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Positioning Text in Final Cut Pro

What’s the best way to position text in Final Cut Pro, and why does the position shift as you change justification? This short article explains the why and how.

Position Keys on Even Pixels

Creating keys on the computer is easy – and they look great. Where problems occur is when those specials effects are shot with interlaced video and displayed on an interlaced TV set or monitor. This article describes how to avoid suddenly discovering that all your effects look out of focus.

Editorial: Training That Doesn’t Teach

These thoughts have been bubbling around my head for the last few months, but developed into an article as I was trying to learn a particularly tricky piece of software. After reading the manual, watching the tutorials, and taking the training, I was more confused than ever. This article is an attempt to discuss how to create effective training, and specific techniques to avoid.

Software Review: Using the PluralEyes Plug-in for Final Cut Pro

If you edit multiple cameras and spend time creating multiclips, you need to check into a new utility for Final Cut Pro called “PluralEyes.” This software vastly simplifies the process of syncing and building multiclips — especially when there are breaks in the timecode. This article shows you how to use it.

Getting PhotoShop Images to Look Good in Final Cut by Carl Jacobs

This detailed analysis looks at how to create graphics on your computer that look “right” on FCP. It’s a detailed look at the difference between square and non-square pixels.

FCP 7: Create a Picture-in-Picture Effect that Moves

Since its first release, Final Cut Pro has integrated effects with video editing. In this tutorial, I show you how to create a picture-in-picture effect, then make it move using keyframes in the Motion tab.

FCP 7: Pick the Right Version of ProRes

With the release of Final Cut Studio 2, Apple created a new high-end codec entitled ProRes. With the release of Final Cut Studio (3) they expanded it from two variations to five. What is ProRes and how do you decide which version to use for your projects? Answering that question is the purpose of this article.

Picking The Best Format

If there was one “magic format” we would all be shooting in it. Unfortunately, as many of us are discovering as we move to HD, the world is a highly incompatible place.

Software Review: PhotoMotion 1.5 from GeeThree

Working with still images in video is hard, because images created on the computer are not compatible with video. A new software – PhotoMotion – seeks to solve a lot of the challenges in working with still images. This is a detailed review of how the product works.

A Quick Telephone Audio Effect

This is a quick tip illustrating how to make your dialog sound like it is coming over the telephone.

Using Paste Attributes

Paste Attributes is an extremely flexible tool that simplifies copying settings from one clip to another. This tutorial shows you how.

Partitioning and De-fragmenting Hard Disks

Hard disks are essential to video editing. But, as this short article explains, what you thought you knew about maintaining your hard disks may not be true. Take a look.

Faster Ways to Pan Audio

Panning balances audio playback between the left and right speaker to position the audio in space. In this quick technique, learn three ways you can pan multiple clips in Final Cut Pro.

Moving Between PAL, NTSC, and HD

Over the last four months I’ve had a long email chat about video formats and the best ways to convert between them. If you are moving files from NTSC to PAL or back, and trying to integrate HD material, this article covers what you need to know.

Creating a PAL Image Sequence

Here’s a quick tip on how to create still images so they can display in a PAL 16:9 sequence.

Creating a PAL DVD

A reader asks how to create a PAL DVD. In this article, I provide a reference for file conversion, then talk about the Compressor setting you can use to compress your files. (I also include a link to lots more training on DVD creation.)

What Do All These Different Video Connectors Mean?

Confused by all the different video outputs on your deck? This article explains what they mean, what they do, and when to use them.

Organizing for a Massive Project

Getting organized is always easier to say than to do. In this article, we discuss basic organization techniques and provide references to other sources you can use to organize even huge projects.

Issues with On-lining HD Sequences

Converting a low-resolution edit into a high-res master is the process of on-lining. Here are a series of tips to keep in mind as you on-line High-Def material.

FCP 7: Tips for Successful On-lining (From Offline to Online)

Understanding the Media Manager is critical to successfully recapturing media, whether for creating the highest quality final master, or for resurrecting an old project. But the Media Manager is not that intuitive. This article walks you through what you need to know for successfully recapturing your project.