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How to Make Connections in Event Photography

When it comes to event photography there are plenty of ways that you will be able to make successful connections that will help you to further your career. Event photography is a type of career or...[more]

Why Would You Want a Transparent Frame?

Why would you want a transparent frame? Well, isn't the whole point of a picture frame to put what's inside on display? You want everyone to see your image in all of it's glory with...[more]

Four Christmas Card Photo Ideas for Children

A Christmas card photo is the perfect place to show off your kids. December is the one month of the year when everyone's busy lives slow down a little and people have time to reconnect...[more]

An Introduction to Pinnacle Studio

Pinnacle Studio is one of the most powerful video editing software packages currently available. This software makes it really easy to edit and add various effects to videos. You might, however, want to know the...[more]

Adobe Premiere: 5 Effects To Avoid

Using Adobe Premiere as an editing tool gives you the opportunity to try out many visual effects and transitions. This software is packed with features and tools that are good enough for professional projects. With...[more]

Creating Titles for Final Cut Pro Projects in Photoshop

Titles are an important aspect in a video production. They have the power to instantly add or take away production value in the eyes of your audience. Simple titles look cheap and can take away...[more]

The 6 Text Generators Available in Final Cut Pro

When using Final Cut Pro, you can use text generators to create title and credit clips. There are 6 different text generators available in Final Cut Pro and each one gives you a different result. After...[more]

Final Cut Pro Titles: How To Make Sure Titles Fit on TV Screens

Titles on a movie or video often provide an important element to any project. If you want to have the title of your work be displayed a monitor or TV, it is important that you...[more]

The Basics: Creating Titles in Final Cut Pro

Final Cut Pro provides users with the capability of creating titles to include in their videos. Although there are several steps involve in creating titles, the application is not difficult to follow. Why Use Titles...[more]

Final Cut Pro: What is the SmoothCam Filter?

Digital video cameras have become more popular, yet more of a hassle for some as they see unwanted camera movement; the SmoothCam filter tool in Final Cut Pro will help get rid of those shaky...[more]

The Video and Audio Generators Available in Final Cut Pro

There are several video and audio generators available in Final Cut Pro that you can utilize to enhance the sound and look of a clip. Generators in this program allow users to generate and manipulate...[more]

Final Cut Pro: 7 Different Ways to Use Generators

Generators are effects created entirely by Final Cut Pro. These effects can be applied to any video and can be precisely controlled by the editor with keyframes in the control tab. To access a generator,...[more]

Final Cut Pro: How To Use Keying

Chroma keying composition is a technique used to mix up two picture frames, and then to remove a color of one picture or make it transparent to reveal the other picture behind it. In this,...[more]

Final Cut Pro: Using Video and Graphics Clips with Alpha Channels

In Final Cut Pro, alpha channels define areas of transparency in a video clip or still image. Regular clips only have three information channels. Those channels are red, green and blue. An alpha channel is an additional channel....[more]

Final Cut Pro: Working with Layered Photoshop Files

There are two basic types of images from Photoshop that you can use with Final Cut Pro. The first type of image has a transparent background that you can either composite or superimpose over a...[more]

Final Cut Pro: What are Composite Modes?

In Final Cut Pro, composite modes dictate how the brightness and color values of two clips interact with each other. You will only use composite modes if you are compositing and layering. When you are compositing, you...[more]

Final Cut Pro: What is Compositing and Layering?

Compositing is a technique that was once reserved for only large budget productions. It involves stacking two or more video clips or graphics on multiple video tracks. You then blend the clips together into one...[more]

Final Cut Pro: How To Change the Duration of Still Images

If you're editing a project that involves still images, such as a documentary, then you're more than likely to have still images in your timeline. And, because good editing is all about good timing, you're...[more]

Final Cut Pro: How To Scale Images and Video Clips to Match a Sequence

Final Cut Pro allows you to place images into a sequence. Whenever you place an image into a sequence, Final Cut Pro will automatically compare the image and make any necessary adjustments using two properties. The two...[more]

Final Cut Pro: How To Export Still Images

Sometimes you need to take still images from your video project for promotional purposes. It could be for a DVD cover, a press release or even a thumbnail on a website. Whatever your reason may...[more]

Final Cut Pro: How To Create Freeze Frames from a Video Clip

Freeze frames are always cool to include in a video. They're a throw back to all the great 1980s TV shows that used freeze frames at the end of the episodes before the credits. They're...[more]

Final Cut Pro: How To Use Images and Graphics in Your Sequences

Adding still images and graphics to your sequences can step up any production's quality, if they're done right. Your images and graphics need to have a high resolution and they need to be above average...[more]

Final Cut Pro: How To Use Speed Settings with Multiclips

In Final Cut Pro, when you group together at least 2 clips, you are creating multiclips. You will need to create multiclips if you are doing a multicamera shoot. With a multicamera shoot, you are...[more]

Final Cut Pro: What is a Fit to Fill Edit?

A fit to fill edit allows you to replace a clip in your timeline without changing the timeline's overall duration. For example, if you were editing a project that had to be exactly twenty two...[more]

Final Cut Pro: How To Use the Speed Parameter in the Motion Tab

Adjusting the speed parameter in Final Cut Pro can have interesting effects on your project. This can change the speed of which certain things happen. By adjusting the speed parameters in the motion tab, it's...[more]

Final Cut Pro: How To Make Speed Changes in the Timeline

By using the Timeline in Final Cut Pro, you can use keyframes to apply speed effects to clips. The most common speed effects created in the Timeline are slow motion and fast motion. You can also...[more]

How Clip Speed Works in Final Cut Pro

Clip speed refers to the play back speed of your clip. The clip speed can either be normal (what you recorded it at), slow motion or sped up. Final Cut Pro offers you two options...[more]

Final Cut Pro: How To Use Favorite Filters and Transitions

Final Cut Pro comes with a ton of video effect filters and transitions. You might find yourself using some filters and transitions a lot more than you use the others. Rather than having to keep...[more]

Final Cut Pro: How To Use the Timeline Keyframe Graph Area

In Final Cut Pro, the Timeline keyframe graph area allows you to view and edit parameter settings, such as filters, motion settings, keyframe settings and speed settings. You can also customize the keyframe graph area to...[more]

Final Cut Pro: How To Use Bezier Handles To Smooth Keyframes

Depending upon which motion settings and filter controls you used for your motion path, you may be able to use Bezier handles to smooth keyframes. Basically, when you smooth a keyframe, Final Cut Pro attaches Bezier...[more]

Final Cut Pro: How To Use Keyframes To Animating Motion Effects

Keyframes are destination cues used in Final Cut Pro and other non-linear editing programs to create motion paths to animate graphics and effects. They're not a new concept; they have been around since the early...[more]

Final Cut Pro: Transform, Scale and Rotate Using the Wireframe Handles

Final Cut Pro allows you to use wireframe handles to transform, scale and rotate clips. You can achieve the same results by using the Motion tab, which is located in the Viewer, to adjust the parameters...[more]

Final Cut Pro: The Basics of Manipulating Images in the Canvas

Adding images to the canvas in Final Cut Pro is a great way to add them to your project. By doing this, it's also possible to manipulate them and change how they look. Manipulating images...[more]

Final Cut Pro: Transferring Video Effects Between Systems

Final Cut Pro allows you to transfer video effects between systems. The effects that you would need to transfer are called RT Extreme real time effects. The RT Extreme real time effects allow you to play...[more]

Final Cut Pro Third-Party Video Filters: Plug-in Formats Supported

With so many editing and post production programs, along with the thousands of video filters that exist in these programs, it's only natural that some companies would allow their programs to become compatible with other...[more]

Final Cut Pro: How To View and Adjust a Filters Parameters

Final Cut Pro allows you to view and adjust the parameters of a filter. This can be done by viewing the filter settings in the Filters tab. When you have applied at least one filter to...[more]

Final Cut Pro: 5 Video Filters to Avoid and Why

Final Cut Pro comes with a plethora of video filters that you can use on you video clips to create special effects. There are dozens of effects to choose from. You can't really classify some...[more]

Using Final Cut Pro with Logic Pro

If you already know your way around Apple's Final Cut Pro, then using the Logic Pro together with this application will be a breeze. Logic Pro is a full-featured music production application that is commonly...[more]

How To Send Individual Audio Clips from Final Cut Pro to Soundtrack Pro

Through Final Cut Pro, you are able to send individual audio clips to Soundtrack Pro. For the purpose of this guideline, directions will be given on how to send individual audio clips from Final Cut Pro...[more]

Using Final Cut Pro with Soundtrack Pro

Soundtrack Pro is a useful application created by Apple. It can be used to handle all of the audio requirements in a Final Cut Pro project. They are very easy to use together because they...[more]

4 Tips for Editing Dialogue

Editing is a complicated craft that is dependent on having a sense of great timing. This is especially true when editing a scene with dialogue. The way you edit the scene will have a huge...[more]

Final Cut Pro: Using the Frequency Spectrum for a Clear Sounding Soundtrack

When editing high quality sound it isn't enough to just see the wave form of your audio, you also want to see the frequency spectrum. Thankfully, Soundtrack Pro is an advanced audio editing program that...[more]

Final Cut Pro: What are Edit Decision Lists?

When you're exporting a project from Final Cut Pro, you might notice something called edit decision lists. If you're not familiar with the history of editing, you might be a little confused as to what...[more]

Final Cut Pro: What are AIFF Files?

AIFF files are audio file formats used for storing sound data on a computer. AIFF stands for audio interchange file format. It was developed by Apple computers in 1988 and is a very popular audio...[more]

Final Cut Pro: Exporting Audio Tracks to Audio Files

Exporting audio tracks to audio files is now made easy by the Final Cut Pro from Apple. These easy-to-follow steps will help you export your audio tracks to an audio file. To help you better...[more]

Final Audio Mixing: Pro Tools vs Final Cut Pro

Pro Tools is a software program that is at the forefront for editing audio. It is the software of choice amongst most audio engineers, yet you hear it's name a lot less now than you...[more]

Using the Final Cut Pro Compressor Tool vs the Compressor Program

The Compressor Program is an integral part of Final Cut Pro because it is directly related to the final output of the video project. How you compress and encode the project will ultimately decide how...[more]

Final Cut Pro: What is a Compressor or Limiter Filter

The compressor or limited filter decreases the sound volume above amplitude entry point. This is extremely useful, as it minimizes the difference in volumes of two or more subjects talking. It also ensures that the...[more]

Final Cut Pro: What is a Gain Filter?

Final Cut Pro is one of the best software's currently available in the market; it is equipped with the best tools to edit professional or even homemade movies with easily accessible tools. Gain Filter enhances...[more]

Final Cut Pro: What are Equalization Filters?

In Final Cut Pro, equalization filters can serve many purposes. With equalization filters, you can decrease or eliminate background noise and make the voice of a narrator stand out over the rest of the audio in your...[more]