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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.
Getting Video Onto Your iPod
Jan 27, 2006
Get an iPod for Christmas? Music is great, but what about the video? In this article Matthew David shows you where to go to fill your iPod to the max with video.
MacWorld Expo '06: This Year's Biggest Hits
Jan 27, 2006
This year’s only MacWorld Expo was dominated by three things: Intel Macs long before anyone expected them to be shipping, an updated version of iLife, and sales of more iPods than anyone expected— and more iPod gadgets than you could shake a stick at. Author Ryan Faas gives you his take on the biggest news and trends to come out of the Moscone Center.
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.
TV To Go: Watching Video on Your iPod
Dec 22, 2005
Now that Maria Langer has Apple's latest version of the iPod (released October 2005), she's enjoying its video capabilities along with her music. With pocket-size TV shows, music videos, and podcasts readily at hand, will she be able to pay attention to anything else?
Apple's Generation 5 iPod vs. Sony's PSP
Dec 9, 2005
Matthew David compares the Gen 5 iPod to the Sony PSP and reluctantly concludes that Sony will come out the loser. Again.
Customizing iDVD Themes
Dec 1, 2005
Want to break free of the iDVD pre-set themes and create your own disc menu screen for your DVD masterpiece? From choosing background music to creating your own screen layout, Jaemi Loeb will help you take the best of what iDVD has to offer and make it distinctly yours.
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.
Creating a Podcast
Nov 11, 2005
So, you fancy yourself an amateur DJ, or an amateur talk show host. Podcasting offers you the opportunity to self-publish radio shows on the internet. This chapter explains both the legal and technological requirements of podcasting, and how you can get started creating your own podcasts.
GarageBand for Audiophiles (and Audio files)
Nov 11, 2005
Jaemi Loeb offers tips for professional-quality digital editing (copy/paste, filtering, and DSP's) of pre-recorded audio files using GarageBand 2 (part of iLife '05).
Make Your Own iTunes-Style Interface with Eye Candy
Nov 11, 2005
With Eye Candy: Impact, Photoshop just got easier. Impact is a sweet suite of filters and a must-have for serious Photoshop users. Whether you're a graphic designer, a digital photographer, or a Web content creator, Impact will make your designs pop. In this tutorial, Bryan Hoff shows you how to build an iTunes-like interface using Impact and Photoshop's layer styles.
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.
Robin Williams Cool Mac Apps: iMovie
Oct 6, 2005
There isn't much more boring than an unedited movie, and home movies are no exception. This chapter will help you learn to edit your home movies with iMovie HD.
iMovie HD: The Camera in Motion
Sep 30, 2005
One of the advantages of a small camera is that it easily moves with you. However, when you're shooting, motion can become a character in its own right. Slowly moving across a scene imparts a different feeling than quickly scanning your surroundings, for example. This chapter addresses the most common ways of moving the camera to add motion to your movie, including the number one rule: don't move.
I Heart iMovie: Why Apple's iMovie HD Beats Windows XP Movie Maker 2
Aug 19, 2005
Apple's easy-to-use iMovie software turns your home movies into slick productions, often comparable to those of professional editors. Jeff Carlson explores the features that will make Windows users sick with envy.
My Life, Your Life, Apple iLife '05
Jul 22, 2005
With iLife '05, Apple bundles a suite of tools for the creative and the imaginative. If you want to flex your creative muscles, join Matthew David to see how iLife can work in your life.
Hacking iTunes: Programming iTunes on the Windows Platform
May 6, 2005
In his continuing series on hacking your iPod, Matthew David gives you the skinny on developing the plugins and extensities you need to make iTunes for Windows rock.
Hacking Your iPod: Building Windows Solutions to Load Content onto Your iPod and iTunes
Mar 18, 2005
Like your iPod? But don't you wish it could do just one more thing? Stop complaining and start programming! Matthew David exposes you to the fundamentals of programming iTunes to store more on your iPod.
Shuffle That Data! Using Your iPod as a Data Repository
Mar 11, 2005
OK, so you've sprung for the iPod shuffle. You learned how to play Shuffle Roulette. (Random mode on! Click! Song. Click! Song. Click!) But you want more, more, more. The iPod shuffle can hold more than music; it can also hold your data. Larry Loeb looks at some of the tools that can help make your data synchronized and accessible.
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.

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