Final Cut Express 4 Essential Training

with Lonzell Watson
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Final Cut Express 4 Essential Training
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Check out the free training on the new Apple Final Cut Studio suite released July 2009. Final Cut Studio Overview, includes three free hours of tutorials on Final Cut Pro 7, Motion 4, Color 1.5, Soundtrack Pro 3, DVD Studio Pro 4, Compressor 3.5, and Final Cut Server 1.5.

Final Cut Express 4 has brought professional video editing to the weekend editor. In Final Cut Express 4 Essential Training, Final Cut Pro Certified Professional and digital video specialist Lonzell Watson teaches the fundamentals of this software. He shows how Final Cut Express, along with its included program, LiveType 2, offers the power to create animated graphics, perform detailed color correction for broadcast-safe results, and make audio edits. He also provides detailed instruction on how to get finished videos out to the world through DVD authoring, exporting to the web, and optimizing for iPods and other mobile devices. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Adjusting the workspace and preferences for any video creator
  • Bringing content in from outside sources, including tape, photos, and iMovie '08 projects
  • Creating a story through storyboarding, editing with audio cues, and setting transitions
  • Understanding the difference between Final Cut Express and Final Cut Pro
  • Using LiveType 2 to create engaging titles and credit rolls
  • Performing background replacements with chroma keying
  • Creating effects with FX plug-ins
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Hi! This is Lonzell Watson, professional television director and producer. I will be the instructor for your Essential Training for Apple's Final Cut Express 4. The purpose of this course is to give you an extensive overview of the post-production process as it pertains the Final Cut Express 4, so that you can immediately go out and create your own video works of art. This training has been laid out to follow this same workflow that I use personally as a professional video editor. You will also practice how to put your story together by storyboarding and creating rough cuts of your movie, then we will refine that rough cut into a polished, professional presentation and add sleek animated titles with Apple LiveType.

After we complete our tour of the Final Cut Express interface, I will show you how to create some attention grabbing video by creating effects using chroma-keying, advanced compositing, animating still photos, customizing special effects and creating custom transitions. Last but definitely not least, what's the good in having an amazing piece of video if no one sees it? So we will wrap up by showing you how to serve your video for the web, for DVD distribution, and for playback on the iPod. You will learn all this and more in Final Cut Express Essential Training from

Now let's jump in and get creative!

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Q: After changing the Mac OS X Expose keys to dashes as instructed in the tutorial, the Expose keys -F9, F10, and F11- retain their Expose functions and override the Final Cut keyboard shortcuts. Why have the keys kept their original functions?
A: After setting the Expose Settings to dashes, go into the Mac OS X System Preferences and choose Keyboard. Once there, click on the Keyboard tab, then click to check the box "Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys.” This should release F9, F10, and F11 from their Expose functions and allow them to be uses as editing keys in Final Cut.
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