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With the introduction of Final Cut Studio 3.0, Apple no longer includes the LiveType application as part of the Final Cut Studio bundle.  I'm guessing this is because many of the features in LiveType can now be accomplished using Apple Motion 4.0. Since LiveType is no longer part of the Final Cut Studio bundle, I thought I'd share a quick exercise that I would normally teach in LiveType.  For you LiveType fans, don't worry, upgrading to Final Cut Studio 3.0 won't erase your old LiveType application.


Here is a quick tutorial on implementing using the 'Nitro' LiveFont to make a text object explode onto the screen one character at a time.

If you are a user of Apple Motion, you've come to learn how important it is to have the latest and greatest graphics card.  Nvidia has finally come through with the Quadro FX 4800 for Mac.  It doesn't take long to Max--out the standard graphics card(s) that ship with a Mac Pro when running Apple motion. 

I can also imagine a greatly improved performance if you are an After Effects user.  For all you motion graphics artists out there, NVidia has finally answered your prayers!


This is the first graphics card for the Mac Pro that ships with 1.5 GB of video graphics memory.  It requires one PCI Express 2.0 slot, but the card is double wide, which means it will cover over an adjacent slot unless it is installed in the PCI Express slot. 

Although this card is supported with Final Cut Studio and Apple Motion, I noticed it is not listed as a pre-configured option when purchasing a Mac Pro.  This means you'll have to purchase the card seperately.  It also means you'll have to install the card on your own.

Make sure you're system can support this card.  It requires A minimum version of Mac OS X v10.5.7 or higher.  It also requires a Mac Pro with 1066MHz DDR memory or 800MHz DD2 FB-DIMM memory.  The card comes standard with a 3 year warranty with email/phone support.

The 'Marquee' title tool within Avid Media Composer is a fantastic titling program. In addition to creating stunning 3D titles, you can also use Marquee for other types of effects. Since Marquee is resolution independent, you can import high resolution pictures directly into Marquee without losing any resolution.



Now, you may be asking yourself, why not just use the Avid Pan and Zoom effect that is available within the standard Media Composer effects. Well, Marquee offers the additional benefits of lighting, and true 3D space. This means you can rotate your photos in Z space, and add lighting effects. Better yet, you can have an unlimited number of layers.

This tutorial will give you the basic steps for adding lighting to a picture imported directly into Avid Marquee title tool.

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