Join Lonzell Watson for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the audio meters, part of Final Cut Express 4 Essential Training.
The Audio Meter is essentially an audio monitoring device that allows you to…see where your audio levels are hitting. Watch as I play the sequence. …(Music plays in background.) You can see the levels going up and down …in the VU meter, and if you look closely in…the Timeline, you can see that its movement follows the ebbs and flows of the…audio waveform.…For most editors, you want to keep your audio around negative 12 decibels.…If you are hitting zero on this digital scale, you are probably in the red and…are starting to hear you audio distort. The actual mixing of the sound does not…occur in this audio meter, but it's a great way to keep your eye on the audio to…make sure it's in optimal range.…
Now, that you have got a chance to look around the Final Cut Express interface,…it's time to discuss some options on how you can better customize your own…personal workspace.…
- 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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