Join Abba Shapiro for an in-depth discussion in this video Launching the application for the first time, part of Final Cut Pro 7 Essential Training.
To launch Final Cut Pro, simply click on the Final Cut Pro clapboard icon in your dock. Now you will be greeted by several different dialogs when you launch Final Cut, and the first one is the Choose Setup dialog. Now, when you are editing video, there is a variety of formats that you can work with. It can actually be rather intimidating. If we look at the Use drop-down menu, you see all the variety of formats that you can edit with. There is XDCAM, there is Offline, there is Online, there is Cinema Tools.
This can be very daunting. So what we are going to do is we are going to refine this list. I want you to click on the Format drop-down menu, and you see a variety of selections. There is HD, which stands for High Definition. NTSC, this is the North American Television Standard. PAL, which is used in Europe and Australia, as well as a variety of other choices. In this instance let's choose the North American Format, which is NTSC. Now, this partially will refine our list, but we want to further refine our list.
So we are going to go to the Rate drop- down menu, and there's three rates to choose from, 23.98, 24 fps, and 29.97 fps. Let's choose 29.97. Now, what you will notice when we go back to the Use menu, that long list that we had before has been refined down to about 10 or 12 selections. Now, we are going to choose DV-NTSC and Anamorphic. This is the North American Format, but its Anamorphic. Now, what is Anamorphic? Anamorphic, think of as wide screen, so we are going doing some wide screen North American Standard Definition editing.
The next part of the dialog that we are going to look at is the Primary Scratch Disk. Now, when you are editing video, you often want to have all of your media on a separate dedicated hard drive. On our current system, we have two hard drives internally. We have our Primary FCP Drive, which is where we have all of our applications, and we also have a Scratch Disk Hard Drive. We are going to switch our Primary Scratch Disk to the Scratch Disk Hard Drive. Now, your second hard drive may be labeled media, or you may not even have a second hard drive, in which case you can leave it at the default.
Once we have made these decisions, simply hit OK, and this takes us to the next dialog box, which says External A/V Devices. What Final Cut Pro is looking for is a camera or a deck or a television monitor that's hooked up to your Final Cut Pro system. Well, oftentimes when we edit, we don't always have a television hooked up or a deck hooked up or a camera hooked up, and having this turn on every time we launch Final Cut is less than ideal. So in this case we are going to click on, Do not warn again, and simply hit Continue.
The third dialog that you see says Profiling RT Extreme. What Final Cut is doing, it is analyzing all aspects of your hardware to determine how fast it can playback different video clips. Now, we are in the Final Cut Pro interface. The first thing you need to do is save your project. You say why, I haven't done anything yet? Well, once you save your project, Final Cut knows where to store all those little elements that you may be working with. When you capture something, it knows to store it in a folder named after that project.
It can also auto save, so that if something happens to your computer while you are editing, you have a backup of your program. To save your project, go on to the File menu, click on Save Project As, and you will get a dialog box. What I want you to do is name your project, and we are going simply name this First Launch, and click Save. Now you have saved your project, you are ready to go forward and work with Final Cut Pro.
- Preparing for an optimal Final Cut Pro editing experience
- Taking control of the Timeline by mastering the interface and learning the best keyboard shortcuts
- Learning the best practices for bringing clips into the Timeline
- Refining the Timeline with Ripple, Roll, Slip, and Slide edits
- Performing quick and easy color corrections
- Understanding and using the new markers features
- Importing video and audio files from tape, P2 media cards, and music CDs
- Understanding how to shoot and edit with multiple cameras
- Sharing a finished project on DVD, an MP3 player, or YouTube
Skill Level Beginner
Q: Is there a course in the Online Training Library that teaches more about burning Blu-ray Discs? Is Final Cut Pro a good tool for Blu-ray?
A: Final Cut Pro’s ability to burn Blu-ray Discs is very limited. Apple markets the functionality more as the ability to "create a Blu-ray screener." A good alternative to Final Cut Pro for Blu-ray authoring is Adobe Encore. If you want to author a more complex Blu-ray Disc, check out Chapter 17 of the Encore CS5 Essential Training, and the movie “About Blu-ray Discs and HD Video.”
Q: What is the quickest way to set up hardware with Final Cut Pro?
A: The easiest way to set up hardware in Final Cut Pro (version 7 and above) is, fittingly, the Easy Setup. Go to the Final Cut > Easy Setup and select the options that best fit the hardware being used.
Q: How does one open the exercise files that come with the course? When trying to import the files in Final Cut Pro, they are visible, but not selectable/grayed out. What is the reason for this?
A: The project files cannot be opened from within the application. The Import command is only used for media files. Simply double-click on the exercise files from the Finder to open the files in Final Cut Pro.
Q: When attempting to import the exercise file in the "Fit to Fill" video, the clip icon displays properly and the video appears in the canvas. However, after going to the beginning of the Timeline and attempting to play the video, it displays as "Unrendered" in the Canvas window. How can this be fixed?
A: Make sure Unlimited RT is checked in the upper left corner of the Timeline window. Unlimited RT will push the computer as hard as possible. Playback may have dropped frames. This is normal and OK. Clips will automatically render on export.
The clip can also be rendered by pressing Cmd+R and will play without dropped frames and full resolution.
Q: Is there a setting in Final Cut Pro that will enable the use of the Log and Capture function when importing video from a digital camera, specifically, a Canon 5D Mark II? Despite following the instructions in the Chapter 14 movie “Preparing for log and capture," the Log and Capture function does not work.
A: First off, when importing tapeless media, the Log and Transfer function must be used, not Log and Capture. See “The Log and Transfer window” video in Chapter 14. Secondly, the media must be connected through a card reader, not the camera, in order to import the video. Lastly, make sure to install the Canon Final Cut plug-in as well as the latest Canon 5D Mark II firmware, which updates some of the video functions.
Q: At about 1:40 in the "Taking control of your timeline" video, the author states that by holding the Command key and adjusting the track height, all audio or video tracks will follow. However, this doesn’t work for me, but works with the Option key. Is this a custom keyboard shortcut the author uses?
A: This is an error in the video. The Option key is indeed the correct key to use to adjust the track heights, not the Command key.
Q: The author asks us to reassign some commands, using system preferences. When using the Mountain Lion operating system, the Exposé window is not available. Is there a workaround for this operating system? Will I have these kinds of compatibility problems throughout the training?
A: Mountain Lion uses "Mission Control" in settings. F9 and F10 no longer need to be remapped and F11 and f12 can be. There should be no other foreseeable issues following along with the course.