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Final Cut Studio Overview
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Final Cut Studio Overview

with Damian Allen

Video: Initial setup

In this lesson, we'll take a look at the Final Cut Pro interface. On first launch of Final Cut Pro, you will be presented with this Choose Setup window. Choose the kind of format you will be working with, and then choose the specific codec that matches your footage. If you are not completely sure of the codec, or if you have a mix of formats, don't worry! Final Cut Pro will automatically adjust its settings to the first clip you add to the Timeline and its open format Timeline means that you will get smooth playback of clips, even if they have different codecs.
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  1. 47m 22s
    1. Initial setup
      2m 35s
    2. Exploring the Final Cut Pro interface
      5m 59s
    3. Logging and Capturing footage from Tape
      4m 22s
    4. Ingesting video from solid state media
      1m 33s
    5. Editing in the timeline
      3m 1s
    6. Editing using the Viewer and Canvas
      2m 59s
    7. Superimposing video layers
      1m 44s
    8. Working with the Motion tab
      2m 37s
    9. Editing keyframes in the sequence timeline
      1m 34s
    10. Cropping video
      57s
    11. Applying filters
      2m 15s
    12. Performing color correction
      3m 37s
    13. Stabilizing footage with Smoothcam
      1m 40s
    14. Adding basic titles
      1m 6s
    15. Exporting via the Share menu
      2m 13s
    16. Creating retiming effects
      4m 39s
    17. Creating markers
      1m 39s
    18. Editing markers
      1m 13s
    19. Working with marker colors
      1m 2s
    20. Performing ripple edits with markers
      37s
  2. 55m 44s
    1. A first look at Motion
      6m 19s
    2. Exploring the Motion interface
      6m 17s
    3. Adding content to the project
      3m 6s
    4. Working with the Inspector
      3m 4s
    5. Adding filters
      1m 38s
    6. Adding behaviors
      4m 16s
    7. Organizing layers
      1m 57s
    8. Exporting the final project
      1m 30s
    9. Creating a 3D composite
      5m 12s
    10. Working with cameras
      2m 57s
    11. Adding lights
      2m 6s
    12. Adding objects
      1m 47s
    13. Using camera behaviors
      3m 38s
    14. Creating a custom framing
      3m 59s
    15. Creating shadows, reflections, and specular highlights
      4m 40s
    16. Creating Motion templates for Final Cut Pro
      3m 18s
  3. 14m 50s
    1. Exploring the Color interface
      3m 30s
    2. Sending a Final Cut Pro sequence to Color for grading
      3m 35s
    3. Performing primary color corrections
      2m 30s
    4. Performing secondary color corrections
      2m 26s
    5. Creating custom shapes
      2m 49s
  4. 22m 22s
    1. Exploring the Soundtrack Pro interface
      10m 5s
    2. Sending a single clip for noise removal
      4m 8s
    3. Sending an entire mix for a final sweetening
      2m 46s
    4. Conforming after picture changes
      4m 1s
    5. Spotting sound effects to picture
      1m 22s
  5. 14m 20s
    1. Exploring the DVD Studio Pro interface
      7m 46s
    2. Creating a DVD using templates
      6m 34s
  6. 17m 19s
    1. Exploring the Compressor interface
      7m 15s
    2. Encoding for the web, iPod, and iPhone
      5m 55s
    3. Encoding for DVD
      4m 9s

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Final Cut Studio Overview
2h 51m Beginner Jul 23, 2009

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Full production studios and one-man shops alike need to learn the features of Apple's professional suite of video and audio production applications. In Final Cut Studio Overview, author and Apple Certified Instructor Damian Allen gives a crash-course in this all-in-one solution for any video studio or freelance editor. Damian gives a quick look into each application in the studio, highlighting selected new features for experienced users. From video editors, color graders, motion graphic artists, and movie scorers, there is something for everyone in Final Cut Studio Overview.

Topics include:
  • Editing and compositing in Final Cut Pro 7
  • Working in 3D space in Motion 4
  • Sending a mix to Soundtrack Pro 3 for sweetening
  • Encoding for the iPhone with Compressor 3.5
  • Roundtripping a sequence to Color 1.5 for grading
  • Burn Blu-ray discs of your Final Cut Pro sequences
  • Adjusting the speed of a clip with the retiming tool in Final Cut Pro 7
  • Building templates for Motion 4 in Final Cut Pro 7
Subject:
Video
Software:
Final Cut Studio
Author:
Damian Allen

Initial setup

In this lesson, we'll take a look at the Final Cut Pro interface. On first launch of Final Cut Pro, you will be presented with this Choose Setup window. Choose the kind of format you will be working with, and then choose the specific codec that matches your footage. If you are not completely sure of the codec, or if you have a mix of formats, don't worry! Final Cut Pro will automatically adjust its settings to the first clip you add to the Timeline and its open format Timeline means that you will get smooth playback of clips, even if they have different codecs.

Next, choose a Scratch Disk location. This is the place where Final Cut Pro will store all of your captured and rendered files. Now you can always select your main system drive if that's all you have, but for best results, select an alternate fast drive with plenty of space like an external FireWire drive or RAID. When you are done, click on OK. If you are editing without your camera or capture device powered on, simply choose Continue, when you see the external AV reminder warning.

Now you will only see the Choose Setup window the first time you run Final Cut Pro. To make changes to the default format after this, go to Final Cut Pro > Easy Setup and here you can choose a new codec and format. To change the Scratch Disk location, choose Final Cut Pro > System Settings. You will see that you can add more than one scratch disk and tat you can specify different scratch locations for your video and audio captures and your video and audio renders.

Most commonly, you will use the same large fast drive for all of these and if you have an unusual format, not covered by the standard presets, go to Final Cut Pro > Audio/Video Settings. Here you can choose and modify presets for Sequences, Capture and Device Control. To create your own Custom Preset, first choose an existing preset that most closely matches the Settings you need and then click Duplicate. You can then rename the Preset and modify the settings as desired.

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