Featured classes


Final Cut Pro X Training

Sign up for the 3-day FCPX certification class December 9 - 11, Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday for $999, a $200 savings. Test fee of $150 and book/DVD fee of $50 is not included.

We also have a FCP X for FCP 7 Editors two day class that shares workflow, help in best understanding and making sense of the changes in terminology, keyboard shortcuts, and methods of editing you relied upon. Ask for details.

Motion 5 Training

Motion 5 now has the ability to create customized filter effects, transitions, titles, and generators that can be used by Final Cut Pro X. Parameters may now be published for use by any FCP X editor vastly increasing capabilities and saving time. 3D capabilites with lights, shadows, reflections, and multiple cameras provide amazing motion graphics effects possiblities. Sign up for the 3-day Motion 5 certification class scheduled for December 16 - 18, Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday for only $1199 $999, a $200 savings. Test fee of $150 and book/DVD fee of $50 is not included.

Adobe After Effects CC

Adobe After Effects CC is still the reigning king of motion graphics due to their large installed base AND continuing to set the bar for their ability to unleash your creativity. Many producers make the call for an editor with the certification and experience with AE CC even though this will demand an hourly rate $20 - $30 above the standard editing rate. Yes, Apple has amazing motion graphics with Motion, but rotoscoping is not among its capabilities. Content aware fill or delete with video! Register for the price of $2499 $1999 for 5 days of training January 13 - 17, 2014. Classes are Monday - Friday, 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM. Test fee of $200 and book/DVD fee of $50 is not included.

State & Federal Funding
for Worker Retraining

If you are on unemployment, been served your warn notice, or are looking to change careers, please call us to discuss your opportunities.

DV-University now offering Scholarships

We are very excited to extend to you the opportunity to visit our new website for DV-University which is a new Vocational / Trade school in the State of Washington offering exciting classes in Video and Audio Production. Any of the following links will work:
dv-u.com, dv-university.com, or dvuniversity.com. Please bookmark us and pass our information along to others. We are very excited to help you discover your voice for digital storytelling. Whether you are moving towards a new career or just want to preserve part of your history, we are here to help. We look forward to hearing from you!


Adobe After Effects
5-day Certification Class

One of the few classes available on the west coast that teaches the official Adobe curriculum and has an Adobe Certified After Effects Instructor… the only facility located in scenic Seattle. See our Adobe schedule of classes or call for custom classes at your location.

Logic Level 1 Certification Class

Call us and let us know you desire this class and we will put it on our class schedule. Small class sizes, midi keyboard and computer for each student during class. Professional musician, digital curriculum designer, and Apple Certified Instructor Doug Zangar will be teaching this class.
Call David to sign up at 888 325-4600.

Final Cut Studio Master Certification

Obtain your certification in Final Cut Pro 7, DVD Studio Pro 4, Motion 4, Soundtrack Pro 3, and Color 1.5 and you will be able to use the logo for "Final Cut Studio Master" on business cards, web site, and other promotional items. Separately these certifications would cost up to $5,800. Preregister for all the classes and pay only $4,850 which includes test fees, and the books/DVDs. If you need to reschedule a class we will work with you to give you priority status for the upcoming classes. You are able to complete the classes anytime over the next 13 months. You are now only required to complete four certifications to obtain the Final Cut Studio Master Certification but you will be certified on all five of these classes. Call David at 888 325-4600.


Please see prices and description on our schedule, then call to register. We also have access to many worker retraining programs, call us to discuss the opportunities for grants, scholarships, and other programs for which you may be eligible. This is a limited time opportunity.


Attention Teachers!
College Credits and Clock Hours Now Available!
Contact us today to find out how you can earn
2 credits within 3 days doing something you love
and be sure to ask for our teachers discount
which is a significant savings.


What does certification do for me?

#1 - Provides a solid foundation for mastery of the entire Final Cut Studio.
#2 - Assures prospective clients and employers that you have the skills and efficiency to complete their work quickly. Your demo reel showcases your creativity.
#3 You will also have access to certified logos that may be placed on business cards, web sites, and other promotional materials.
#4 - You can request to be placed on Apple's web site with your web site, email, and phone number for contact info.
#5 - This is Apple's official certification program. The high standards and consistency is worldwide, you will receive certificates suitable for framing.

Discovery Tools also teaches trade secrets and work flow techniques for significant time savings and provides a lot of valuable consulting during your time with us. Call now and we will do our best to facilitate a schedule that works best for you. We also allow students to audit a class again for no additional cost, call for details.

Discovery Tools was among the first training centers to be fully certified for the new pro media applications. All of our workshops will now include the latest software and also include OS X 10.8.2 Mountain Lion to include tips on new workflow enhancements.

Photoshop is at the heart of media prepreation.Take the course that gives tips for your video & DVD productions. Special pricing is available now for our next class, call now!

Motion 5 classes are now available, sign up for certification on this award winning motion graphics application, now suitable for film. Never before has this kind of real-time performance been possible on a personal computer.

Our Seattle classes are close to Seattle Center only two blocks south of Lake Union at the corner of Mercer and Westlake Avenue. We have free parking on the rooftop and the South Lake Union Tram travels to Westlake Center for shopping. $5 tram from SEATAC Airport.

Also please visit our class schedule to see other classes offered this spring and find out about multiple discounts.

We encourage students to record our class sessions and have the Pulse pens available for purchase. These pens will record for 400 hours and allow you to tap anywhere within your notes and instantly hear what was being said right at the moment the words were being written or the illustration drawn. These notes may then be saved to your computer in Flash movie format for archival and the continued instant access of all your notes and class sessions. This is just one of many ways that we help make sure that you will remember what you have learned in class. We also allow our students to audit classes they have already taken at no additional charge. Please call David for more information about this opportunity.

DiscoveryTools offers a wide variety of classes that can be taken by novices and experts alike. We allow you to refresh by attending the same class again for no additional charge. Choose from the following classes:


At DiscoveryTools we pride ourselves in building the foundation for helping you discover your potential with technology. We also enjoy a student pass ratio above 95%. Call us for special pricing on testing and to arrange a convenient time for you.

David Putman~President

Seattle Final Cut Pro
User Group

Consistent, great tutorials and social networking. www.seafcpug.org for more details.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC
User Group

The meetings have been very successful. For more info please go to the meetup site at http://www.meetup.com/Seattle-Adobe-Premiere-Users-Group-and-related-software/


130 Andover Park E
Tukwila, WA 98188

2 blocks East of Southcenter Mall at the intersection of I-5 and 405.

Good location for incoming flights from SeaTac Airport, better location to serve clients from Seattle, Bellevue, Renton, Kent, Auburn, Federal Way, Tacoma, and Olympia. Free parking and if you are coming from the South you can avoid the long commutes due to traffic congestion. (I save at least an hour on my commute each day!)

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Meet our trainers

DiscoveryTools is bringing in best of class trainers:

David Putman is among the elite few trainers in the world who holds the Apple Master Trainer designation. President and Owner of Discovery Tools since 2000, David was one of the early adopters of the first non-linear digital editing. He taught numerous workshops and consulted with Apple's education market. His real life production experience has refined his teaching to include production work flow techniques not found in other teaching venues. Client list includes, NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, ESPN, Boeing, Symbol (a subsidiary of Ralph Lauren) numerous Federal and State government departments and many local businesses.

Doug Zangar,As a guitarist, Doug has worked with Pavarotti, Vic Damone, Diahann Carrol, Steve Allen, Pat Boone, Florence Henderson, Roger Williams, Joel Grey, The 5th Dimension, the Shirelles, the Drifters and the Clayton/Hamilton Big Band. He has performed at private functions for such luminaries as Paloma Picasso, Alexander Julian, Bill Gates, and Vanna White. Recordings include the recent holiday CD Homeless for the Holidaze (guitar, arranger, and co-producer) and early Jazz Police CDs. As a composer/producer/guitarist he has created soundtracks for numerous commercials and industrial videos for clients including Alaska Airlines, Uwajimaya, Washington Dairy Association and the cities of Bellevue and Everett. Film scoring includes the independent films Mother's Day, Tiptoes, A Beautiful Thing and two Seattle Fly Film Festival films: Capitol Hill and Anatomy of a Fly. Doug received a B.F.A. from Cornish College of the Arts (1982 - magna cum laude) where he studied with Marius Nordal, Gary Peacock and Art Lande. He has also studied film scoring and orchestration with Hummie Mann. He is active in the education system as an affiliate faculty member of Shoreline Community College, teaching Fundamentals of Music (online - WAOL certified), jazz improvisation, instrumental ensembles (rock, rhythm section techniques and guitar quartet ), MIDI sequencing (Digital Performer), group guitar classes and private lessons. An Apple music software specialist, he is a level 2 certified Apple trainer for Logic Pro. He teaches courses for the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program , Discovery Tools and also works with private clients. He formed and leads the Seattle Logic User Group. He is the author of 3 Tutorial DVDs for Groove 3: Music Production With Logic 8 and Logic Operator Vols. 1 and 2. He also gives classes and tutors on Soundtrack Pro and GarageBand. He demonstrated Soundtrack Pro for Apple, Inc. at the 2007 NAB trade show.

Damian Allen, the author of the Motion ProTraining Series book teaches a 4 day session on Shake. Reserve your seats early as classes are limited in size!


"Thanks for the great job teaching us how to use Final Cut Pro. Since taking your course I have made video presentations for my classes, principal, school board and the community. You provided the right mix of instruction and participation to allow me to learn the features of FCP in short order. The workshop was well organized, clearly presented and tuned to the level of the participants.Your class on the use of Final Cut Pro was wonderful, Great job!

You continue to be a great resource even after the completion of the class by answering numerous technical questions via email and phone. I plan to tell anyone who wants to produce high quality, professional level video to just take your class!"

     – Chuck Caley, Toledo School District



"I was frustrated with trying to teach myself from books and trial and error. Your classes have given me the foundation for mastering Apple's Pro Media Family. Thank you for bringing such high quality classes to our area and not only giving me confidence with using them but also the knowledge to help me pass the official certification exams on the first try!"

   – Jeff Sloan





Free Classes

DiscoveryTools is offering free introduction classes. To find out how you can take the opportunity to improve your professional skills visit one of the presentations scheduled below.

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