FCP X/Motion Resources

Project LIVE Master Classes

If you're interested, sign up for any/all of these classes. They will be a bit more in depth than what we do at meetings because there's only one thing on the agenda. In all of them, you'll be creating something. These classes are above and beyond the regular PL meetings. You will not be paid for attendance, they are totally optional. All classes are at the District Office in the Pine Room from 3:30-5:30.
  1. Master Class #1: Using Multicam in Final Cut Pro X. October 17. In this class, you will learn how to use Multicam editing in Final Cut Pro X. This means you can use 2 or 3 cameras to video (e.g. cut between wide, medium, and closeup). We'll shoot and edit a brief piece using 3 cameras. One of the most touted features of FCP X. Watch a tutorial here.
  2. Master Class #2: Motion Project with 3D, Drop Zones, and lighting. Note: this class is in the Maple Room, not Pine. November 28. Here's what the finished product looks like. We start with a blank canvas and only use resources already in Motion. The pictures are Drop Zones, so you can use any pictures (or even video) that you want when you're done. See notes here. Get 5-picture Motion Project here (goes in Movies > Motion Templates > Generators > My Generators [optional])
  3. Master Class #3: Color Correction in Final Cut Pro XJanuary 23. Some simple color correction can make a BIG difference in the look of any project. See an example here.
  4. Master Class #4: Animating a camera in a 3D scene in Motion. March 13. Having a camera moving through a 3D scene gives a powerful sense of motion. The objects stay still; the camera roams. We'll build a fairly simple project with an animated camera. 
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  • Make Music with GarageBand and Midi Files Watch Below to see how you can really quickly make your own free music that can legally be used in your video projects using GarageBand and Midi files gotten from the web (make sure the maker of the midi file stipulates they are free to be used). To save you some time, I've collected a bunch that you can download here. Here is the site where these were gotten; there are many more than what I've provided. There are many more places on the internet to find midi files; let Google be your friend. The video is 7 or 8 minutes long, but once you know the procedure, you could have a new, high quality piece of music ...
    Posted May 31, 2016, 10:34 AM by Frank Maggi
  • Making Custom Masks in Final Cut Pro X FCP X includes a very cool Effect called Draw Mask that allows you to mask player any way you choose. For an introduction to using that tool, watch the movie below.
    Posted May 31, 2016, 10:32 AM by Frank Maggi
  • FCP X: Intro to Animation There is a lot of animation that can occur right inside FCP X. You can animate opacity, scale, position, rotation, cropping, color, filters, text parameters...there’s a lot you can do. So long as you understand the concept of Keyframing and work in a methodical way, your only limitation is your imagination. Below are the steps to complete a simple project that should give you the skills you need.Fade In/Fade OutAdd a 7 second clip (any) to the timelineShow Video Animation (above)Hit Show Graph for Opacity (or double-click on the word) Set fade in and fade out (works like this for Audio, too) Space bar to playReset to original condition (we'll ...
    Posted Jan 24, 2012, 10:14 AM by Frank Maggi
  • Basic Color Correction in FCP X Pretty good overview of the basics—from the Izzy tutorial page (lots of good stuff there) Color Correcting in FCP X There are 3 different approaches available for correcting color:  Engage "Balance" if the clip has been analyzed; if not choose Clip > Reveal in Event Browser [⌘-] and then Contol-click on the Event version and choose Analyze and Fix Match, where it attempts to get the same color balance as another clip of your choosing Manual, where you have the most control and can target that control:  Exposure Saturation Color Each of those can be applied globally or just in the shadows, mids, or highlights Use any or a combination of those techniques Recommended Procedure for Manual Correction Show Video ...
    Posted Jan 24, 2012, 10:50 AM by Frank Maggi
  • Green Screen in FCP X Green screening is a strong suit of FCP X. The built in keyer is robust and does a very good job. To apply a green screen effect, go to the Effects Browser, choose Keying and then the Keyer Effect. Simply drag that effect onto the clip you want to key. Usually, that's it. It does a terrific job without any help from you. But, unlike iMovie, you do have options, such as:  You can put either the green screen clip or the background clip on the primary storyline; when you're ready, the missing clip is added above or below (yes, you can add clips under the primary storyline) You can use Auditions with either the green screen clip ...
    Posted Jan 6, 2012, 12:50 PM by Frank Maggi
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