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Customize Generators for Better Backgrounds

At first blush, many of the backgrounds included with Apple Final Cut Pro are mostly unusable for text. However, when you adjust their settings – and combine them with a few well chosen effects – you’ll discover a wealth of creative options to make your projects more visually interesting. Here are six examples.

Product Review: OWC Envoy Pro Elektron NVMe SSD

The OWC Envoy Pro Elektron is a small, rugged, fast, bus-powered storage system that easily fits in your pocket. With speeds averaging over 900 MB/second, it can easily support multicam or traditional HD editing. Here’s a detailed review.

How to Animate Video Clips Using Keyframes in Adobe Premiere Pro [v]

Effects are the fun part of video editing because there are so many different options. In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan shows how to animate clips using keyframes in Premiere Pro. He’ll also show how to add speed changes to keyframes using Ease In and Ease Out.

How to Create a Good-Looking Green-screen Key in Adobe Premiere Pro [v]

Effects are the fun part of video editing because there are so many different options. In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan illustrates different ways to create green-screen keys (also called “chroma-keys”) using both good and, um, awful footage in Adobe Premiere Pro.

3 Simple Ways to Fix Video Color Problems Using Adobe Premiere Pro [v]

Effects are the fun part of video editing because there are so many different options. In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan presents three simple ways to fix color problems in Adobe Premiere Pro. One to change the look, another to fix exposure and a third to correct color problems.

Create, Modify & Use an Adjustment Layer in Adobe Premiere Pro [v]

Effects are the fun part of video editing because there are so many different options. In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan illustrates how to create an adjustment layer , then explain how it works, how to add effects to it, and what happens when you move clips around it.

Export XML Files to Safely Future-Proof Media Projects Using Premiere or Final Cut

Whether you use Adobe Premiere Pro or Apple Final Cut Pro, exporting and archiving an XML file of a finished project is a good way to preserve it for the future. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial explaining how.

How to Use Comparison Viewer for Color Grading in Apple Final Cut Pro

The Comparison Viewer is tricky to find, but very useful once you open it; especially when you are trying to compare the look between multiple shots. Here’s how to use it.

Transform Overscan, in Apple Final Cut Pro, Simplifies Picture-in-Picture Effects [v]

In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan shows how to use the new, hidden, Transform Overscan feature in Apple Final Cut Pro to preserve important details when creating a picture-in-picture effect.

The New Comparison Viewer in Final Cut Simplifies Color Correction [v]

In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan shows how to use the new Comparison Viewer in Apple Final Cut Pro, along with a quick way to modify colors across multiple clips.

Create, Import, Modify and Export Closed Captions in Final Cut Pro [v]

In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan shows how to create, import, modify and export closed captions in Apple Final Cut Pro.

New! Copy Libraries & Create Proxy Libraries in Final Cut Pro [v]

There have been 12 updates to Apple Final Cut Pro since version 10.4.0 was released in Dec. 2017. In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan illustrates the new ways we can copy libraries, including the ability to create a proxy-only library, in Apple Final Cut Pro.

Top 20 Most Read Tutorials in 2020

Here are the twenty most-read tutorials (and links) from Larry Jordan’s website for 2020. These popular tutorials span millions of views and extend back in time to 2012.

Top Ten Tips for 2020 from “The Inside Tips”

Two “Top Ten” lists of tips and techniques from “The Inside Tips” for 2020. The first is by number of views, the second is by reader ratings. These cover Adobe and Apple software, along with codecs, media, visual effects and production.

Text Tricks in Final Cut Pro

Here are some text tricks that can help position and display text in eye-catching ways using Apple Final Cut Pro.

Should You Upgrade to macOS Big Sur?

“Should you upgrade?” is the wrong question. Here is a better answer on when to upgrade to Big Sur – along with links to help your transition go smoothly.

Move Audio Clips By Less Than a Frame in Apple Final Cut Pro [v]

Most of the time, you want audio to stay perfectly in sync with the video clip it is attached to. But, sometimes, to get the sync perfect, you need to shift the position of the audio. In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan shows you how to move a synced audio clip less than a frame to improve sync using Apple Final Cut Pro.

Add Emojis to an Apple Final Cut Pro Video Project [v]

Emojis are little icons that have taken over the world. In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan shows how to add and modify emojis in a video project using Apple Final Cut Pro.

The Difference Between Detach Audio and Break Apart Clip Items in Apple Final Cut Pro [v]

In Final Cut Pro, there are two audio commands that seem similar, but actually do two version different things: Detach Audio and Break Apart Clip Items. In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan shows you the difference between the two.

The Difference Between Trim and Crop in Apple Final Cut Pro [v]

Trimming and cropping are basic techniques in any video edit. In this video tutorial, Larry Jordan illustrates the difference between trimming and cropping a video clip using Apple Final Cut Pro.