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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.
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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