Final Cut Studio: January 2010 Archives
Lock & Load also features advanced tracking techniques which allow transitions to be added without having to re-analyze. It also features intelligent adaptive zoom, so it will automatically compensate for differing levels of movement and zoom in to remove edges.
Once downloaded, Lock & Load can be found under the Effects Tab in your Browser window.
You can trial the plug-in and see for yourself. But in comparison to smoothcam, Lock & Load is much faster, and well worth the money spent!
The iPad will be a great portable Quicktime player, so you can show your Final Cut Studio projects in the field without having to carry a laptop, or settle for the size of an iPod screen.
My favorite part about the new iPad? The iBook application. I no longer have to lug around my favorite novels with me, or worry about forgetting to bring them even. You can now purchase your books from the iBookstore and they display right on your bookshelf; all stored in one place. Just tap the book you want to read and start. Flipping the pages of the book is as natural as if it were a real book. Kindle will become a thing of the past!
The iPad is so light and thin, measuring 9.7 inches, 1/2 inch thin, and only 1 1/2 pounds, and so comfortable and natural to hold. 10 hours battery life, and built-in Wi-Fi, or a 3G model will also be available in case you're somewhere where there's no Wi-Fi network. And the iPad comes with the choice of 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of flash storage, so you have lots of space for your photos, movies, music, apps, and more.
The new Apple iPad will start shipping in April, and prices start at only $499. I can't wait to get mine!
Step by step is after the jump...
After creating a text object it is always a good idea to immediately bring it into the Timeline, and then load it into the Viewer. This way if you load something else into the Viewer, you won't lose the existence of your text object. The other benefit to this workflow is that if you are parked over the text object in the Timeline, you will be able to see the image in the Canvas as you make changes to it in the Viewer. If you have any question whether what is in the Viewer is source material or from the timeline, one easy way to know is to look at the Scrubber Bar. If there are what look like film sprocket marks in the Scrubber Bar then it has been loaded from the Timeline, but if the Scrubber bar is clean it is Source material.
The easiest way to create your Jacket Picture, is in Photoshop first. Start by creating a new document in Photoshop and choose the video preset NTSC DVD 720x480 from the drop down menu. More step by step after the jump...
When you are about to click on an F key, hold down a modifier key first, then click the modified F key to reassign the keyboard shortcut to the new modified keyboard shortcut.
Take both of those buttons and drag them down into your Button Bar above the Timeline.
These two new shortcuts are really useful when you need to zoom to a particular section of your Timeline. The cool thing is, if I wanted to zoom in on a clip in the Timeline, and I click on this button that says Zoom In On Playhead in Timeline, it keeps the playhead centered, so as you're zooming, notice how the playhead stays centered in the Timeline. This feature helps the problem that when you have a clip selected and you normally zoom in, it actually zooms to the thing that's selected, which can be really annoying. But with these buttons, it doesn't matter what is selected, it still zooms on the playhead.
Most Final Cut Pro editors know the power of nesting multiple clips into a single sequence, but they often overlook the benefits of nesting a single clip into itself.
By making a nest of a single clip, you wrap up any changes that you've made to that clip, and the nested clip behaves like a brand new, unmodified piece of media. For example, imagine you have a shot whose horizon is a little crooked. If you increase the scale of the clip and rotate it, you will be able to use it.
The issue is that now, the clip's attribute values will be different than most other clips. If you were to paste attributes from one clip to a set of other clips including the clip that has been enlarged and rotated, it would effect the enlarged and straightened clip differently. It would not be easy to figure out the exact attribute values to make all of these clips look the same. If you nested the clip after making the changes, the nest would act like a clip, and would have reset attribute values. It will act like a sequence/nest, so you will want to remember to use the return key to load it into the Viewer, because double clicking will open the sequence.
Since motion graphics are generally made up of elements like still images, text, and effects systems, none of which necessarily fills a frame perfectly, you can reframe your motion graphics projects on the fly. This is most commonly useful when you need to produce wide-format HD and 4:3 SD versions of similar assets.
Read on for a step-by-step example...
Sometimes you can fix the problem by Verifying Disc Permissions and Repairing Disc Permissions, but if that doesn't help, try this handy little app. Because Compressor relies a lot upon Qmaster, Compressor is unable to submit batches if Qmaster fails to launch. But with Compressor Repair, it checks for problems that could be preventing Qmaster from operating correctly. It checks for missing files, incorrect permissions, invalid hostname, and attempts to manually start the Qmaster process. More about Compressor Repair after the jump...
Here's what the Standard window arrangement looks like...after the jump you can see another alternative...
It's basically a particle generator that can make for some amazing effects and motion graphic elements. If you're like me, and not quite the Motion graphics wizard yet, creating particle systems can be difficult. But Particle Metrix takes all the guesswork out of creating those particle motion effects. Keep reading to learn more about the Particle Metrix plug-ins...
To download the free plug-in, go to Perian's website, note the system requirements and follow the instructions for installation.
For an example of how this conversion tool works, I'll use a .flv file. Once you have the tool installed, simply right-click on the .flv file you want to play in QuickTime, and choose Open With > Perian-Open in QT Player
It's that easy! For most users Perian Conversion Tool is the easiest way to get some of these types of files to play in QuickTime Player. For professional editors who already have the means to play and convert these files, ie: Adobe Media Player, Perian makes it even easier, not to mention more preferable.
The Patch Panel has two sides: the left side, labeled with a lowercase letter, v for video, a for audio, representing the clip in the Viewer. The right side, labeled with an uppercase letter V or A, representing the tracks in the Timeline. The left side of the Patch Panel looks at the clip in the Viewer and only displays the tracks that are there. If there is no audio with a video clip, there won't be an audio patch on the left. Think of the Patch Panel as showing the source of the clip on the left and the destination of the clip on the right. Keep reading for some examples...
Most of the actions that you take in Final Cut involve applying some kind of change to some specific target region or piece of media. Final Cut tries to save you time: if you don't explicitly pick the target for your action by clicking to select it, Final Cut will try to guess what you want to change. The Auto Selects help Final Cut guess better by giving it hints about what video or audio tracks you're interested in working with.
The default keyboard shortcut to manage the Auto Select is CMD + track number. For example, CMD + 2 toggles the Auto Select for V2, and to toggle the Audio use OPT instead of CMD. But remember, this only works when using the numeric keypad and not the numbers above the QWERTY portion of the keyboard.
It's important to note that you're toggling the correct Auto Select buttons on or off before adding a favorite effect that has been mapped to a shortcut key. The default setting is for all the Auto Select icons to be turned on.
If you're only working with one video track, you can basically forget about Auto Select; however, if you're using functions such as Matchframe, Revealing Master Clip, or Mark clip, between several tracks, using the Auto Select buttons do become helpful. The number one instance for using the Auto Select Function is when you copy and paste to different tracks.
You will find this information by following this path: HD >Library >Application Support> ProApps >Final Cut Studio System ID
Then basically just delete the file or move it to the trash. Anytime someone tries to open up the application, it will prompt the user to input a new serial number.
You might ask, "Why not just uninstall the applications?" For one, it could take some time. Also, it might be a situation where the person you are giving your old Mac to already has a license. Why make them go through the 4 hour install process when all they need is their serial number.
It's also important to note that when upgrading Final Cut Studio, you won't need the original serial number, just the number for the upgrade. But you will need the original serial number if you've entered a new system ID.
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