Learn More Contact Now

Final Cut Pro 7: June 2008 Archives

cut_and_paste.gifHave you have ever run into problems cutting something from your sequence and not being able to paste it in the track you want to?  To copy from one track and paste to another, you need to turn off the Auto Select control for the tracks below the track you wish to paste to. For example, if you copied a clip from V1, and you wanted to paste it into V3, you would need to turn of the Auto select controls in V1 and V2. This will force Final Cut to paste into the first available track. Another way to go about this is to Option click on the Auto Select control of the track you wish to paste to. This will cause the track you Option clicked to become the only one turned on. Keep in mind if you are copying a linked clip, FCP will paste either to the same track they came from if the auto select for that track is not turned off. In other words you need to assign a destination track for both Video and Audio before you paste.

The media management tool in Final Cut Pro can be quite confusing.  One VERY important thing to note is that the Media Management tool will not work with clips that do not contain time-code. 

To verfiy this, take a look at the Media Start Columnto make sure each clip has actual time-code values other than 00:00:00:00.  This is a real drag if you plan on using clips that inherently do not have timecode.  (i.e. background animations, music from CD's, and multimedia movies),


As you can see in this screenshot, these particular clips do not have timecode information.  Therefore the Media Manager will not work correctly with these clips.

Fortunately, there is a trick to add time-code back into the clips. 

You can use one of two methods.

#1  Edit all your clips to a sequence.  Set the sequence start time, and then export a self-contained QuickTime movie.  Then re-import the movie into Final Cut Pro.  The clip(s) will now work correctly within the Media Manager.  *Do not export using QuickTime Conversion, because it will not preserve the FCP sequence timecode. 

#2 For the die-hard tech geeks, you can use the QuickTime Developer tool to create a timecode track and manually change or add time-code information to each individual QuickTime movie.

After you've confirmed that all your clips have actual embedded timecode information, the Media Management tool will work correctly.


Okay, it's time to go geektoid on you!  There is a cool feature within Final Cut Pro that integrates a new feature in Mac OS 10.5.X (Leopard).  Here's how it works.

mark_clip.gifWhile running Final Cut Pro, navigate to the help menu and you'll see a blue search box.  Type in a specific phrase.  In this example 'mark'. Park over the list of choices and Final Cut Pro will automatically open up the appropriate menu for you and it will point to it.  Better yet, you can click on the search term and it will actually perform the function!









This is a great feature if you are an educator or trainer.  For the rest of us, it's just another geeky function.









Have you ever noticed when you render motion effects in Final Cut Pro that the quality isn't always up to par? You may also notice a 'stutter effect' when zooming in and out of clip elements.

It is important that you take notice of your sequence settings. The default sequence settings for DV-NSTC are set to Render 8-bit YUV. I recommend rendering your sequence with High Precision YUV. For your motion effects I recommend change your sequence settings to 'best' for motion filtering quality.

To do this: right click on your sequence, and choose 'settings' from the contextual menu. This will bring forward the Sequence settings dialog box. Click on the 'video processing' tab. Choose the High Precision YUV rendering setting and 'best' for motion filtering quality.

*The only drawback with these settings, is the longer rendering time. Therefore, you may want to wait until your sequence is completely finished and then re-render everything with High Precision YUV, and 'best' for the motion filtering quality.
Recording audio key frames during play back is as simple as turning on a button. You will want to know your audio very well before attempting to perform this operation. You may even want to set some markers to help you know when to raise or lower your levels. If you wish to raise and lower your audio levels while in playing your sequence, the first thing you need to do is open the Audio Mixer from the Tools menu (option + 6).  The next step is to turn on the Audio Keyframe Record fnction, by clicking the Record Audio Keyframes (Shift + Apple + K) button in the upper right corner of the Audio Mixer. Place your cursor on the slider of the track you wish to adjust the level, and press the spacebar to start playing your sequence. As your sequence plays drag the slider up and down to the desired levels. Once you stop the playback the audio keyframes will be applied to the track. To apply changes to both channels of audio within the same audio track, you will want to make sure they are a stereo pair. To apply keyframes to all audio tracks at the same time, you will need to nest the tracks together and then apply the keyframes to the nest.


Thumbnail image for audio_keyframes_sequence.gif

Receive FREE Tutorials by email:


    Avid Media Composer Training
  • Enrollment Cost: $50.00
  • 84 Media Composer Lectures
  • Includes Practice Media
  • Interactive Quizzes
  • Official Certificate of Completion
  • 30 Day Money Back Guarantee
  • Click to Enroll for 10% off!
    Final cut Pro X Training
  • Enrollment Cost: $20.00
  • 60 Final Cut Pro X Lectures
  • Includes Practice Media
  • Interactive Quizzes
  • Official Certificate of Completion
  • 30 Day Money Back Guarantee
  • Click to Enroll


This page is a archive of entries in the Final Cut Pro 7 category from June 2008.

Final Cut Pro 7: May 2008 is the previous archive.

Final Cut Pro 7: July 2008 is the next archive.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.