Hot Final Cut How-Tos

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: 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: 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 and manage text in Final Cut Pro

For this Final Cut Studio video tutorial, Zach King will teach you how to create and manage text in Final Cut Pro. To create and manage text, just go to the Video Generators Tab in the Viewer window, go to Text, and choose your favorite option, or just the plain old Text. Check out the rest of the process in Final Cut. Let the Final Cut King show you how!

How To: Use green screens in Final Cut Pro

Here is a Final Cut Studio software suite tutorial on how to use the green screen function in Final Cut Pro. Footage that has been shot on a green screen can be brought in and isolated with Chroma Key settings. Once you have your subject removed from the green screen background, you are ready to apply hundreds of effects and transitions in Final Cut Pro.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Chroma key in Final Cut Pro

This instructional video explains the basics of Chroma Keying in Final Cut Pro. This is used when you want to remove or key out a specific color from a scene. Created as a component in the Temple University Instructional Video Database.

How To: Cut, color and compress video shot on a Canon DSLR in Final Cut Pro

Interested in editing footage shot on a Canon DSLR in FCP Studio? You've come to the right place. 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: 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: Increase the render speed of Final Cut Pro

Looking for an easy way to improve your Final Cut Pro render speed? This clip provides just that. 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: 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: 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: 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: Created 3D extruded title text in Final Cut Pro

Learn how to create 3D extruded text within Final Cut Pro using the Boris Title 3D title tool. This free video software tutorial will 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, and to get started using this effect in your own projects, watch this FCP 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Create particle confetti in Motion

Haven't mastered the full potential of Motion yet? Motion is a part of the Final Cut Studio package, and it allows you to do much of the things possible in After Effects. In this video tutorial, learn how to create particle confetti in Motion.

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: Achieve the Film Look Effect in Final Cut Pro

This Final Cut Studio software tutorial shows you a trick on how to achieve The Film Look on your videos. You will need the climatic glow plug-in from River Rock Studios to create this soft film look effect in Final Cut Pro. The final small addition to the film look effect will be creating and adding some grain.

How To: Export LiveType projects to Final Cut Express

When you've finished a LiveType project, you can import it directly into Final Cut Express. The LiveType projects looks and behaves like an ordinary clip, but it has a .ipr file extension. Edit it like a normal clip, and you can change its attributes after importing by right clicking and selecting "Open in Editor." Final Cut Express automatically updates the imported file.

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.