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How To Add the Default Transition To Clips in Final Cut Pro

In a video editing program, a transition is the way the video moves from one clip to another. Without transitions, clips in a video would abruptly start and stop, and would make for unappealing videos....[more]

How To Start a New DV Video Project in Final Cut Pro

If you want to start a new DV video, then using Final Cut Pro will help you to get the best out of your project. Transferring the DV camcorder onto Final Pro is the best...[more]

From iMovie to Final Cut: Understanding Insert and Overwrite

If you have been used to the technology behind iMovies, then you may be a bit unsure about moving over to Final Cut Express or Pro. There are many new features which can make it...[more]

From iMovie to Final Cut: What Are In and Out Points?

If you plan on switching from iMovie to Final Cut Pro for your video editing needs, there will be a lot of things you will need to learn in order to use the new program...[more]

From iMovie to Final Cut: Understanding Rendering

If you have been using iMovie for editing your movies and videos and now want to move on to the more powerful Final Cut Pro for your editing needs, you will need to re-learn a...[more]

How To Simulate Dolby Digital Yourself

If you want to get the best quality for your video, then you will need to try and simulate the standard of Dolby Digital. These world leaders in the field of audio and visual sound...[more]

Compressor: QuickTime Components

If you are using Compressor Software, then you may be interested in using QuickTime components. These features allow you to install the QuickTime player files in your computer. If you want to use these components...[more]

Compressor: Distributed Encoding

If you have a video which you wish to convert to display on the Internet, then you will probably need to use some encoding software to make the difference on your system. Most types of...[more]

Creating a Droplet on Compressor

A droplet is a great way of saving information, and can be created using the Compressor system. Once you have made the droplet, you can use this to quicken up your ability to compress information,...[more]

DVD Studio Pro: Image Compatibility

It's essential that you know about the image compatibility of DVD Studio Pro when you are considering importing images into your projects. Image compatibility simply means the images which are supported and can be imported...[more]

DVD Studio Pro: How To Make a DVD Easter Egg

If you are looking to make a DVD Easter egg in your video, then you will need to know how to go about hiding the files using a software program. The idea of a DVD...[more]

DVD Studio Pro: Burning Issues and SD DVD

Creating SD DVD content using DVD Studio Pro is very easy. DVD Studio Pro is one of the most powerful DVD authoring applications available at the moment. This is included with Final Cut Pro and...[more]

DVD Studio Pro: How To Preserve Correct 16:9 Aspect Ratio

If you use DVD Studio Pro a great deal, you may find that although you have a 16.9 aspect ratio set up on your software, your quick time player or other DVD player often reduces...[more]

DVD Studio Pro: Finishing your DVD

DVD Studio Pro is a very powerful and professional application which can be used to design and make DVDs. It's possible to use this application to create powerful looking DVDs. Although the results are very...[more]

How To Make Chapter Markers in Final Cut Pro for DVD Studio Pro

Chapter markers are a great way of controlling your work when you come to place it upon a DVD. Using chapter markers allows you to move forwards or backwards through the film quickly, and can...[more]

Using Keyboard Commands vs Drag and Drop

Drag and drop editing is an elementary way to use the Avid program. If you ever want to be hired as an editor, the first thing your prospective employers will look for is whether you...[more]

Changing Fonts in an Avid Bin

Changing fonts in the Avid bin is an option that everyone should be aware of. The stereotypical editor sits in a room all day staring at a screen. The default font setting in an Avid bin...[more]

Changing Timeline Background Color in Avid Media Composer

Making the timeline visually perfect can come down to the background color. Every editor needs to maximize the ease with which they are able to see their editing work space. This can be affected by fonts,...[more]

Final Cut Pro: Understanding Audio Meters

The purpose of audio meters in Final Cut Pro is to display the level of your audio signal. While there are different types of audio meters, the main type utilized by Final Cut Pro is peak...[more]

Final Cut Pro: How To Set Proper Audio Levels

Final Cut Pro is a useful video editing application, which makes adjusting the audio levels very easy. The audio levels are the volume of the audio tracks which are used in your project. These can...[more]

Final Cut Pro: How To Record a Voiceover Using the Voice Over Tool

Final Cut Pro makes voiceover recording very simple. It's a video editing application which runs on Apple Macintosh computers. A built in voice over tool makes it possible to use your computer's microphone to record...[more]

Final Cut Pro: How To Adjust Parameters in the Motion Tab

The motion parameters are located in the Motion tab. To view the Motion tab, the Viewer must be open. The default motion parameters for a clip are 0 for the center and anchor point, 100 for...[more]

Final Cut Pro: How To Zoom In to the Canvas

It's possible to use Final Cut Pro to zoom into the canvas in your video. Final Cut Pro is the most popular video editing application which is used by professionals. The application can be run...[more]

Final Cut Pro: How To Create Keyframed Motion Paths in the Canvas

Using the Canvas, you can create keyframed motion paths. Motion paths allows you to create motion for a clip by repositioning the playhead in the Canvas. The Canvas makes creating motion paths easy, because it will automatically...[more]

Final Cut Pro: How To Use the Change Speed Dialogs

With the Change Speed dialogs, you are able to apply speed effects to your clips, such as slow motion and fast motion. The Change Speed dialog also allows you to change the speed of a clip...[more]

Final Cut Pro: Compositing Using the Chroma Keyer Filter

Final Cut Pro has a feature called compositing, which allows you to stack multiple clips on top of each other. When you stack multiple clips on top of each other, there is bound to be an...[more]

Final Cut Pro Titles: How To Install and Choose Fonts

Original versions of Final Cut Pro made working with text on titles very difficult. Ever since Final Cut Pro 4, however, this is much simpler. Final cut 4 introduced LiveType which was a new text...[more]

Final Cut Pro Titles: How To Create and Add a Title Clip

With Final Cut Pro, you are able to create and add titles. Titles can be used for many purposes, including displaying times and dates within the movie and, of course, serving as opening and closing credits. Text...[more]

From iMovie to Final Cut: Importing Clips

If you have reached the point where iMovie no longer meets your video editing needs, you may be considering Apple's high-end product: Final Cut Pro. If you decide to move to Final Cut Pro, you...[more]

From iMovie to Final Cut: Creating a New Project

If you are making the transition to from iMovie to Final Cut Pro because you have reached the limits of the beginner video editing program, you will need to learn many things in order to...[more]

Final Cut Pro: Understanding the Timeline Window

In Final Cut Pro, the Timeline displays an exact order of your video and audio clips. The Timeline works with the Canvas to provide different views of your sequences. The Timeline organizes each of your sequences...[more]

Final Cut Pro: Understanding the Tools Window

On more modern versions of Final Cut Pro, you will find yourself looking at a Cinema Tools window. This window allows you to follow the connections between the key numbers on the screen and the...[more]

Final Cut Pro: Understanding the Viewer Window

In Final Cut Pro, the Viewer Window is the screen through which you view the film as you are working on it. You can use the viewer window during the process known as three-point editing,...[more]

How To Create the Fade Pixel Stretch Effect in Photoshop

Creating the fade pixel stretch effect photoshop is very simple and will completely change the look of any image that you are working on. This effect will make the image look unique. The effect has...[more]

Final Cut Pro vs. Avid

In the world of video editing software, Avid and Final Cut Pro are the two names that stand well above others in the field. Not only are Avid and Final Cut Pro the market leaders...[more]

Final Cut Pro vs. iMovie

Apple iMovie is part of their iLife suite of software products, which are designed to allow home users the ability to create and share multimedia projects on their Mac Computers. iMovie is a video capture...[more]

Final Cut Pro vs. Final Cut Express

If you have explored the limits of iMovie, you will probably graduate to Apple's Final Cut Express or Final Cut Pro. Both programs offer many more advanced editing features than iMovie and allow you to...[more]

8 Reasons to Use Final Cut Pro

Final Cut Pro is one of most popular video editing software programs available and is the product of choice for the vast majority of video editors using a Mac computer. Final Cut Pro makes professional...[more]

Using a Spreadsheet to Log Timecode

You can use a spreadsheet program (like Microsoft Excel or Open Office Calc) to log the timecode readings from your video and also create a running 'Total Length' calculator. This will allow you track sequence...[more]

Final Cut Express: Keyframing

Keyframing allows you to alter the appearance of the video by adding special effects, and Final Cut Express is one way in which you can use this type of software program. Final Cut Express allows...[more]

Enhancing Storyboards with Photoshop

It doesn't matter if you draw using pen and paper or with a tablet, you can use Adobe Photoshop to enhance your storyboards and make them even better. You can prepare your storyboard for animation...[more]

How To Create an Alpha Channel in Shake

An alpha channel is designed to create depth in computer graphics, and using Apple Shake to create one is a relatively straightforward process. While creating an alpha channel in Shake does require several steps, it's...[more]

Compressor: How To Use Markers

There are a number of different markers which you can use on your audio and visual Compressor software. You can use these types of markers to influence how you negotiate around the film. For example,...[more]

Understanding Industry-Standard Video Formats

Video formats are no longer just the concern of audio visual specialists. Technology is becoming more user friendly with every new video technology that is introduced. Videos can be uploaded to YouTube, social networking sites...[more]

Compressor: Blu-Ray Disc and DVD Burning

For DVD burning, you will have to apply this as a job action for Compressor. You can apply job actions and adjust them in the Inspector window under the Job Action tab. You will have...[more]

How To Use Compressor's Batch Templates

Batch templates help to make your transcoding work flow easier and faster. These are particularly good if you repeat the same jobs. Here are a few steps to show you a fast and easier way...[more]

How To Create Custom Output Settings with Compressor

Final Cut Studio's settings compressor comes with many default settings that you can use to start compressing your jobs right away. You can, however, create your own custom settings, create more than one group of...[more]

Compressor: Video Filters

Compressor includes quite a few video filters to select for your files. These filters give you flexible options as you get your files ready for output. You can preview your files for any color adjustments,...[more]

Compressor: Encoding Presets

Video files can be compressed by using encoding presets in Compressor. This process is a similar to using a zip file to compress other file types such as documents. These programs allow your computer to...[more]

Compressor: How To Chain Jobs

When you chain jobs, it will reduce the time you need to compress your items. This merges as much work as possible into a batch. Compressor will then manage the jobs for you. Job chaining...[more]

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