Music Video Editing with Final Cut Pro


Authored by Mehdi Hassine


Course Code: OMPRD-250

Next semester starts September 23

12 Weeks

Level 2

Level 2

3-Credit Tuition


Non-Credit Tuition


Compelling music videos have kick-started the careers of numerous bands in recent years. The ability to create a high-quality audiovisual experience that has the potential to reach millions of people is critical to your success and is more possible now than ever before.

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Music Video Editing with Final Cut Pro teaches all the steps and tools necessary to create and deliver compelling music video, including how to assemble, enhance, and maximize the use of video, audio, and graphic content. The course is geared towards musicians who would like to create and produce their own music videos or live performance videos; however, it is also relevant for educators looking to produce their own instructional videos, audio engineers interested in expanding their knowledge into video and film, music bloggers that want to add high quality videos to their blogs, or anyone wanting to create and assemble video content and share it online.

Students who complete this course will gain technical expertise in configuring and operating video editing software, including importing various source files; editing, assembling, and enhancing the content; and creating output files with formats and encodings relevant to the final product and audience. You will learn essential concepts related to aesthetics and synchronization to create a smooth, engaging visual and auditory experience. You will also become familiar with key video project terminology and strategies, such as typical workflows and file management.

The course begins by introducing the editing environment in Final Cut Pro with efficient methods and features for organizing source content. The course then explores how to assemble content and apply editing techniques grounded in critical aesthetics concepts. You'll then learn how to add effects, titles, and graphics to enhance the visual experience, and how to enhance the audio elements in the video. Finally, the course details how to encode and output the finished video for delivery online or on disk. Each key concept in the course is demonstrated and applied in short practical video tutorials. Throughout the course, you will be involved in a series of real-life hands-on assignments.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Configure the editing environment according to the type of project
  • Import and organize all the audio and visual media
  • Assemble and modify the arrangement of clips in the timeline
  • Refine the flow of the editing with trimming techniques
  • Transfer content from video cameras and decks
  • Apply and manage transition and clip effects
  • Edit content that is shot from multiple angles
  • Add titles and graphics
  • Understand and apply basic audio mixing concepts
  • Finalize a project and apply color-correction
  • Output and encode the final delivery according the targeted outlets
  • Upload the completed video to popular web sites
  • Archive a video project and related content
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Lesson 1: Building and Navigating a Project

  • The Final Pro Environment and Basic Configuration
  • Setting Up Your Workflow
  • Setting Up Your System
  • Importing and Organizing the Source Media
  • Previewing Media and Creating a Sequence
  • Assembling Your Program in the Timeline

Lesson 2: Video Editing Essentials

  • Insert, Append, Overwrite, and Replace Edits
  • Menus, Toolbar Buttons, and Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Three-Point Editing
  • Four-Point Editing
  • Insert and Overwrite Buttons and Shortcuts
  • Modifying the Position, Deleting, and Replacing Clips in the Timeline

Lesson 3: Trimming Techniques

  • Ripple and Roll Edits
  • Manually Trimming Using Numeric Amounts
  • L Cuts
  • Slipping and Sliding
  • Basic Motion and Perspective Effects
  • Editing Aesthetics
  • Aesthetic Considerations to Help Make Smoother Transitions

Lesson 4: Capturing and Transferring Footage

  • Preparing for Transferring and Capturing Footage
  • Capturing Footage From Tape
  • Organizing Tape Footage
  • Rating Selections
  • Transferring Media

Lesson 5: Transition Effects

  • Selecting and Applying a Transition Effect
  • Modifying and Saving Transition Effects
  • Rendering Effects
  • Background Tasks

Lesson 6: Editing with Multiple Tracks and Camera Angles

  • Synchronizing Camera Angles
  • Time Code
  • Multicamera Editing
  • Editing Across Multiple Connected Storylines
  • Troubleshooting and Fixing Sync

Lesson 7: Video Effects

  • Choosing, Applying, and Modifying Effects
  • Key-Framing
  • Managing Effects
  • Advanced Rendering

Lesson 8: Titles and Graphics

  • Title Safe and Action Safe Areas
  • Titles
  • Video formats
  • Graphics

Lesson 9: Audio

  • Audio Levels and Pans
  • Audio Fades and Level Automation
  • Audio Filters

Lesson 10: Color Correction and Project Finalizing

  • Color Correction
  • Markers
  • Finalizing the Edit and Rendering

Lesson 11: Outputting and Encoding

  • Outputting a Final Master Movie File
  • Video Encoding Essentials
  • Encoding Video with Apple Compressor

Lesson 12: Delivering, Authoring, and Archiving

  • Uploading Video for Internet Streaming
  • Creating DVD and Blu-Ray Discs
  • Project Archiving


Prerequisites and Course-Specific Requirements 

Prerequisite Courses, Knowledge, and/or Skills
This course does not have any prerequisites.


  • No textbooks required


  • Final Cut Pro 10.5 or higher
  • Apple Compressor 4.6 or higher

Important Technical/System Considerations

  • Recommended: A dedicated storage drive (SSD or 7200 RPM HDD) with a minimum of 50 GB of available space

Student Deals
After enrolling, be sure to check out our Student Deals page for various offers on software, hardware, and more. Please contact with any questions.

General Course Requirements

Below are the minimum requirements to access the course environment and participate in Live Classes. Please make sure to also check the Prerequisites and Course-Specific Requirements section above, and ensure your computer meets or exceeds the minimum system requirements for all software needed for your course. 

Mac Users

PC Users

All Users

  • Latest version of Google Chrome
  • Zoom meeting software
  • Webcam
  • Speakers or headphones
  • External or internal microphone
  • Broadband Internet connection


Mehdi Hassine

Author & Instructor

Mehdi Hassine is a certified Pro Tools instructor with 10 years of experience in audio engineering, video editing, and motion graphics. His body of work includes trailer mixing and sound editing on Heima, a documentary about the band Sigur Rós. He is an active editor and mixer on national television commercials and is also a seasoned video editor, having produced all the video and audio content on many independent music videos and music DVDs for Hal Leonard. Hassine holds a master’s degree in electro-optical engineering from Orsay University and a master’s degree in business administration from Pantheon-Sorbonne University in France. He is currently producing a variety of independent artists in the Los Angeles area, and his recording engineering credits include Stanley Clarke, Dennis Chambers, Dave Weckl, Gary Willis, and more. He has a parallel career as a performing and recording bass player. 


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