Improve the Filters and effects within Final Cut Pro

Use Motion 5 Filters without leaving Final Cut Pro

 

Motion Filters are much more detailed than those in Final Cut Pro. We have recorded a tutorial that shows how to create filters in Motion and publish ALL of their controls into Final Cut Pro so that they work directly in Final Cut Pro.

motion filters

This means that you don’t have to export your video clips, out of Final Cut Pro, import into Motion – then make the adjustments with Motion’s filter controls, and then re-import into Final Cut Pro

what a procedure that you can now avoid!

 

 

In the tutorial we have used the example of the Contrast filter, which is part of the Color Correction sub set of filters in Motion 5. This filter offers special controls such as Pivot point, Smooth Contrast and the choice of contrasting Luminance only – all things you can’t access within Final Cut Pro.

 

Our tutorial shows how to install the Contrast filter inside Final Cut Pro so you can use these controls without leaving Final Cut Pro.

contrast filter

 

 

 

 

 

The same can be done for other Motion 5 filters that you want to use directly within Final Cut Pro. Just remember to “publish” the controls that you want to access within Final Cut Pro

 

 

This tutorial is part of our NEW 63 lesson training course available on the Mac App store for $9.99. 14 hours of video tutorials and 600 topics.

 

Use this link to access the Tutorial on The Mac App store.

 

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14 x hours of Final Cut Pro X – Video training

The New Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2 course on Mac App store – Only $9.99

 

 

This is the definitive, fully comprehensive training course for Final Cut Pro X.

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• Recorded with Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2

• Now includes access to sample video, stills and audio clips to allow you to follow the instruction with a hands-on experience

• NEW Index feature to allow quick reference to video material

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Click here to view PDFAll Lessons index

 

 

• PDF indexes are also included as part of the course material, “All lessons” and also  “A-Z of all topics”

Index

 

Click here to view PDFAll topics A_Z

 

 

• Over 14 hours of Video tutorials 

• 63 individual lessons

• Over 600 topics

• Lessons on Apple’s Motion, Compressor and third part Apps

 

Use this Link: http://goo.gl/DsdYot

 

The course covers separate lessons for beginners and for the more advanced. This means that those new to Final Cut Pro are not distracted by unwanted detail and that the seasoned user can learn about advanced information without having to go through the basic details they already know about. These advanced lessons cover topics like: Color correction, Skin tone correction, Video Scopes, Audio correction, Keying, Masks, modifying Effects & Generators and Text search and correction.

 

You will be able to use the included, video, stills and audio, clips to follow the instruction so you have a hands-on experience.

 

PDF indexes are also included as part of the course material, they are listed as “All lessons” and also as an “A-Z of all topics”, so that you can refer back to topics or skip to specific topics of interest, without having to plough through the clips, and get directly to what you need to know.

 

There is a lesson that will let you “jump in” to learn a quick edit: “Make a movie in 5 x minutes”

 

There is a lesson on “trouble shooting” to make sure you don’t see too much of the Spinning Beach Ball.

 

There is a lesson on recording and editing Live Streams.

 

There are supplementary lessons on the Apple Apps; Motion and Compressor, as well as sections on third party software, like MPEG Streamclip, FC Library Manager, Quicktime Pro and Third party Effects from; FCPEffects, Pixel Film Studios & FxFactory.

 

A major value with Final Cut Pro is the organization of footage, with this course you will find detailed discussion on the ways to organize and quickly be able to access footage for your main edit. You are assisted through the training with clear explanations and reasons why you are using the features.

 

When you have completed this course you will be able to edit on a commercial basis and will understand workflows that will allow you to complete edits in a timely manner while maintaining a quality output.

 

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Course Outline

Basic Import and organization:  Run Time:  About 1 ½ hours

1st Instructions How to use the Tutorial
Import Introduction
Quick Start: Make a Movie in 5 minutes
Basic Libraries
How to Update Events & Projects to 10.1
Import from a Card Camera
Import from a Tape Camera or file
Basic Preferences
Basic Timeline
Basic Viewer
Middle Menu Bar
The Effects Browse

Advanced Import and organization:  Run Time:  About 2 ¼ hours

Library & Event Organization
Detailed Preferences
Transcoding prior to Import
Retaining in and out points
Re-Link Missing Media
Import from FCP7 to FCPX
Favorites, Keywords, Smart Collections
Media Management
Finder Management
Original, Optimized, Proxy
Live Stream Record & Edit
Import Conclusion

Basic Editing: Run Time:  About 1 ¼ hours

Introduction to Editing
Basic Edit to Timeline
Full edit – Part 1
Basic Inspector – Video
Basic Inspector – Audio
Basic Effects in Timeline
Basic Multicam
Adjusting MultiCam In the Timeline

Advanced Editing:Run Time:  About 7 ½ hours

Adjustments in the timeline
Fine Adjustment in & out points
Advanced Multicam
Short Cuts
Edits using Callouts
Audition-Compound Clips
Timeline Tools
Keyframes in the Timeline
Keyframes in the Viewer
Color Correction – Masks
Keying – Green Screen
Video Scopes, 2nd Monitor
Complete the Edit – Part 1
Complete the Edit – Part 2  Effects & Generators
Audio Correction
Editing Text
Edit Conclusion

Basic Export:Run Time:  About ¾  hour

Introduction to Export
Export from Share Menu
Audio levels prior to export
Creating a DVD
Burning Blu-Ray to DVD media

Advanced Export: Run Time:  About 1 ½ hours

Playback views
Exporting Roles
Export with Compressor
Quicktime Pro
Export with XML
Consolidate and Archive
Overview – Motion
Trouble Shooting Avoid the Spinning Beachball
Export Conclusion

 

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Additional to the previous course on the App store:

 

• Completely re-edited for Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2
• Increased from 8 x hours of lessons to over 14 x hours of video lessons.
• Now includes access to sample video, stills and audio clips to allow you to follow the instruction with a hands-on experience.
• NEW Index feature to allow quick reference to video material.
• 2 x PDF indexes are also included as part of the course material:
• “All lessons” and also  “A-Z of all topics”.
• You can refer back to topics or skip to specific topics of interest.
22 x Additional lessons:
Quick Start: Make a 5 minute Movie
How to Update Events & Projects to 10.1
The Effects Browser
Favorites, Keywords, Smart Collections
Media Management
Finder Management
Original, Optimized, Proxy
Live Stream Record & Edit
Full edit – Part 1
Timeline Tools
Keyframes in the Timeline
Keyframes in the Viewer
Color Correction – Masks
Keying – Green Screen
Video Scopes, 2nd Monitor
Complete the Edit – Part 1
Complete the Edit – Part 2  Effects & Generators
Audio Correction
Editing Text
Consolidate and Archive
Overview – Motion
Trouble Shooting Avoid the Spinning Beachball
scopes

The course is designed and recorded by:

Bruce Macbryde is a trained graphic designer, who has migrated to video production and training.Bruce is CEO of VideoEditOz  a Sydney production facility specialising in Events and Corporate web video.Bruce is actively involved with the business both in filming and the editing process.Bruce has been editing with Final Cut Pro since 2002, and was the NSW training manager for Final Cut Pro and other Apple software with Australian Apple reseller NextByte for a number of years. Previously, in 1990s, while working with his Graphic Design Company, DesignDirect, Bruce was a registered trainer for Graphic design software; Freehand and PageMaker at Tertiary institutions as well as freelancing engagements.Currently Bruce is an independent trainer for Final Cut Pro X, iMovie and Motion. Training is provided on a face to face basis as well as via email and SKYPE. Training and support is provided for individuals and corporates, on a “one on one” as well as to groups. Bruce has trained staff from Sydney TV channels; Channel 9, Channel 7, and ABC as well as well known Australian corporates.Bruce also trains Final Cut Pro users globally via SKYPE. The Web tutorials on Final Cut Pro and iMovie have been created, recorded and published since 2009.

New update to Final Cut Pro X 10.0.8

The 8th free update for Final Cut Pro X Announced

There are in fact 3 x updates, for Final Cut Pro, Motion and Compressor.FCP Tutorials from 1.99

The new updates are free for those who have already purchased the applications, bringing the version numbers up to Final Cut Pro X 10.0.8, Motion 5.0.7, and Compressor 4.0.7. While the updates for the latter to are comprised mostly of bug fixes, the additions to Final Cut Pro X are more substantial:

Final Cut Pro X 10.0.8

There are a number of new features and enhancements, many of which focus on improvements for professional users. Among the updates is support for Sony XAVC codec up to 4K, the ability to view “ProRes Log C files from ARRI ALEXA cameras with standard Rec. 709 color and contrast levels,” and a long list of editing fixes, tweaks and enhancements that have been highly requested by pro users.

In Detail:

  • Support for Sony XAVC codec up to 4K resolution

Sony camera

  • Option to display ProRes Log C files from ARRI ALEXA cameras with standard Rec. 709 color and contrast levels

Log C

  • Resolves an issue where some third-party effects generated green frames during render
  • Resolves performance issues that could occur with certain titles and effects
  • Time reversed clips render in the background
  • Ability to use key commands to adjust Clip Appearance settings in the timeline
  • Ability to view reel number metadata located in the timecode track of video files
  • Mono audio files in a surround project export with correct volume levels
  • Drop zones no longer reset to the first frame of video after application restart
  • Fixes a performance issue which resulted from selecting multiple ranges on a single clip
  • Fixes an issue where the Play Around function did not work properly on certain clips when viewed through external video devices

Along with Version 10.0.8 of Final Cut Pro X, Apple has started a campaign , to ‘win back’ professionals. In this campaign, Apple will be reporting on stories from professional editors who are making the switch back to FCPX.

Apple’s campaign is being timed to coincide with this year’s NAB convention in Las Vegas from April 6th-11th.

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Motion 5.0.7

The following items are included in the latest update, according to Apple:

  • Resolves an issue where some third-party effects generated green frames during render
  • Resolves performance issues that could occur with certain titles and effects
  • Fixes a stability issue when splitting layers in the timeline
  • Fixes an issue where launching a plug-in with a check box could require multiple clicks
  • Fixes a stability issue with CoreMelt plug-ins

Compressor 10.0.7

Apple has listed, the following as new in the latest update to Compressor:

  • Removes 1GB file size limit for uploads to Vimeo
  • Fixes a stability issue when playing back certain MPEG-2 files
  • Fixes a stability issue in Qmaster when processing multiple jobs

Also Apple has updated Video Codecs for Quicktime

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About ProApps QuickTime Codecs v1.0.2

This update adds the following video codecs for use by QuickTime-based applications:

  • Apple Intermediate Codec
  • Apple ProRes
  • AVC-Intra
  • DVCPRO HD
  • HDV
  • XDCAM HD / EX / HD422
  • MPEG IMX
  • Uncompressed 4:2:2
  • XAVC

This update is recommended for all users of Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4.

Tutorials: Final Cut Pro X from $1.99

47 individual lessons over 8 hours of tutorials,
Separate Basic and Advanced sections.

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New version of Event Manager X 1.3 for Final Cut

Intelligent Assistance have released an update for Event Manager X 1.3.

Event Manager X for Final Cut Pro X, is the ONE plug in that you must have to make the workflow of Final Cut Pro complete.

This Tutorial explains the recently released update: Event Manager X 1.3 – specifically the Changes in version 1.3: Notes, and settingFCP Tutorials from 1.99 label colours directly within Event manager interface, rather than having to set them in the Macs Finder window.

The tutorial discusses all the original features, as well as the updates in each of the more recent versions.

We have reviewed the new features and give explanations of the full feature set.

Tutorials: Final Cut Pro X from $1.99

47 individual lessons over 8 hours of tutorials,
Separate Basic and Advanced sections.

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Guide lines in FCP X

Create your own guidelines on FCP X

Anyone who has been using FCP X for a while will have had the need to align clips.

Here is a simple way of creating your own compound clip or using the principles in this video to create your own generator in Motion.

For my way of thinking the Compound clip option is the simplest option, as I keep an Event and Project, always active, called “Callouts” that have all of my frequently used titles, clips and stills (like arrows, frames and circles)

Click here to see the excellent video from FCPXtv

Tutorials: Final Cut Pro X from $1.99

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Separate Basic and Advanced sections.

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Valentine’s Day Discounts

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Use This Valentine’s Day Discount to Get Your Final Cut Training Tutorials Now!

EARLY BIRDS SAVE a whopping 50% OFF our Valentine’s Day Special Discount

from 13th March through to 19th March.

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We are offering 50% discount off the normal price for all of our Final Cut Pro Tutorials at our on-line store.

Use this code: val50 (all tutorials – one per customer)

Offer is limited from 13th to 19th March only.

Tutorial: Event Manager X for FCP X

Event Manager X for Final Cut Pro X,

is the ONE plug in that you must have to make

the workflow of Final Cut Pro complete.

We have produced a 12 minute video training lesson to cover the update to the 1.2.3 version and discuss the importance of Event Manager X , by way of explaining the full feature set.

With Event Manager X you get full control of your Events and Projects, by being able to manage the Events and Projects you want to be visible in Final Cut Pro X.

Event Manager X now features “Sets“, which are combinations of related Events and Projects for instant reload.  Very importantly, it also tracks Events and Projects that are on offline storage devices, so you can properly ensure all relevant Events and Projects are mounted. This tracking of offline storage devices means you can back-up or archive Events and Projects to external storage and when you take that storage offline you can still see where your Projects are located.

By default Final Cut Pro X will show you all Events and Projects on all mounted storage devices. But there is no in-built way to un-mount those Events and Projects. Nor any way to keep track of Events or Projects not visible or on unmounted storage devices. Event Manager X  lets you un-mount those Events and Projects and allows you to keep track of them even though they are invisible to FCP X or on unmounted storage devices.

Event Manager X quickly allows you to select a combination of Events and Projects that match a particular job, or are related to one subject.

Event Manager X allows you to see the full state of the mounted storage devices, including hidden Events and Projects; see the Events and Projects on unmounted storage devices; and can control combinations of Events and Projects as Sets for easy reconfiguring between jobs or clients.

Event Manager X for FCP X is available from:

Intelligent Assistance:

http://assistedediting.intelligentass…

 

Learn Final Cut Pro X from $4.99

47 individual lessons over 8 hours of tutorials,
Separate Basic and Advanced sections.

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Tutorial: Archive a Final Cut Pro Project – remove unused media

There is some confusion as to what the

Consolidate and the Duplicate functions

of Final Cut Pro X actually do.

I use both of these functions in a detailed walk-through of the workflow to archive a group of projects to an external archive HDD.

By using the “Duplicate Project + Used clips” option, I am able to archive a group of projects into one, then consolidate all the media and archive (duplicate) to another location and remove any clips that were not used in the project, hence saving disk space in the process.FCP Tutorials from 1.99

Tutorials: Final Cut Pro X from $1.99

47 individual lessons over 8 hours of tutorials,
Separate Basic and Advanced sections.

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Suggestions for fixing corrupted projects in Final Cut Pro X

Some thoughts about trying to resolve a corruption problem in Final Cut Pro X

Yesterday, I opened a project, created about 3 weeks earlier and was horrified to find ever time I tried to access the footage FCP X crashed.

There was too much at stake to just abandon the work already done – several days effort..

 

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After several attempts to open the project and subsequent crashes, I started to try to diagnose where the problem was. Earlier, I had also tried to open the backed up project (back ups are done via “Carbon Copy Cloner” daily back ups) – same results – crashes as soon as the project clips were accessed.

I removed the FCP preferences from the Preference library, re started the computer – no fix.FCP Tutorials from 1.99

Using “Event Manager X”, I  opened FCP  with just the Event open and then with just the Project open. The problem was in the Project, as when the Event was open by itself, it did not crash when the Event clips were accessed. When the project was opened without the Event, FCP still crashed.

First I tried to duplicate the project, it let me create a duplicate with out crashing, but even with only the duplicated Project open, FCP crashed. Then I tried to export the project as a ProRes 422 file (Thinking that at least I could re – import what had already been edited) You guessed it – Crashed again.

With the update 10.0.6, Final Cut now retains in and out points. I realized that all clips in the event library, (that had in and out points retained), could be selected and when a new Project was created these could all be added to a new time line (with the “E” shortcut) in one action. That was certainly getting me well on the way to recovery – but any effects and modifications to those clips would need to be re-added – (not such a good idea after all – but certainly better than having to review the event footage from scratch)

1 In & out points

It was about this time, that I started to look at the Problem report text in the crash document that is automatically sent to Apple. not being a programmer, this was “gobbly gook” to me – or so I thought. I noticed that every time a crash report was produced that it included the words: “BAD_ACCESS” and “INVALID_ADDRESS at”, that address was always the same number “0000000000028” I wondered if that had something to do with the time code in the time line. Maybe the corruption is in the first few clips

1 crash report

In desperation, I opened FCP again with only the Event and duplicated Project open, then immediately accessed the duplicated Project, and before it could crash, selected the first few clips and quickly, deleted them. Wonder of wonders, it no longer crashed.

To, sort of, prove the theory, I opened FCP again with the Event and the original Project – it crashed. I opened FCP again with the Event and the new Project – no crashes.

It is a day later and another 40 minutes of edit has been added to the new Project – all is OK so far. But I have exported the edit so far as a ProRes 422 file – just in case.

What have I learnt?

1/ FCP files/projects can become corrupt – as did those of FCP 7 and earlier.

2/ It is worth trying to solve the problem and not just start the edit again.

3/ Event Manager X is worth it’s weight in GOLD – never would have taken the time to move events and projects from one folder to another hidden folder and back in the Finder – all too hard without Event manager X

4/ Maybe the Problem reports: “INVALID_ADDRESS at” can give an indication where the corrupt clips are in the time line – and maybe able to delete those.

I hope this helps anyone else who has the misfortune to wake up one morning and find a corrupted PCP Project.

Tutorials: Final Cut Pro X from $1.99

47 individual lessons over 8 hours of tutorials,
Separate Basic and Advanced sections.

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How to run both FCP 7 and FCP X on the same computer

Final Cut Pro 7 and Final Cut Pro X share some of their resources so will not run on the same computer –

or to be more accurate in the same user on the same computer.

As those of you that own both FCP 7 and FCP X will know, Both applications cannot be run at the same time. Well here is the good news – and is so easy to do.

Just set up a new user – call it FCP X or something similar and launch FCP X from that user. You can then run  FCP 7 concurrently in your original user account. Of course you could run FCP 7 on the new user and FCP X in the old, if you prefer. Both can be run independently in either user account as well, if you wish. If you already have a second user account – no need to set up a new one.

You will need to copy your purchased (non Apple) Final Cut plug ins (third party effects/titles and generators) to the new account. You could copy your preferences if you want or set up new preferences in the  new account.

Warning: You might run into user conflicts if you copy the preferences/plugins directly from one account to the next so consider copying to an external hard disk and then copy from there to the new user account. (you could copy to the root folder on your Macintosh HD as well, then copy from there to the new user account)

If you are setting up FCP X on the new user account, this is how to copy your plug-ins and preferences to the new user.

Plug-ins:

Final cut X’s third party plug-ins are kept in the “motion templates” folder which is in the “movies” folder in your user folder

You will need to copy the contents of Effects, Generators Titles and Transitions. To make it easy for you only the third party plug-ins show as the Apple supplied plug-ins are elsewhere.

You need to copy the contents of the “motion templates” folder into the “movies” folder on your new user account. If you do not have  the “motion templates” folder in you new account’s “movies” folder then you could copy the whole “motion templates” folder across or create a new Motion templates folder.

Preferences: 

FCP X keeps its preferences in the User Library.

Copy the two files:

com.apple.FinalCut.LSSharedFileList.plist

com.apple.FinalCut.plist

Place them in the same location in your new user account.

If you want to move the FCP 7 to the new user you only need to move the Preferences to the new user.

FCP 7 keeps its Plug-ins in the System Library rather than the user Library: You do not need to copy these as the new user has access to them because they are in the system.

The preferences are in the user library:

The preferences do need to be copied.

Copy these into the same place in the second user account.

Tutorials: Final Cut Pro X from $1.99

47 individual lessons over 8 hours of tutorials,
Separate Basic and Advanced sections.

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