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Jeff: September 2009 Archives

Using Live Fonts in Motion or LiveType is a popular way to create professional titles with Final Cut Studio. If you have a particular Live Font you like to use often, you can save it as a Template in Motion, and it will appear in Final Cut Pro as a Master Template.


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After upgrading to OSX 10.6 a.k.a Snow Leopard, it would seem like you don't have Quicktime Pro any longer. The reality of Quicktime in Snow Leopard is that Quick Time Player version 10.0  is installed into the Applications Folder, where we have always expected to find Quick Time. Quick Time Pro version 7.62 is moved into the Utilities Folder within the Applications Folder.

Assuming that you will have the functionality of Quick Time Pro with the version of Quick Time in the Applications Folder, will make you a bit crazy. I spent 20 minutes today trying to figure out what happened to the Preferences, and Export settings.

Coming up with original and creative ways to transition from one clip to another in Final Cut Pro is always a challenge. Here is an idea that I came up with on a job recently. First create a 14 frame space between the two clips that you are transitioning between, then add a Color Matte into that space. Now Keyframe the color across the 14 frame Color Matte to go from the dominant color of the outgoing clip to the dominant color of the incoming clip. You may want to change the direction of the Hue Direction Control, to get the look you are going for.


New to Final Cut Pro 7 is the ability to tell the difference between a Project Tab, and a Bin Tab in the File Browser. In past versions you couldn't tell the difference by just looking at them. At GeniusDV we always taught our students to name your project in all capital letters, so you could tell the difference. For those of you still using previous versions of Final Cut Pro, this is still a good workflow. Everyone using Final Cut Pro 7, you can now just look at your tabs, and see the Final Cut clapper to know which tabs are Project Tabs, and which ones are Bins.


To turn a Bin into a Tab you need only hold down the Option key, and double click on the Bin. This will add a Bin tab to the File Browser vs opening a new Browser window. Also new to Final Cut Pro 7 is when you color code Bins in the File Browser, and then open them as Tabs, the Tab is colored too.

As an editor I find one of the most useful functions in Final Cut Pro to be the Match Frame function. When you're moving through a sequence, Match Frame can really keep a good flow going. Instead of having to go look for a clip, we can use Match Frame to load a previous reference of the desired clip into the viewer.
By parking over a clip in the timeline, and performing a Match Frame, Final Cut will load the original source clip into the viewer. The name Match Frame comes from the fact that Final Cut will match the exact frame the playhead is at in the timeline, to the frame the playhead is at once it is loaded into the Viewer. In addition to matching the frame, Final Cut will also set the in and out point in the Viewer with the corresponding in and out point from the clip in the Timeline. Once the Source Clip is loaded into the Viewer, you can set new in and out points and bring a new reference into the Timeline. In other words if I have a 30 second clip, and I use the first 5 seconds as a clip in my sequence, then load 3 different clips into the Viewer. Now I can Match Frame the 5 second clip into the Viewer, and choose the last 5 seconds as a new clip. This may sound confusing, but it is without a doubt one of the most useful functions in Final Cut Pro. It is not the same as double clicking on a clip in the timeline to load it in the Viewer, because if you set new in and out points in the Viewer it will change the clip in the Timeline.

To perform a Match Frame all you have to do is park over a clip in the Timeline, and hit the "F" key. If you are not using the Match Frame function now try adding it into your workflow, you will be glad you did.

Here is another scenario that the Match Frame function can save you time and frustration. You bring a clip into your sequence without the attached audio. Down the road you decide you need the audio. Instead of trying to figure out the in and out points so the audio you bring in matches up with the video that is already there, you just press one key ("F") and then bring the matching audio right in.
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