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Jeff: November 2008 Archives

Getting clips and or images in the correct order before bringing them into your sequence can be easily achieved using the File Browser in Final Cut Pro. There are a couple of important steps to follow, but if the process is followed correctly the result is efficiency. 
Being able to easily find media files, like Quicktime movies or photos, is an important step in an effective Final Cut Pro editing workflow. Adding data (metadata) that describes a file will allow the Spotlight feature to find the file, even if you don't remember what you named it or where you stored it. The Spotlight is a great tool to quickly find the file you need.


Being able to output with Apple Compressor, and upload in one step is a very useful function. I am guilty of not knowing what Remote meant when I would create a destination for my Compressor projects. Recently I got caught needing to compress a HD Quicktime movie to Mpeg4, and get it loaded up to the internet. The issue was I had to leave for the airport 10 minutes ago. With Compressor I was able to upload it to my iDisk. I started the compression with the iDisc as the destination, and left for the airport. While I was waiting to board my plane I hopped on the internet, downloaded the mpeg4 movie off of my iDisc, put it into an iWeb page, and published it to the web. Being able to output to my iDisk really saved me.


A great workflow is to ingest media as a whole i.e. an entire tape, and the export subclips to create stand alone media. Instead of beating up your tape deck, ingest the entire tape, and use subclips in Final Cut Pro to create self contained media.


At GeniusDV we take pride when we find students who are using contemporary workflows that utilize both technology and forward thinking. Tom Whaley is a perfect example of that type of student. Tom has been in the industry for almost 40 years, and has seen many changes. Tom's willingness to adapt has kept him current and cutting edge.

Instead of opening a sequence in the time line if you are attempting to use a portion of it in another sequence, you can open a sequence in the viewer. From the File Browser you can drag it to the viewer or option double click on a sequence, and it will open in the viewer. Any portion of the sequence that you bring in to another sequence will come in as a nest, so it makes more sense to use this function if you are looking to select a composition from a sequence. Otherwise it is a better idea to just open the a sequence in the timeline and either copy and paste or do a match frame.
Without question the best way to produce chapter markers in DVD Studio Pro, is to add them to your project in Final Cut Pro. The number one reason is because you will guarantee they will be where you want them to be.

Using a graphic to indicate which button is highlighted creates a very professional looking menu.  It is also very professional to have the button text animate onto the menu. When creating the genealogical history video for the O'Toole job, it would be quite appropriate to have a shamrock appear next to the active button.

advanced-button-highlight.gifTo do this you simply create an overlay with a shamrock in every position you will want it to appear on your menu. When creating your buttons, you make sure that each button range includes a shamrock. Only the shamrock associated with the active button will be visible.

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