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Final Cut Pro 7: December 2010 Archives

Learn how to use the compositing mode 'Travel Matte Alpha' within Final Cut Pro to create some cool effects.  You'll also learn the fundamentals of nesting.  Check out this Final Cut Pro tutorial on how to place video inside a giant crawling text element.

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The new version of Final Cut Pro has some really cool new Alpha Transitions that use animated mattes to move from one clip to the next.  But you first actually have to go to the Apple website to download the new alpha transitions, which are free.  Once you have the Alpha Transitions installed on your computer, the possibilities are outstanding.

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Continue reading for a full text based based on for creating this effect.

A great addition to your Final Cut Pro workflow is to start using a keyboard shortcut to move from one tab to another. I recently added this to my workflow, and can't believe how often I use it. Becoming efficient at Final Cut Pro is all about little time savers like this one.

Being able to move from the Video tab to the Audio in the Viewer, has become very useful. The ability to move from sequence to sequence in the Timeline is also very useful. The functions are called, Select Previous Tab, & Select Next Tab. The default keyboard commands are shift+command, and one of the bracket keys. I have found this to be useful enough to map to the unmodified keyboard. Since the bracket keys, and the comma and period keys are both mapped to the trim function, I remapped the comma, & period to become the Select Previous & Next Tab functions. When combined with the Toggle Windows (Q) function, you are quickly able to isolate the tab that you need to be working in.
Embedding chapter markers into Quicktime movies with Final Cut Pro is both easy, & useful. I discovered a new use recently when preparing interview media for review. By embedding chapter markers at the beginning of each talking point, I made it easier for my producer to review the interview footage. I also added a Timecode Generator filter to make it easy to get specific timecode. In general it is nice to add chapter markers to Quicktime movies, so that they are more navigable. Chapter markers will appear on mobile devices like iPhones and iPads too. This allows you to group a number of videos into one Final Cut Pro export, and give the viewer the ability to bounce from one to the other. 

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To embed chapter markers in Final Cut Pro, you must first set a marker by moving the playhead to the point in the video where you desire a chapter to be, and Pressing the M key. While still in the position of the marker, you will press the M key again. This will bring up the Edit Marker interface, where you will select Add Chapter Marker to give that particular marker the function of being a chapter marker. One important thing to know is that markers in Final Cut cannot be in the 1st second, last second, or within a second of another marker.  

Upon export you will have to include chapter markers under the Markers option in the export interface. You could also include DVD Studio Pro markers, which would also include Compression Markers. 

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