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Final Cut Pro: How to Adjust Clip Audio Levels and Pan Using Keyframes

Audio is often neglected by beginning filmmakers, yet it is just as important to the audience as the image. In fact, you could have the most amazing thing ever shot on the greatest video format...[more]

Final Cut Pro: Tips for Using the Transition Editor

Final Cut Pro allows you to easily create transitions between clips on the Timeline. However, if you need to create custom settings for your transitions or make precision changes, you'll need to use the transition...[more]

How To Add a Video Clip To the Sequence Timeline in Final Cut Pro

In Final Cut Pro, the timeline can be used for many to perform many functions inside the program; however, the primary purpose of the timeline is to add clips, or sequences of clips, to projects...[more]

Final Cut Pro: How to Change the Pan of Audio in the Viewer

Audio is just as important to a project as video is. A dynamic sound design has the ability to go in for the final kill in terms of having an audience being drawn into the...[more]

Final Cut Pro Audio Mixer: Mixer Automation and Keyframe Recording

The Final Cut Pro Audio Mixer allows you to record keyframes. Mixer automation is when you play back a sequence in Final Cut Pro, and the mix is automatically controlled by the audio level and pan...[more]

Avid Media Composer Techniques: Lasso Tool

In Avid, the lasso tool can be used if you are looking for an alternative way to select clips. Depending on your preference, this may or may not suit your working style, but it is...[more]

How to Sync Audio and Video in Avid

Many projects will require you to sync audio to your video without any real sync marks in your footage. One instance in which this often occurs is in music videos. The singer will have been...[more]

Adding Color Bars to Avid Media Composer Timelines

When you finish your editing project, you may be asked to add color bars to the head of your timeline. Avid makes this very easy for you, but there are some steps that you should...[more]

How to Control Clip Snapping in Avid

When editing in your Avid timeline, it is useful to know how to control clip snapping. Though this function can be quite useful, it can be annoying if it prevents you from editing freely. Step...[more]

Avoiding Adding an Extra Frame to Avid Clips

When editing very precisely, you may come across a discrepancy that suggests you are adding an extra frame to your cuts. Though this may initially seem like a glitch, it merely takes some understanding to decipher...[more]

How to Delete a Clip in Avid

Though it may seem like a simple requirement, there are many ways to delete a clip in Avid. The differences rest in how you want the timeline to look after you have removed the unwanted...[more]

Moving to Next/Previous Edit in Avid

Navigating the timeline can be infinitely easier if you know how to move from the next or previous edit in Avid. The initial instinct for a beginning editor is to attempt to place the cursor...[more]

Mapping Focus to the Keyboard

Of the many seldom used functions in Avid, try mapping "focus" to the keyboard. Though you may have never heard of this operation before, you may discover that it is quite useful. Step 1: Focus...[more]

Dragging Monitor Pictures in Avid

In Avid, it is possible to adjust the monitor pictures to better suit your needs. You can do this in either the source or the record monitor and facilitate any number of adjustments or edits....[more]

How to Use Track Selectors in Avid

When you have many tracks in your timeline, it is important to understand how to use track selection. There are many things to know about the track indicators by your timeline. Some are more obvious than others,...[more]

Creating a Montage Faster in Avid

Creating a montage can seem like a lot of editing, but in avid you can use some short cuts to make it easier on yourself. This will only work if you have a generally good...[more]

Avid: Mapping the Keyboard to Zoom the Timeline

When you discovered mapping the keyboard in Avid, you may not have realized that you cannot only map keys, but also commands. One command that is very popular and useful is zooming in and out...[more]

How to Reset the Avid Timeline Start Timecode

Avid users can sometimes become bewildered by the timeline start timecode. Depending on your version of Avid, the default starting timecode for a sequence can be one of many things, but it is rarely ever...[more]

Keeping Sharpness When Importing Images to Media Composer

Importing images into Avid can cause some frustrations if you are not properly prepared. To keep the still images sharp, you should seek help outside of the program. Step 1 - Avid Zoom Avid has...[more]

How to Copy Part of the Timeline in Avid

If you need to copy part of the timeline, you need not attempt a tedious dragging of clips. There is a much simpler way for you to maintain even your dissolves. Step 1: Find Your...[more]

Tips for Cutting to the Beat in Avid

There are plenty of tips for cutting to the beat in Avid. Music is not everyone's forte, but there are ways to facilitate the need to cut using the cues as a guide. Waveform The...[more]

Using 3-Point Keyboard Editing in Avid

Making the switch to keyboard editing rather that dragging and dropping clips will greatly improve your life as an editor. For one, you will be working with the technique of professional editors, not only causing...[more]

How to Set up a Workspace in Avid

With Avid being as ergonomic as it is, it is a good idea for you to learn how to set up a workspace. You do not need to continuously readjust your windows. Step 1: Toolsets...[more]

How to Color the Avid Timeline

Whether you want to personalize your editing experience or simply create some form of organization, you may want to know how to color your timeline. There are several aspects that you can concentrate on. Step...[more]

Creating a Whip Pan Transition in Avid Composer

In Avid Composer, you can achieve a fairly convincing whip pan even after you forgot to do it in the camera. This takes a few layers of effects that may need to be tweaked depending...[more]

All About Stereo Audio

Stereo audio is a term that refers to sound that is divided into two (or more) distinct channels (but, usually left and right channels). Stereo audio is typically played back simultaneously from two stereo speakers....[more]

How To Measure Sound Intensity

Sound intensity, which is commonly referred to as the sound pressure level, is measure in decibels. Sound intensity refers to the sound power per unit area, which is usually measured in watts. Measuring the sound...[more]

DVD Studio Pro: Creating Different Visual Options

DVD Studio Pro is the program you would use to turn your Final Cut Pro video projects into DVDs that can be watched on the TV. One of the important things to keep in mind...[more]

The Difference Between an HD DVD and a Regular DVD

When it comes to the term HD-DVD, there is a lot of confusion and terms that get loosely thrown around. To understand the difference between HD DVDs and regular DVDs, you need to look at...[more]

DVD Studio Pro: Adding Subtitles

There are many reasons for adding subtitles in DVD Studio Pro. Subtitles allow you to offer text in different languages, create buttons over videos and add graphics. You can also create individual text subtitles in DVD...[more]

All About Signal-to-Noise Ratio

Signal-to-noise ratio is a term that refers to the measurement of the level of an audio signal as compared to the level of noise that is present in that signal. Signal-to-noise ratio specifications are important...[more]

All About Dynamic Range and Compression

The technology known as dynamic range compression is an audio method of compressing the signal produced by a piece of digital software. Compression is very regularly used while saving work, recording sound and broadcasting that...[more]

All About Headroom and Distortion

When you are starting out in the video software business, then you may hear the terms headroom and distortion. These terms are often used to refer to the quality of sound on a video or...[more]

Final Cut Pro: How To Modify Sequence Timecode

If you are working on your film in Final Cut Pro, you may need to modify the timecode, particularly when you are working on sequential clips. Modifying the timecode is not actually a difficult process...[more]

Timecode in Final Cut Pro

In video editing, a timecode is a special signal that is recorded with your video that provides a unique identifier for every frame on a videotape by creating a timestamp in hours, minutes, seconds and...[more]

Final Cut Pro: How To Synchronize Playheads

In order to get the best from your clips when you are sequencing them in Final Cut Pro, you will need to work out how to synchronize the movement of the playheads so that each...[more]

Final Cut Pro: Working with Sequence Clips in the Viewer

When you have created your sequence clips, you might want to put them back into the viewer in order to look at them fully before you save the film for the last time. The sequence...[more]

Final Cut Pro: Nesting Sequences

If you choose to, when you are working on your Final Cut Pro project, you can try nesting a few sequences to see how they look. The purpose of nesting is to place more than...[more]

Final Cut Pro: Sequence-to-Sequence Editing

If you are looking for a way to complete your editing process, then you should not be intimidated by the fact that Final Cut Pro is used by professionals to give their own work a...[more]

Final Cut Pro: Previewing and Rendering Transitions

Final Cut Pro allows you to edit transitions, or create custom ones, in the transition editor. The program also allows you to view many transitions during playback in real time. There are several variables that...[more]

Final Cut Pro: Using Alpha Transitions

Final Cut Pro allows you to easily create transitions between clips on the Timeline. However, if you need to create custom settings for your transitions or make precision changes, you'll need to use the transition...[more]

Final Cut Pro: 3 Tips for Modifying Transitions in the Timeline

When you are customizing your movie, it is tempting to put in a number of transitions which will affect the way that the movie is shown on the screen or monitor. The work on transitions...[more]

Final Cut Pro: 3 Amateur Transitions To Avoid

If you want to start out using transitions when using Final Cut Pro, then you will have to be careful to avoid creating the types of transitions which will make you look like an amateur....[more]

Final Cut Pro: 6 Common Types of Transitions and Why Use Them

There are a number of common types of transitions that you can use when you are working on a project in Final Cut Pro. The transitions are there to help you move from one frame to...[more]

Final Cut Pro: Alert Messages When Trimming

In Final Cut Pro, trimming (or trim edits) is one of the most effective tools for quickly making selected clips longer or shorter in duration. You can use trimming to add or subtract frames from...[more]

Final Cut Pro: What Is Snapping?

Snapping is a useful feature in Final Cut Pro that will allow you to quickly align a large number of clips or tracks without creating gaps. Snapping makes it easier for you to perform common...[more]

Final Cut Pro: What is Trimming?

In Final Cut Pro, trimming is a process used to make a clip in a sequence longer or shorter. Trimming is an effective tool when you need to fine tune the edit points between clips...[more]

Final Cut Pro: Stereo Pairs

If you want to use music in Final Cut Pro, then you may be well advised to change the solution from mono to stereo pairs. You will be able to move from mono audio to...[more]

Final Cut Pro: The Differences of Editing Audio in the Viewer vs. the Timeline

There are a number of differences between editing your audio files in the Viewer windows and using the Timeline. These differences occur in the way that you handle the changes between marking the audio file,...[more]

Final Cut Pro: How To Use the Waveform Displays

The Waveform displays can be useful in Final Cut Pro for creating different types of color grading, and also to ensure that what you are printing is safe to broadcast. The Waveform displays include the luminance and...[more]

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