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Within Final Cut Pro you can easily create basic composites that may save you time from having to use Apple Motion.  One great example is using Final Cut Pro to create a moving filmstrip effect.

Here is a quick tutorial on how to create a moving filmstrip using Final Cut Pro.
You can easily stabilize an image with Apple Motion using a tracking behavior.   Check out this Motion Tutorial on how to do this.

Continue reading for the full transcript of this Apple Motion tutorial.

You can use Apple Motion to create animated text effects that follow a path.  Here's a quick tutorial on how to do this.  If you're new to Apple Motion, this tutorial is similar to creating a text path in Livetype.


Continue reading for a full transcript of this Apple Motion tutorial.

Check out this Apple Motion tutorial for creating the Ken Burns effect with some simple 3D lighting. If you are a Final Cut Pro user, you could create something similar, but Motion offers the added ability of adding 3D lighting.

Continue reading for the full transcript of this video tutorial.

In today's world, there many different formats of video.  It can be a challenge mixing computer generated graphics with NTSC video.  That's because NTSC video uses rectangular pixels which doesn't match elements designed with square pixels. 

square_vs_non-square.gif

Popular programs such as Photoshop and After Effects work with square pixels.  In these programs, you can turn on a a feature that corrects for the difference, but you'll suffer a degradation in visual quality due to the interpolation.  Therefore, a professional designer would prefer to build everything with square pixels.

pixel_aspect_ratio_correction_warning.gif

This difference is roughly 10% (.9) vs (1.0), but it's enough for the seasoned video editor to immediately notice a difference.

nstc_aspect_photoshop.gifFinal Cut Pro has a great feature that allows you change individual clips from non-square to square pixels (or vice-versa).  Therefore it's possible to compensate for the pixel aspect ratio when combining non-square and square video elements into the same sequence.

To correct for pixel aspect ratio problems within Final Cut Pro, you can follow these steps:




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Here's a great tutorial on how to slow down a person's dialogue without changing their pitch by using Final Cut Pro and Sound Track Pro's Time Stretch function.

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