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Working with layered Photoshop files


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Final Cut Pro X Essential Training

with Ashley Kennedy

Video: Working with layered Photoshop files

If you have worked in Photoshop before then you know that its design structure is based on a layer model, whereby each element can contain its own layer. You can use that to your benefit in Final Cut because you can bring in each layer separately and affect them in different ways. Let's take a look. So I'm going into 9.13, and I just have a shot here acting as a background. And let's get the titles that we are going to be using, I am going to go into the graphics keyword collection, and I have two titles here.
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  1. 6m 16s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
    2. Using the exercise files
      5m 16s
  2. 23m 30s
    1. Understanding the world of nonlinear editing
      5m 2s
    2. Understanding how FCP X works: A new take on story creation
      1m 48s
    3. Taking a tour of the FCP X interface
      8m 59s
    4. Accessing additional tools
      6m 23s
    5. Getting to know the projects for this course
      1m 18s
  3. 24m 41s
    1. Creating and organizing events from scratch
      5m 20s
    2. Organizing footage with keywords and ratings
      8m 19s
    3. Performing searches and creating Smart Collections
      4m 59s
    4. Displaying event data
      6m 3s
  4. 42m 11s
    1. Playing and marking clips in preparation for editing
      7m 16s
    2. Understanding different types of editing tools
      6m 20s
    3. Making the first edits: Using Insert and Append edits
      7m 31s
    4. Changing shots: Using Overwrite and Replace edits
      5m 54s
    5. Performing video- and audio-only edits
      3m 45s
    6. Moving clips within the primary storyline: Swapping shots and creating gaps
      3m 28s
    7. Removing material from the primary storyline
      3m 44s
    8. Understanding timeline navigation: Snapping, skimming, zooming, and panning
      4m 13s
  5. 23m 58s
    1. Trimming clips: Using the Ripple tool
      9m 9s
    2. Manipulating transitions: Using the Roll tool
      5m 36s
    3. Changing clip content and position: Performing Slip and Slide edits
      5m 40s
    4. Using the Precision Editor for fine trimming control
      3m 33s
  6. 14m 2s
    1. Connecting clips to the primary storyline
      7m 0s
    2. Understanding the features and limitations of Connected Clips
      3m 40s
    3. Working with secondary storylines
      3m 22s
  7. 31m 23s
    1. Adjusting the audio level and channel configuration via the Inspector
      8m 47s
    2. Keyframing audio in the timeline
      4m 57s
    3. Repairing audio problems automatically
      5m 25s
    4. Adjusting audio EQ
      4m 46s
    5. Recording audio
      4m 4s
    6. Syncing audio from multiple sources
      3m 24s
  8. 25m 6s
    1. Nesting and breaking apart clips
      4m 1s
    2. Performing quick extractions using Top and Tail edits
      6m 16s
    3. Auditioning clips to try multiple editing options
      4m 9s
    4. Working with markers
      4m 57s
    5. Customizing the keyboard and workspace
      5m 43s
  9. 14m 28s
    1. Syncing your multicam group clips
      6m 47s
    2. Performing a multicam edit
      3m 53s
    3. Refining the multicam edit
      3m 48s
  10. 1h 26m
    1. Working with basic motion effects: Transform, Crop, and Distort
      10m 32s
    2. Using motion effects with still photos and graphics
      6m 25s
    3. Adding and adjusting transition effects
      7m 46s
    4. Adding and adjusting video effects
      6m 26s
    5. Adding and adjusting audio effects
      4m 30s
    6. Keyframing video and audio effects over time
      6m 18s
    7. Copying and pasting effect properties
      4m 15s
    8. Creating and adjusting titles
      7m 18s
    9. Working with generator effects
      6m 46s
    10. Adding animated themes
      4m 7s
    11. Creating freeze frames
      3m 51s
    12. Using speed effects to retime clips
      8m 2s
    13. Working with layered Photoshop files
      6m 19s
    14. Understanding rendering options and preferences
      4m 4s
  11. 36m 15s
    1. Analyzing footage for problems
      3m 49s
    2. Following a proper color correction workflow
      10m 29s
    3. Apply multiple color corrections to clips
      3m 41s
    4. Using color correction templates
      3m 11s
    5. Using automatic color correction tools
      6m 15s
    6. Performing secondary color correction with color masks
      4m 30s
    7. Performing color correction adjustments using shape masks
      4m 20s
  12. 18m 54s
    1. Taking a closer look at the import and analysis options
      5m 56s
    2. Importing from cards and file-based cameras
      4m 14s
    3. Importing iMovie projects and events
      1m 58s
    4. Capturing from tape
      3m 18s
    5. Making a tape archive
      3m 28s
  13. 16m 13s
    1. Managing events between different drives and destinations
      6m 13s
    2. Managing render files
      2m 56s
    3. Collaborating and archiving
      7m 4s
  14. 34m 38s
    1. Sharing projects using presets
      7m 41s
    2. Exporting a hi-res QuickTime movie
      3m 46s
    3. Using Compressor to export with custom settings
      7m 54s
    4. Exporting a still image
      1m 22s
    5. Exporting to DVD or Blu-ray with chapter markers
      5m 33s
    6. Exporting stems out of the timeline using roles
      8m 22s
  15. 14m 1s
    1. Solving offline media problems
      10m 29s
    2. Troubleshooting data and settings corruption problems
      3m 32s
  16. 3m 28s
    1. Next steps
      3m 28s

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Final Cut Pro X Essential Training
6h 55m Beginner Mar 14, 2013

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Learn how to build and refine your story with the redesigned editing toolset in Final Cut Pro X. In this course, author Ashley Kennedy focuses on getting you comfortable with each aspect of the editing process in Final Cut—from preparation and organization, to editing and refining, to audio and effects, to media management and exporting. Each stage of the postproduction workflow is explained thoroughly and concisely, and uses real-world examples from both narrative and documentary workflows.

This lynda.com course and its exercise files are not compatible with Final Cut Pro X v10.1 or later. If you are running Final Cut Pro X v. 10.0.8 or 10.0.9, please do not upgrade your software to v10.1 if you would like to use these exercise files. For more information, please see the FAQs tab.

Topics include:
  • Understanding nonlinear editing
  • Creating and organizing events
  • Organizing footage with keywords and ratings
  • Playing and marking clips
  • Performing Insert, Append, Overwrite, and Replace edits
  • Moving and removing clips
  • Trimming in the timeline: performing ripple, roll, slip and slide edits
  • Working with connected clips and multiple storylines
  • Adjusting audio levels, EQ, and more
  • Performing a multicam edit
  • Adding and animating video and audio effects
  • Working with motion effects, speed effects, titles, themes, and generators
  • Performing primary and secondary color correction
  • Importing and analyzing footage from multiple platforms
  • Managing media and project data
  • Sharing and exporting projects
Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Software:
Final Cut Pro
Author:
Ashley Kennedy

Working with layered Photoshop files

If you have worked in Photoshop before then you know that its design structure is based on a layer model, whereby each element can contain its own layer. You can use that to your benefit in Final Cut because you can bring in each layer separately and affect them in different ways. Let's take a look. So I'm going into 9.13, and I just have a shot here acting as a background. And let's get the titles that we are going to be using, I am going to go into the graphics keyword collection, and I have two titles here.

This title has an alpha channel which means that its background is transparent, and it's going to allow me to see below to the background here. This title does not have an alpha channel, it just has a white background, so it's not automatically going to let me see to the video beneath. So we are going to take a look at how to work with both of these types of titles. Let's first start with one of the alpha channel. Okay, I'll go ahead and mark an in and an out and connect to storyline queue.

So basically you can see that I can see below to the video layer underneath, but the cool part is if I double-click here, you can see that I have access to each one of these layers. Now there is lots of possibilities of what I can do. Let me just Shift+Z to fit everything in here. For example, maybe we want the layers to come on separately and so we can just ripple trim, no problem at all. Let me undo that because I want to show you one way that you can view this with the video underneath. I am going to click on this arrow right here to go back to the main storyline.

And this time instead of double-clicking to see inside of this title, I'm going to just select it and then go up to clip and break apart clip items. So here are our three layers and again we can ripple trim so that they each come on separately, and I can animate these separately, I can add different effects to each one of these, I can have each of the letters fly into view, there is all sorts of things I can do. So I am just going to perform a very simple animation, and you can use that as a metaphor for all of the different things that you can do.

So let's go ahead and click on Farm, and I will open up the Inspector, Cmd+4. And I'm going to enable the Transform properties, because I just want to scale it up. At the very beginning I am going to mark a keyframe on scale and then by the time it gets here I want another keyframe. And then you can use these little arrows to go from keyframe to keyframe, so I'm going to click on his arrow and bring my Scale down to zero.

So, we should be able to see this word grow now, and notice that it didn't do it to "to" or to Table, but let's copy, Cmd+C so I'll just select this and press Cmd+C, we'll copy some attributes to these real quick. So I will just select both of those and then go up to Edit > Paste Attributes and all we want to do is paste scaling, and now we should have "Farm to Table" and let me just say done so that we can get a better view here.

I'll close the Inspector, and if I wanted to add some transitions to soften it out, I could. I will just select all of these and press Cmd+T, and now we just have our basic dissolves on the beginnings and ends of each of these clips. Let's go ahead and just play it one more time. (video playing) So very soft, very nice, very basic, and I'm sure that you can do something much more complex once you start playing around with it. But the sky is the limit when you have these various layers to work with.

Now I do want to draw your attention to just one thing that you might think is pretty neat. Let me come back up and edit this in once again, so I'll go ahead and just drag this down, and this time I am not going break apart the clip items, but instead I'm just going to park on what is essentially a compound clip. So I'm going to open up the Inspector, Cmd+4, and then I am going to come down to Compositing. And notice that I have Blend mode, and this should be familiar to you if you use a lot of Photoshop as well.

So there is a lot of things that you can use in here, but if you come down to Stencil Alpha then you will notice that what's happened is the video in the background is now inserted into the title. And if you need to increase the size of the title, you can so that you can see it. Okay, I'll go ahead and come up to scaling and make the title a little bit bigger. And now you can literally see the video behind it, and of course you can add some more exciting effects to the background to make it really pop.

But this is a very easy way to insert video inside of a title. So moving on, what if the title does not contain an alpha channel? So this title here was created just with a plain white background, I am going to drag this one down now. And it's very, very easy to actually make an alpha channel without too much effort. I am going to double-click on this again just like we did before, and as you can see, I have my three layers, and then I have my white background.

I can't just delete this, if I delete this then the whole thing goes away. But what I can do is disable it. So if I right-click and choose Disable, then this is disabled, and I will step back out and voila! I have my alpha channel. It's very easy to instantly create transparency, so bottom line don't panic if you're given a title or graphic without an alpha channel. So, as you can see, taking advantage of each of the separate elements within a layered Photoshop file is really easy in Final Cut, and you have some pretty nice control working in this fashion.

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Q: Why are the exercise files not compatible with my version of Final Cut Pro X?
A: The exercise files for this course require Final Cut Pro X 10.0.07 or higher. Final Cut Pro X upgrades are free in the Apple App Store and we recommend upgrading your software if you are able.

 

Q: The exercise files aren't working for me in Final Cut Pro X 10.1.
A: This lynda.com training and these exercise files are not compatible for FCP X v. 10.1 OR 10.0.7 and earlier versions of the program. If you are running FCP X v. 10.0.8 or 10.0.9, please do not upgrade your software to v. 10.1 if you would like to use these exercise files.
 
Note: We are currently in the process of updating this training to be compatible with v. 10.1 and later, but that training won’t be available for several weeks. We appreciate your patience as we optimize this training.
 
FYI: If you’ve already upgraded to v. 10.1 and would like to use these exercise files, then it is actually possible to work with them to a limited degree. Simply follow the directions in the “Using the Exercise Files” movie of this course to place the Final Cut Events and Final Cut Projects folders in the appropriate location. Then, from within FCP X 10.1, choose File > Update Projects and Events. Choose Locate > and navigate to the appropriate location.  Your projects and events will be updated, but the file structure won’t mirror the experience within the current training.  If you are new to FCP X, it will likely be confusing to follow along through some of the training.  Again, we recommend that you check back for this training in several weeks to get the optimal experience.
 
Also, because FCP X exercise files are not backward compatible, you won’t be able to use the exercise files if you have FCP X v. 10.0.7 or earlier. You will need to upgrade to v. 10.0.9. Apple only offers 10.1 in the App Store, but if you have not yet upgraded to OS X Mavericks, you can click the Install button for 10.1 and the App Store will ask if you want to download an older version of the software (10.0.9). If you have already upgraded to Mavericks, unfortunately downloading FCP X 10.0.9 is not possible.
 
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