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Jeff: May 2009 Archives

FCP_Compressor.gifOften when producing for the web sometimes we will encode to a lower frame rate. When choosing the new rate, there is one very important factor to consider. Be sure that the new frame rate will divide evenly into the old frame rate. For example if you have a 30 fps project that you want to encode to 10 fps, that would be okay. On the other hand if you tried to encode your 30 fps to 12 fps, it would appear choppy, because 12 does not go into 30 evenly. 

Another great way to improve quality when encoding with compressor, is to use frame controls. For example when trying to improve interlacing issues when encoding to Mpeg2, turn on the Frame Controls and change the Resizing controls to Best, Progressive, & Best. Adding these Frame Controls will also increase both output time, and Output size. However the improvement can be worth the increase in size.

As part of our 5 day Final Cut Studio class, we give an introduction to Apple Compressor. Understanding how and when to use Apple Compressor, is not always obvious.

Assembling clips, even trimming them in iMovie is transferable to Final Cut. By exporting a XML from iMovie, and opening it in Final Cut, will give you an updated sequence that will have the same edits. This is a great tool for a producer to rough in a project, and then bring in a senior editor with a Final Cut system to finalize the project.


If you are doing serious professional editing, you will be using Final Cut. The fact that iMovie integrates with Final Cut is all the more reason to make sure if you are using Final Cut, that you are using it effectively. GeniusDV training is what separates you from everyone else.

When bringing a Photoshop file (psd) into Final Cut Pro, the file will import as a sequence. The layers will be nested as a sequence when placed into another sequence. What this means is that you can double click on the Photoshop file, and it will open as it's own sequence, with each layer occupying it's own track. This gives you the ablity to animate the individual layers. In the case of the psd in the example below, the text layers all come onscreen from different directions, and the other elements all dissolve on over 10 frames on a 5 frame stagger.


Personally I would have  deleted the text layers, and placed a LiveType file overtop. Click here for more information on using Photoshop files in Final Cut Pro.

Like in any application, from time to time LiveType will act irregular. A good maintenance practice in LiveType is to Clear your settings when experiencing irregularities. This will often fix whatever issue you are experiencing. To do this, go to the LiveType menu, and select Settings/Clear Settings. This will reset your LiveType preferences back to the defaults, and in the process likely correct any irregularities.


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