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Apple Motion has an oscillating behavior that can bring life to a painted object.

This is a great method for creating an animation without having to manually add keyframes. The oscillation behavior can be applied to any parameter within an object.  In this example, I've chosen to oscillate the Y parameter for the brush angle.  Check out the rest of this Apple Motion Oscillation Tutorial.
Avid Media Composer 5.0 implements some new editing features.  These features are very similar to the editing features within Final Cut Pro.


These new editing features allow the user to bypass the traditional trim and segment editing modes.  You can now trim and drag clips directly within the timeline without having to enter into a specific mode. There's also a new 'link selection toggle', which automatically selects a clip's corresponding audio when dragging a clip within the timeline.

These features can be toggled on/off, which means you can choose to stay with the legacy editing functions if you choose not to use these new features. 

If you choose to have all the new features enabled, the position if your mouse cursor is important in terms of which editing function is active.


In the long awaited release of Media Composer 5.0, you can now link directly to QuickTime files using Avid's AMA feature.

This is great news for users who use a workflow that combines software products from Final Cut Studio.  Avid Media Composer 5.0 also includes support for QuickTime files using the Pro Res Codec.

The process can't be much easier.  Just navigate to the file menu and choose 'Link to AMA volume'.


Wham! by choosing a folder, the native QuickTime clips automatically show up in an Avid Media Composer bin. No transcoding is required! 


This process is very similar to the workflow within Final Cut Pro.  The Avid is referencing the files from their original location.  Clips that are referenced directly outside of Avid's MXF folder structure will appear in bright yellow.

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Avid Technology is now shipping Media Composer 5.0.  If you are running an earlier version, I highly recommend upgrading your Media Composer software.

  • Work natively with QT movies (including Apple Pro Res 4:2:2)
  • Support for Matrox Mini Hardware
  • Real-Time Animatte effects
  • New Drag and Drop Functionality
  • Support for consumer AVCHD cameras
  • You can now mix and match different frames sizes, resolutions and aspect ratios in the same timeline.
  • Improved Drag-Drop functionality.
There are many other improvements and features not mentioned here.  Visit www.avid.com for additional information. 

quicktime_icon.pngThere are two ways to export a Quicktime movie from Final Cut Pro, as a self-contained movie or as a reference file.

A reference movie is a smaller file that contains references to the captured media but does not contain the actual video media itself. The advantages of exporting a QuickTime movie without self-contained media are:

  • The export time of a reference movie is almost instantaneous.
  • The footprint of the QT movie will be very small, because it will reference the original video media files already on your local system.
  • The only export time required is for the associated audio content. A Quicktime reference movie will still collect all the audio content, but will reference all the video content.
*Caution: If you were to send this reference file to someone, in order for them to play it back, you would also have had to send all of the original movie files along with it.


A self-contained movie contains both the video and audio media within the single clip and is required if you plan on playing back your Quicktime movie on a different computer.

Exporting A Self Contained Quicktime Movie
1 With a sequence loaded into the timeline go to File > Export > QuickTime Movie.
2 Choose a location to save the file.
3 Choose to include Audio only, Video only or Audio and Video, then click Save. See how to export a 16X9 QuickTime Movie From Final Cut Pro.


Creating crawling text in Final Cut Pro is very easy.  I recommend using the Boris - Title Crawl over the 'legacy' title-crawl within the Final Cut Pro generators menu.


The viewer window will go blank after you select 'title crawl'.  Click on the Controls tab to adjust the parameters of the title.  Then change the animation style to either 'crawl' or 'roll'.

I also recommend turning on the 1:2:1 Deflicker option which will smooth out the playback motion during the crawl.


Type your text within the Boris text box and press the apply button when are you done.


That's it!  You now have crawling text within the Viewer window.  You can then take your crawling title to the next level by watching this short Final Cut Pro video tutorial.

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