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Final Cut Pro 7: May 2008 Archives

The Extend tool in Final Cut Pro is often overlooked. As you develop your use of the keyboard short cuts in the Final Cut Studio, this is certainly one to remember. For those of you not familiar with the Extend tool it extends or retracts the end of the clip to the play head. After moving the play head to the new desired duration of the clip, as long as the end of the clip is highlighted, you only need to press the E key to bring the duration of the clip in sync with the play head.

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Good media management in Final Cut Pro is not difficult to maintain, but it is not really a function of Final Cut Pro. There will certainly be some people who will have issue with what i am about to write.

Having an organized project folder in the Finder is 50X more important than having everything in the File Browser. I'm actually going to repeat that; Having an organized project folder in the Finder is 50X more important than having everything in the File Browser.

Think of the File Browser and the Finder as one in the same. For those of you who use Motion you know that the Motion Filer Browser is a mirror of the Finder. Final Cut Pro has developed a bad reputation for media management as compared to Avid, but the reality is that it is not that Final Cut Pro doesn't manage media poorly, it really doesn't "manage" it at all.

Whenever you import a file into Final Cut Pro, it knows where it came from, and maintains the link. What happens all too often is that files get reorganized in the Finder after they have been imported into Final Cut, the link is broken, and in many cases the name in the Browser does not match the name in the Finder. Hello NIGHTMARE.

This takes us back to the issue at hand; editors who do not properly prepare a Project Folder before ever launching Final Cut. If you create a template of what your A typical Project Folder will look like, and always start with that, your life will become much easier.

The example to the left is what a list view in the Finder looks like of a decent Project Folder before any files have been added. By creating this Project Folder structure once and saving it with empty folders you will be able to start from it each time you start a project.

By preparing an organized Project Folder, you will keep yourself disciplined not to put files where they don't belong. Whenever you need something for a Final Cut Project You can go straight to the Finder.

Taking a still image and giving it subtle motion is often referred to as the Ken Burns effect. Ken Burns is one of the most famous documentary film makers of all time. When faced with not having any video footage of what he was documenting Ken Burns would move across a still image, creating the illusion of camera motion. This works very well with inanimate objects like a landscape. When using this effect on people it becomes immediately obvious that the individuals are still. Nevertheless it is a classic and often used technique.



When producing a photo montage with Final Cut Pro, the Ken Burns effect is the best way I know to give your production life. This can be a very simple and systematic process. By bringing in all of your photos at once, and getting them rearranged into the desired sequence, you just go thru the images from beginning to end applying the Ken Burns effect to each one.

 

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