Category Archives: Final Cut Pro

New 64 bit Final Cut Pro? | Philip Hodgetts

Will FCS go 64-bit, and what will that mean?

Philip Hodgetts, long a Final Cut authority, asks if the rumors about a new 64 bit Final Cut Pro might be true and speculates on what that would mean. It’s only speculation, and the comments include lots of wishful thinking, but it’s informed speculation. After the unveiling of the new iMovie for iPad and the praise it’s had, there’s apparent reason for anticipation.

Excellent FCP Resource: I’m Not Bruce

I'm Not Bruce's blog logo. He's an enthusiast, with a great eye for detail and a good way of explaining things. Bookmark him or subscribe to his feed

Thanks to a link in my daily Studio Daily e-newsletter, I’ve found Walker Ferox, a.k.a. I’m Not Bruce.

Who’s Bruce?

Not me. Seriously.

This blog is basically my little electronic notebook where I just jot down things I’d like to remember about Apple’s Final Cut Studio since it’s such a complex package. Little tips, hints, tutorials, urls for helpful things, etc…

I’m Not Bruce is the best new (new to me) FCP-related site I’ve seen in ages. If you use Final Cut, this should be a regular read.

Updated to add actual links to I’m Not Bruce. Which would have been nice in the original post.

Compressor 3.5 Basics

Compressor is a tough and obstinate nut, but if you use FCP it's essential

Ken Stone offers another screenshot-rich tutorial opening up some intricacies of Final Cut Studio. This time it’s Compressor 3.5 Basics. I’m still using 3.0.5, and a cranky unreliable crash-prone beast it is, but I don’t want to upgrade with several projects still incomplete. I hope to upgrade by January though. (January! Only 38 days away! Yikes!)

Ken Stone: FCP’s Scopes and Waveform Monitor

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Another clear, screenshot-packed tutorial from the fine Ken Stone Final Cut Pro site.

Final Cut Pro offers some very powerful tools in its video scopes, not only to ensure that our finished projects are ‘Broadcast Safe’, but they are also critical when ‘Color Grading’ our footage to give it a desired ‘look’. To the uninitiated, the scopes can be very intimidating, even the terms ‘Broadcast Safe’ and ‘Color Grading’ can send some into hiding. But I promise you that this does need to be the case. Once you understand how the scopes work you will find that you will use them on a regular basis and to great advantage.

Ken Stone: iMovie 09 In-Depth

iMovie 09 does so much more than I thought, hoo boy

Well, I am re-evaluting my opinion of the not-so-new “new” iMovie. I was so used to the older version, iMovie HD, which had been expanded but not fundamentally changed, since it was introduced in 1999 (Ten years? Yow).

Ken Stone, a source for so much great Final Cut information, posted the most complete one-page overview of iMovie I’ve ever seen. He loves it:

So why am I writing about iMovie 09 if I work in FCP? The answer is simple. At the demonstration I saw a number of features in iMovie 09, that I wished were in FCP and I wondered if there was a way to use iMovie 09 in conjunction with FCP, utilizing some of its features to supplement the FCP workflow, most importantly in the rough cut phase of editing, as ‘09’ has an amazing skimming/edit tool. iMovie also sports a new and modern tool for exact clip trimming, the Precision Editor, and it’s stunning. And, iMovie provides full Real Time playback, no rendering required, ever.
iMovie is very intuitive and easy to use, despite the fact that it has some very advanced features, features that it would be nice to see incorporated into Apple’s other editing application, Final Cut Pro. iMovie is a very modern editing application and it works in a much more visual way than editing applications that were first created over a decade ago. This graphical aspect of iMovie is more persuasive and powerful than one might first suspect. And don’t let the fact that iMovie ships in the iLife package and comes free on new Macs fool you, this is an amazingly modern and capable editing application.

The article has 25 sections in a single page, all linked for easy navigations, and it’s full of screenshots to illustrate just what Ken likes and why. Ken even provides instructions for downloading and saving the page for offline use—printed it would go to more than 120 pages!

This is not only a detailed examination of iMovie but a great and generous example of technical writing

Edit to the Beat in Final Cut Pro

Ah, Final Cut, you complex but wonderful application

Studio Daily’s Lonzell Watson posts a very clear tutorial for editing a demo reel or music video timed to the beats of the music track. While it’s useful for those purposes, it’s also a terrific beginner’s intro to the Final Cut interface. Lonzell also introduces several essential keyboard shortcuts, as well as the Roll and Slip tools. Good stuff.

Lonzell Watson’s Edit to the Beat in Final Cut Pro, from Studio Daily.