Join Lonzell Watson for an in-depth discussion in this video Overview of the Final Cut Express suite, part of Final Cut Express 4 Essential Training.
What are you getting when you purchase Final Cut Express 4? Well, you are getting a powerful multi-track video editing tool that supports multiple video tracks as well as audio tracks, that will allow you to produce professional refined cuts. You are also getting a variety of effects plug-ins, color correction and audio enhancement tools that will enable you to achieve popular stylized looks in your video. Final Cut Express 4 also comes with LiveType 2, a dynamic text and graphic program, complete with a royalty free library, filled with customizable textures, objects, templates and effects. LiveType enables you to make professional level animated graphics to your video projects, in the form of titles, lower thirds, credits and even full screen animated graphics. Later on in the program, we will discuss the functionality of LiveType and how to bring a LiveType project into Final Cut Express.
One thing you will notice, if you have used Final Cut Express 3.5 is that Apple's loop-based music composer and audio editing application, Soundtrack Pro, is not shipped with version 4. If you have upgraded to version 4 from a previous version of Final Cut Express, you will still be able to use Soundtrack Pro with the current version of Final Cut Express. If you are an Apple GarageBand user, which is part of the iLife Suite, you are still able to create your own loop- based music within GarageBand, export to disk, then import songs into Final Cut Express 4.
Although Soundtrack and GarageBand are similar, the big difference between the two is that Soundtrack is optimized to bring in video from Final Cut and let you score directly to the video. There you have it. Not only do you have a wonderful multi-track editor in Final Cut Express, which uses the same powerful trimming tools as its big brother Final Cut Pro, but you also have a library of animated text and graphics in LiveType.
- 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.
Final Cut Pro 7 Essential Trainingwith Abba Shapiro6h 24m Beginner
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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