Final Cut Studio: September 2009 Archives
Another scenario: suppose you're upgrading your applications and have to upgrade several machines, say like in a school computer lab for example. It could take you literally all day and night to accomplish such a task. However, if you create disk images before your upgrade, and save them to an external hard drive, then just move the hard drive from computer to computer, you could save so much time and not have to "babysit" your upgrade or install. Not to mention having to wait on the disk drive to eject and put in the next disk, and having to wait on a slow spinning disk drive. The disk images will mount and install much quicker than actually doing it yourself.
The Edit Selection Tool is located directly below the Selection Tool in the Tool Palette and actually consists of 3 separate tools: The Edit Selection Tool, the Group Selection Tool, and the Range Selection Tool. You can use the Edit Selection Tool by pressing the G key and click and drag over the ends of a clip to select it, like lassoing the end of a clip. Suppose you have two clips making an edit on Track 1 and another 2 clips making a edit on Track 2 directly above the clips on Track 1. You want to adjust the edit points between all of the clips at once. By using the Edit Selection Tool, you can select the edit points and adjust; it will move both edit points at the same time.
Another way to use the Edit Selection Tool is if you wanted to add a bunch of transitions to stacked clips. Select the end edit point for all of the clips using the Edit Selection Tool, and press Cmd+T; this adds transitions to every clip at the same time. Cool. You can also use the tool for selecting multiple tracks for an extend edit as well.
The best scenario for setting end jumps in DVD Studio Pro, is by the use of stories in a chapter index. This way, you'll be able to set an end jump for each individual chapter of your track. Assuming you already have all of your chapters set within your track, under the Outline Tab, right-click on your Track, and go to Add > Story.
This will open up the Story Inspector Palette where you will see the End Jump pull down menu. Now you can select the Menu you want it to jump to once it comes to the end of the first chapter, for example, a chapter index menu.
Go back and add as many stories as you have chapters in your track and set your end jumps for each story accordingly. Once you have all of your End Jumps set, the last step is to link your stories to the buttons in the Chapter Index.
GeniusDV offers a 1 day DVD Studio Pro Class as part of our regular Final Cut Pro class. You don't have to sign up for the entire week of Final Cut Pro, if you're only interested in brushing up on DVD Studio Pro's skills. The class is offered usually once a month on the Friday of the Final Cut Pro class schedule. Call us for current schedule and pricing.
I ran into a situation the other day where a client needed a Windows Media file for playback in a PowerPoint presentation on a Windows machine. I edit on a Mac and I am the OS X does not come native with any type of Windows Media codec. You will need to download a plug-in for your Quicktime player that will allow you to export to this codec. The answer is Flip4Mac.
Flip4Mac is a great, free, plug-in provides Windows Media video and audio playback in the QuickTime Player for your Mac OS X. It not only allow you to playback media but it also provides you the abilty to export. It is simple to use and the only requirment you need for export in Quicktime Pro (Standard Quicktime will allow playback only). Simpy open your media in Quicktime and navigate to File>Export>Windos Media File. There are several settings to choose from so choose the one that fits your end user. Download Flip4Mac now so you will be ready when you need to export to the Windows Media Format.
Requirements for Flip4Mac:
-Intel or PowerPC G4 and G5
-Mac OS X version 10.4 or later
-QuickTime version 7.0 or later
-QuickTime Pro version 7.0 or later (for exporting movies in Player Pro, Studio, Studio Pro and Studio Pro HD)
There's a great plug-in called Toon-A-Matic from Sheffield Softworks that can give you that same "cartoon style" effect with a simple filter. It also has a caricatcure setting that allows you to distort, exaggerate, or minimize features. The plug-in is compatible with Final Cut Pro 6 & 7. Once applied, you're able to control Brightness, Line Level, Line Brightness, Line Contrast, Line Saturation, Caricature Level, and Mix to achieve a wide range of "toonish" possibilities. Just click on the Filters Tab in the Viewer window to adjust the parameters.
I also used the filter on a still image to get the same effect.
Like I always say...try it out and play with it...you might be surprised at some of the cool effects you can create!
Expose' can be a useful tool within the Mac OSX, but when working in Final Cut Pro, the Expose' key commands will override a Final Cut Pro key command, and therefore needs to be disabled. Go to your System Preferences Menu > Expose' & Spaces.
Where you see F9, F10, F11, & F12 in the pull down menus, change them all to dashes. This will now ensure your Insert, Overwrite, and Replace key commands to work rather than splitting your interface apart.
By checking and setting your System Preferences ahead of time you can save yourself a lot of headaches and time down the road!
Be sure to check out these articles for the benefits to using Expose, and actually using Expose to your advantage in Final Cut Studio.
With the introduction of Final Cut Studio 3.0, Apple no longer includes the LiveType application as part of the Final Cut Studio bundle. I'm guessing this is because many of the features in LiveType can now be accomplished using Apple Motion 4.0. Since LiveType is no longer part of the Final Cut Studio bundle, I thought I'd share a quick exercise that I would normally teach in LiveType. For you LiveType fans, don't worry, upgrading to Final Cut Studio 3.0 won't erase your old LiveType application.
Here is a quick tutorial on implementing using the 'Nitro' LiveFont to make a text object explode onto the screen one character at a time.
Before this feature, your sequence markers were fixed on your timeline, so when you deleted part of a clip and closed the gap, your markers wouldn't move with it; kind of a pain; but now with the new option, your markers will ripple when cutting or trimming in your timeline.
Another interesting feature we've noticed about the new markers is now you can move your markers in your sequence by simply Command-Clicking on them and moving them to a new position. Pretty Cool!
Once you realize you need to produce more than about 300 discs, you will want to consider Replication. This method is more effective when you're producing large quantities of discs, not to mention that by using replication, you will be guaranteed that your discs will work on any DVD player. That's because replication uses a glass master process at a special facility. Replication is the highest-quality and most reliable method for producing DVDs, plus the fact that it's really the only method of adding copy protection to your DVDs. But in most cases it's just impractical since the price per disc is so high.
Apple Loops are specially formatted AIF files which contain meta data. The data tells Soundtrack Pro facts about the file, such as instrument, tempo, key reference, genre and transient points. You can find your Apple Loops file by following this path: MacHD > Library > Audio > Apple Loops > Apple > Apple Loops for Soundtrack Pro
There are many other loops available out there whether for purchase or downloaded free from sites such as macloops.com or macidol.com just to name a few. Now, sometimes these loops that you download will open up just fine right away in Soundtrack Pro, however, most of these files will come in a zipped archive, so let's take a look at how to make these loops available in Soundtrack Pro.
If you are a user of Apple Motion, you've come to learn how important it is to have the latest and greatest graphics card. Nvidia has finally come through with the Quadro FX 4800 for Mac. It doesn't take long to Max--out the standard graphics card(s) that ship with a Mac Pro when running Apple motion.
I can also imagine a greatly improved performance if you are an After Effects user. For all you motion graphics artists out there, NVidia has finally answered your prayers!
This is the first graphics card for the Mac Pro that ships with 1.5 GB of video graphics memory. It requires one PCI Express 2.0 slot, but the card is double wide, which means it will cover over an adjacent slot unless it is installed in the PCI Express slot.
Although this card is supported with Final Cut Studio and Apple Motion, I noticed it is not listed as a pre-configured option when purchasing a Mac Pro. This means you'll have to purchase the card seperately. It also means you'll have to install the card on your own.
Make sure you're system can support this card. It requires A minimum version of Mac OS X v10.5.7 or higher. It also requires a Mac Pro with 1066MHz DDR memory or 800MHz DD2 FB-DIMM memory. The card comes standard with a 3 year warranty with email/phone support.
In your DVD Studio Pro project, click on the Outline Tab, and highlight the disc icon. You can see the Disc Inspector in the lower right portion of the interface. At the bottom of the General Tab of the Disc Inspector, you will see the box to check for DVD-Rom content. Also, check the box for the Joliet Extension Support. Click Choose, and navigate to the folder you want to include for your DVD-Rom content.
Keep in mind when adding DVD-Rom content to your DVD that you watch your file size on the disc meter. You can also use the DVD-Rom content option for adding High Definition video to a Standard Definition DVD.
In DVD Studio Pro you create Button Highlight Markers over a video track using the subtitle function. As a viewer watches the track, they are presented with a graphic (for example an Easter Egg) for a small period of time. When they see the graphic, they can hit the enter key on their DVD remote, which will take them to the secret special feature. You may want to explain what the viewer is supposed to do when the "egg" comes up, or you may want to let them figure it out. Once the special feature is over, the movie can jump back to where they left off. I'll put this in another example of a real-world situation. You are making a training video for the local fire department. During the video you have an "easter egg" (probably more like a Fire helmet) where they can press enter, which takes them to a 2 minute segment of a real flood rescue they've filmed, to show as an example of what the video is talking about at that point. After the 2 minute segment is over, the video automatically jumps to where they left off before. If they don't press enter at the time the "egg/helmet" is presented, the video just continues as normal.
Just go to the website, and download CGM Aged Film LE v2.5.7. Make sure you are putting your Plug-Ins in the right place. When installing your plug-ins, follow this path:
HD > Library > Application Support > Final Cut Pro System Support > Plugins
This way the plug-ins will be available to any user who opens Final Cut Pro on your computer. Don't forget that once you've installed the plug-ins, they're not just gonna show up in your Effects Tab right away; you'll have to restart Final Cut Pro in order for the application to recognize them.
Imagine working on-location in an edit bay that's not normally yours...your workstation back home might have sticky notes with shortcut tips on the wall or you may have a reference book sitting at your desk; but working in an unfamiliar surrounding, you're wishing you had memorized some of those quick key commands. Now you don't have to worry; you have all those shortcuts right in your pocket! Well worth the 99 cents, and I'm sure other editors will agree.
First of all, basically a marker, is a reference point that you can place within clips or sequences to identify specific frames. You can use them for so many different things, and you can export them with your finished project. Markers can be used for making comments, synchronizing multiclips, adding DVD chapters, and even making subclips. Usually, markers are placed only on a specific frame, but you can also create a marker with a longer duration.
The biggest thing to understand when using markers is the difference between Sequence Markers and Clip Markers. You add markers to a clip when you want to make note about something in the clip. You can add markers to a sequence if you want to mark specific points say for example, in the audio track, or if you want to use them to snap the playhead to a specific point when performing an edit. Another reason to add markers to sequences is so you can add compression markers and DVD chapter markers.
The difference between the two, Clip Markers and Sequence Markers, visually, in the Timeline is Clip Markers are Pink, Sequence Markers are Green. Clip Markers can be added and seen in the Viewer along with in the Timeline, whereas, Sequence Markers can be added and seen in the Canvas and/or in the Timeline. Markers can be added, deleted, and commented on at any point while you are editing.
Other types of Markers:
- Our default marker is the Note Marker. This is the marker that is created when you add a marker to a clip or a sequence.
- Chapter Markers automatically become DVD chapter markers to be used in DVD Studio Pro
- Compression Markers can be added to tell Compressor or DVD Studio Pro that it should generate an MPEG1-frame during compression. You want to add these where there is an abrupt visual change from one frame to the next within a clip, to improve MPEG compression.
- Scoring Markers are used to make visual cues to sync music to and can be exported to Soundtrack Pro
- Audio Peak Markers, when you have them activated, can show you where in your clips that the audio level should be reduced at that point.
- Long Frame Markers can be added if your clip has long frames that you might want to avoid using in your sequence.
It's important to know there is more than one way to add markers. Although, I myself, prefer to use the M key, you can also go to the Mark Menu > Markers and add them from there.
You can also add markers in the Viewer & Canvas windows by pressing the Marker button shown here
Now, when adding Chapter, Compression, and Scoring Markers, they can only be used for sequences; when exporting them to Compressor, DVD Studio Pro, or Soundtrack Pro, make sure these markers have been added to the sequence itself in the Timeline ruler and not in individual clips. In other words, only your green markers in your Timeline are going to be exported when you specified what kind they were in the Edit Marker window; none of your pink markers will be exported.
What if I added a marker, and didn't mean to? Simple, just place your playhead on the marker you want to delete, press the M key to bring up the edit window again, and click on Delete. You can do this from the Timeline, Viewer, or the Canvas. What if I want to delete all of the markers I've added to a clip or a sequence? Go to the Mark menu > Markers > Delete All.
Now with the latest version of Final Cut Pro 7, you can even color-code clip and sequence markers of your own.
You can add notes while the clip is playing and when you export your marker list, your custom names are exported also.