Final Cut Studio 2: Moving on Stills

with Larry Jordan
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Final Cut Studio 2: Moving on Stills
Video duration: 0s 2h 29m Intermediate


Moving on stills, sometimes called the "Ken Burns Effect," is the technique of zooming, rotating, and panning across still photographs. It is an important real-world post-production skill, especially for history and science documentaries. In Final Cut Studio 2: Moving on Stills, Larry Jordan demonstrates how to create movement using Final Cut Pro 6 and Motion 3. He also explores image preparation in Photoshop, and shows how to create these techniques using other applications, like MovingPicture. Those with previous experience in Final Cut Pro and Motion will benefit most from this instruction. Example files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Preparing images in Photoshop
  • Building an image sequence and synching to a music track
  • Adding handles and transitions to images
  • Adjusting scale, rotation, cropping, distortion, and other motion parameters in Final Cut Pro 6
  • Understanding effective use of keyframes and Bezier controls
  • Sending a project back and forth between Final Cut Pro and Motion
  • Adding effects with behaviors or keyframes in Motion
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Welcome, what's covered, and using the example files

- [Voiceover] Hi, this is Larry Jordan, and welcome to Final Cut Studio 2 Moving on Stills. What we're going to cover in this title is we'll show you how to prepare still images for video. I'll give you an illustration of a Final Cut workflow for working with stills which starts with importing images and building your sequences. Explain how to use the motion tab, how to add key frames, how to add Bezier curves, and add transitions, and compensate for the handles they create. Then we'll take a look at motion, and add a workflow for motion. How to add images and build sequences, which is totally different than Final Cut Pro.

How to use behaviors which means you don't even need to use key frames, but if you feel constrained, I'll show you how to use key frames as well. And then, a very popular third-party option is made by StageTools called Moving Picture, and I'll show you how that works as well. Exercise files are available for viewers with a Premium subscription to, or those folks who purchased the DVD. If you don't have access to these exercise files, you can still follow along using your own images and music. And in either case, all these techniques still apply.

Well with that as a chance to get ourselves organized, let's take a look first at a workflow for working with images, that is next.

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