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Final Cut Pro 7: February 2010 Archives

ikeys_icon.pngOk, so we all love our Final Cut Pro keyboard shortcuts, but is there really anyone who can remember all 840 of them?  No worries, there's a new iPhone application out there called iKeys To Go.  iKeys To Go is a great personal shortcut assistant that puts the complete list of Final Cut Pro 7 commands into the palm of your hand!  You can search for a specific command to find its shortcut or you can sort them by command, groups, or menus.  For example, let's say you go to Menus, then to the Edit Menu, pick a command, such as Remove Attributes.  It will give you the command, the shortcut, and the definition.  It will also allow you to create a Favorites List, so while you're editing, you can have your iPhone or iPod Touch right next to you and it will help you speed up your edit session because it will make you remember your shortcuts; the more shortcuts you know, the more efficient editor you become.
ikeys_screen.pngiKeys To Go is not only great for beginners, but even advanced editors because I'll bet there's shortcut keys you didn't even know that exist!  Because it has all the commands in one place, it's a really great way to learn the commands and functions of Final Cut Pro without having to scan thru manual pages or help screens.  You'll find your knowledge of Final Cut Pro grow by leaps and bounds.  Available from the App Store for only $2.99, how could you not buy it!  iKeys To Go also currently has shortcut applications for Photoshop, iPhoto, & Word, and is planning to come out with shortcut apps for Motion, After Effects, & Aperature soon.

Remember, if you really want to become an efficient editor, GeniusDV has a terrific 5-day Final Cut Pro class that can help beginners to professionals, so check out our schedule and call today to reserve your spot!

P2flow_icon.pngThis week's featured plug-in for Final Cut Pro helps to integrate seamlessly the editing of all P2 metadata.  P2 Flow works also for Compressor and other applications through a unique set of workflow features.  It takes advantage of the native MXF Import QT that allows to access the native P2 MXF media without the need to convert the files.

P2flow_preferences.pngChanges are saved in the original P2 XML and fully comply with the P2 metadata specifications from Panasonic.  All P2 metadata is available in your Final Cut Pro project including User Clip Name and even Memo List items.  P2 Flow allows a choice between a native MXF and Final Cut Pro's standard Log and Transfer workflow.

You can demo this great plug-in from P2 Flow's website and try out this metadata editor, player, and logging application for the Panasonic P2 format.

Here's a great Final Cut Pro video tutorial on how to hand-track a blur filter to cover up a person's face or object.

The particular effect is designed for a quick work-around for those who need to track a person's face, or perhaps a license plate of a car.  It's down and dirty, but yet does the job.  For automatic motion tracking, you can certainly use Apple Motion.  However, I think you'd find it's probably easier to create the effect manually within Final Cut Pro.

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Here's a great Final Cut Pro tutorial on using the Boris Title Crawl feature to create a giant crawling title that has a see through effect.

If you want to quickly create crawling text in your video, rather than using LiveType, you can use the Title Crawl function right within Final Cut Pro.  The Title Crawl feature generates a single line of text that moves horizontally across the screen, kind of like a ticker tape display.  You can adjust the spacing of the text and the location of the text as it crawls across the screen.

We find the Title Crawl feature within the Text Generators menu under Boris.  Drag the Boris Title Crawl generator into the Timeline and set your duration.  Double click the generator on the Timeline to load it into the Viewer.  You can then click on the Controls Tab in the Viewer window to see the different parameters you can use to control your text.

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Here's a video tutorial on how to create a motion effect in Final Cut Pro that bounces back and forth at a particular point in time.
In Final Cut Pro we have video generators, text objects, and other Production elements that we can manipulate. Often these elements take a while to get to the point we use them. We then may have to do it all over again in the next project, or we open 3 projects to get the different elements we need for our current project.

project_elements.gifAnother option is to create a master Production Elements project, and keep it open all the time. This way you won't have to be constantly recreating the different elements for your projects. Anytime you need one of these production elements you simply select the Production Elements project tab and bring it into your project. Many of these elements may need a little adjustment. For example a text element may need different text, but the color, shadow, size, and font are all set.

You can also add a folder in the Finder, and keep frequently used files, like your studio logo, or your clients logos, in the Production Elements project. They will simply be pointing at the folder.
fxfactory_icon.gifNoise Industries has done it again!  One of my all-time favorite Final Cut Pro plug-ins companies has just released a new version of their ever-popular FxFactory, and now included is the PulpFx Abstract plug-in from Aquafadas.

Aquafadas creates cool slideshows based on a picture folder.  You too can now create amazing slideshows with PulpFx Abstract, a new set of generators that lets you easily animate stills.  From the atmospheric "Black Reflections" to funky "Light Slice", you'll love the perfect abstract look for your animated slideshows with intuitive parameters for a fast track to extra pizazz.

pulpfx_abstract3.gifJust go to Noise Industries' website and download your free demo to try it out.  And don't forget to check out our Final Cut Pro 5-day class schedule and call us today to reserve your spot in our next class.

There are many different ways to trim a clip in Final Cut Pro. Certainly one of the most popular is to leave the playhead in one position and drag to trim the clip to the playhead. When we do this we see the image changing in the Canvas as well as the new timecode value. Another popular way to trim is to simply enter a new duration value, and we can accomplish this by right clicking on a clip in the Timeline, and choosing to adjust the duration value .
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