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Many times updating Streaming web pages can be tedious, especially now since not only do you need to include Embed and Object tags in your authored pages but you also need to include the javascript code. This means if you're using streaming web page templates you'll need to make a file name change in three different places. However, if you're using at least Dreamweaver 8 this process can be easier using the Find and Replace feature.


Here's how it works. Locate and highlight the file name you would like to replace. In this tutorial I'm updating the CarsRacing.mov file and replacing it with the TrucksRacing.mov file.


Final Cut Pro has an incredible multicamera feature. There are some critical settings that you must check in order for multicam to work correctly within Final Cut Pro. 


If you are experiencing errors or poor 3D DVE performance within your Avid Xpress or Media Composer software, it may be because you are running the wrong drivers for your graphics card.







Make sure you are running the correct Nvidia Graphics Drivers. It is a common mistake to use drivers supplied by the manufacturer.  All you need to do is uninstall your old graphic's card driver, and reinstall the correct one.  Then reboot. You should now see improved peformance when working with the 3D DVE or the Marquee Title tool.

I'm sure you've run into a situation within Final Cut Pro where you want to have a preset duration for all of your clips. It can be frustrating having to load each clip into the Viewer window and set in/out points for the required duration.


Fortunately, you can use a combination of the 'edit selection tool' and the 'extend' function to create a timeline that includes all your clips at the specified duration.

apple_automater_icon.gifApple has a little known program called Apple Automater that is bundled with OS X 10.4. It lives in the Applications folder. This program is a gem! You can use Automator to perform tedious tasks, such as image or audio processing.

You can even download additional automater actions that provide functionality to create a 'Magic DVD'. In other words, you could drag some media files onto a automater icon, and a DVD would be created automatically! Or you could create an action that exports media for the iPod. The possibilities are endless. After you've created your Automator action, you simply drag your files onto the 'Automator Robot' and everything is processed automatically.


For those who program with Apple Script, you can even create your own Automator actions that tie to your favorite programs. Fortunately, the Automater comes with a hefty set of prebuilt action for a variety of built-in programs that ship with OS X. Better yet, if you have Final Cut Studio installed, there are several pre-built actions that take advantage of SoundTrack Pro's capabilities.

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to create an Automator action to automatically convert audio files to 48 KHz.

The slug generator and the Replace Edit function can assistant you in finding a visual rhythm for a piece of music you have laid down.

1 First, you must remap the Add Edit function to a key from the Keyboard Layout Menu. Go to Tools > Keyboard Layout > Customize.

2 Type in the words add edit into the search bar located in the upper right of the window in order to locate the function.


3 Unlock the Keyboard Layout by cliking on the lock icon at the bottom left corner of the window, then drag the Add Edit icon to a key to replace a function that you use the least. In this example, I have remapped my numeral 1 key. Close the Custom keybaord Layout menu.


4 Click on the generator menu, which is located in the lower right hand corner of the Viewer Window and choose the slug option. You will then see that slug has been loaded into the Viewer.


5 After you have laid down your music to an audio track, edit in the slug as you would any other clip, then use the A tool (the selection tool), to fully extend the slug. More than likely, the music that you have selected will be much longer than the slug. You can either extend the edit points for the slug clip in the viewer or keep editing in the slug clip to increase its length.

6 Lock your audio track(s).

7 Now you can press the space bar to play your audio track and hit the 1 key (or whatever key you mapped the add edit function to) to add an edit point on the fly as you find a rhythm to your music track. This will work best if have been previously familiar with the song that you are using and have become acquainted with its rhythmic variations.

8 When you press the space bar againg to stop playback, you will see that the Add Edit points have been placed into your slug track.


9 Place the timeline idicator bar in the middle of one of the slug clips, this will work best if you temporarily deactivate the Snapping capability in the timeline by pressing the N key, then load a video clip into the Viewer Window by double clicking on it in the Browser Window. Click the Replace Edit key and you will see that the slug where the position indicator was parked over has been replaced by the clip in the Viewer.


You can do this for all of the add edits you have created within the slug track, then use the Slip Tool along with various others to capture the action in the clips you have laid down and to fine-tune your sequence.

Learn how to use the Slip Tool and perform Ripple Editing in Final Cut Pro!.

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