Join Lonzell Watson for an in-depth discussion in this video Learning the interface, part of Final Cut Express 4 Essential Training.
The Final Cut Express interface consists of four major work areas, the Browser, Viewer, Canvas, and Timeline. It's crucial that you understand the functions of each of these windows as they all serve a practical and logical purpose that will help mold your video project in a nutshell. The construction of your project will most likely proceed as follows. You will import and organize your video clips into the Browser, use the Viewer window to preview clips to make edits, use the Timeline window to lay down your edits, and use the Canvas window to preview your finished edits in the Timeline. This is a very logical setup but with that being said each window has many different functions that you need to be acquainted with. So, let's get started with the Browser window.
- 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.
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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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