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: 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: Use traveling and luma mattes in Final Cut Pro

This video tutorial teaches you how to use Traveling Luma Matte in Final Cut Pro 6. To do this, you have to go to custom gradient. Open the "Find" option and type Custom Gradient or Gradient in the search field and click Find All. This will bring up a separate search window with the gradient effect you are looking for. This search window can be shown in your browser or removed from your window. The video then teaches how to use the Gradient effect. You can add the gradient effect to your vide...

How To: Make 3D animations using Cheetah3D for Mac

This is an introductory video for those looking to enter the exciting and profitable world of 3D graphics. It walks you through the first few steps of creating 3D animations using Apple's 3D modeling software Cheetah3D. You will learn how to animate and model simple images, and afterwards be well on your way to creating more advanced and salable 3D images.

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: 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: 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: Convert RED 4K R3D files to 2K for Final Cut Pro

In this clip, you'll learn how to convert RED 4K R3D files to 2K for editing 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: 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: Blur out a person's face in Final Cut Pro 7

In this clip, you'll learn how to blur out a person's identity with matte tracking 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: Fix exposure in Final Cut Pro

In this Final Cut tutorial, Richard Harrington discusses the common problem of backlighting, exposure and what can happen when shooting video outdoors. Proper exposure of all elements in a shoot can be a pain to achieve with a bright sun and blue sky but using the three way color corrector in Final Cut Pro, Richard is able to make all the elements pop.

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: 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 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: 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: Create a TV screen look in Final Cut Pro

In this three part tutorial, Ben Scott shows you how to create a TV screen look, with effects, motion properties and key framing. Part two goes over adding motion paths, window layouts and the Quickview tool. Part three covers more on keyframes with opacity and noise. The final effect isn't that great looking but the techniques and processes you'll learn are well worth it. Create a TV screen look in Final Cut Pro - Part 1 of 3.

How To: Create caffeinated text in Motion

One of the best features of Apple's Final Cut Studio is the graphics interface feature Motion. With its ability to create and edit motion graphics, you can easily create title sequences for your indie film, or maybe even a professional movie, with 2D or 3D visual effects compositing.

How To: Create a zoom blur effect in Apple's Motion 3

Interested in creating a zoom blur effect in Motion 3? See how it's done with this free video software guide. 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: Use the 3-way color correction tool in FInal Cut Pro

In this three part-software tutorial, you'll learn how to use the 3-way color correction filter to do color grading and correction in Final Cut Pro. Whether you're new to Adobe's popular motion graphics and compositing software or a seasoned video professional just looking to better acquaint yourself with the program and its various features and filters, you're sure to be well served by this video tutorial. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, watch this free v...

How To: Create lower thirds when working in Apple Motion 3

This clip discusses the creation of lower thirds within Apple Motion 3. 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 using this trick yourself, take a look.

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: Remove the shakes in Shake

One of the best extensions for Apple's Final Cut Studio is the visual effects and digital compositing application Shake. Shake is an image compositing package used for post-production, and it enables complex image processing sequences to be designed through the connection of effects "nodes" in a graphical workflow interface.

How To: Use keyframes in Final Cut Pro

This video editing software tutorial outlines using keyframes in Final Cut Pro. Keyframes enable a video editor to have different properties of a clip change over time (a la animation). If you are new to animating in software packages or Final Cut Pro, this tutorial will help get you started.

How To: Create butterflies and lens flares in Apple's Motion

Want to create butterflies and lens flares in Apple Motion? Learn how with this free video software guide. 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: Translate FCP titles to subtitles in DVD Studio Pro

One of the best features of Apple's Final Cut Studio is the disc designing feature DVD Studio Pro. With its ability to create high-end DVD masters, you can easily make discs for your indie film, or maybe even a professional movie. DVD Studio Pro is tightly integrated with Final Cut Pro and Motion, rendering the projects into DVD format without encoding to intermediary formats.

How To: Correct white balance in Final Cut Pro

In this Final Cut tutorial, Richard Harrington discusses what to do to correct your film when you shoot footage with the wrong white balance setting. This is a common problem if you step outside after shooting inside and you forget to rewhite balance. Richard uses the three way color corrector to do a digital white balance on the clip inside of Final Cut Pro.

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...

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