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Final Cut Pro 7: July 2009 Archives

A great new feature of Final Cut Studio 3 is the new iChat Theatre.  Now you can collaborate with your clients in real time, from anywhere!  All you need is a standard internet connection. 

From the View Menu, choose iChat Theater Preview > Start Sharing when you want to discuss a project with a client remotely. 

iChattheater.gifThen, simply invite them to a video chat.  From there, you will be able to review your edit together by hitting Play in the Timeline.  You can discuss changes face to face and make real-time adjustments to the edit as needed; then you can watch the changes simultaneously.  No need to wait to hear from a client anymore; now it can be instant!

iChattheater2.gifiChat Theater lets you preview a project from the Canvas or watch clips directly in the Viewer.  You can also activate the Timecode Overlay to make it easy for both viewers to make notes while viewing and editing the project.  With Final Cut Pro 7 and iChat Theater, working remotely on your projects couldn't be easier! 

Being able to find your used and unused clips within Final Cut Pro is so important in keeping your clips organized.  To figure out which clips you have used or not used in your sequence:  Select your sequence, then go to Edit > Find and under the For drop down menu, you can choose Unused Media or Used Media.

findfeature.gifOnce you have one of those options selected, click on Find All, and a new window will open showing you either the Used or Unused media in your project.  The Find Results Window Tab can be attached to another window, or the clips can be dragged to another folder or window.

findresults.gifThe Find feature's Find Result Window can also display thumbnail images in Icon mode, just like in the browser, in case you want to see what the clip looks like.

findthumbnails.gifOnce you have figured out your unused media, and you want to get it out of the way, check out this tutorial using the Media Manager to delete your unused media

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Final Cut Studio 3 came out this week, and we are seeing many new an exciting features. We are already hard at work updating our Final Cut Studio training classes to incorporate the new features of the various applications.

Some of the most notable changes in the Final Cut Studio come in the export options of Final Cut Pro 7, that utilizes the power of Compessor 3.5. Final Cut 7 also introduces an exciting new Apple Pro Res 4444 codec, and improved slow motion. Compressor 3.5 has a number of new features including the ability output directly to Blu-ray, YouTube, or Mobile Me.

One sad note is that LiveType is not shipping with the Final Cut Studio any more. LiveType was always a great complimentary application to Final Cut Pro. The expectation is that users will go to Motion for all of the features that they would have used LiveType for. However LiveType had a much simpler learning curve, and it in fact was a great application to learn as you progressed into Motion. The Timing ability of LiveType is unmatched in any application of the current Final Cut Studio, and will certainly be missed. Luckily for those of us who are upgrading to Final Cut Studio 3 from Final Cut Studio 2, will still have LiveType.

The list price of Final Cut Studio 3 is $999, and the upgrade is $299. sign up to recieve GeniusDV posts about the new features of Final Cut Studio 3.

Like I always say, the more organized you keep your media, the quicker your Final Cut Pro project will go, and a much more efficient editor you will be.  That being said, the more information you enter while Logging your clips, the more organized you will be able to keep them. 

Because external hard drives are so inexpensive these days, editors can capture entire tapes and log afterward.  Once your footage is on your hard disk, you can review it more efficiently and logging will go a lot faster.  Most logging and capturing is done in the Log & Capture window, but you can also use the Browser to add your logging information to clips after you capture.

Some editors will first log their tapes and then batch capture using the Log & Capture window.  You could watch your footage by playing the tape in a deck or camcorder connected to Final Cut Pro.  You can set In & Out points and create clips that represent portions of your original media.  After you finish logging, you capture media for only the clips you think you will need for your project.

Now that we covered the basic principal of Log & Capture, let's focus on just the Logging portion of the process.  Take a look at the Log & Capture window (we find this under the File Menu); you will see 3 main tabs across the top of the window (right hand side), Logging, Clip Settings, and Capture Settings.

logging.gifThe Logging Tab is what you will use to add detailed information to each clip you log, for example, Reel name, In & Out points, scene number, markers, etc.  You can also add this information later on in the Browser, however, in my opinion, it's best to do early on in your "pre-editing" phase. 

Let's take a wedding video for example; when you are logging your clips to your footage, first enter the name of your project under the Log Bin, such as Lynch_Jones_Wedding; note the Tape number under Reel (assuming you've numbered your tapes before you even started shooting; this is a good habit to get into) then start adding details to your Description such as, rehearsal at the church, the rehearsal dinner, the guys playing golf the morning of, the bride and bridesmaids at the beauty salon, and so on, and so on.  For Angle, you might have shot this wedding from two different angles, like one view from the balcony, and one view from the pulpit.  Make sure to note these in this Logging Tab.  Making detailed notes under Log Notes, can only help you remember that there is a funny shot here where the best man is picking his nose, or the bride cries here, or something like that.  Also be sure to check the box marked Good, for a shot that is an absolute must-use for your project.  You don't want to forget about those later, and it is Final Cut's job to look for those clips marked "good" so that you won't miss them.

It is important to know that when you are Logging in Final Cut Pro, you are adding the information to clips, not media files.  Which means, that all of your logging info is stored in your Project File, not the media files on disk.  If you delete your project file, your logging info is deleted as well.

I know what you're thinking..."wow, this is gonna be time consuming", BUT, believe me, it can and will save you time in the long run.  By adding detailed notes, comments, and labels to your footage, it will help you and any other editors involved with the project to navigate a large amount of source material.  Logging information can reduce the amount of footage you have.  You can often eliminate a large amount of footage before you start editing.

As Final Cut Pro has matured over the years, there are a variety of places where you can purchase plug-ins.  Some of these sites provide free plug-ins. 

Here is a list of my favorite places to find effects plug-ins for Final Cut Pro.

Too Much Too Soon: A free set of plugins that I’ve found to be extremely useful. Check out the free 'wind blur' filter.


Joe’s Filters:  An inexpensive set of filters for Final Cut Pro

CGM Plugins:  For the money, this is my favorite set of plug-ins.  Better yet, you can download them instantly.  If you own a legacy version of Final Cut Pro, Volume 1 used to ship with Final Cut Pro 3.0.  Those plugins still work with Final Cut Pro 6.0. You can follow this link for instructions for installing plugins for Final Cut Pro.

Boris Continuum: My next favorite set of plugins for Final Cut Pro is Boris Continuum Complete 6.  These plugins definitely will take your effects to the next level.

Some of the better plugins sites also worth looking at are:

ToolFarm: Final Cut Pro Plug-ins from Nattress
GenArts Sapphire:  GenArts is known for their high quality plugins.
Andy’s Plugins
: Looks like another set of free filters.
Red Giant Plugins
FX Factory

The Mac OS Color Palette is dynamic, and holds preferences across applications. The presets are not always visible, and it is very possible that you don't realize it is there. At the bottom of the Color Palette there is a small dot that can be drug down to expose the Preference Grid. To populate the grid you need only drag from the Color Window to the Preference Grid. These preferences will be available in most Mac applications, including the Final Cut Studio, & iLife. This is very useful when you are attempting to maintain a project color theme across multiple applications.


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