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Creating That Old Film Look with Final Cut Studio 2
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Old Film Look with Final Cut Studio 2

Steven Smith

Stephen Smith
Lone Peak Productions, Inc.
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

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Taking advantage of new features in Apple Final Cut Studio 2, CreativeCOW.net Contributing Editor Stephen Smith freshens up the approach to an old effect. Project files are included so you can follow along, and customize to your own tastes. So enjoy all of the vintage scratches, flickers and dust galore that make up the classic old film look.

Final Cut Video Tutorial Final Cut Project Files

This tutorial includes a free plug-in that you may download here.

 

Here's more information on Stephen Smith's Creative COW Master Series DVD, "Money Making Graphics & Effects for Final Cut Studio."

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@Creating That Old Film Look with Final Cut Studio 2
by Nenen Rivera
hello, i'm presently putting together a short project composed of period photos about our town. this tutorial is such a great find and help for fcp starters like me.
Re: Creating That Old Film Look with Final Cut Studio 2
by Thomas Miller
Great Tutorial - thank you for putting it up! Where did you get the film countdown reel stuff from? Also, we're doing an old film look for the opening 30seconds of a project, then transitioning into a regular present day look, would love to figure out how to have the film sit and burn out - revealing the modern footage. Any thoughts?

Finally, have you had any troubles with this look after compressing and posting to the web?

Tom Miller
Big Pictures Media
Denver, Colorado

http://www.BigPicturesMedia.com
Old Film Look in Final Cut Pro
by Stephen Smith
Thanks Tom. The film countdown came from a Digital Juice "jump backs" collection that is no longer for sale. I did a quick look and found this Editor's Themekit that will do the job: http://www.digitaljuice.com/products/products.asp?pid=884

For the transition, I just did one for a documentary I helped out on. We did the same effect and placing the "modern" clip on top of the "old" one and dissolving between the two looked great.

Yes, I have had lots of trouble with compressing the "old film" look for the web. You will have to make the data rate super high compared to normal.

Hope this helps and best of luck.

Stephen Smith
Utah Video Productions

Check out my Motion Training DVD

Check out my Motion Tutorials
@Stephen Smith
by Thomas Miller
Very helpful - thank you for your quick reply!

Tom Miller
Big Pictures Media
Denver, Colorado

http://www.BigPicturesMedia.com
Old Film look for Final Cut Pro
by Stephen Smith
Happy to help and best of luck.

Stephen Smith
Utah Video Productions

Check out my Motion Training DVD

Check out my Motion Tutorials
Re: Creating That Old Film Look with Final Cut Studio 2
by Adam forbes
I appreciate the tutorial but you talk to the audience like they are all 2 year olds. It couldn't be more annoying
+1
Re: Creating That Old Film Look with Final Cut Studio 2
by Adam forbes
I appreciate the story but you talk to the audience like they are all 2 year olds. It couldn't be more annoying
Stuck
by Nicholas Donnelly
when i go to download the CGM Aged Film LE v2.5.7 it says " there is a default application specified to open document CGM Aged Film LE.sit"

Then below it says choose application.

What should i do?
Stuffit
by Stephen Smith
Nicholas, sorry for the delayed response. I did not see this question. A .sit file can be unstuffed with Stuffit. The new OS doesn't include the same Stuffit programs it used to. You can download a .zip file of the same plug-in and you'll be able to unzip that.

Stephen Smith
Utah Video Productions

Check out my Motion Training DVD

Check out my Motion Tutorials
the old film effect on FCP
by Nicholas Donnelly
Hi, I am trying to download the (Creating That Old Film Look with Final Cut Studio 2) and add it to my plugins. However when i go to download it the text below pops up!

/Users/andrewstebulitis/Desktop/cgm_aged_film_le-1.sit could not be opened, because an unknown error occurred.

Can anyone tell me what this means and how to overcome this?

Or is thee anywhere else i can go to download & add this to my fcp plugins?
Creating That Old Film Look with Final Cut Studio 2
by steve martin
I love a little levity in what can other wise be a sometimes dry subject, Cheers!
Creating That Old Film Look with Final Cut Studio 2
by Stephen Smith
Thanks George, you're right. You can also click on the link called "download here" located directly below the button to play the tutorial. Once you're on CGM's website download the "CGM Aged Film LE" free plug-in.
CGM Plugins
by George Bazhenov
I am not Stephan but I can tell you just the same - 1 min. 5 sec into his tutorial he shows the address: cgm-online.com
Creating That Old Film Look with Final Cut Studio 2
by Bret Williams
Definitely does stuff the long way like importing audio and installing filters. Who can remember where the filters get installed? Just choose get info and install them there under the plug-ins pane. A lot of people don't realize you can add, remove, and turn on/off filters here. Why they don't just add this to the app itself, I have no idea.

And for audio effects from soundtrack, I wouldn't bother copying them to the project file since all FCP systems have access to these files. Even if not installed the can be. And instead of going through the import dialog, just drag the filters from the finder window directly to the bin. Ditto with any other imports.
Creating That Old Film Look with Final Cut Studio 2
by Bohemiann
Could not disagree more with the "smug" comment. Cheesy...Yes, and those two flavors don't mix. Personally, I love cheese. Thanks for a great tutorial!
Good info, but...
by orthicon
I couldn't get past the delivery.
Nice try, but you appear quite smug and condescending.

"Dying is easy; comedy is hard" - "Alan Swann"
Creating That Old Film Look with Final Cut Studio 2
by Sexy Jexy
Steve has always been quite the character and an excellent mentor. Good job Steve.
Aunt Bessie Speaking?
by George Bazhenov
It's actually a good tutorial, I have liked the way the presenter says, "Mo-o-ove". I will recommend it to Russian video editors with pre-intermediary levels of English. Thank you Stephen!
Creating That Old Film Look with Final Cut Studio 2
by Del Holford
While the presentor was a bit cheesy in his delivery, I got past that. What bothered me was the obvious key and the fact he lost lip sync near the end of the clip.

Since we are migrating to FCP Studio2 I was glad to see the freebie plug-in but somewhat wary of all the steps to get simple things like an audio clip imported.
I think my workflow is going to slow down a great deal.
Creating That Old Film Look with Final Cut Studio 2
by Paddy
I sympathise with JulieB about the presentation - maybe it was inspired by Russell Brown's "zany" Photoshop tutorials, which I enjoy despite me being British.
I'm more concerned about Final Cut itself - even this brand new version seems a bit low tech, particularly that palava of getting the sound effect in. I'm more and more tempted by Adobe's videosuite, but I need to persuade my boss to upgrade my G5 to an Intel Mac, as well as buying the software!
Creating That Old Film Look with Final Cut Studio 2
by JulieB
I was excited to see the topic for this tutorial. I'm currently working on a project that requires me to "age" DV footage; and I'm always looking for new tricks. Well, I'm sorry to say that while this looked like an interesting subject, I couldn't get past the presenter. I honestly stopped watching about a minute into the program because I couldn't listen to him any longer. I felt like he was talking to me like I was five years old. I figure I'll just learn the good ol' fashioned way, by playing with the filters to get the look I want.
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