Final Cut Pro’s Best Kept Secret – Workflow Extensions

A Workflow extension allows you to use other applications from within the Final Cut Pro interface.

Image being able to read Text or Spreadsheet documents within a window inside Final Cut without having to with back and forth.

But it’s more than that, you can access the full functionality of stock footage, media management, and review-and-approve apps without ever leaving Final Cut Pro

All this without launching another app or opening a web browser.

In this video I’ll show you where to find these extensions, how to install them and how to use them.

At the end of the video, I’ll also show you the best FREE extension that will allow the Final Cut Pro timeline to scroll as it plays, amongst many other options.

What is Motion? Final Cut Pro to Motion & Back, Round Tripping

This tutorial is focusing on your first visit to Motion from within Final Cut Pro, doing a simple change in Motion and round tripping back to Final Cut Pro.

I find that in learning Motion it is best to keep it Simple to start and then progress to more complex things when you have the basics under your belt.

For this tutorial I will just modify a Title that is supplied with Final Cut Pro – I’ll change the default words, the font and colors – they will still be modifiable in Final Cut Pro.

Along the way, you’ll see some of the ways to work in Motion.

Let me assure you as a Final Cut editor, you don’t have to be a coding expert or full-time animator to get real benefits from Motion. Just keep it simple and take it one step at a time. No need to get complex unless you want to and you have the basics under your belt.

You’ll be able to enhance your Final Cut Edits from the very first attempt at Motion- I promise.

Which MacBook Pro is best for Video Editing?

This video will answer your questions about which model MacBook Pro to buy for video editing
M1 PRO or M1 MAX.

or should you wait for the 2022 iMac or MacPro?

I also compare the new MacBook Pros against the first version M1 MacBook Pro and the 24” iMac, suggesting who should consider those for video work.

The new M1 PRO/MAX models redefine on-the-go Video editing, In performance, battery life, screen display, and portability. But, are they the only choice for video editors or will the 13” M1 MacBook Pro or 24” iMac fill your needs?

Change the Color of Mac Folders for free

In earlier versions of the macOS you were able to change the color of folders by right clicking on the folder and selecting a color, but all it does in the current versions of macOS is add a colored dot and doesn’t affect the actual folder itself.

Here’s a quick way to change the folder color for free.

Migration Assistant for the New MacBook Pro M1 PRO/MAX

Many Final Cut Pro users are about to buy a new M1 Pro or M1 Max MacBook Pro and will be asking themselves how to transfer the old computer’s files and applications including Final Cut Pro.

This video will show you how to re-set and clear your old Mac for sale and how to transfer all your files to the new MacBook Pro.

If you are selling your old Mac before you receive the new MacBook Pro, you will need to back up all your files – Time machine is the best way.

When your new MacBook Pro arrives you are best to use “Migration Assistant” to Transfer data from the old Computer, Time Machine, or a Start-up Disk.

The In-Depth Review of Object Tracking

I published a video a couple of days ago covering my first impressions of the Object Tracker in the Final Cut Pro Update 10.6.

Now that I have had time to work with the new Built-in tracker, this video is an in-depth look at the ways to use the Object tracker.

There’s a little bit about how to use the tracker but mainly I want to focus on why and what you’ll use the tracker for.

For example:

Blur out a License plate,

Color Masks,

Pixelate faces,

Add depth of field effects,

Color grade backgrounds behind objects.

Track multiple faces,

Add logos and text to walls & billboards.

I’ll show you how to do all of those effects and along the way you’ll see shortcuts and general techniques that will speed up your editing in Final Cut Pro.

White Balance Final Cut Pro 10.6

White balance Final Cut Pro

White balance Final Cut Pro. White balance is an integral part of color management for both Photos and video

In this tutorial I’ll show you where this feature is hidden in the Final Cut interface.

It goes without saying that for best color results “White balance” should be set when filming

Solutions for Final Cut Pro Export Errors

Fix Final Cut Pro Crashing on Export

Find out why your project is not exporting.

Likely you’ll have an error message or Final Cut Pro will crash – “Final Cut Pro quit unexpectedly”

If you have a warning containing a “frame error” message or a “rendering error” message. View this video: How to fix & clear export error messages;

Otherwise there could be a number of issues that are causing the export to fail or Final Cut Pro to crash on Export.

Ease in and out keyframes

This quick and easy tutorial is a response to a viewer who asked about the fine adjustment of Keyframes in Final Cut Pro.

Simple answer, Final Cut Pro does not have ease in or out for Keyframes except for audio.

I’ll show you how to simulate the effect within Final Cut Pro and along the way you will see a number of tips and shortcuts to memorize.