faces, logos or text
  • How to replace a phone screen with custom content
  • How to correct color and fix lighting on moving objects in a shot

Speaker: Iain Anderson

Sunday, October 29th | 3:30 – 4:25pm
Same Day Edits in FCP X

When you’ve only got a day to get it shot, cut and out, how do you do it? Tips and tricks for getting an edit out ASAP.

Event videographers, such as wedding videographers, often have a very specific need — to get an edit out as soon as possible. This session goes through everything you need to know to get an edit done in the shortest possible time, including shooting tips, the video, audio and post gear you’ll need to support you, the shortcuts and best practice workflows you’ll need to follow, and the effects, titles and transitions you should have on hand to make life easier. We’ll also dive into a deeper look at this strategy in action, including a three-day event which became a series of three 4K same-day edits, and… why not a live edit on stage?

What concrete lessons or skills will attendees take away from this session?

  • FCP X workflow tips for speed
  • Editing techniques for showing off many shots in a short time
  • The best FCP X shortcuts for working quickly
  • Gear tips and ideas for quick work
  • Export tips for fast delivery

Speaker: Iain Anderson

Sunday, October 29th | 3:30 – 4:25pm
How to Build and Manage a Facility with FCPX

Especially as you grow a facility, assets tend to pile up over time. The more projects you do, the bigger this problem becomes. One of the great things about FCPX, though, is its media management capabilities. When used correctly, these can be extermely powerful and can allow you to turn FCPX into its own MAM. And if you find yourself outgrowing that, we’ll talk you through some best practices for 3rd party MAM solutions.

What concrete lessons or skills will attendees take away from this session?

  • How to build and manage a growing asset library in FCPX
  • How to leverage hard links for archiving with FCPX
  • Overview of 3rd party asset management tools to help you build a facility
  • General strategies for managing a facility with FCPX

Speaker: Sam Mestman