Hot Final Cut How-Tos

How To: Expose only one color in film footage in Final Cut Pro

Use Final Cut Pro? Want to expose just one color while leaving the rest black and white? See how it's done with this free video software tutorial from CNET TV. Whether you're new to Apple's Final Cut Pro non-linear video editor or just want to better acquaint yourself with some of the more esoteric features of the program, you're sure to benefit from this free video tutorial. For specifics, including a step-by-step overview of this trick, watch this Final Cut Pro lesson.

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: Import Panasonic P2 footage into Final Cut Pro 6

P2 workflows are among the hottest topics, and with extensive experience with P2 in broadcast editing, leader Shane Ross is one of the industry experts in the new features to support P2 in Final Cut Pro 6. In this video tutorial, Shane covers new techniques for bringing in captured footage, and as always, tips for project organization and media management for the best results with the least effort. Import Panasonic P2 footage into Final Cut Pro 6.

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: 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: Clean up Skype interviews in Soundtrack Pro

So you just finished recording a Skype interview and you are ready to publish it? Don’t think so! You need to clean up the ums and ahs and breaths of the guest. Open up Soundtrack Pro, get some java, and let’s start cleaning up the interview! Get rid of noises and phatic ticks with this how-to! Clean up Skype interviews in Soundtrack Pro.

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: 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: 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 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 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: 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: 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: 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: Color grade with Magic Bullet Looks in Final Cut Pro

In this clip, award-winning director Philip Bloom walks you through the process of color grading his film "Return to Dungeness" in Final Cut Pro using Magic Bullet Looks. Whether you're new to Apple's Final Cut Pro non-linear video editor, new to Magic Bullet Looks or just want to better acquaint yourself with either program, you're sure to benefit from this video tutorial. For more information, watch this FCP lesson. Color grade with Magic Bullet Looks in Final Cut Pro.

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: 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: Convert Canon EOS H264 video to Apple ProRes 422 for editing in Final Cut Pro

In this clip, learn how to convert photo shot on a Canon EOS DSLR camera to Apple ProRes for convenient editing in Final Cut Pro Studio. 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: Batch conform video clips with Apple's Cinema Tools

This clip demonstrates how to use Apple's Cinema Tools to batch conform 50p or 60p DSLR clips to a lower framerate (e.g., 30, 25 or 24p). As you might expect, the conversion process is actually quite easy to go about it. For detailed, step-by-step instructions, and to get started conforming your own footage in Cinema Tools, watch this free video software tutorial.

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: Conform Canon 5dmk2 footage from 30p to 24p in Final Cut Studio 2

A tutorial using Final Cut Studio 2 on how to convert footage shot in 30p to perfect 24p. Used in the short Sofia's People. Can't quite figure out why you have two of the same filters in FCP? This quick clip will sort you out. 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...

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: 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: 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: Sync multicam footage in Final Cut Pro 7

Looking for an easy way to work with footage from a two-camera setup within Final Cut Pro? Whether you're new to Apple's Final Cut Pro non-linear video editor or just want to learn how to take advantage of Final Cut Pro 7's new features, you're sure to benefit from this free video tutorial from the folks at Lynda. Specifically, this software tutorial provides a complete overview of how to sync multi-cam footage.

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: 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 basic slide show in Final Cut Pro

If you're just getting started with Final Cut Pro, you probably didn't know that you can also make slideshows with it. Crazy right? And it's actually easier than you think! In this video you'll learn how to start a session in Final Cut Pro to begin your slide show and walks you through the process of adding photos and effects, all the way to exporting the final product.

How To: Use the Cinema 4D IR Cache to improve render speed

This clip presents an overview of how to use the C4D IR Cache file to improve render speeds. Whether you're new to MAXON's popular 3D modeling application or are just looking to get better acquainted with Cinema 4D and its various features and functions, you're sure to enjoy this free video software tutorial. For more information, including complete instructions, watch this 3D modeler's guide.

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: 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 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...

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