I started the Mark Ellis Reviews brand with a lot more in mind than just providing buying guidance on the latest tech.

I’ve long held a desire to share the things I’ve learned during my journey as an independent worker and content creator.

It may also surprise – or, possibly not surprise – you to hear that I’m not formally trained in anything; I didn’t go to university and haven’t sat in one single class for any of the stuff I do now.

I’ve learned by watching others, trying out stuff, making big mistakes, asking questions, and following my nose.

Now, I’m going to consolidate those learnings and apply them to a bunch of online classes on the wonderful Skillshare platform.

Today, I’m delighted to announce that my latest class, Video editing basics in Final Cut Pro X (for YouTube success!) is live and free to try.

Why I’m doing this

Working as an independent creator is a rather wonderful thing because, unlike practically every other industry, there’s no such thing as a ‘competitor’.

Don’t get me wrong – competition is an extremely important element of business. It’s what pushes you to be more strategic, innovative, and unique. But when you’re shooting videos, writing blogs or recording podcasts, you’re not really competing against anyone.

The only competition you have is yourself and your own skillset. This is why I see no reason not to share what I’ve learned and the techniques I’ve used to build a monthly active audience of over 100,000 people in a little over 18 months.

If I can do it, so can you.

We’re all in this together.

Who the class is for

This is a beginner’s class. But it’s a bit different to the standard ‘how to edit your first video in Final Cut Pro X’ tutorial.

As you’d expect, I take you through the basics of using the software and demystify the initially confusing relationship between libraries, events and projects.

However, as I go through each lesson, I’ll also explain why every decision I make during the edit process matters.

More importantly, I’ll reveal the little tricks you can use to edit videos for attention. The whole point of your YouTube channel is, after all, to build an audience by delivering relevant, engaging, and ultimately watchable content.

So, if you’re brand-new to this, you’ll find tonnes of value in this course. But that doesn’t mean seasoned editors and YouTubers won’t benefit; indeed, there may be a few nuggets in there to help push your editing forward or eradicate a needless part of your process.

What you’ll learn

My Final Cut Pro X editing class is made up of 10 lessons and has a total running time of 40 minutes.

It’s therefore digestible in bite-sized chunks but doesn’t ask for oodles of your time.

These are the lessons:

  1. Introduction
  2. How to record your video and audio
  3. Libraries, events, and projects – explained
  4. Importing your footage and audio
  5. Super-fast colour grading
  6. Editing your a-roll
  7. Adding your b-roll
  8. Adding transitions, lower thirds, music, and sound effects
  9. Polishing and checking
  10. Exporting for YouTube

While you could technically pick and choose from the lessons above, the class delivers the most value when viewed and digested in its entirety.

The great thing about Skillshare is that you can revisit specific lessons whenever you want to in the future.

What’s coming next?

I have lots more classes planned. They’ll include more advanced lessons on video editing, but I’ll also delve into the videography process, audio production, and writing.

I won’t stop at YouTube, either. I have a fast-growing following on Medium of over 11,000 readers and earn great revenue from that platform every month. So, I’ll be sharing the tips and tricks I’ve learned there, too!

Stay tuned – I cannot wait to keep sharing my secrets with you all.

Check out the course today (for free!)

I’ve got some good news!

You can grab 1 month free on Skillshare and unlimited access to my class by clicking here. There’s no commitment, and you can cancel anytime.

Enjoy, and remember to let me know what you think!