Creative COW Final Cut Pro Tutorials https://library.creativecow.net/tutorials/applefinalcutpro Creative COW Library of tutorials for Apple Final Cut Pro. en-us Fri, 18 Oct 2019 13:00:00 GMT PHP Script webmaster@creativecow.net webmaster@creativecow.net Apple Motion 5: Light Art Tutorial https://library.creativecow.net/ubsdell_simon/apple-motion-light-art-tutorial/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/ubsdell_simon/apple-motion-light-art-tutorial.php Discover how to create this moody light art scene with Apple Motion 5! Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for a tutorial that also includes number of useful tricks, including how to create an ambient occlusion effect and textured specular highlight Thu, 08 Aug 2019 10:39:48 GMT Animate Text Without Keyframes or Plug-ins in Apple FCPX https://library.creativecow.net/williams_bret/animate-text-in-apple-final-cut-pro-x/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/williams_bret/animate-text-in-apple-final-cut-pro-x.php Join longtime editor, VFX artist, plug-in developer, Creative COW leader Bret Williams of BretFX to learn how the FCPX Custom text tool allows you to animate text in Final Cut Pro X without using keyframes or plugins. With the often overlooked custom text tool you can easily create great text animat Thu, 18 Jul 2019 03:14:52 GMT Apple Motion Fire Dragon Logo Animation https://library.creativecow.net/ubsdell_simon/apple-motion-fire-dragon-logo-animation/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/ubsdell_simon/apple-motion-fire-dragon-logo-animation.php Fractals, generators, displacements, oh my! You can find everything you need to make engaging fire effects inside Apple Motion 5, and longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell shows you how to both build the fire and apply it to a logo. Project files are inclu Thu, 20 Jun 2019 12:39:44 GMT Apple Motion Data Vortex https://library.creativecow.net/ubsdell_simon/apple-motion-data-vortex-animation/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/ubsdell_simon/apple-motion-data-vortex-animation.php Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for a deep dive into Apple Motion's generators, behaviors, and 3D compositing as you take advantage of the remarkable resources built right into Motion: no plug-ins, no external files, but lots and lots of product Tue, 28 May 2019 21:17:17 GMT Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use, Pt 5: Brightness https://library.creativecow.net/ubsdell_simon/compositing_secrets_brightness/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/ubsdell_simon/compositing_secrets_brightness.php The first challenge to understanding the nature of brightness in compositing starts with remembering that we're not actually seeing color at all, but rather something of an illusion that appears to us as color! Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell fo Thu, 21 Mar 2019 03:54:29 GMT Apple Motion 5: Building A Music Visualizer https://library.creativecow.net/ubsdell_simon/apple_motion_music_visualizer/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/ubsdell_simon/apple_motion_music_visualizer.php Here's an especially fun one from longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell, showing how to build and animate a music visualizer in Apple Motion 5. As usual, you can count on Simon to go beyond the basics of simple construction to dive deep into the nuances of Thu, 14 Mar 2019 10:01:05 GMT Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use Pt. 4 - Advanced Alphas https://library.creativecow.net/ubsdell_simon/compositing_secrets_advanced_alpha_channels/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/ubsdell_simon/compositing_secrets_advanced_alpha_channels.php When most people hear the words "alpha channels", they think "transparency", but that's not exactly accurate. The truth is more complex, and a quite bit more interesting! Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for Part 4 of the best look behind the tec Fri, 07 Dec 2018 08:19:02 GMT Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use: Pt. 3 - Alpha Channels https://library.creativecow.net/ubsdell_simon/compositing_secrets_alpha_channels/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/ubsdell_simon/compositing_secrets_alpha_channels.php When most people hear the words "alpha channels", they think "transparency", but that's not exactly accurate. The truth is more complex, and a quite bit more interesting! Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for Part 3 of the best look behind the tec Thu, 18 Oct 2018 01:40:52 GMT Mocha Pro 19 from BorisFX: Overview and New Features https://library.creativecow.net/gleissenberger_tobias/mocha_pro_2019_overview_new_features/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/gleissenberger_tobias/mocha_pro_2019_overview_new_features.php Mocha is an academy award winning planar tracker that is widely used in the VFX and Film Making industry. Mocha Pro 2019 adds some exciting new features to this powerful software tool, starting with a much-streamlined interface and GPU acceleration. Join VFX guru Tobias Gleissenberger of Surfaced St Tue, 09 Oct 2018 19:11:37 GMT Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use 2: Advanced Blend Modes https://library.creativecow.net/ubsdell_simon/compositing_secrets_everyone_can_use_advanced_blend_modes/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/ubsdell_simon/compositing_secrets_everyone_can_use_advanced_blend_modes.php Whether you're a full-time compositor and VFX artist, an editor working in one of the many NLEs that supports Blend Modes (including Adobe Premiere, Apple FCP and FCPX, Avid Media Composer, DaVinci Rsolve, and VEGAS Pro), or whether you just want the additional graphics power that comes with insight Mon, 01 Oct 2018 01:01:01 GMT Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use: Pt. 1 - Blend Modes https://library.creativecow.net/ubsdell_simon/compositing_secrets_blend_modes/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/ubsdell_simon/compositing_secrets_blend_modes.php Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for the best look behind the technology of blend modes that you've ever seen. This isn't just for graphics and VFX, but for video editors too -- anyone who puts anything together, and wants to learn more about HOW Thu, 13 Sep 2018 03:42:17 GMT FCP Quick Tip - Creating the ROCKY effect https://library.creativecow.net/mcauliffe_kevin/Quick-Tip-FCP-Rocky-Effect/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/mcauliffe_kevin/Quick-Tip-FCP-Rocky-Effect.php Creating the "ROCKY" video inside text look in Final Cut Pro is almost as easy as it is to create inside of Avid's Media Composer, and there's no need to go into Apple's Motion to do it! Just use FCP. Tue, 24 May 2011 22:31:39 GMT Controlling Final Cut with an iPad https://library.creativecow.net/mcguire_sam/FCP-iPad-control/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/mcguire_sam/FCP-iPad-control.php This video tutorial demonstrates how to set up an iPad with the AC-7 Core app to control Final Cut Pro. Wed, 04 May 2011 11:18:31 GMT Get: Dialog and metadata search for Final Cut Pro editors https://library.creativecow.net/weiss_roth_david/get-review/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/weiss_roth_david/get-review.php In this review, Los Angeles based director, editor, colorist, and Creative Cow Contributing Editor, David Roth Weiss, takes a look at a product aptly named "Get," from AV3 Software. It's a speech recognition search app for Final Cut Pro editors that will undoubtedly help get your projects Mon, 11 Apr 2011 22:08:04 GMT FCP Tip: Broadcast Safe in Final Cut Pro https://library.creativecow.net/biscardi_walter/BCM-FCP-Tip-6/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/biscardi_walter/BCM-FCP-Tip-6.php It is possible to achieve true broadcast safe using only the tools in Final Cut Pro if you follow the right steps. In this quick tip, Walter Biscardi, Jr. shows you how he has delivered shows to broadcasters worldwide using only the built in FCP filter Sun, 03 Apr 2011 20:58:35 GMT Editing Tip: Still Image dpi vs. pixels https://library.creativecow.net/biscardi_walter/BCM-FCP-Tip-4/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/biscardi_walter/BCM-FCP-Tip-4.php There is much confusion about dpi vs. pixels when it comes to still images and video editing. In this short tip, Walter Biscardi, Jr. helps to take some of the mystery out of the process. Fri, 01 Apr 2011 17:54:43 GMT Final Cut Pro Quick Tips https://library.creativecow.net/smith_stephen/fcp-quick-tips/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/smith_stephen/fcp-quick-tips.php Learn how to get things done in Apple's Final Cut Pro faster with CreativeCOW.net contributing editor Stephen Smith. In this video tutorial he'll show you how to find un-used clips fast and easy. Plus, cut down your render time and learn how to play un-rendered clips in real time. If that's not enou Fri, 01 Apr 2011 23:56:47 GMT Multiclip Editing in Final Cut Pro https://library.creativecow.net/mize_rob/Multi-Clip-Editing-in-FCP/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/mize_rob/Multi-Clip-Editing-in-FCP.php Rob Mize demonstrates the use of Final Cut Pro's Multiclip feature to cut or switch the cameras of a multicam shoot in real time. Rob also demonstrates techniques to synchronize the cameras prior to the edit, as well as how to revise and adjust the Multiclip camera selection decisions on the timelin Thu, 20 Jan 2011 09:29:45 GMT Fixing Assets in FCP using XML https://library.creativecow.net/lyon_matt/fixing-fcp-assets/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/lyon_matt/fixing-fcp-assets.php In this FCP tutorial, Matt Lyon will provide a step by step guide for fixing a major issue with the way Final Cut Pro imports audio and still image files using a FCP XML file and TextEdit. Incorrectly imported assets can lead to serious problems down the road, especially with Media Manager. Matt al Mon, 29 Nov 2010 16:00:19 GMT Copying Sequence Content in FCP https://library.creativecow.net/ross_shane/fcp_copying-sequence-content/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/ross_shane/fcp_copying-sequence-content.php In this FCP video tutorial, Shane Ross shows how to get a section of cut footage from one sequence to another in Final Cut Pro. Mon, 13 Sep 2010 18:00:02 GMT Tapeless Workflow with Final Cut Pro 7 https://library.creativecow.net/ross_shane/tapeless-workflow_fcp-7/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/ross_shane/tapeless-workflow_fcp-7.php This tutorial gives an overview of the tapeless ingest workflow using Log and Transfer in Final Cut Pro 7. It encompasses a handful of the supported formats that FCP works with... including XDCAM EX, P2 AVCIntra, P2 DVCPRO HD, AVCHD, and Canon DSLR (5D, 7D). Tue, 31 Aug 2010 22:22:14 GMT Smooth Slow Motion with Cinema Tools https://library.creativecow.net/ross_shane/slow-motion_cinema-tools/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/ross_shane/slow-motion_cinema-tools.php This tutorial shows you how to convert 720p60 footage into very smooth slow motion using the CONFORM option of Cinema Tools. Tue, 31 Aug 2010 20:37:19 GMT FCP: Export Multiple Channels of Audio https://library.creativecow.net/ross_shane/multi-audio/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/ross_shane/multi-audio.php In this video tutorial, Creative COW leader Shane Ross details how to export multiple channels of audio, both to tape and to a Quicktime movie. If you want to export more than just the standard of two channels that Final Cut Pro is set up to do by default, this is the tutorial for you. Tue, 24 Aug 2010 00:00:00 GMT FCP: Add Visible Timecode to Quicktime Exports https://library.creativecow.net/ross_shane/visible-timecode/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/ross_shane/visible-timecode.php In this video tutorial, Creative COW leader Shane Ross details how to export a Quicktime movie with Final Cut Pro with burnt-in Timecode. Let Shane guide you through the easy steps of three different ways to adding visible Timecode to Quicktime Exports. Tue, 24 Aug 2010 00:00:00 GMT FCP: Tapeless Offline / Online Workflow https://library.creativecow.net/ross_shane/tapeless_online/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/ross_shane/tapeless_online.php In this video tutorial, Creative COW leader Shane Ross details how to manage offline and online workflow with tapeless format. Tue, 24 Aug 2010 21:39:44 GMT iStoragePro iT1PKT https://library.creativecow.net/articles/hofmann_jerry/istoragepro.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/hofmann_jerry/istoragepro.php CreativeCOW's leader, Jerry Hofmann takes a look at the little pocket drive, the iStoragePro iT1PKT. Wed, 02 Dec 2009 00:00:00 GMT Final Cut Studio 3 is here, and all is good! https://library.creativecow.net/articles/gaton_jiggy/final_cut_studio_3.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/gaton_jiggy/final_cut_studio_3.php Our man in Nepal, Jiggy Gaton, likes to live for danger. He installed a major software upgrade mid-project, with virtually no preparation, just to see what would break. Lo and behold, it all worked! And the more Jiggy works with it, the better he's liking it. Join him in this Creative COW, Real-worl Mon, 17 Aug 2009 15:43:55 GMT Final Cut Help: Trashing Preferences https://library.creativecow.net/harrington_richard/final_cut_trashing_preferences/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/harrington_richard/final_cut_trashing_preferences.php In this Final Cut Tutorial, Richard Harrington shows you how to clean up the Final Cut application when it starts acting up with bugs or other problems. Many times this can be caused by a corrupt preferences file or other user settings related to Final Cut Studio. These tips are also handy when perf Mon, 20 Apr 2009 15:13:08 GMT Final Cut Help: iChat Theater Review https://library.creativecow.net/harrington_richard/final_cut_ichat_theater/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/harrington_richard/final_cut_ichat_theater.php In this episode of Final Cut Help, Richard Harrington takes a look at video sharing via iChat Theater Review, a technique for online video review that allows you to quickly share video via iChat. This can be helpful for showing a preview of a video to a client or a project partner. Mon, 13 Apr 2009 13:21:41 GMT Get Your FCP Timelines in Motion with Final Cut Studio https://library.creativecow.net/gaton_jiggy/fcp_motion/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/gaton_jiggy/fcp_motion.php Having both FCP and Motion in Final Cut Studio means more options for effects creation with your video projects -- and FCS integration makes it easy to work with them together. Having Motion projects sitting on your FCP timeline even helps keep your projects organized! Our man in Nepal, Jiggy Gaton, Tue, 07 Apr 2009 17:00:05 GMT Final Cut Help: Keyframing Color Correction https://library.creativecow.net/harrington_richard/final_cut_keyframing_color/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/harrington_richard/final_cut_keyframing_color.php In this episode of Final Cut Help, Richard Harrington takes a look at keyframing the three way color corrector in FCP. As details change in a movie clip you can have the filter adjust its values over time. This example uses a video of a bird starting in a bright sky and ending in water which is dark Mon, 06 Apr 2009 13:46:52 GMT Make Your FCP Timelines Sing By Roundtripping to Soundtrack Pro https://library.creativecow.net/gaton_jiggy/fcp_soundtrack_pro/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/gaton_jiggy/fcp_soundtrack_pro.php The COW's Jiggy Gaton owns an audio studio -- but has created a tutorial for those of us who don't have an audio studio within earshot when editing video in Final Cut Pro. He's not sure if he's being lazy, or just efficient, to use an integrated Soundtrack Pro project inside FCP. Either way, read on Mon, 30 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMT Fixing Exposure https://library.creativecow.net/harrington_richard/final_cut_fixing_exposure/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/harrington_richard/final_cut_fixing_exposure.php In this Final Cut tutorial, Richard Harrington discusses the common problem of backlighting, exposure and what can happen when shooting video outdoors. Proper exposure of all elements in a shoot can be a pain to achieve with a bright sun and blue sky but using the three way color corrector in Final Mon, 23 Mar 2009 15:04:36 GMT Final Cut Pro: Correcting White Balance https://library.creativecow.net/harrington_richard/final_cut_white_balance/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/harrington_richard/final_cut_white_balance.php In this Final Cut tutorial, Richard Harrington discusses what to do to correct your film when you shoot footage with the wrong white balance setting. This is a common problem if you step outside after shooting inside and you forget to rewhite balance. Richard uses the three way color corrector to do Mon, 16 Mar 2009 15:39:13 GMT Final Cut Pro: Compression with Turbo https://library.creativecow.net/harrington_richard/final_cut_compression_turbo/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/harrington_richard/final_cut_compression_turbo.php In this Final Cut Pro tutorial, Richard Harrington take a look at the elgato turbo.264. This is a USB add on device that accelereates the h.264 encoding you can do on your Mac. The turbo.264 comes with its own compression software with presets for iPod, iPhone, Sony PSP, Apple TV and YouTube. Mon, 09 Mar 2009 16:29:54 GMT Final Cut Pro: Gradient Wipe Transition https://library.creativecow.net/harrington_richard/final_cut_gradient_wipe/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/harrington_richard/final_cut_gradient_wipe.php In this Final Cut Pro tutorial, Richard Harrington takes a look at the gradient wipe transition. The gradient wipe transition is a highly customizable transition using greyscale patterns to create your own custom wipes. Mon, 02 Mar 2009 16:00:42 GMT A Digibeta Quality Edit Suite in a bag - Could it be done using the MXO2? https://library.creativecow.net/wiggins_peter/MXO2/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wiggins_peter/MXO2.php When CreativeCOW's Peter Wiggins first started editing in facility houses in the eighties, an edit suite was a room full of large control panels next to a room with racks and racks of mainframes. Recently he decided to issue a challenge: Build a broadcast DigiBeta quality edit suite that will fit in Thu, 26 Feb 2009 00:00:00 GMT Final Cut Pro: Placeholder Composite Effects https://library.creativecow.net/harrington_richard/final_cut_placeholder_composite_effects/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/harrington_richard/final_cut_placeholder_composite_effects.php In this Final Cut tutorial, Richard Harrington performs a quick placeholder effect in Final Cut Pro. Many times you will need this technique so you can figure out what shots you want to use and if it is going to be feasable to accomplish what you think is in the timeline. Richard starts by performin Mon, 09 Feb 2009 16:53:25 GMT Final Cut Pro: External Editors https://library.creativecow.net/harrington_richard/final_cut_external_editors/1 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/harrington_richard/final_cut_external_editors.php In this Apple Final Cut video tutorial, Richard Harrington takes a look at the external editors tab in the Final Cut Pro system settings that allows you to associate still image, video and audio files with third party software. Richard also gives some helpful tips to make graphics coming from other Mon, 02 Feb 2009 17:38:14 GMT Compressing for iPod and iTunes - Final Cut Help https://library.creativecow.net/articles/harrington_richard/final_cut_compressing.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/harrington_richard/final_cut_compressing.php In this Final Cut video tutorial, Richard Harrington uses Compressor to teach how to compress a video clip for use on an iPod or in iTunes. This opens up video podcasting or the transferring of video files in a widely recognized portable format. Richard shows which settings to use and explains how t Mon, 26 Jan 2009 19:03:57 GMT 3-Way Color Corrector - Final Cut Help https://library.creativecow.net/articles/harrington_richard/final_cut_color_corrector.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/harrington_richard/final_cut_color_corrector.php In this Final Cut Pro video tutorial you will learn about using the 3-way color corrector with skin tones and how the color corrector behaves when adjusting the color of two subjects in identical scenes. Mon, 12 Jan 2009 23:12:48 GMT Setting Up a Multicam Edit - Final Cut Help https://library.creativecow.net/articles/harrington_richard/final_cut_multicam_edit.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/harrington_richard/final_cut_multicam_edit.php In this Final Cut Video Tutorial Richard Harrington takes a look at syncronizing material for a multicam edit. The multicam features inside of Final Cut Pro are very popular and can be used for events, performances, or concerts the trick is getting things to syncronize properly. Thu, 08 Jan 2009 00:00:00 GMT Digital Heaven Loader https://library.creativecow.net/articles/coots_brendan/loader_review.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/coots_brendan/loader_review.php In this article, CreativeCOW leader Brendan Coots takes a look at Loader from Digital Heaven. Brendan admits that he even tried to break the app or expose any problems and failed at his effort. Brendan concludes with ...Loader is a solid, simple and thoughtful little app that I will definitely be pu Tue, 04 Nov 2008 08:00:00 GMT Get Fast in Final Cut Pro -- FAST! https://library.creativecow.net/articles/lau_dustin/get_fast_in_fcp.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/lau_dustin/get_fast_in_fcp.php It does not make you a better FCP editor, but no matter what kind of work you do, speed still matters. Cow author Dustin Lau shares some tips and tricks to accelerate your work in Final Cut Pro that even the old dogs can learn from. Tue, 15 Jul 2008 07:00:00 GMT Better Media Management in Final Cut Pro https://library.creativecow.net/articles/lau_dustin/mediamanagement.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/lau_dustin/mediamanagement.php Looking for better media management in Final Cut Pro? TV producer and Cow contributor Dustin Lau says it all begins with better file naming. He shows how its working at ESPN/Star Sports Asia, as they manage their workflow across multiple teams, under the high pressure of episodic TV deadlines. It wi Tue, 15 Jul 2008 07:00:00 GMT Become replaceable. Have a life with better FCP project management https://library.creativecow.net/articles/lau_dustin/get_a_life.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/lau_dustin/get_a_life.php Sure, being replaceable can be scary -- but sometimes you NEED somebody to step in and help. Here are some of the tricks that Cow author Dustin Lau has learned for project set-up, file naming, and clear communication with other members on the team. These tricks will create smooth hand-offs from you Tue, 15 Jul 2008 07:00:00 GMT Vee You: 8 Free Mac Plug-ins for FCP, AE and Motion https://library.creativecow.net/articles/bolton_roger/veeyou.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/bolton_roger/veeyou.php VFX artist Roger Bolton has worked on films including The Lord of the Rings, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and Kingdom of Heaven. He has also created effects for his own use -- in this case, a wide variety of 2D and 3D VU meters, automatically animated by the audio in your project. He now offers Tue, 24 Jun 2008 07:00:00 GMT Using Automator for repetitive tasks in Final Cut Pro https://library.creativecow.net/articles/lau_dustin/automator.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/lau_dustin/automator.php Apple Automator is a tiny application included with Mac OS X with big power, quickly and easily creating custom workflows based on the work you actually do - no programming required. Its the perfect way to handle those pesky repetitive tasks in FCP. Do something once, then let Automator take it from Tue, 06 May 2008 07:00:00 GMT The Ultimate Real-world FCP FAQ, Part 3 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/ross_shane/fcp_faq3.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/ross_shane/fcp_faq3.php Creative Cow Leader Shane Ross is one of a very small handful of the worlds most respected FCP experts. Over the course of years answering questions, hes compiled a real-world list of the questions that are truly the most frequently asked. He calls them Shanes Stock Answers. We call them the informa Tue, 22 Apr 2008 07:00:00 GMT The Forbidden Kingdom: Jackie Chan. Jet Li. FCP. https://library.creativecow.net/articles/saeed_zed/forbidden_kingdom.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/saeed_zed/forbidden_kingdom.php A Creative Cow Exclusive! DigitalFilm Trees Zed Saeed has helped create pioneering digital workflows built around FCP, custom-designed for large-scale productions. Their biggest challenge so far has come on The Forbidden Kingdom, an epic film partnering Jackie Chan and Jet Li for the first time -- w Mon, 14 Apr 2008 07:00:00 GMT