Final Cut Studio Overview

with Damian Allen
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Final Cut Studio Overview
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Full production studios and one-man shops alike need to learn the features of Apple's professional suite of video and audio production applications. In Final Cut Studio Overview, author and Apple Certified Instructor Damian Allen gives a crash-course in this all-in-one solution for any video studio or freelance editor. Damian gives a quick look into each application in the studio, highlighting selected new features for experienced users. From video editors, color graders, motion graphic artists, and movie scorers, there is something for everyone in Final Cut Studio Overview.

Topics include:
  • Editing and compositing in Final Cut Pro 7
  • Working in 3D space in Motion 4
  • Sending a mix to Soundtrack Pro 3 for sweetening
  • Encoding for the iPhone with Compressor 3.5
  • Roundtripping a sequence to Color 1.5 for grading
  • Burn Blu-ray discs of your Final Cut Pro sequences
  • Adjusting the speed of a clip with the retiming tool in Final Cut Pro 7
  • Building templates for Motion 4 in Final Cut Pro 7
Final Cut Studio

Initial setup

- [Voiceover] In this lesson we'll take a look at the Final Cut Pro interface. On first launch of Final Cut Pro you'll be presented with this Choose Setup window. Choose the kind of Format you'll be working with and then choose the specific codec that matches your footage. If you're not completely sure of the codec or if you have a mix of formats, don't worry. Final Cut Pro will automatically adjust its settings to the first clip you add to the timeline, and its open format timeline means that you'll get smooth playback of clips even if they have different codecs.

Next, choose a Scratch Disk location. This is the place where Final Cut Pro will store all of your captured and rendered files. Now, you can always select your main system drive if that's all you have, but for best results select an alternate, fast drive with plenty of space, like an external Firewire drive or RAID. When you're done, click on OK. If you're editing without your camera or capture device powered on, simply choose Continue when you see the External A/V reminder warning.

Now, you'll only see the Choose Setup window the first time you run Final Cut Pro. To make changes to the default format after this, go to Final Cut Pro, Easy Setup, and here you can choose a new codec and Format. To change the scratch disk location, choose Final Cut Pro, System Settings. You'll see that you can add more than one Scratch Disk and that you can specify different scratch locations for your video and audio captures and your video and audio renders.

Most commonly you'll use the same large, fast drive for all of these. And if you have an unusual format not covered by the standard presets, go to Final Cut Pro, Audio/Video Settings. Here you can choose and modify Presets for Sequences, Capture, and Device Control. To create your own custom Preset, first choose an existing Preset that most closely matches the settings you need and then click Duplicate.

You can then rename the Preset and modify the settings as desired.

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