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Final Cut Pro for Avid Editors: Customizing Your Project
Nov 17, 2006
This 45-minute lesson takes a look at where and how to adjust your settings in Final Cut Pro. You'll learn how to select an editing preset, change audio/video settings, select user preferences, and more. This chapter also covers bin organization and describes storyboard editing, which is performed largely by working within a bin.
Editing in the Timeline
Jul 17, 2006
Editing Action in Final Cut Pro 5
May 19, 2006
This chapter will teach you to edit action sequences in Final Cut Pro 5. Learning to cut action sequences is one of the most basic editing techniques that you'll need to learn to create your own movies. Action doesn't just mean fighting, so even if you don't intend an epic battle between the hero and the villain, you'll still want to read this chapter to find out how to edit these scenes.
Final Cut Pro Power Tip: Setting a Position Keyframe in LiveType
Apr 21, 2006
The beauty of LiveType is that you can create dazzling text animation without a single keyframe. Larry Jordan shows the control that's possible when you start adding keyframes.
Final Cut Pro Power Tip: Applying Transitions to Multiple Clips in One Track
Apr 14, 2006
Larry Jordan knows the trick for applying transitions to multiple Final Cut Pro clips simultaneously. Amazingly, he's willing to share the secret!
Final Cut Pro Power Tip: Keeping Files Under Control with Render Manager
Apr 7, 2006
Render files eat disk space surprisingly quickly. But with your Final Cut Pro files and folders set up according to Larry Jordan's advice, you can use the Render Manager to recover that lost space in a trice. (Maybe even half a trice!)
Final Cut Pro Power Tip: Creating a Glow Behind Text
Mar 24, 2006
The outline text generator in Final Cut Pro has to be the ugliest thing since the invention of ducklings. But Larry Jordan explains how to turn it into a swan of beauty with just a little tinkering.
Final Cut Pro Power Tip: Creating a Compressor Droplet
Mar 17, 2006
Apple's Compressor application makes compressing video files easy, but Larry Jordan knows a way to hurry up that process. Create a "droplet" with your favorite formatting, and you can compress a file with drag-and-drop speed.
Final Cut Pro Power Tip: Changing the Default Transition
Mar 10, 2006
There’s nothing wrong with the default video transition in Final Cut Pro, except that it’s too long. Boring! Larry Jordan shows you how to change the default into your favorite transition and make it accessible with a keyboard shortcut.
Gathering and Editing Video in Final Cut Pro
Jan 13, 2006
With the advent of nonlinear editing systems, editing is as much a technical art as it is aesthetic. Understanding some basic video approaches will not only improve your technical aptitude, but also allow you the freedom to concentrate on the art of editing. In this lesson, you'll observe the workflow of a typical video. Your project specifications may vary, but the principles of video workflow still hold. And since Final Cut Pro is adaptable, it will accommodate different approaches seamlessly.
Drag-and-Drop Editing in Final Cut Pro 5
Nov 23, 2005
Final Cut Pro's flexibility allows an editor to work with different styles of editing. There's one time-saving editing style that's easy yet extremely powerful at the same time: drag-and-drop editing. This method involves dragging a clip directly to the Timeline to make an edit. This chapter will help you become familiar with this handy feature.
Presets and Preferences in Final Cut Pro for Mac OS X
Oct 6, 2005
Final Cut Pro's designers have carefully organized the tools you use to configure settings and preferences. The goal of this organization is to make it much easier for editors using the most common hardware and video formats to configure FCP—and much more difficult for users to unintentionally modify individual settings within a preset configuration. This chapter covers in detail the various preferences and customization options that are available in Final Cut Pro.
Ten Questions with Larry Jordan, Award-Winning Producer, Director, and Editor
Feb 25, 2005
Find out what makes award-winning director, producer, and editor Larry Jordan tick (and get the skinny on his new book, Final Cut Pro HD Hands-on Training) in this interview.
Media Management, Part 1: Technologies for Corporate and Educational Applications
Feb 4, 2005
This article is part 1 of a two-part series in which we take a look at some of the media management technologies for corporate and educational applications. In part 2, we'll take a look at the scaled-down versions of these technologies emerging for the home market.
How To Create Final Cut Pro Effects Using iMovie
Oct 22, 2004
Final Cut Pro 4 Organization and Basic Editing
Dec 23, 2003
Digital editing pioneer Jerry Hoffman shows how to get your elements in order and start editing with Final Cut Pro 4.
The Best Final Cut Pro Workflow
Oct 17, 2003
Jerry Hofmann shows you how to develop the best Final Cut Pro editing workflow — one that works best for you.
Final Cut Pro Transitions and Effects
May 16, 2003
Final Cut Pro has numerous transitions and effects. Diana Weynand explores their creation in this article.
Final Cut Pro: First Things First
Mar 14, 2003
Follow Michael Rubin through a personal tour of Final Cut Pro and get comfortable with its interface and navigation.
Peachpit Press is First to Release New Final Cut Express Guide
Jan 9, 2003
Peachpit Press will be first on the scene with a reference tool to educate the new legions of Final Cut Express users, authored by Noted Digital Video Expert Lisa Brenneis.

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