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Video Tutorials: September 2010 Archives

There are a couple of ways to create a speed ramp effect using Final Cut Pro.  One way is to use the 'speed tool'.  This speed tool will allow you to ramp up / down the speed of a clip without changing it's duration.

As an alternative, you may want to view this changing speed tutorial for FCP that does not use the speed tool.

Check out this short tutorial on how to do this....

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Check out this short video tutorial on how to create a spinning 3D cube using Avid FX (Boris FX) within Avid Media Composer.

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You can wrap text around a moving object by using a combination of motion paths and masks within Apple Motion.

I always recommend shooting with a tripod for for an effect like this, but if the camera is moving you'll need to track a mask to make the effect work correctly.  Check out this short video tutorial on how it's done with Apple Motion.

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You can use Avid FX (think Boris FX) in conjunction with Avid Media Composer to create stunning text effects.

Avid FX provides for a downstream mask key, which makes it incredibly easy to composite video inside a text layer.  Avid FX is also resolution independent which means you can create very large text objects that are larger than your video frame.

Check out this short Avid FX tutorial on how to do this.

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You can use QuickTime 7.0 to import an image sequence so you can bring a stop motion animation into Final Cut Pro.  This is also a great method for importing .tiff sequences from Maya into FCP.

To to this, you'll need to find QuickTime Pro 7.0 or install it from your installation DVD.  If you have a copy of Final Cut Pro installed, it will automatically upgrade your version of Quicktime to the Pro version.

QuickTime Pro allows you to import image sequences, along with the ability to export the assembled movie back to a QuickTime movie format.

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You can create some incredible light ray effects with text by using BCC filters within Avid Media Composer.  Boris Continuum ships with the retail version of Avid Media Composer.  You can also purchase the Media Composer plug-ins separately if you are upgrading from a version that didn't include the third party plugins.

Check out this short tutorial using one of the BCC plugins to create some cool looking light rays.

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Here's a great short tutorial on how to clone areas of a video image to fix a problem.

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You can create an unlimited number of 'customized' wipes using the Gradient wipe effect transition within Final Cut Pro. Check out this short video tutorial on how it's done!

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Watch this short tutorial on for creating and animated a basic light within Avid Media Composer's Marquee Title tool.

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Learn how to blur out an object or a person's face using Avid Media composer without having to generate tracking data.

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Here is a short tutorial on how to use basic compositing techniques to create a 'glass title' using Final Cut Pro and Boris - Title 3D. 

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You can downloading a free Final Cut Pro plugin to producer a counter from Too Much Too soon.

Check out this short tutorial on the steps to create your countdown or counter.

If you are not sure how to install third party plugin's for Final Cut Pro, check out this short tutorial on using the Wind Blur effect.

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Here is a great explanation about using modifier keys in Final Cut Pro

Learn the 'basics' in setting up a multi-camera edit for Final Cut Pro.  

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A quick and easy fix to remove an unwanted artifact or portion of a video image is to track and clone an object using the Avid Media Composer's paint effect.  Tracking can be a complex process, but it can also be a simple process for very practical things.  This is one quick example that uses a single tracking point.

Continue reading for a tutorial that uses screenshots for removing the guys logo on this shirt.

SoundTrack Pro has some great built in features for removing audio drop-outs or pops from individual clips.  You can send clips directly from Final Cut Pro without having to export and re-import the media.

Check out this short tutorial on how to do this.

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