Join Lonzell Watson for an in-depth discussion in this video Importing from tape, part of Final Cut Express 4 Essential Training.
The first thing you need to do before importing your video footage into Final…Cut Express is to make the necessary hardware connections between your camera…and the computer. What I have done here is simply take my 4-6 pin FireWire…cable and connected the 4-pin terminal into my camera and placed the 6-pin…terminal into the FireWire port of my computer.…I then turned on the camera and placed it in the VCR mode, then launched Final…Cut Express on my computer. You want to start by opening a new project and…configuring the easy setup for a capturing session. As you can see here, there…are a number of settings that will allow us to capture from many different…cameras and standards.…
If the footage is in the HDV format, there are a number of choices we have…here. We also have options for the PAL standard that's primarily used…throughout Europe and the NTSC standard, which is used in North America and…Japan. There are a number of anamorphic presets in case the footage was shot in…wide screen 16x9. The settings marked as Basic are good to try if you are…
- 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
Skill Level Beginner
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.
1. Getting Started with Final Cut Express
2. Understanding the Interface
3. Importing Footage
4. Putting the Story Together
5. Fine-Tuning the Edits
6. Editing the Audio
7. Adding Video Transitions
Adjusting video transitions5m 27s
8. Correcting Color
9. Creating Effects
10. Adding Titles
11. Delivering the Story
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