Simon Walker is an Adobe Certified Master Trainer, and trains industry professionals in the full range of Adobe Creative Cloud video tools. More info about Simon...





Internet Film-making course in Dublin, Thurs 21st, Fri 22nd July 2011

Internet Film-making 
I'm running the next course on the 21st to 22nd July in Dublin - more info over on the Filmbase website
Do you need to shoot and edit footage specifically for the internet and for mobile devices? This course will teach you the process of scripting, shooting, editing and uploading of video for viewing/distributing on-line. We will cover basics and touch upon the more advanced features of shooting on Sony EX1/3 cameras, editing on Final Cut Pro and outputting and uploading for the internet.
"Thanks again for a great course – probably the most informative, comprehensive one I’ve ever taken!"
Dani Barry, TV Production Manager


Network with other FCP types!

The Supermeet is coming to London in June. It's always fun at these events, plus you get a chance to meet and hang out with other FCP editors and production types. They've got the legendary raffle with some fantastic prizes (including, er, me!), and they've also got some great speakers lined up. I'll also be presenting, showing something new and special by Red Giant Software... so check out the details over on the Supermeet website.

UPDATE: Larry answered MANY of the current burning FCPX questions at the Supermeet. The video of his presentation will be up on (from Monday 27th June)






Tutorial: Grading on a deadline in FCP

Here's a tutorial I've just made for Red Giant Software, using two of their grading plug-ins; Colorista II and Magic Bullet Looks to correct and grade a timeline quickly.

Click here to view the video over on the Red Giant website


Color Grading on a Deadline in Final Cut Pro

"Let’s face it, sometimes, it ain’t about art. It’s about doing work and getting paid. And sometimes it’s about doing work fast and getting paid. In this Episode of Red Giant TV, Apple Certified Master Trainer, Simon Walker, will talk about Grading on a deadline. And hey, maybe with the help of Magic Bullet Looks, he can bring some of the art back into it."


Training: Video Compression in FCP course in London, 16th - 17th May 2011

Final Cut Studio techniques to improve the look of your video

Skillset funding available on this course, details here:
This course will give editors and post production staff the ability to utilise content to its maximum benefit across different platforms and to different briefs. Using the industry standard editing and production tools inside Final Cut Studio, it covers technical information about the best exporting methods (codecs and compression), as well as addressing creative issues about multi-purposing content for different platforms. 
The Video Optimisation and Compression course covers a range of techniques to improve the quality of video footage and to give guidelines on the best way to compress clips. My style of training is hands-on, so each participant will be learning- by-doing as well as from instruction. I like to engage with the concept of solving problems before they happen, which helps enormously when you are at the sharp end of a deadline with a video to encode. 
Simon Walker, course tutor.
The course was really good! It definitely confirmed my expectations in that it applied directly to the sort of work I'm doing here in BBC Post. Its great to have a clearer understanding of this and also to take further advantage of all the various programmes that are available as part of the Final Cut Pro suite. The 2 days were great but I would say it has given me a taste for more now.
Zoe Rixon, BBC
Working with compression everyday, it was great to have its science and methods broken down and explained in a very thorough and enjoyable way. Since the course I have found my workflow considerably improved.
Guy Hancock, Rushes Postproduction Ltd.
Really informative, excellent presentation, and very well prepped course. Excellent handout pack too.
Peter Lloyd-Williams,

More info about the course here and over on the Rave main website.

Tutorial: Getting the Royal Wedding Look!

Here's a Final Cut Pro tip that talks about diffusion and how it enhances romantic footage.

In this tip Apple Certified Master Trainer Simon Walker shows the fastest way to control the strength of your Magic Bullet Looks effects in Final Cut Pro, while also looking at a variety of techniques for making your wedding... uh... more royal.


What's up with Scratch Disks?

Jeremy Lacey of has done such a great job of creating a tutorial that explains scratch discs in FCP, that I had to add it here:

If you like it, log in to Vimeo and tell him! (leave a nice comment on the video page)

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