Join Frank Rohmer for an in-depth discussion in this video Photoshop settings and preferences, part of Final Cut Pro 6 with Photoshop CS3 Integration.
Now, in this lesson, I'd like to talk to you about the logical steps that you would normally take when you want to create an item in Photoshop that you want to use in your Final Cut Pro project. Now the thing you have to remember though of course is what is the format you are working with in Final Cut Pro, so that you can select the matching preset within Photoshop, so that with whatever item you create in Photoshop will match your project settings within Final Cut Pro. And that's really been one of the coolest things about this version, which is CS3 of Photoshop. This version has presets that you can simply select.
What if you were working with 4:3 DV or 16:9 DV or DVCPRO HD or HDV, those are all popular formats. You just have to remember to select the proper preset in Photoshop to match your Final Cut Pro Project and your Preferences & Settings for that document are all taken care of. It's that simple. Take a look. First, navigate up to the word File here at the top menu, mouse click and select New, and a New Project window will appear and I'm going to give this a name. I'm going to call it DV test item because I'm going to use DV Final Cut Pro project as an example for this lesson and then right below the Name option there is a Custom option where is says Preset to the left. If I mouse click on this button, I can now select Film & Video, so you simply select Film & Video just like that and take a look.
Now, I have the option, right where my cursor is now, if I select where it says NTSC DV, mouse click on that, I can select an NTSC DV Widescreen preset or I can select the PAL preset, take a look, or HDV or DVCPRO HD and simply click on the preset here in this menu item or items to match your Final Cut Pro project. So, I'm going to select NTSC DV because again that's what I'm going to use for this lesson in my Final Cut Pro project. And when you do this take a look. The Width, the Height, the Resolution even the Color Mode, all match.
Standard 4/3 NTSC DV. It's that simple. In fact, the Color Profile down below and the Pixel Aspect Ratio were all taken care of. The only thing I recommend you do though is to change the Background Contents. If it says White here, mouse click on this button here and select Transparent. And that way, when we save this final document as a PSD document we'll preserve the transparencies so that we can float our graphic or our title on top of video. So, once you have done this, once you have selected the proper preset, navigate up to the word OK here.
Mouse click on that and then select OK on the Preview option and there you go. There is our blank Canvas. It even has Action Safe and Title Safe regions and we are pretty much done.
- 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.