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The Range Selection Tool in Final Cut Pro X speeds up your editing workflow by allowing you to apply changes within and between multiple clips in the Timeline.  Once you've clicked and dragged to select a range, you can trim range selections, delete them with what's effectively an extract edit, apply effects to them, and modify them in other ways too.  You can adjust the range selection start and end points using the range handles on either side of the selection and using the I key for the start (In) point and the O key for the end (Out) point.

To select a range in the Event Browser, drag across any clip.  A yellow border with handles will appear around the range you've selected. 
range.pngTo select a range in the Timeline, use the keyboard shortcut (R), or you can choose Range Selection from the Tools pop-up menu in the toolbar.
range_selection.png Drag the Range Selection tool across one or more clips in the Timeline to select a range.  To adjust the selection start and end points, drag the range handles on either side of the range.

Ducking Audio
One of the coolest functions of using the Range Selection Tool in FCPX is the automatic placement of keyframes when working with audio.  If you select a range of audio where you want to lower the volume, simply use the Range Selection tool.  Hold down the R key and drag across the section of the clip that you want to adjust; release the R key, and you have a yellow box around the range.  Now grab the black bar running thru the audio and drag it down to the desired audio level.  FCPX automates the keyframes to fade the audio at the start and end of the range.  You can also drag the individual keyframes forward or backward to adjust the speed of the fade.

Extract Edits
The Range Selection tool can also make an extract edit easy to do directly in the Timeline.  Simply select the range you want to get rid of and use the large Delete Key (a.k.a. the "Backspace" key) to perform a ripple delete, removing the chunk of clip from the Timeline and closing the resulting gap.

It's important to note that the Range Selection Tool is spring-loaded, meaning when press the R key and hold it down, once it's released the tool reverts to the previously active tool.  Whereas, if you press the R key to activate the tool, once you've selected the range, you will have to turn off the tool, by pressing the Arrow Tool (A).

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One of the interesting features within Avid Media Composer is the ability to use the Animatte effect to create a paint brush wash effect. This entry also contains a video tutorial using Media Composer's Animatte feature for a paint brush effect. This effect is done by using two video layers and then drawing with a large paint brush to reveal one layer underneath the other.  Here are the step by step instructions:
The Skimmer in Final Cut Pro X sometimes can be a bit distracting.  Skimming is a term for scrubbing through the timeline without having to move the playhead indicator.  If you choose, The skimming feature can be turned off.  The simple keyboard shortcut (S) will toggle the video portion of skimming on and off. 

You can also disable the audio skimming with video skimming still enabled. Use the keyboard shortcut Shift + S to disable audio skimming.   

You can also turn these on & off with the 2 Skimming buttons found in the upper right hand corner of the Timeline.  

skimming_buttons.pngNote that if you turn off the skimming feature in the timeline, you will also be turning it off in the viewer. The same applies with turning off the audio skimmer.  It is also important to note that even with skimming turned off, certain tools such as the Blade, Range, and Trim tools will still allow you to skim inside the Precision Editor.  Skimming with these tools cannot be turned off when these tools are in use.

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Untitled Image.pngFinal Cut Pro X organizes your media differently from previous versions of the software.  Instead of storing references to media files from arbitrary locations on your disk, your FCPX projects refer to a disk-level Events Library.  This lets FCPX keep really impressive metadata and automate tedious organizational tasks, but it can complicate your workflow if you're dealing with many unrelated video projects or working with other editors.

To keep unrelated video projects organized, consider using sparse disk images.  Disk images are single, portable files that behave like external hard drives as far as your system is concerned.  By keeping related projects and events on the same disk image, you can easily archive your work and carry it from workstation to workstation.  You can even store the disk image on your network: as soon as you double-click the disk image file, your Mac behaves as if it's a local disk, circumventing FCPX's prohibition on sharing files across a network.  

There's one big caveat: like a real external hard drive, a normal disk image can only be "connected" to one computer at a time.  That makes these disk images unsuitable for truly sharing media, like station IDs or shared stock video, between multiple edit stations at the same time. 

If you're using an XSAN, the latest FCPX update will solve this problem for you, allowing you to use shared media from your XSAN volume.  But if you're like most of our readers, the XSAN isn't an option—luckily, there's an easy workaround.  Details after the jump...

When updates come out for Final Cut Pro X (Motion 5, & Compressor 4), they need to be accessed from the App store located off the Apple menu of your Mac. You will need to enter the password of the account you used to purchase. However sometimes Final Cut Pro X does not appear in the Updates. One work around is to delete Final Cut Pro X from the Applications folder, & then click on Purchased items, and re install Final Cut Pro X. This will reinstall the app with the update.


final_cut_pro_X_7.pngAs Apple released it's first software update for Final Cut Pro X Tuesday, they have also released a White Paper of Final Cut Pro X for Final Cut Pro 7 Editors.  The instructive White Paper specifically uses Final Cut Pro 7 for comparison and shows users how to get to where they need to go in FCPX, which should help answer a lot of questions for frustrated editors.

GeniusDV has a new Final Cut Pro X training class in Orlando, FL along with Onsite training at your location.

For all of you Final Cut Pro X buffs, Apple has just released a Final Cut Pro X update (FCP 10.0.1) that includes rich XML support and the compatibility for multi-user workflows over a network.

For those who are new to the software, you can now download a 30 day trial of Final Cut Pro X!
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GeniusDV now offers Final Cut Pro X training packages to Orlando, FL!  Or check out our Final Cut Pro X on-site training options

Also announced is multi-cam editing coming in 2012!
If you're accustomed to using dual monitors in Final Cut Pro 7 or earlier and are wondering if it can be done in Final Cut Pro X, the answer is Yes!  Or maybe you would just like to expand your workspace in the Final Cut Pro X main window; if you connect a second monitor to your computer, you can show the Viewer on the second monitor to play back video, or the Event Browser on the second monitor to view clips in an Event.

Dual Monitors using Final Cut Pro X

When doing this, keep these simple steps in mind:
  • Connect your second monitor to your computer and make sure it is turned on.
  • In FCPX, choose Window > Show Viewer on Second Display

  • The Viewer now appears on the second monitor
  • To switch the Viewer to the main window, choose Window > Show Viewer in  the Main Window
  • To reset everything back to one screen, choose Window > Revert to Original Layout
  • If you want to show the Event Library and the Event Browser on a second monitor, follow the same instructions as above, except choose Window > Show Events on Second Display

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Digital Heaven has just recently released 5 new transition effects for Final Cut Pro X.  The FCPX Transitions Pack 1 features a classic lens flare, frame roll, light flash, shutter, and stretch pan.  Add a splash of energy to any production with these transitions, and you'll find they will become an essential addition to your effects toolkit.  Check out Digital Heaven's cool demo:

Note that these transitions are for Final Cut Pro X only and will not work in FCP 7 or earlier.  Have you been looking for training in Final Cut Pro X?  Look no further, GeniusDV now has a fantastic 4 day Final Cut Pro X training class!  Check it out and call to reserve your seat today!
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Our instructors here at GeniusDV have always encouraged their students to use the Add Edit function in FCP 7 rather than the 4-step Blade Tool.  In Final Cut Pro X however, the Add Edit function now reverts back to the good ole' Blade Tool, but with a quick keyboard shortcut that is now Cmd + B.  This performs the edit at the Playhead location and is different from just selecting the Blade Tool, shortcut B, which allows you to move the Skimmer to the frame in the clip where you want to perform the edit; this is true if both the Playhead and the Skimmer are present.  If the Skimmer is not present, then Cmd B will affect the edit where the Playhead is present.

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GeniusDV has recently announced our 4 day Final Cut Pro X classes, which include integrated workflows using FCPX, Motion 5, and Compressor 4.  And for a limited time, we're including airfare and hotel!  Class sizes are small and will fill up quickly, so call to register today!


Again, remember, it's much faster and efficient to use Cmd + B instead of using the physical tool.
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