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Converting MPEG-2 Video for Final Cut Pro

Final Cut does not like editing compressed video. However, what’s the best way to convert MEPG-2 video, which is compressed, into something Final Cut likes? This article tells you what you need to know.

Scrolling Text in LiveType

Creating scrolling text in Final Cut is awkward at best. Here’s a much more flexible way to create scrolling text in LiveType that allows multiple font sizes, colors and, gasp, a pause at the end!

Technique: Using Leopard’s Help System by Ben Balser

OS X 10.5 (Leopard) has a new help system that is very cool and available in just about every application. In this article, Ben Balser describes what you need to know to take advantage of it.

Jittery Video Playback

Here’s a short article that describes what to do if you are experiencing jittery video playback. We look at what could cause it and how to fix it.

Definition: Insert vs. Overwrite Edits

There are two categories of edits inside Final Cut Pro — Insert and Overwrite. This article describes what they are, when to use them and faster ways to get them done.

Importing 16:9 Videos Into iDVD

QuickTime does not always properly display 16:9 video. This means that iDVD may not accurately compress your video in the correct image aspect ratio. This article explains what you need to do to fix this problem.

Final Cut Pro Goes HD!

Apple, on April 18, 2004, announced the latest version of Final Cut. Larry attended the event and files this report, then updated it in June with more information direct from Apple.

Handy-Dandy Grid

Final Cut makes it challenging to line things up properly in the Canvas or Viewer, because there are no grids or guides. Here’s a quick technique you can use to create your own grids.

What is Frame Offset?

Frame offset was invented to allow you to compensate for the delays between your computer and an external device, like a deck. Here is how it works and why you should care.

Strengths and Weaknesses of Final Cut Server

Final Cut Server is out, but what does it really do? In this article, we take a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the product. Server has a lot of power, but it isn’t for everyone — this article helps you decide for yourself.

Feeding Video to a Monitor Wall

The way a monitor wall works is that you send it a full-screen feed for each camera or image you want it to display. It will then composite them into a single display. This gives you the highest image quality and the ability to zoom one of the images full-screen.

FCP 7: Things I Wish Final Cut Did – But Actually Does

Gary Freedline sent me a long screed decrying missing features in Final Cut Pro. However, in reading it, I realized that many of them are already there if you know where to look. This article points the way.

Final Cut Pro 5 Announced!

The latest versions of Final Cut Pro, Motion, and DVD Studio Pro were announced, along with a brand new application: Soundtrack Pro 2. This article gives you a behind-the-scenes look at what’s new.

Is Final Cut Studio Even Relevant in the Age of the iPad?

Just because the ProAps are no longer top-of-mind at Apple does not mean they are dead. Or dying. They just aren’t the darlings they used to be. And many of us are feeling the lack of love.

FCP 7: Using Media Manager to Get Rid of Unused Media

Sometimes, in spite of all your best efforts, you need to use Media Manager to delete media you no longer need. This article walks you through every step to help you avoid disaster.

Measuring Durations

Here are three quick ways to determine the duration of a clip or a gap.

Clever Matrox MXO Tricks

Following up on an earlier review of the Matrox MXO, a user contributes another application he discovered, while a word of warning on compatibility is offered by another contributor.

Hardware Review: Matrox MXO

The Matrox MXO offers a reasonably priced way to monitor and output HD video. Learn more about it in this review.

Color-Balancing Using Match Hue

Sometimes, simply color-balancing is not enough, you need to make the same object or person look the same between two different shots. This article explains how.

FCP 7: Using the Match Frame Function

This technique is very useful when you need to find the video that goes with the audio, or the audio that goes with the video.