Join Frank Rohmer for an in-depth discussion in this video Animating a corporate logo, part of Final Cut Pro 6 with Photoshop CS3 Integration.
Now in our Final Cut Pro project, we want to import that Photoshop Corporate…Logo Merged document that we just made.…So I'm going to navigate up to the Browser, click on the Browser.…Then I'm going to navigate to the word File, mouse-click and…select Import>Files.…I want to navigate to the Desktop.…So I'll click on the Desktop item, and then over here is the Corporate Logo merged.psd.…So I'll navigate down to the Choose button here to bring that into Final Cut Pro.…To see this item, look how it came in as a Final Cut Pro timeline, but to see…this document, there are two ways to do it.…
The easiest way to do is just simply mouse-click on that item and drag it into the Viewer.…Then it opens up in the Viewer and we see our checkerboard background that…indicates transparency.…We'll only see that checkerboard background if you mouse-click on the View…button here on the upper right-hand corner of the Viewer and you make sure…Checkerboard 1 or 2 is open.…The other way to see the logo is if you double-click on the icon, and then…
- Creating a corporate logo
- Creating elegant text openers for final video production
- Using keyframing to mark sections of a file
- Setting Photoshop preferences to work best with Final Cut Pro
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: In the "Creating a Snapshot Effect" lessons, when the author imports a still image freeze frame from Final Cut Pro into Photoshop, he resizes the image before doing any work. Then he resizes it again to the original dimensions before sending it back to Final Cut Pro. Why must the images be resized at all? Also, in his example, the author uses NTSC DV footage. What should one do to resize the image if using 1280x720 HD footage?
If using CS3 or later, simply select the matching preset to your FCP project resolution size.
If working with 1280x720 make a new Document then simply select the Film and Video preset, then select the appropriate size from the "Size" option, HDV/HDTV 720 within Photoshop.
Q: I am attempting to complete the exercise in the “Creating a snapshot effect pt. 3” video, but I cannot get the timeline to open up separately when I double click on the PSD file in the timeline. So I can't see both layers of the PSD file in order to complete the animation.
A: Final Cut Pro will only open layered PSD files into a separate Sequence if there are truly multiple layers.
Open the PSD file in Photoshop to test the layers, then save. Then open that exact file in FCP.