Hot Final Cut How-Tos

How To: Conform individual clips to 24 or 25 fps Final Cut Pro

Want to conform 50p or 60p DSLR clips to a slower framerate (e.g., 24, 25 or 30 fps)? With Cinema Tools and Final Cut Pro, it's easy. Learn how with this clip. Whether you're new to Apple's Final Cut Pro non-linear video editor or just want to better acquaint yourself with the Final Cut Pro 6 workflow, you're sure to benefit from this video tutorial. For specifics, and to get started using this effect in your own projects, watch this FCP lesson.

How To: Export high-definition (HD) video from Final Cut Pro

Learn how to export HD video from Final Cut Pro for YouTube. Whether you're new to Apple's Final Cut Pro non-linear video editor or just want to better acquaint yourself with the popular video editing program, you're sure to benefit from this video tutorial. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, watch this tutorial.

How To: Add movement to your still images in Final Cut Pro

In this how-to video, you will learn how to add movement to still images using Final Cut Pro. Click on the view mode button in the canvas window. Set the mode to Image and Wire Frame. Move the canvas play head to the clip you would like to affect, and select the time line. To control the scale, grab the corner to shrink or enlarge. Reposition the clip by clicking on the image and dragging it around. To rotate the clip, move the mouse over the edge and click and drag it to spin it. Select the ...

How To: Create an Apple reflection look in Final Cut Pro

For this Final Cut Studio video tutorial, Zach King will teach you how to create an Apple reflection look in Final Cut Pro. To create an Apple reflection look, just go to the Video Generators tab, go to Render, and then Gradient. Next, go to Controls, click Gradient Type, go to Horizontal Bottom To Top, and also check Gaussian Blur. Check out the rest of the process in Final Cut. Let the Final Cut King show you how!

How To: Create a watermark when editing video in Final Cut Pro

Open your video in Final Cut Pro. Go to Effects>Video Generators>Boris. Then drag the option called Title 3D over your video. Then select Title 3D and go to your controls. Then click on "Title 3D Click for options". Now a new box should be open. Type your text into it. Then, highlight your text and pick the font size, then hit enter. Next, select the font. After that, go to the bottom test menu, and select Drop Shadow. Make the shadow distance 2. For the shadow opacity, turn it up all the way...

How To: Import footage from Sony's XCAM EX into Final Cut Pro

Do you have some footage from the Sony XDCAM EX digital camera memory card that you need to get into Final Cut Pro? Well, check out this brief tutorial on ingesting that XDCAM EX footage into Final Cut Pro with ease by downloading some software, like upgrades. You'll need the Sony camera and a USB cable, then just watch the video to see how it's all done in Final Cut Pro. This will work with Sony EX1 or EX3.

How To: Use Magic Bullet Mojo in Final Cut Pro or Express

In this clip, you'll learn how to take full advantage of Magic Bullet Mojo when color grading digital footage within Final Cut Pro or Express. Whether you're new to Apple's Final Cut Pro non-linear video editor or just want to better acquaint yourself with the popular video editing program, you're sure to benefit from this video tutorial. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, watch this tutorial.

How To: Trim video in Final Cut Express

After you've assembled your clips in order, you can fine tune your sequence by trimming the edit points between each clip. This video explains the many tools you can use to make trimming videos easy and precise, including the ripple and roll tools. These tools allow for seamless editing.

How To: Use travel mattes in Final Cut Pro

Walter Biscardi demonstrates the basics of travel mattes in this Apple Final Cut Pro Video Tutorial. Learn what travel mattes are and the difference between alpha mattes and luma mattes. In part two we'll learn some simple animation and drop shadows. In part three Walter will show a real world application for using travel mattes - one of his favorite uses to enhance an interview. Use travel mattes in Final Cut Pro - Part 1 of 3.

How To: Fix grainy video with filters in Final Cut Pro

In this FCP video tutorial, you'll learn how to fix grain problems after the fact. Whether you're new to Apple's Final Cut Pro non-linear video editor or just want to better acquaint yourself with the popular video editing program, you're sure to benefit from this video tutorial. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, watch this tutorial.

How To: Create a realistic page turn in Final Cut Pro

This tutorial will give you some pointers on how to achieve a more realistic page turn in Final Cut Pro. Stephen Smith examines the classic tale of how a page peel can be transformed into a realistic player in the video effects world. With a little extra work, your results can go from fake to fabulous in no time. You'll also see how to create custom blue prints in Live Type. Create a realistic page turn in Final Cut Pro.

How To: Increase the render speed of Final Cut Pro

Looking for an easy way to improve your Final Cut Pro render speed? This clip provides just that. Whether you're new to Apple's Final Cut Pro non-linear video editor or just looking to pick up a few new tips and tricks, you're sure to benefit from this free video tutorial. For specifics, including detailed instructions, watch this Final Cut Pro lesson.

How To: Use masking to make objects disappear in Final Cut Pro

Learn two different methods for making objects disappear with masks in Apple's Final Cut Pro or Express. Whether you're new to Apple's Final Cut Pro non-linear video editor or just want to better acquaint yourself with the popular video editing program, you're sure to benefit from this video tutorial. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, watch this tutorial.

How To: Work with title text in Final Cut Pro 7

Learn how to create a professional-looking title sequence in Final Cut Pro or Express with this video guide. Whether you're new to Apple's Final Cut Pro non-linear video editor or just want to better acquaint yourself with the popular video editing program, you're sure to benefit from this video tutorial. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, watch this tutorial.

How To: Increase the render speed in Final Cut Pro

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to increase the rendering speed in Adobe Final Cut Pro. Begin by right-clicking on your current sequence and click on Settings. Click on the Video Processing tab and select "Always Render in RGB". Then click OK. This change will only be noticeable when working with really high quality high definition footage or film. Even then, you are able to re-render at a higher bit rate later, without having to affect the original image or export. This video will ...

How To: Use audio filters in Final Cut Express

Audio filters help you create a credible soundtrack. They can remove distracting noises, like the hum of an air conditioner, and add atmosphere, like an echo. Filters are accessed in the effects tab of the browser and organized into two categories: those provided by Apple and filters that come bundled with Final Cut Express. Drag a filter into the timeline and doubleclick it to edit it in the viewer.

How To: Export video with 720p quality in Final Cut Pro

In this how-to video, you will learn how to get 720p quality videos in Final Cut Pro HD. This is useful if you want to take advantage of the higher quality video settings found on YouTube. First, have your film ready. Go to Export and press QuickTime Conversion. Now, name the file. Next, click options and uncheck internet streaming. Go to sound settings and change the format to AAC with a quality of Best. Now, go to the video settings. Change the size to 1280 x 720 HD. Change the frame rate t...

How To: Make a stereoscopic 3D video with Final Cut Pro

Want to make your own 3D shorts to rival anything by James Cameron? This free video software tutorial will show you how to work with stereoscopic video in Final Cut Pro. Whether you're new to Apple's Final Cut Pro non-linear video editor or just looking to add to your bag of tricks, you're sure to benefit from this video tutorial. For specifics, and to get started using this effect in your own projects, watch this FCP lesson.

How To: Create particle confetti in Motion

Haven't mastered the full potential of Motion yet? Motion is a part of the Final Cut Studio package, and it allows you to do much of the things possible in After Effects. In this video tutorial, learn how to create particle confetti in Motion.

How To: Preview without rendering in Final Cut Pro

This FCP-user's guide will teach you how to preview a clip without rendering it first. Whether you're new to Apple's Final Cut Pro non-linear video editor or just want to better acquaint yourself with the popular video editing program, you're sure to benefit from this video tutorial. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, watch this tutorial.

How To: Use the opacity feature in Final Cut Pro

Plangere Culture Lab demonstrates how to use the opacity feature in Final Cut Pro. The opacity feature is a beneficial tool to use when working with layers. Opacity is an attribute which relates to how much you can see through a clip. To layer clips, create a new video track on the timeline. Make sure that the source tab is in the right position. The track on the top of the stack is the dominant track and will be shown. Select the volume and opacity overlay button. Click on the line over the ...

How To: Make a waving flag animation in Apple Motion 4

Learn how to make a rippling flag animation in Apple Motion 4. Whether you're new to the Apple's popular motion graphics editor/compositing application or simply wish to get a little bit better acquainted with Motion 4, you're sure to find value in this tutorial. For more information, including step-by-step instructions, take a look.

How To: Apply the Film Look effect in Final Cut Pro

In this Software video tutorial you will learn how to apply the Film Look effect in Final Cut Pro. This is an advanced technique. This essentially takes a video and makes it look like a film. Select the video clip that you want to work with. Then select the ‘color corrector 3 way’ filter. This is under the ‘Effects’ tab. The key to any color correction is to crush the blacks. So, decrease the blacks with the slider. Then increase the whites as films have higher white level. Depending on the s...

How To: Import music from iTunes into a Final Cut Pro project

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to import music from i-Tunes into a Adobe Final Cut Pro project. Begin by right-clicking the song and select Show in Finder. Then drag the song from the Finder into the Final Cut Pro program. Users will not be able to drag songs directly from i-Tunes to Final Cut Pro. If the song is not compatible with Final Cut Pro, right-click and select Show in Finder. Then right0click the song and select Open with Quick time player. Now click on File and select Ex...

How To: Create a DVD using templates in Apple DVD Studio Pro 4

In this video software tutorial, you'll learn how to create your own DVDs with fully customized menus using Apple DVD Studio Pro 4. Whether you're new to Apple's Final Cut Pro video editing suite or just want to better acquaint yourself with the Final Cut Studio workflow, you're sure to benefit from this free video tutorial. For specifics, watch this Final Cut Studio lesson.

How To: Blur out a car's license plate in Final Cut Pro

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to blur out a couple of car number plates in a static shot in Final Cut Pro. Whether you're new to Apple's Final Cut Pro non-linear video editor or just looking to pick up a few new tips and tricks, you're sure to benefit from this free video tutorial. For specifics, including detailed instructions, watch this Final Cut Pro lesson.

How To: Create a talking smiley face animation in Motion 4

Have Motion 4, a little bit of spare time and a sense of humor? This clip demonstrates how to generate a simple talking animated smiley face. Whether you're new to the Apple's popular motion graphics editor/compositing application or are a seasoned digital video professional simply wishing to get better acquainted with Motion 4, you're sure to find value in this tutorial. For more information, and to get started creating a talking smiley of your very own, take a look.

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