Join Abba Shapiro for an in-depth discussion in this video Tab improvements, part of Final Cut Pro 7 Essential Training.
One of the enhancements to Final Cut Pro 7 is that the tabs have been modified so that they are much more user-friendly. For instance, the Project tab now has a Final Cut Pro Project Icon, which makes it much more easy to distinguish from all the bins that might be open. In the past we could always color-code both our sequences and our bins. But now when you color-code a Sequence or Bin, its tab is color-coded too. So, for instance, I have color-coded Running with the Sahara in my Browser to Yellow.
And as you can see down here, it shows up as Yellow in my Timeline. Now Running the Sahara color corrected doesn't have a color code to it. But if I go up here to my Browser, right-click and change its Label color to say Red, it immediately updates in the Timeline with that Red color code. I can do the same thing with tabs in my Browser. So, for instance, let's say I have my Audio Bin. First we'll double-click with the Option key to open that and as you can see it's right now Gray.
And I'll go back to my primary project file, right-click on the folder, go down to Label, and make it Green. It's immediately updated in the Browser as being Green. Now, as you can see if I look at the flow of the tabs in my Browser, I see Audio, Tab Improvements, Video, and Images. Well, I want my project file to be on the far left. With Final Cut Pro 7, I can simply grab the audio tab and drag it to the right and reorganize it right in the Browser. As a matter of fact all four windows can be organized just as easily.
If I go down to my Timeline, I can switch the order of Running with Sahara. In my Canvas I can also switch order, and I can do the same thing if I wanted to in my Viewer. Another great enhancements to tabs is the ability to right-click and be able to close all of your bins in your Browser at once. You can do the same thing in your Timeline. As a matter of fact, a lot of times I'll have multiple sequences open, and I want to close them all except for the one I'm working on. Now, if I right-click on it, I have the choice of closing just that one tab, but being able to close all other tabs is a real time-saver.
So, as you can see, working with tabs in Final Cut Pro 7 is much easier than it's ever been in the past.
- 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.
Motion: Principles of Motion Graphicswith Ian Robinson3h 43m Intermediate
After Effects CS5.5 New Featureswith Mark Christiansen1h 42m Intermediate
1. Using the Interface
2. Working with Clips
3. Building the Story
4. Advanced Editing Techniques
5. Mastering the Interface
6. Basic Audio Mixing
8. Modifying Speed
Fit to fill3m 55s
11. Working with Stills
12. Creating Titles
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