Articles tagged with: Tutorial

Exploring 360° video with Final Cut Pro X

Monday, 08 June 2015

I saw an interesting music video today from Bjork - another 360° ‘VR’ video, which prompted me to find out how to create 360° motion graphics using Final Cut Pro X.

If you view this video with the Chrome browser on YouTube, you can drag within the video to look around - left and right, up and down:

Use the cog settings control to increase the resolution to 2160p-4K.

I made this video by scaling a still equirectangular panorama down to 4320x2160 and importing it into a new 25p Final Cut Pro X project.

I then overlaid text on top, animating some of it.

Here is the 'flat' video - scaled down to HD from 4K:

Where I wanted text to appear 'behind' the initial position - where the left and right edges of the panorama meet, I created two copies of the same title, so it wouldn't be cut off by the edge.

I exported the video as an H.264 encoded mp4 scaled to 3840x2160 with a data rate of 30 Mbps (more on YouTube's video upload specs).

For YouTube to recognise that this 4K video was designed for 360° video, I opened the Final Cut output file with Google's 360 Video Metadata application. The simple UI has a single button:

Screenshot of Google's 360 Video Metadata application UI

I clicked 'Inject and save' and saved a new file which I uploaded to YouTube.

Looks like I made my graphics too large, but if you avoid moving too far up or down on your background, overlaid graphics should work OK.

 

Final Cut Pro X tip: Create compound clips with handles

Wednesday, 04 March 2015

Compound clips are useful for when your Final Cut Pro X project timeline is getting complex, or if you want to use the same sequence of clips in multiple places.

There's a catch though - they aren't created with handles.

In this case some frames have been trimmed off the start of 'Clip 2' and off the end of 'Clip 4'

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If I make a compound clip of the selected clips (Using the 'File:New:Compound Clip…' command or by control- or right-clicking then in the timeline)…

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…I can't use the select tool (or the trim tool) to drag the start of the compound clip to the left in order to see the frames I know are in Clip 2.

This is because the timeline of the compound clip looks like this:

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However, if I temporarily add a pair of long transitions to the first and last clip of the group… 

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and then make a compound clip of the clips (don't select the temporary transitions when making the compound clip)…

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and then delete the transitions...

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the compound clip has the same duration as before, but now has handles equal to half the duration of the transitions.

The timeline of the compound clip looks like this:

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That means I can now trim out the start of the compound clip. In this case I'm adding two seconds and three frames to the start of the compound clip.

 

 

Video in text Final Cut Pro X tutorial

Monday, 08 December 2014

As well as their weekly free Final Cut Pro X and Apple Motion tuition under the MacBreak video series for Pixelcorps, Ripple Training also make free short videos that show how to achieve special effects.

This Video in Text Effect tutorial shows how to make a video clip appear within text while showing other content behind the text.

Over 19 Hours of free Final Cut Pro X training

Friday, 05 December 2014

Since before Final Cut Pro X, Ripple Training have been known to provide the best video tutorials. As well as great value training products, they also continue to give away hours of training on YouTube.

Here is my YouTube playlist of over 120 videos that can be used as a free training course for those starting out with Final Cut. They have been released almost once a week every week since version 10.0.0 was launched.

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The way Final Cut projects and footage is organised changed fundamentally in December 2013, so I've set the order of the videos on the play list so that the first video introduces basic editing and the second video shows the way Final Cut used to work. After those videos from 2011, I've listed four more recent videos that show the new way that Final Cut works. The playlist is then chronological. You'll see the old user interface and old way of organising footage and timelines.

As well as these longer tutorials, Ripple also make tip videos in their weekly 'Final Cut Pro X in under 5 minutes' series. As the information in each video doesn't depend on the previous one, their 'under 5 minutes' videos page is in reverse chronological order.

These many hours of training are free, but they weren't designed as a carefully constructed programme. If you do watch them you'll have to work harder to put everything together. If you find these videos useful, I strongly suggest that you check out Ripple Training's paid video tutorials. You'll learn all the same information, but the process will be quicker and the knowledge easier to retain.

For the paid training, start with Final Cut Pro X Core Training, then go on to Media Management in Final Cut Pro X. After that, move on to Sound Editing and Color Correction. Then choose tutorials based on your specific needs: Multicam Editing, Compositing and Advanced Editing in Final Cut Pro X.

If you would like to learn how to edit - to learn the craft of editing itself, consider Ripple's Creative Editing in Final Cut Pro X tutorial.

Alternatively, if you already know the Final Cut Pro X basics, use these free videos to learn more about areas of the application you are less certain of.

Final Cut Pro X Subclips tutorials

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

fcp.co have gathered together a series of subclip tutorials by T Payton. As well as forum posts, the YouTube videos…

should be watched in order. All six add up to about an hour, so grab yourself a coffee!

 

MacBreak Studio: Final Cut Pro X Used Media Ranges

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

This week's MacBreak Studio video shows how much more you can do in Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2 with media that is used in the current project and media not yet used in the current project.

While it's great to be able to quickly filter browser clips in this way, the real power of this feature comes into play in the Filter HUD.

This is the 102nd free Final Cut Pro X tutorial video from Mark Spencer and Steve Martin of Ripple Training.

My YouTube list of all 102.

 

Final Cut Pro X transitions when you don't have enough media

Monday, 14 July 2014

In some situations you'll get this message when you attempt create a transition between two clips in Final Cut Pro X: 

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There are new extra frames after the end of the outgoing clip and frames before the start of the incoming clip for the transition to work with. This applies to compound clips and other kinds of media as well as video clips. 

There are many cases when you won't want Final Cut to ripple trim the clips and reduce the duration of the storyline you're editing.

An alternative is to use an Adjustment Layer to apply an effect to the end of the outgoing clip (or clips) and the start of the incoming clip, and to animate the effect's parameters so the effect is strongest at the first frame of the incoming clip:

Download my free adjustment layer plugin from my old plugins site.

Footage from EditStock.com.

 

 

Secret Final Cut Pro X - Movable Markers

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

As I've written before, there are many elements hidden within Final Cut that give hints about possible future directions the application might take.

One feature implemented but not enabled in version 10.1 and 10.1.1 is the ability to move markers along a clip:

It is possible to modify an installed copy of Final Cut to turn this feature on.

Note that there might be a good reason why Apple didn't enable this feature - perhaps beta testers suffered mysterious crashes due to an odd clash of code when the feature is enabled. Maybe they want to make the feature better before making it public (selecting multiple markers, making markers draggable to other clips). I don't know. I made the modification in February on my main Mac with no problems, but I can't guarantee all will be well on your system.

The preference is hidden in a property list document hidden within the application - that means to enable it, you will need to use another application to directly modify your copy of Final Cut Pro X.

How to turn on Final Cut's Movable Markers feature

If you have enough disk space, install Apple's development suite - Xcode. It is available for free from the Mac App Store. If you don't want to use over 2GB of storage, search the internet for applications that can edit .plist documents or 'Property List' files. An example is 'Pref Setter' from Night Productions.

Quit Final Cut Pro X if it is open.

In the Applications folder, control-click (or right-click) the Final Cut Pro icon and choose 'Show Package Contents' from the context pop up menu.

Navigate to Final Cut Pro.app/Contents/Frameworks/TLKit.framework/Versions/A/Resources

Find 'EventDescriptions.plist'

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Drag a copy of 'EventDescriptions.plist' out of Final Cut to another folder or the desktop.

Duplicate 'EventDescriptions.plist' in the Finder using the Duplicate command in the File menu (or option-drag it to a different folder). This unmodified version will help you restore Final Cut if needed.

Open 'EventDescriptions.plist' by control-clicking (or right-clicking) its icon. From the context pop up menu, choose 'Xcode' (I need to do this on my Mac because I have multiple applications that can modify .plist documents).

In Xcode, expand the 'TLKMarkerHandler' section by clicking its grey disclosure triangle.

Expand 'Configuration'

Change the 'NO' to 'YES' by clicking the pop-up control to the right of the 'NO'

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Save the file to keep the change to 'EventDescriptions.plist' and quit Xcode.

Drag the modified 'EventDescriptions.plist' into Final Cut Pro.app/Contents/Frameworks/TLKit.framework/Versions/A/Resources

You are likely to get an alert stating that 'Modifying “Resources” requires an administrator name and password.' - Authenticate using your password.

When you next open Final Cut Pro, you'll find that you can drag markers along clips and also drag them off clips as shown in the video above.

Please remember MODIFYING THE INTERNALS OF FINAL CUT PRO X CAN DAMAGE IT - be careful with the changes you make. Make original copies of any elements you change in case things go wrong. As a last resort you can delete your copy of Final Cut and go to the Mac App Store and reinstall a fresh copy if needed. To save that time, be careful as you make changes.

Bonus Tip - Less rounded corners in the timeline

Sharp-eyed Final Cut users will notice that the timeline shown in the video looks subtly different: the clip corners are less rounded than in the stock version of Final Cut Pro X. I got this result by changing values in the 'CornerRadius.plist' file listed above in Final Cut Pro.app/Contents/Frameworks/TLKit.framework/Versions/A/Resources - using width settings of 0, 0, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 4, 4 for items 0 to 8.

 

How to introduce Final Cut Pro X to children in less than an hour

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

On Sunday I was lucky enough to catch the live stream of episode 47 of the Tech Educator podcast.

The Tech Educator Podcast supports teachers who want to use and teach technology in schools.

Sunday's show was their first on Final Cut Pro X. The main guest was Jon Corippo - an Apple Distinguished Educator who has devised a lesson plan that he uses to introduce Final Cut Pro X to a classroom of children in less than an hour.

Import Final Cut Pro X projects into iMovie using hidden workaround

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Editor and plugin maker Andy Mees has discovered that you can import Final Cut Pro X exported XML into the new version of iMovie. Here you can see the source timeline in Final Cut. It was exported as an .fcpxml file and imported into iMovie. 

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The reason why the timelines don't match up is because iMovie timelines have variable scale. Although the faint grey vertical lines are equally spaced, the times they mark aren't equally spaced (in this case some are marked as denoting 9.4, 10.9, 15.8, 20.3, 24.4, 27.2 and 32.1 seconds).

iMovie doesn't implement all Final Cut Pro X features such as multiple connected video clips at the same time or auditions. Despite this, you can see iMovie displays an audition icon on one of the audio clips in Andy's timeline. If you attempt to edit the audition in iMovie, you'll see an imcomplete UI:

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iMovie doesn't have an 'Import Final Cut Pro X XML…' command. Andy discovered a simple workaround.

1. Control- or Right-click the iMovie icon and choose 'Show Package Contents' from the shortcut menu

2. Open another window that shows the iMovie icon and drop your .fcpxml file onto the icon.

3. In iMovie you'll see a dialogue box that asks which iMovie library you would like to import your XML file into:

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As well as reading his blog, keep up with Andy by following him on Twitter.