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There are a couple of ways to create a speed ramp effect using Final Cut Pro.  One way is to use the 'speed tool'.  This speed tool will allow you to ramp up / down the speed of a clip without changing it's duration.

As an alternative, you may want to view this changing speed tutorial for FCP that does not use the speed tool.

Check out this short tutorial on how to do this....

continue reading for a full text transcript of this Final Cut Pro tutorial.
Check out this short video tutorial on how to create a spinning 3D cube using Avid FX (Boris FX) within Avid Media Composer.

Continue reading for a tutorial using screenshots.....
You can wrap text around a moving object by using a combination of motion paths and masks within Apple Motion.

I always recommend shooting with a tripod for for an effect like this, but if the camera is moving you'll need to track a mask to make the effect work correctly.  Check out this short video tutorial on how it's done with Apple Motion.

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

You can use Avid FX (think Boris FX) in conjunction with Avid Media Composer to create stunning text effects.

Avid FX provides for a downstream mask key, which makes it incredibly easy to composite video inside a text layer.  Avid FX is also resolution independent which means you can create very large text objects that are larger than your video frame.

Check out this short Avid FX tutorial on how to do this.

For a text based tutorial of this same concept... continue reading....

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You can use QuickTime 7.0 to import an image sequence so you can bring a stop motion animation into Final Cut Pro.  This is also a great method for importing .tiff sequences from Maya into FCP.

To to this, you'll need to find QuickTime Pro 7.0 or install it from your installation DVD.  If you have a copy of Final Cut Pro installed, it will automatically upgrade your version of Quicktime to the Pro version.

QuickTime Pro allows you to import image sequences, along with the ability to export the assembled movie back to a QuickTime movie format.

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You can create some incredible light ray effects with text by using BCC filters within Avid Media Composer.  Boris Continuum ships with the retail version of Avid Media Composer.  You can also purchase the Media Composer plug-ins separately if you are upgrading from a version that didn't include the third party plugins.

Check out this short tutorial using one of the BCC plugins to create some cool looking light rays.

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Final Cut Pro Tutorials for effects

Camera Flash effect with freeze frame Part 1
Photo Flash Frame Effect Part 2
Camera Flash Freeze effect using Apple Motion Part 3
Pleasantville tutorial
Wind Blur tutorial
Blur Face in Final Cut Pro
Transport Beam tutorial
Light Zoom filter tutorial
Ken Burns effect
Creating a Moving Filmstrip
Creating customized wipes in Final Cut Pro
Creating a running timer or counter in Final Cut Pro
Luma Key Effect
Speed Ramp Effect with curves in Final Cut Pro
Play a clip backwards in Final Cut Pro
Alpha Wipe Transition Effect
Rotated Motion Path in Final Cut Pro

Final Cut Pro Tutorials for editing
Using the Add-Edit tool versus the Blade tool in Final Cut Pro
Re-formatting 4:3 Media for a 16:9 Hi Def Sequence in Final Cut Pro
Importing AVCHD - H264 Media into Final Cut Pro
Multi-camera Editing tutorial for Final Cut Pro
Learn to use modifier keys with Final Cut Pro
Exporting (WMV) Windows Media Files from Final Cut Pro
Trimming Clips in Final Cut Pro
Importing Image Sequences or using Stop Motion in Final Cut Pro
Using Media Manager in Final Cut Pro
Reformatting 4x3 Media for Hi def in Final Cut Pro

Final Cut Pro / Boris 3D Tutorials
Creating 3D text using Boris Title 3D
Title Crawl effect with glow

Title 3D type on effect
Title 3D effect using the tracking parameter
Creating Glass text effect with Boris Title 3D


Apple Motion Tutorials

Cloning or Repairing an image using Apple Motion

Creating 3D extruded text in Apple Motion
Tracking a Mask in Apple Motion for Color Correction
Using Masks to re-fill a tequila bottle in Apple Motion
Creating a glowing title in Apple Motion
Human Torch effect in Apple Motion
3D reflection in water with Apple Motion
Creating Text on a Path with Apple Motion
Fogwriter effect with Apple Motion
Image stabilization with Apple Motion
Using Apple Motion Audio Behaviors
Using lights with Ken Burns effect
Creating Particles on a Path
Light Streak effect using Apple Motion
Wrapping text around an object in Apple Motion
Flying Stars using Character Map with Motion
Animated Masks and Tracking with Apple Motion (jump through fire)
Four Point tracking in Apple Motion (replacing television image)
Hold Out Matte using Final Cut Pro and Motion (glowing football player)
Exploding Text effect
3D lighting in Apple Motion
Sequencing Text effect in Apple Motion

Apple Color Tutorials
Creating the Pleasantville effect in Apple Color
Introduction to Color Interface
Using Tracking Data in Apple Color for Color Correction
Configuring Preferences in Apple Color
Using Secondary Color Correction to fix a bad shot in Apple Color


SoundTrack Pro Tutorials

Removing audio noise with FCP and SoundTrack Pro
Removing audio pops using SoundTrack Pro and Final Cut Pro
Time shift effect using SoundTrack Pro and Final Cut Pro

Compressor / DVD Studio Pro Tutorials

FCP to DVD Studio Pro workflow tutorial
Creating Droplets with Apple Compressor

Photoshop for Final Cut Pro Video Tutorials
Creating a glass bug with Photoshop
Using photoshop filters on video clip

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Here's a great short tutorial on how to clone areas of a video image to fix a problem.

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You can create an unlimited number of 'customized' wipes using the Gradient wipe effect transition within Final Cut Pro. Check out this short video tutorial on how it's done!

Continue reading for a full scripted tutorial with screenshots......
Watch this short tutorial on for creating and animated a basic light within Avid Media Composer's Marquee Title tool.

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Learn how to blur out an object or a person's face using Avid Media composer without having to generate tracking data.

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Here is a short tutorial on how to use basic compositing techniques to create a 'glass title' using Final Cut Pro and Boris - Title 3D. 

Continue reading for step by step instructions with screen shots.....
You can downloading a free Final Cut Pro plugin to producer a counter from Too Much Too soon.

Check out this short tutorial on the steps to create your countdown or counter.

If you are not sure how to install third party plugin's for Final Cut Pro, check out this short tutorial on using the Wind Blur effect.

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Learn the 'basics' in setting up a multi-camera edit for Final Cut Pro.  

Continue reading for a text based tutorial based on this same concept.

A quick and easy fix to remove an unwanted artifact or portion of a video image is to track and clone an object using the Avid Media Composer's paint effect.  Tracking can be a complex process, but it can also be a simple process for very practical things.  This is one quick example that uses a single tracking point.

Continue reading for a tutorial that uses screenshots for removing the guys logo on this shirt.

SoundTrack Pro has some great built in features for removing audio drop-outs or pops from individual clips.  You can send clips directly from Final Cut Pro without having to export and re-import the media.

Check out this short tutorial on how to do this.

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