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Final Cut Pro 7: June 2010 Archives



The Color Corrector 3 Way is a great way to reset your white levels on a clip that was shot with poor white balance. You will find the Color Corrector 3 Way filter in Video Filters, in the Color Correction category. After applying the filter to a clip, and loading the clip into the viewer, you will open the Color Corrector 3 Way tab. To repair a bad white balance all you need to do is click the Select Auto-balance Color button. This will turn your cursor into an eye dropper when over top of the Canvas. All you need to do now is click on a portion of the clip in the Canvas that should be a perfect white. This will rebalance the white values within the clip. This can be a very quick and easy way to make a big improvement to a clip that was shot with a bad white balance.
The Final Cut Pro Browser will allow you to sort your bins, and their contents in many ways. By default the Browser sorts by name in an ascending order. To cause the alphabetical order to be displayed in descending order, click at the top of the column, in the header. This will redisplay the order of the contents of the Browser in a reversed order.



To sort the contents based on the category of another column, all you need to do is click in the column header you want to sort by, and the contents of the Browser will be sorted by the category of that column. Same as the Name column, if you click the column header again, and you will reverse the order.

A perfect example of when you want to sort by another column category is when you are working with a producer that has come to the edit with a list of timecode of what they want to use. If you have given your clips individual names that when sorted alphabetically cause the Media Start column to be out of order, then you will need to sort the contents of the Browser based on the starting timecode, by clicking the Media Start column header. 

CrumplePop recently released Metal, a new titling tool to help you create awesome metallic titling effects in Final Cut Pro.  Metal is great for busy editors who want to save time, but still get high-quality metallic titles into their project just by typing text and rendering.  It works right on the Final Cut Pro timeline, without having to go into other titling applications.

metal.pngCrumplePop's Metal titles have that steely, diamond plate look, to give your project that mean, blockbuster look to them.  Text that looks like it was chiseled from heavy guage metal plate.  You can also use Metal with logos to give it that "dipped in steel" feel.  With Metal, you have four different choices such as, Steel, Copper, Chrome-plated steel, and Steel Diamond plate.  Also included is built-in transitions that allow you to explode the titles into and out of the frame, and keyframeable lens flares.  It even comes with "whoosh" sounds to accompany your titles.  Check out the demo at CrumplePop's website and give it a try!

There are times when you want to unlink two channels of stereo audio. The most common reason is that there were two different inputs at the time of recording, and that the audio was accidentally ingested as a Stereo Pair. Once a Stereo Pair of audio is in the timeline it appears as if the tracks are linked, because they are acting as one. Linking is actually the term when video is paired with audio. When two audio tracks are acting as one, this is called a Stereo Pair.

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When video editing in Final Cut Pro, it is the audio that drives the pace of the project. In many cases it is easier to see the audio, than to listen to it. In the Viewer we can go to the audio tab (either stereo or mono), and see the waveform. This will for example let us set an in point right before the audio picks up.

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If you need to see the audio waveform in the timeline, you can turn this on in one of three ways. The first, and most effective is the keyboard command. OPTION>COMMAND>W will toggle the audio waveforms on and off in the timeline. There is also a popup menu located in the lower left of the Timeline, that you can choose to Show Audio Waveforms. Last of all you can go into the User Preferences, and make the change in the Timeline Options tab. If you want the Audio Waveforms to always be on when you start a new sequence, you will want to check the Show Audio Waveforms box under Timeline Options in the Final Cut Pro User Preferences.

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Final Cut Pro by default has each filter set up to apply with specific predetermined attributes. You can change these attributes, so when the filter is applied, it already has the desired attributes. 

To change a filters default attributes, it is very simple. First find the filter you desire in the Effects tab in the Browser, and then either hit return, or double click it to load it into the Viewer. Once in the Viewer from the Effects tab, you can make changes to the filter that will be remembered by Final Cut the next time the Filter is used.

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Another option is to create a favorite of a filter with specific attributes, but if you have a particular way you like to use a filter, changing the default is certainly a great option.  You can use this same workflow to change the defaults on transitions, and video generators as well.


quicktime_icon.pngThere are two ways to export a Quicktime movie from Final Cut Pro, as a self-contained movie or as a reference file.

A reference movie is a smaller file that contains references to the captured media but does not contain the actual video media itself. The advantages of exporting a QuickTime movie without self-contained media are:

  • The export time of a reference movie is almost instantaneous.
  • The footprint of the QT movie will be very small, because it will reference the original video media files already on your local system.
  • The only export time required is for the associated audio content. A Quicktime reference movie will still collect all the audio content, but will reference all the video content.
*Caution: If you were to send this reference file to someone, in order for them to play it back, you would also have had to send all of the original movie files along with it.

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A self-contained movie contains both the video and audio media within the single clip and is required if you plan on playing back your Quicktime movie on a different computer.

Exporting A Self Contained Quicktime Movie
1 With a sequence loaded into the timeline go to File > Export > QuickTime Movie.
2 Choose a location to save the file.
3 Choose to include Audio only, Video only or Audio and Video, then click Save. See how to export a 16X9 QuickTime Movie From Final Cut Pro.

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Creating crawling text in Final Cut Pro is very easy.  I recommend using the Boris - Title Crawl over the 'legacy' title-crawl within the Final Cut Pro generators menu.

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The viewer window will go blank after you select 'title crawl'.  Click on the Controls tab to adjust the parameters of the title.  Then change the animation style to either 'crawl' or 'roll'.

I also recommend turning on the 1:2:1 Deflicker option which will smooth out the playback motion during the crawl.

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Type your text within the Boris text box and press the apply button when are you done.

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That's it!  You now have crawling text within the Viewer window.  You can then take your crawling title to the next level by watching this short Final Cut Pro video tutorial.

In Final Cut Pro when you finish with a project, and you desire to be able to go back to it in the future, but don’t want to store all of the media associated with the project, what do you do? The answer is the Final Cut Pro Media Manager.

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Upon completion of your project, you simply highlight the sequence, or sequences you wish to back up. After highlighting you will right click and select Media Manager. When the Media Manager window comes up, you will have a few decisions to make. In most cases when backing up a project, you will choose to Copy the media, which will create clips that represent all the media used in the selected Sequences. What is nice about the Media Manager is that if there are multiple  references of almost the same clip in the timeline, or different sequences, the Media Manager will only make one clip that contains all the necessary media. For example if you have a 5 second clip in the timeline, and in another sequence you have another 5 second clip that uses the last three seconds of the first clip, the Media Manager will create one 7 second clip that both clips will reference.  Another decision you will have to make is whether or not to include handles on the Media Managed clips. It is probably a good idea to give your clips a little handle. There will certainly be more flexibility in the future, if you include handles when you Media Manage. At the top of the Media Manager you will see two green meters. The top one represents the total size of the source clips that the clips to be Media Managed come from. The lower green meter represents how much space will be used once the media is Media Managed.  

In the project section there is a "Duplicate selected items and place into a new project" checkbox.  By checking this box, Final Cut will create a new project, that will include the sequences that were Media Managed, as well as a Media folder with all the Media Managed clips. By default Final Cut will create a Project Folder and place both the Project file and Media folder within it. If you choose not to check the box, you will need to relink your sequences to the new media.

The last step is to set the destination of the Managed Media. After choosing a Media Destination, you will click OK, and then name the Media Managed project if you checked the box in the Project section.             
Back on my plug-ins kick this week.  SupaWipe produces some extraordinary object transitions for Final Cut Pro without having to use keyframes.  These fresh new wipes can give your productions a little more zip.  Effects that would normally take time keying and working in many layers are now in a neat little package.  As well as the wipe, two object images can be on screen at once.  Both can have their own independent controls such as scale, rotation, etc which can give the editor a diverse artistic capability.




lucas_plugins_icon.pngToday's free plug-ins for Final Cut Pro comes from Luca's Plugins.  Luca's Plugins comes with filters, generators and transitions, including Vignette Combo, Image Adjust, Old TV Mask, Flicker Wipe, Intermittent Flash transition, and more.  This free bundle of plugins can be routinely used and has line and frame generators, sophisticated video effects, image and color temperature adjustment tools, and new stylized transitions.

lucas_plugins_parameters.pngNote that after downloading the bundle, you will have to move the folder from your Downloads to your Application Support, following this path:

HD > Library > Application Support > Final Cut Pro System Support > PlugIns

and then make sure to restart Final Cut Pro.  By not following this path, you might not be able to see the transitions in the Effects Tab, nor will any other users on your computer be able to use them.  You can refer to this article regarding where to install Final Cut Pro plug-ins.  Check out Luca's website to get a detailed description of each plug-in as well as video samples of each.



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