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Project Practice

For this project, you will take a closer look at settings, change preferences, and customize the interface to your own liking.

The footage on the DVD in this book was shot on Digibeta, transferred to DVCAM, and then captured in the DV-NTSC format. For this material to play smoothly in the Final Cut Pro Timeline and not require rendering, the settings of the sequence must match that of the footage, DV-NTSC.

  1. From the Lessons folder, open the Lesson 3 Project file.
  2. To choose the correct Easy Setup option that will match the video on the DVD, press Ctrl-Q to open the Easy Setup window, select DV-NTSC, and click Setup.
  3. Press Option-Q to open the User Preferences window. On the General tab, find the following options and set the preferences to your liking:
    • Level Of Undos— The maximum number of undos is 99.

    • List Recent Clips— Determines the number of clips you can access from the Recent Clips pop-up menu in the Viewer.

    • Multi-Frame Trim Size— The maximum number of frames is 99.

    • Still/Freeze Duration— Sets the default marked duration of freeze frames and other still image clips.

    • Preview Pre-roll and Post-roll— Sets preview durations for use in Trim mode.

    • Autosave Vault— Sets the frequency of FCP’s automatic saving function.

  4. Click the Labels tab in the User Preferences window, and enter a different category name for one of the colors.
  5. Click the Timeline Options tab, and change the number of video tracks to two and audio tracks to four, if these numbers aren’t already set. This will affect all new sequences you create. Click OK to close the window.
  6. In the Browser, duplicate the Finished sequence, rename it Australia Fun, and double-click it to open it in the Timeline.
  7. Choose Sequence > Settings, or press Cmd-0 (zero), click the Timeline Options tab, and make the following changes:
    • Change the Track Size to Medium.
    • Change the Thumbnail Display to filmstrip, then to Name.
    • Change the Thumbnail Display back to Name plus Thumbnail and click OK.
  8. In the Browser, select the MS tourists wade w– dolphins clip and press Cmd-9 to open the Item Properties window for this clip. Look at the information in each of the tabs of this window, then click Cancel to close it.
  9. To open a different project, choose File > Open and navigate to the Lessons folder. Open the PAL project and play the clips in the PAL sequence. Check the item and sequence settings for this project.
  10. Click the Lesson 3 Project tab and edit a clip from the Video Clips bin into the PAL sequence. A red render bar should appear in the ruler area indicating that the clip’s settings (NTSC) do not match those of the sequence (PAL).
  11. Hold your pointer over the boundary between the Browser and Timeline windows. When you see the resize tool, drag up to make the Timeline taller.
  12. Hold your pointer over the boundary between the Browser and the Viewer, and drag left to make the Viewer larger.
  13. In the Timeline track area, drag the A4 track boundary line down to make that track taller.
  14. Option-drag the A3 boundary line to make all audio tracks the same height.
  15. Shift-drag the V1 boundary line to make all tracks in the Timeline the same height.
  16. For practice, save this new custom layout by holding down the Option key and choosing Window > Arrange > Set Custom Layout 1. Then press Ctrl-U to return to the default standard layout, if you like.
  17. Choose Tools > Keyboard Layout > Customize, or press Option-H. In the lower left of the Keyboard Layout window, click the Lock button to unlock the keyboard.
  18. In the button list entry area, type overwrite. When the Overwrite options appear, drag the Overwrite Clip icon onto the letter B in the keyboard, where the Avid shortcut for Overwrite is found. Repeat this process for Insert Clip and the V key. You can continue to place other functions, such as Add Edit, to personalize your keyboard layout, or load the Avid to FCP layout file from the DVD as outlined earlier in this lesson.
  19. From the button list in the Keyboard Layout window, find Audio Mixer and drag it to the Timeline button bar. Find Import Files and drag it into the Browser button bar. Then drag Import Folder next to Import Files. Close the window.
  20. In the Browser, display the contents of all the bins, and then click the Zoom button in the upper left of the window. Use the horizontal scroll bar to see all of the columns. Click in the Good column for any five clips. Enter a Log Note for three clips. Apply a label to four clips.
  21. In the Browser, Ctrl-click on any column header and choose Show Thumbnail from the contextual menu. Scroll through one of the clips and set a new poster frame for it by finding a new frame, holding down the Control key, releasing the mouse, then releasing Control. Hide the Thumbnail column.
  22. Double-click the Video Clips bin and Ctrl-click in the gray area under the Name column. Choose View As Large Icons in the contextual menu. Arrange the clips however you would like for them to appear in a sequence. Create a new sequence, name it Storyboard Editing, and open it in the Timeline. Select those clips in the bin you would like to edit, and drag them into the Canvas as an Overwrite edit.
  23. If you want to save these changes to the project, press Cmd-S.
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