Hot Final Cut How-Tos

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: 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: 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: Keyframe text in Final Cut Pro or Express

Interested in keyframing (or key framing) text in Final Cut Pro or Express? This clip will show you how it's done. 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 Luma Track Matte when working in Final Cut Pro

In this clip, you'll learn how to make a luma track matte within FCP. 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 video guide.

How To: Move multiple keyframes at the same time in Final Cut

You can use the motion bar and the filter bar in clip keyframes to move all the keyframes in a clip at the same time. 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Make alpha transitions from scratch in Final Cut Pro 7

In this video, you'll see how to make your very own alpha transitions from scratch. In this video software tutorial, you'll learn how to navigate and use the graphical user interface or GUI in Apple Soundtrack Pro 3. 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: 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: Reverse a video clip in Final Cut Pro 6

Need some help figuring out how to cause a video clip to play in reverse when working in Final Cut Pro 6? See how it's done 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, including a step-by-step overview of how to reverse a video clip in Final Cut Pro, watch this FCP lesson.

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: 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: Animate text highlights in Final Cut Pro 5

The application the makes Apple's Final Cut Studio is the film editing app Final Cut Pro. With its ability to log and capture video onto your hard drive for editing, you can easily edit and process your indie film, or maybe even a professional movie. Final Cut Pro is a non-linear editing program that even the best editors use.

How To: Use the BCC lens flare & motion tracking in Final Cut

This video editing software tutorial shows you how to create a lens flare using Boris Continuum Complete plug-in with motion tracking in Final Cut Pro. Learn how to track the camera movement and composite the flare so it looks like it was shot in camera. If you have the Boris Continuum Complete plug-in for Final Cut Pro, watch and learn how to work with the lens flare filter in this podcast.

How To: Use the optical flow retiming feature in Apple Motion 3

In this clip, you'll learn how to make use of Motion 3's optical flow retiming feature. Whether you're new to Apple'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 video guide.

How To: Handle multi-angle editing in Final Cut Pro

Need some help tackling your first multi-angle project in Final Cut Pro? This two-part tutorial will teach you what you'll need to know. Whether you're new to Apple'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 video guide.

How To: Add text to your videos in Final Cut Pro

In this tutorial, you'll see what it takes to add title text to your video sequences in 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: 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: 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: Achieve a picture-in-picture (PIP) effect in Final Cut

In this FCP-user's guide, you'll learn how to create a picture-in-picture 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: 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: Create a mosaic effect in Apple Motion 4

Looking to achieve a mosaic effect within Apple Motion 4? This clip will show you how it's done. 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 mosaic effect in your own Motion projects, take a look.

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