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Final Cut Pro Common Search Queries / Answers February 17th 2004

convert ntsc to pal with final cut pro
How do you convert an NSTC sequence to a PAL sequence?
It is fairly easy to do. Just control click on your sequence within the Final Cut Pro Browser window, and select sequence settings. Then change the pixel aspect ratio and compressor settings to DV-PAL. You will then need to render your entire sequence.

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How do you insert a solid black clip into a Final Cut Pro sequence?
Go to the Generators menu. It is located in the lower right corner of the Final Cut Pro viewer menu. It looks like the letter (A). Select (Matte-Color). Next, click on the controls tab within the viewer window. You will see a color box where you can select any solid color you choose. Then click on the video tab and edit your clip to your sequence.

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What is the best way to make text crawl across the screen using Final Cut Pro?
Try using the Boris 3D - title crawl feature. To do this, click within the Generators menu (in the bottom right corner of the viewer window) and select (Title Crawl). Within the title tool type the text that you want to crawl across the screen. After you are done, click on the apply button. Here is the tricky part.... a portion of the text will then appear within the Viewer window. You need to click on the controls tab and navigate to the (animation style menu) and select crawl. Then you can edit your text to the timeline. It should then crawl across the screen. Remember, the speed of the crawl is always going to be determined by the distance of your in and out points within the timeline.

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How do I delete a track in Final Cut Pro?
To delete a track within Final Cut Pro, simply control click on any track and select (delete track).

final cut sync adjust
What is the final cut pro sync adjust feature?
This feature is only longer present in Final Cut Pro 4.0. If you have Final Cut Pro 2.0 or 3.0 I reccomend leaving this feature off, with one exception. The Canon XL 1000 camera was one of the few cameras to shoot with unlocked audio. This means the audio and video data elements are timed to two seperate clocks. Although these clocks are very precise, they can be slightly off by as little as 1/1000th of a second. QuickTime does not support unlocked audio, which means it is using a single timing clock for both video and audio elements. This means that if you are using a camera with unlocked video and audio elements... that they will drift out of sync when played within a QuickTime movie. On short clips (under 1 minute) this won't be noticable. With longer clips, you may notice the audio and video to drift out of sync. This is the function of the sync adjust feature within Final Cut Pro. It periodically checks for any discrempencies between audio and video sync, and will adjust the clip on the timeline accordingly. Bottom line... unless you know that you are using DV source material with unlocked audio, you should leave this function off. It is a waste of resource power.

how to sepia effect with final cut pro
How do you create a sepia effect with Final Cut Pro?
This question is really simple. Navigate to the effects tab within your Browser window. Then find the Image Control category. Within the image control category find the sepia effect icon and drag it onto a clip within your sequence. Next, seriously consider taking a Final Cut Pro training class.

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How do you burn a timecode window within a Final Cut Pro sequence?
Navigate to the effects tab within the Final Cut Pro browser window. Look within the video category and you will find the timecode print filter. Drop the timecode print filter onto a clip within your sequence. This will add the timecode generator to a specific clip. To add the timecode filter to an entire sequence, you will need to nest your sequence first. Once your sequence is nested, you can then apply the filter to the entire sequence. Now, here is the trick part. If you want to change the value of the numbers from a generator to a reader (or change the position or color of the numbers) you will need to change the filter parameters. To do this, highlight your nested clip, and press the return key. This will load the nested clip back into the viewer window. Then click on the filters tab to adjust the timecode print filter parameters.

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