Final Cut Pro for Avid Editors: Customizing Your Project
- Selecting an Editing Preset
- Changing Audio/Video Settings
- Selecting User Preferences
- Choosing System Settings
- Changing Sequence Settings
- Viewing Item Properties
- Dynamically Resizing the Interface
- Changing Window Layouts
- Saving Layouts
- Customizing the Keyboard
- Changing Command Buttons
- Utilizing the Bin Text View
- Working with Icon Views
- Performing Storyboard Editing
- Project Practice
- What Youve Learned
Lessons > Lesson 3 Project
Australia Fun folder
This lesson takes approximately 45 minutes to complete.
Select an editing preset
Change audio/video settings
Select user preferences
Select sequence settings
View item properties
Change and save window layouts
Dynamically resize the interface
Customize the keyboard and button bars
Customize bin views
Perform storyboard editing
Now that you’ve tackled Final Cut Pro’s editing basics, let’s take a look at where and how you adjust your settings. While Avid attaches settings to Projects, Users, and Site (systems), FCP settings control Sequence Settings, User Preferences, and System Settings. The User Preferences and System settings categories are similar in nature. But one of the primary differences between Avid and Final Cut Pro is that where Avid attaches certain media settings to individual projects, FCP attaches those settings to each individual sequence. This allows FCP to work with various sequences with different settings within the same project. Let’s say you have a project that was shot on high definition, but you have edited sequences using DVCAM, Digibeta, and HD. In FCP, all these sequences, with their different settings, can be contained in one project.
Since two systems are never the same, it’s nice to be able to customize the interface and make it feel more like home. FCP has a customizable keyboard where you can map your favorite functions in the same location as on your Avid keyboard. There is also a button bar in each FCP window where you can choose and arrange your own layout of command buttons.
This chapter also covers bin organization and describes storyboard editing, which is performed largely by working within a bin.
Selecting an Editing Preset
Avid settings are divided into User, Project, and Site settings. They are collected under the Settings tab in the Project window. These options combine personal preferences along with settings for various aspects of the Avid editing process.
Final Cut Pro settings cover similar territory, but are organized and accessed a little differently, into User Preferences, System Settings, Easy Setup, and Audio/Video Settings options. These can be selected from the Final Cut Pro menu, or accessed using the letter Q with a modifier key.
Easy Setup Options
When you first launched FCP, you had to choose an Easy Setup option. You chose a preset to configure your sequence to edit a specific standard and format, such as Uncompressed 10-bit NTSC 48 kHz for high definition, Cinema Tools for 24p, DVCPRO-PAL 48 kHz Anamorphic, DV-NTSC 48 kHz, and so on. These settings are applied to creating and outputting future sequences, not necessarily the entire project.
It’s important to select the correct Easy Setup preset to match the settings of the footage that you captured and will be using for editing. Other formats that don’t match these settings must be rendered to play in the same sequence.
To Select an Easy Setup Preset
- Choose Final Cut Pro > Easy Setup, or press Ctrl-Q.
- Click the Show All button in the upper-right corner to display all possible presets in the Setup For pop-up menu.
- Click the Setup For pop-up menu and choose one of the listed presets.
In the Easy Setup window, there’s a listing of specific A/V settings available as presets. Additional presets are added to this list when you work with a third-party capture card.