FCPX Creative Summit – Session Descriptions

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 | 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 | 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


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
FCPX Color Correction

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 | 2:00 – 3:15pm
Case Study: The Carousel Never Stops Turning

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 | 3:30 – 4:25pm
Asset Management and You

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