Join Frank Rohmer for an in-depth discussion in this video Modifying a PSD once in Final Cut Pro, part of Final Cut Pro 6 with Photoshop CS3 Integration.
Now, what if I wanted to change something about this psd document?…In other words, notice how when I imported this item.…It came into 10 seconds, which is the default duration when you import a…graphic item, no matter what it is into Final Cut Pro, unless you've changed…your preferences.…Most of you don't or haven't done that, so that's going to come into 10 seconds.…What if I want to make it 20 seconds?…Well if you navigate down to the edge of this graphic item, look how your cursor…changes to a double flat arrow.…That's common, but what if try to expand it out?…Mouse click and drag it out.…I can't.…I can shorten it by dragging to the left and letting it go.…
I don't want to do that.…I want to make it into 15 seconds, let's say I want to do that.…Look how it just stops. You can't do it, can you?…Well, this is another one of those things that you need to know about.…In order to change the duration of this document, you simply double-click on it.…When you do that, Final Cut Pro opens it up into its own timeline, see that.…
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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.