Hot Final Cut How-Tos

How To: Reduce camera shake in Final Cut Pro

In this clip, you'll learn how to reduce camera shake digitally 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: 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: Mix audio in Final Cut Express

When your edit is complete, or locked, the next step is to fine tune your audio. Adjust the audio levels of your clips to produce a balanced sound mix. In Final Cut Express, you can control audio levels in the timeline and the viewer. You can even add keyframes to make level changes over time.

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: 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: Use the Smooth Cam filter in Final Cut Pro

Want to fix shaky footage after the fact? With Final Cut Pro's Smooth Cam filter, it's an easy thing to do. 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: Burn Blu-ray discs from within Final Cut Pro

Interested in burning Blu-Ray discs from within Final Cut Pro? This video 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: 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.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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: Talk to yourself with the help of Final Cut Pro

This quick video tutorial shows you how to talk to your self using Final Cut Pro. You may not need a software at all to talk to yourself, but this Final Cut Pro tutorial is a great twist on the typical cloning tutorial. So come up with a conversation, record yourself playing the multiple parts, fire up Final Cut Pro and watch this tutorial. You'll be talking to yourself in no time!

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 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: 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: 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: Use the SmoothCam filter in Final Cut Pro

Learn how to use FCP's SmoothCam filter to fix shaky footage 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: 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: Make a title sequence in Final Cut Pro or Express

This clip provides a general overview of how one can create a title sequence 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 grade Canon EOS 5D footage in Apple Color

This clip presents an overview of color grading footage shot with the new Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR (DSLR) in Apple Color. 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: Use 8 advanced features in Final Cut Pro 7

In this clip, you'll learn some Final Cut Pro tips regarding multicam editing, HDV format, staying organized, and more. 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 7 workflow, you're sure to benefit from this free video tutorial. For specifics, watch this Final Cut Pro lesson.

How To: Use tool shortcuts in Final Cut Pro

In this Software video tutorial you will learn how to use tool shortcuts in Final Cut Pro. To change opacity and the volume limit, click the little mountain button on the bottom and you will have two lines in the clip representing audio lines of two mono tracks. And you also have opacity located above the audio lines. With the help of the slide bar you can set the opacity. To get the pen tool press 'P'. To get out of any tool, press 'A'. To delete the entire audio track, select it, lock, dele...

How To: Create a face blur effect à la COPS in Final Cut Pro 6

Learn how to recreate the COPS face blur effect using Apple's Final Cut Pro 6 in this video editing tutorial. 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 specifics, and to get started using this Track Matte key effect in your own FCP projects, give this guide a gander.

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: Adjust the speed of video clips in Final Cut Express

Want to to speed up or slow down a video clip in Final Cut Express? Let this clip show you how. 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 the grading process, watch this FCE lesson.

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 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: Do keyframing color correction in Final Cut Pro

In this episode of Final Cut Help, Richard Harrington takes a look at keyframing the three way color corrector in FCP. As details change in a movie clip you can have the filter adjust its values over time. This example uses a video of a bird starting in a bright sky and ending in water which is darker, the contrast transition is controlled by keyframing the saturation and color correction.