22nd July 2011
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One of the most controversial product launches ever - Final Cut Pro X.
This first part of a two part show takes you through the basics of FCP X and shows you how you can easily upgrade your iMovie of Final Cut Express skills.
Despite howls of criticism from the top end “broadcast” pro video editors, Apple have, in fact, released a stunning video editing app.
Final Cut Pro X is full of cutting edge features, wrapped up in an all new user interface, built to perform with full 64 bit support. If you don’t need the “missing” import and export features (and most people don’t), Apple have given iMovie and Final Cut Express users a brilliant and relatively affordable upgrade path.
The web has been awash with some (and some not so much) justified criticism of the latest flagship video editing package from Apple. However, these criticisms really only impact the top video editors in the Movie and TV industry - those who need to interwork with other industry professionals or use complex multi-cam rigs.
Most prosumer users, currently limited by iMovie or struggling with Final Cut Express, now have a valid upgrade path to the Pro level package.
Apple have built FCP X from the ground up with performance and capability in mind. Built on a full 64bit architecture, FCP X is extremely speedy and uses background processing for many tasks, allowing you to get on with editing.
The new interface is both simple and complex. Simple enough to allow you to get in and get on with some rudimentary editing, as well as allowing you to use its more complex features as and when required.
Add in some breathtaking new features such as Auditions, Audi Sync (my favourite), Auto Colour matching, drag and drop Retiming, full keyframe support, magnetic timeline... to name but a few, FCP X is the new foundation for the future of video editing.
This week’s tutorial takes you through the basics of FCP X explaining some of the core concepts behind it.
The tutorial also takes you through:
The second part of the show, to be released in two weeks, takes a look at some of the more advanced features.
|Final Cut Pro X||[2m 13s]|
|FCP X User Interface||[3m 9s]|
|Event Library||[2m 9s]|
|Project Library||[1m 33s]|
|FCP X Toolbar||[5m 28s]|
|Importing Media||[1m 45s]|
|Setting Up Import Preferences||[4m 25s]|
|Importing File Based Media||[6m 12s]|
|Adding Keywords||[2m 5s]|
|Importing from Camcorder||[3m 40s]|
|Using Camera Archives||[5m 25s]|
|Importing iMovie Projects||[2m 48s]|
|Creating A New Project||[2m 30s]|
|Viewing Clips||[1m 59s]|
|Selecting Ranges in Clips & Adding to Storyline||[4m 34s]|
|Trimming Clips in the Storyline||[4m 13s]|
|Basic Audio Editing||[2m 20s]|
|Wrap Up||[1m 28s]|
Following on from the previous episode, this week I take a look at some of the editing features in ScreenFlow v5.
ScreenFlow v5 allows you to capture, edit, export and distribute video, all from a single application. Although primarily optimised for screencasts, ScreenFlow can handle most types of video projects.
ScreenFlow has been my tool of choice for creating screencasts since it was first released. Although optimised for screencast creation, it's actually a very competent and fully featured video editor, suitable for many different types of video production.
This week takes you through some of the first principles of the latest version of ScreenFlow - the recently released ScreenFlow 5.
This third and final part of a short series takes you through the basics of iMovie from scratch.
In this week's tutorial I take you through some of the more advanced aspects of iMovie including the different types of connected clips and special effects available. It's really easy to create some very impressive results with iMovie.
This second part of a short series takes you through the basics of iMovie from scratch, and follows on from last week by taking a look at creating your own movie projects.
iMovie has seen a lot of changes over the past few years, but the current version is the most advanced yet.
This first part of a short series takes you through the basics of iMovie from scratch, and leads off with a look at creating trailers - short, professionally produced videos with a punch.
I also take a look at a brand new feature for iMovie - iMovie Theater - a way to distribute yor clips and videos via iCloud to all your Macs, iOS devices and Apple TV.
Plex is a complete solution for local and online media. It's been a couple of years since I abandoned Plex and stuck with a rigid 100% Apple solution for my media playback, the main issue being playing content on the AppleTV.
However, recent developments in the Plex ecosystem has caused my to re-evaluate my stance and convinced me to return to Plex. Boy, has it changed and improved! Plus, it's now possible to configure your Apple TV to access your Plex Library, along with virtually every other device.
In this show, I take you through digitising personal media such as DVDs and Blu-Rays in preparation for creating your digital media library in Plex. I also demonstrate installing the Plex Media Server, and take a brief look at configuring your Plex Media Server and using various clients for playback.
ScreenFlow v4.0 has recently been released with some great new features added to an already outstanding package.
This week's update show takes you through some of the top level new features, plus some additional hints and tips on how to make spectacular screencasts. I also take a look at using Keynote to create sophisticated animations and use the new Chroma Key feature in ScreenFlow to incorporate them into your ScreenFlow projects.