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Using Layered Photoshop Files in Final Cut Pro X

Unlike “normal” still images, working with a layered Photoshop (PSD) file in Apple Final Cut Pro X provides a variety of options that can be useful in a video edit. Here’s what you need to know.

FCP X: Create, Modify and Search on Keywords [v]

In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan shows how to create, modify and search on keywords in Apple Final Cut Pro X. He also illustrates how to create Smart Collections.

FCP X: Three Advanced Editing Tools [v]

In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan illustrates how to edit more precisely using three advanced editing tools in Apple Final Cut Pro X: 3-point, back-time, and replace edits.

FCP X: How to Use the Precision Editor [v]

In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan shows how to use the Precision Editor in Apple Final Cut Pro X.

Premiere Pro: Create a Custom Sequence Preset

A step-by-step, illustrated tutorial on how to create a new sequence preset using the ProRes codec. This settings works for both Mac and Windows systems.

How I Create My Weekly Webinars – A Workflow

A detailed, illustrated workflow on how Larry Jordan creates his weekly webinars from pre-production through to post. This includes software, settings, tips and tricks.

Final Cut Pro X: Create a Ken Burns Effect

The Ken Burns effect makes creating moves on still images fun and easy. When used properly it can quickly bring a still image to life. Here’s how to use it in your next Apple Final Cut Pro X project.

Create Keyboard Shortcuts in Final Cut Pro X [v]

In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan shows how to create and customize keyboard shortcuts in Apple Final Cut Pro X.

FCP X: Optimizing Media Storage Locations [v]

In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan illustrates a hidden feature in Apple Final Cut Pro X that can improve media handling during import.

Understand & Optimize the Media Import Settings [v]

In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan explains what the Media Import settings mean and how to optimize them for editing in Final Cut.

Trouble-shoot Apple Final Cut Pro X [v]

In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan shows how to trouble-shoot Apple Final Cut Pro X, as well as providing links to trouble-shooting Macintosh systems.

FCP X: How to Clean-up a Green-screen Key

In an ideal world, all your green-screen source files are perfectly lit. This illustrated tutorial deals with reality – green-screen source files that are badly light, poorly saturated and with gear lying all around the frame. Sheesh!

FCP X: Why Consider Changing Storage Locations

Storage Locations, which specifies where Final Cut Pro X stores media, provides a significant and useful compromise between the security of storing all files in the library, with the flexibility of directly accessing files scattered about your hard disk.

Use the Mac Finder to Batch Rename Files

Built into the Finder is a batch file renaming utility that is fast, easy to use and flexible. If all you need is to quickly rename and sequence files, this free utility, shipped with the macOS, will do the job.

Premiere Pro: Create a Clean Green-screen Key From Really Bad Video [v]

In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan shows how to create a clean green-screen (chroma) key from really bad source footage in Adobe Premiere Pro. This also shows how to use masks.

Premiere Pro: Add, Modify, and Mask Effects [v]

In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan shows how to add, modify, mask and delete visual effects in Adobe Premiere Pro.

Create Variable-Speed Clips in Adobe Premiere Pro [v]

In this short video tutorial, Larry Jordan illustrates how to create clips that play back at variable speeds in Adobe Premiere Pro.

Final Cut Pro X: Batch Rename Clips

Hidden inside Final Cut is a batch renaming feature that makes renaming clips fast and easy. This illustrated tutorial shows where it is and how it works.

Final Cut Pro X: Visibility, Skimming, & Clip Skimming

There are three options in the View menu that enable us to better see what we are creating in the timeline: Visibility, Skimming and Clip Skimming. Here’s how they work.

Thoughts on New Macs with Apple Silicon [u]

Apple Silicon – new CPUs from Apple – were announced at WWDC 2020. Here’s Larry Jordan’s take on what this new hardware means to media creators.