Final Cut Pro: April 2011 Archives
GeniusDV was on hand last night when Apple showed 1700 Final Cut Pro users the newest version of the software. Final Cut Pro 10 is the official name. The changes were so significant that they skipped versions 8, and 9. The new interface looks more like what we have come to expect in iMovie. My 2008 prediction of iMovie Pro does not seem that far off.
In a demonstration of the new 64 bit software, we saw the "Magnetic Timeline", which will move clips into a new track vs having a clip collision. The existence of tracks is actually gone, as tracks will now just create themselves as needed. The Timeline in general is extremely interactive with impressive new capabilities like compound clips. Being organized is obviously one of the priorities for the new Final Cut Pro. Keywording will give users the ability to keep clips sorted by many different variables, and even easily tag portions of a clip with keywords. There is a new function called Auditioning that allows you to prepare multiple options for a review. There were some recognizable functions from the current version of Final Cut Studio that have become part of the new Final Cut Pro. The way we are currently able to apply fades to clips in SoundTrack Pro is part of the new Final Cut Pro. We also now have dynamic guides like we do in Motion and DVD Studio Pro. On the topic of the other applications of the current version of Final Cut Studio, we didn't really get a whole lot of information. Oh, and I almost forgot, the new Final Cut Pro has a color matching ability that is as close to a magic button to anything I have seen.
We will keep reporting anything we learn about the new software between now, and it's June release. The answer to the number one question you most likely have at this point is, $299. As a fan of analogies, the best one I have for what happened last night would be in relationship to what happened to the Star Trek franchise in the last movie. When the planet Vulcan exploded it changed the entire timeline of the entire series. This new version of Final Cut Pro is basically hitting the reset button. Here we go!
You can use Apple Motion to create amazing text effects. Here's an example of how to create a fogwriting effect. If you are a previous owner of Final Cut Studio 2.0, you can also check out this LiveType Tutorial for the fogwriter effect.
This tutorial has been updated in HD, along with a new script and better instructions for completing the tutorial.
Continue reading for a full transcript of this Motion tutorial.