HD Workflows with Final Cut Studio 2

with Larry Jordan
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HD Workflows with Final Cut Studio 2
Video duration: 0s 2h 47m Intermediate


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High-definition video is today's fastest-growing platform for video content, and it's used by professionals and hobbyists alike. The demand to acquire, edit, and deliver HD content is always increasing. In HD Workflows with Final Cut Studio 2, Apple Certified Trainer Larry Jordan delves into the HD workflow. He provides a comprehensive explanation of what HD is, how to work with the many forms it comes in, and how to use the most common formats and codecs. This course is for anyone wishing to learn about HD--from distribution formats and transcoding to hardware requirements and editing in Final Cut Studio. The second half of the training teaches a variety of specific techniques and workflows for successfully handling high-definition video in Final Cut Pro. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Understanding HD terms Getting familiar with HD video formats Creating an HD workflow Capturing HD video both natively and to ProRes Ingesting DVCPRO HD video Ingesting XDCAM HD/EX video Rendering HDV footage more quickly Transcoding and downconverting HD video Achieving a "film look" Exporting and outputting an HD project
Final Cut Studio

What this course covers and how to use it

Welcome to working with high-definition video in Final Cut Studio. My name is Larry Jordan. Our goal in this title is to help you understand HD better so you can use it more effectively. Now while the operation of Final Cut Studio is essentially the same regardless of the video format you're editing, working with high definition requires special consideration during setup, capture and output and goodness knows there is terminology and technology to learn. So this title focuses on what you need to know about working with high def.

It assumes you already have a working knowledge of Final Cut Pro and if not, it'd probably be better to start with our other titles on Essential Training in Final Cut or if you're interested in transcoding, take a look at our Compressor 2 and Compressor 3 titles because that'll make a huge difference as well. I can tell you how many e-mails I get a day from people who are struggling to figure out what's going on with HD. And the reason it's so confusing, I realized as I was putting this title together, there's over 400 different varieties of HD.

Using different frame sizes, frame rates, compression formats, codec's, pixel aspect ratios, scan line. And it seems like we're adding about five new formats a month and that doesn't mean that all those formats can be edited, much less the fact that the cameras can be controlled. It's enough to just drive you nuts. So here I think is the key point. Unlike standard def, the high def video format that you shoot will almost never be the video format that you distribute. You shoot HDV, but you don't hand somebody an HDV tape. You shoot XDCAM but you don't hand them a blue ray disc.

You shoot one format and you distribute a second. So a knowledge of all these different HD formats is essential cause you're essentially going to be working in two sides, the format that you use for acquisition, what you shoot, and the format that you use for editing and distribution and many times there's a significant disconnect between those two. So in this title I'll give you an understanding of basic HD terms and technology. I'll show you how to choose an acquisition format and what the hardware requirements are for Final Cut Studio including some special hardware that you need for HD.

I'll also give you a sense of what HD workflows are, not just for high def, but for transcoding and I'll share with you some thoughts on how to achieve a film look for your videos. Then we'll get our hands into Final Cut Pro and show how to get HD into Final Cut, whether it's HDV or DVC Pro HD or XD CAM HD, or XT CAM EX or uncompressed HD or even image sequences coming out of a 3-D studio package. Then we'll talk about ways of optimizing and speeding up our editing and our rendering, look for the best ways to output and export our files and wrapup with a discussion of transcoding as we change from one format to the next.

So there's a lot to talk about. If you're a premium member of the Lynda.com Online Training Library or if you're watching this tutorial on a disc then you have access to the exercise files that I use in this title. If on the other hand you a monthly or annual subscriber to Lynda.com then you don't have access to the exercise files, but you can follow along using your own assets. If you do have a Lynda.com Premium membership or you're on a disc, I just want to illustrate one thing. Copy the Exercise File folder to your desktop.

Inside it you'll find a Projects folder and a Media folder. Everything you need is in those two folders, but you need to copy it to your desktop. The Web and the DVD is nowhere near fast enough to make this thing work. It's about 2 GB in size, it'll take a while, but it's going to make running this project a lot easier. Well that's sort of the organization of this title. Let's get ourselves started and we'll do that by looking at some key terms and technology. That is next.

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