Hot Final Cut How-Tos

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: 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: 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: 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: Upscale video to HD in Final Cut Pro with BCC 5 UpRez

Boris Continuum Complete 5's UpRez filter is a fantastic new filter that lets you upscale SD video to HD. In this podcast, Dave DiPinto demonstrates a possible production scenario in Apple Final Cut Pro where you have D1 resolution stock footage that you want to use in a 1080 HD project. He shows you how to use the BCC plug-in filter UpRez to upscale the footage to HD for use in the Final Cut Pro project.

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: Preview clips without rendering them in Final Cut Pro

Learn the many ways to preview un-rendered clips in the Final Cut Pro timeline. 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 Boris vector shape generator in Final Cut Pro

In this video clip, you'll learn how to use the Boris vector shape generator within Final Cut Pro. 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: Apply a reflection effect in Final Cut Pro or Express

In this video clip, you'll learn how to create a simple reflection effect in 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: 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: Color balance in Final Cut Pro

This video tutorial is in the Software category which will show you how to color balance in Final Cut Pro. Open a video clip in which you want to do color balance. Double click on it, click effects > video filters > color correction > color corrector 3-way. Click the "color corrector 3-way' tab and find something in the video that is supposed to be white. In the color tray you will see 'whites' written. Now click the eye dropper tool and just click the white object, and you have done the colo...

How To: Import an HD720 image sequence into Final Cut Pro

In this video tutorial, you'll learn how to import an HD720 image sequence into Final Cut and then how to select a fixed period of time from the sequence. 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 workflow, you're sure to benefit from this free video tutorial. For specifics, watch this Final Cut Pro lesson.

How To: Morph elements in Motion 4 with Optical Flow

Learn how to morph objects when working 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: Create a circular text effect in Apple's Motion 3

Tired of text that walks the line? See how to create a circular text effect when working in Motion 3. Whether you're new to the Apple's popular motion graphics editor/compositing application or simply wish to get better acquainted with the program, you're sure to find value in this tutorial. For more information, including step-by-step instructions, take a look.

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: Make video look more like film with Final Cut Pro

In this how to video, you will learn how to create a film look to your videos in Final Cut Pro. This effect will create a light and warm tone to the clip. First, take the original clip and copy and paste it. Grab it and place it on top of the original clip. Next, make sure that the top clip is selected and click modify, composite mode, and add. This will bring up the highlights in the video. Go to effects, video filters, and Gaussian blur. Go to the settings increase the radius of the blur. Y...

How To: Layer video clips in Final Cut Pro

In this how to video, you will learn how to layer videos in Final Cut Pro. First, open Final Cut Pro. Get your original clip and then put the clip that you want in the clip and drag it in over the top in the time line. Change it to image and wire frame. Grab the corner of the image and drag it down to the size you want. You can also move it around. Next, go to sequence and render it. Once that is done, change the selection back to image. Once you play the file, both clips will be playing. If ...

How To: Speed up, slow down or reverse a clip in Final Cut Pro

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to altering clip speeds in Adobe Final Cut Pro. This will allow users to speed up, slow down or reverse a video clip. To slow down or speed up a clip, click on the clip in the time line and hold down the Control key. In the pop up menu, click on Speed. Users will be able to change the percentage of the speed or duration time. Users can also check Reverse to reverse the clip. This video will benefit those viewers who enjoy creating videos with Adobe Fi...

How To: Create a freeze-frame effect in Final Cut Pro

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to create a freeze-frame effect in Adobe Final Cut Pro. Begin by placing the time line indicator to where you would like to place your freeze-frame. Press Shift and N to create the freeze-frame. The default user preference is 10 seconds. To change it, change the time and click on the insert button to splice the new freeze-frame time into the time line. Now click on the Effects tab and select the Dip to Color Dissolve under Video Transitions and Dissol...

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: Create titles & lower thirds in Final Cut Pro

In this how-to video, you will learn how to add text and titles to videos using Final Cut Pro. First, place a time line play head where you want the text to appear. Move the mouse to the lower right corner of the viewer window and click the add text pop up menu. Select text and the viewer will change to a black box with Sample Text in the middle. Click on the tab labeled Controls. You can edit the text in this new window. You can move the text by selecting Image and Wire Frame. This will allo...

How To: Create a spotlight effect in Final Cut Pro

For this Final Cut Studio video tutorial, Zach King will teach you how to create a spotlight effect in Final Cut Pro. To create a spotlight effect, just drag your photo of choice into the timeline, set and in and out point, go to video generators, and use the slug. Then press the red overwrite button. Next, select the clip, go to the Effects tab, go to Video Filters, Matte, and then Mask Shape. Check out the rest of the process in Final Cut. Let the Final Cut King show you how!

How To: Use FxFactory plug-ins for Final Cut Studio

Check out this brief video tutorial on using FxFactory the visual effects plug-in package for Final Cut Pro or Final Cut Express and Motion. You'll see the filters, generators, and transitions included, and see how they are grouped inside Final Cut's browser. There are a tones of effects for you here, just watch and see what you can do with it all.

How To: Use LiveType to create titles in Final Cut Express

Use LiveType to create professional titles in your Final Cut Express project. Match the properties to those of your Final Cut Express project, add text, choose a font, and format your text using the inspector. The title shows up on the canvas and in the timeline. You can also add sophisticated backgrounds, effects, and animation.

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.

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