Join Frank Rohmer for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating titles pt. 3, part of Final Cut Pro 6 with Photoshop CS3 Integration.
We are back in Final Cut.…This is the still image that we added to that basic animation earlier and I'm…simply going to drag it straight up so I can put the flowers in the background…and put the titles on top.…Now, this should be pretty nice.…So let's import those items now.…I'll click on the browser in Final Cut, push Command+I, navigate to the desktop…and let's bring in the Flowers changed, plus the Text for the SnapShot.…So I'll Command-click on that.…So I can select just those two items and I'll select Choose over here and I can…have those two those items in immediately.…Let's take a look at the flowers to begin with first.…
So I'll mouse click and drag that into the viewer. Wow! That looks good.…Let's take a look at the Text for the SnapShot, mouse click and drag that into…the viewer and that looks good too.…So let's do one thing at a time here.…Let's add the flowers basically to the background here.…So I'll navigate over here to the Flowers changed, drag it down to the timeline.…It will do an override edit.…
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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?
<div>A: The images must be resized and converted in Photoshop because of the different kinds of pixels being used. When working with standard video in Final Cut Pro, the pixels being used are round pixels. Photoshop, on the other hand, works in a square pixel environment. When mixing square and round pixels, distortion can occur, causing a squeeze effect. Therefore, a conversion must take place, either by the software or by the user. Newer versions of Photoshop will now automatically change the pixel aspect. </div> <div><br /> If using CS3 or later, simply select the matching preset to your FCP project resolution size. <br /> <br /> </div> <div>If working with CS1 or older the process might require a manual change to the resolution sizes.</div> <div><br /> 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. </div> <div><img src="http://files.lynda.com/files/prodfaqs/3DD-131F0A03-C107/3DD-131F0A03-C107" border="0" alt="" /><br /> </div> <div><br /> <div><br /> <div>Work in that Document then save it and open it in FCP.</div> </div> </div>
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.<br />
A: Final Cut Pro will only open layered PSD files into a separate Sequence if there are truly multiple layers. <br/>Open the PSD file in Photoshop to test the layers, then save. Then open that exact file in FCP.<br />