Join Frank Rohmer for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a snapshot effect pt. 1, part of Final Cut Pro 6 with Photoshop CS3 Integration.
Photoshop combined with Final Cut Pro will allow you to create some very…practical visual effects that you simply would not be able to do in Final Cut…by itself.…So here is a good example in this lesson that I want to teach you that's…actually been used several times on TV over the past couple of years, and I have…used it in a few of my productions as well, but I can tell you, it's a…crowd-pleaser and it's a cool effect.…So let me show you the before and after.…Here is the before of the DV clip that came with the media, if you purchased…the training disc.…This is in the media folder, Snow Boarder.dv clip.…
So I'll just push Play over here, and pretty cool, Snow Boarder getting…some air.…Here is the modified version.…How cool is that, flashed wide, love it.…Now here's another example of that same modified version but with a Lower 3rd.…Very cool effect that I have seen recently, so let me teach you how to do this.…It's very cool.…And the first thing you want to do is select a clip, and again you can use…
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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.