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Hawaiki Keyer 3.0 Upgrader Tutorial

Hawaiki Keyer 3.0 Upgrader Tutorial

After 25 years as an editor, compositor, and VFX artist, frequent Creative COW poster and tutorial author Simon Ubsdell knows what he needs from a keyer -- and knew he wasn't getting good enough results from FCPX or Motion. Discussions in COW forums led him to create the highly regarded Hawaiki Keyer for Mac users using Apple Final Cut Pro X, Apple Motion, and Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro on Mac as well. Enthusiasm expressed by COW members for its latest release led us to ask Simon for a tour of the even more advanced Hawaiki Keyer 3.0.

Tutorial
Simon Ubsdell
Apple FCPX Debates
FCPX Workflow: One Smart Collection To Rule Them All

FCPX Workflow: One Smart Collection To Rule Them All

The first key to workflow wizardry is to exploit an application's strengths. In exploring the nuances of FCPX, famed workflow wizard Simon Ubsdell opens up some of the secrets around one of its most uniquely powerful, but sorely underused tools: Smart Collections. This isn't about replacing your existing project management (although it can). It's about leveraging some of the ridiculously awesome power of the Smart Collection to make your work flow far more easily than you might have imagined.

Tutorial
Simon Ubsdell
Apple Final Cut Pro X
FCPX: Trailer Editing Workflow with Charlie Austin

FCPX: Trailer Editing Workflow with Charlie Austin

Creative COW stalwart, FCPX whiz, and longtime trailer editing expert Charlie Austin recently joined the folks at FCPWORKS and their FCP EXCHANGE workshop series for a deep dive into managing this particularly intensive form of editing with the newest Apple editing offering. Charlie comes at it with both a wit and precision that you won't want to miss.

Tutorial
Charlie Austin
Apple FCPX Debates
Apple FCPX and the Making Of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Apple FCPX and the Making Of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Rather than a story about editing software, this is a story about Apple Final Cut Pro X from a filmmaker’s perspective: specifically, how keeping as much VFX and audio temp work as possible inside FCPX during production helped allow Glenn Ficarra and John Requa to open up new options and saved weeks of production time in the making of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, the new wartime comedy starring Tina Fey.

Editorial, Feature
Tim Wilson
Apple Final Cut Pro X
Using Apple FCPX for A DocumenTree

Using Apple FCPX for A DocumenTree

After 25 years of working on other people's documentaries, commercials, feature films, filmmaker Michael Angelo's first original project is the inspirational story of the Treeman of Venice Beach, a singular creation of a singular man whose combination of costume, body paint, live foliage, and 10-foot stilts is gently beguiling and deeply inspirational. With over 1000 hours of footage in a crazy number of formats over a period of years, collaboration among a far-flung team of volunteers with varying degrees of expertise (including none at all), A DocumenTree seemed like the ideal project for Michael to jump into Final Cut Pro X. Michael's longtime experience in a variety of disciplines has nevertheless allowed him to come at the issues of media management, metadata, offline-online workflows, and a variety of complex technical issues in some unusual, and, dare we say it, organic ways.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Michael Angelo
Apple FCPX Techniques
Managing FCPX Media Labs for Maximum Sanity & Minimum Chaos

Managing FCPX Media Labs for Maximum Sanity & Minimum Chaos

Managing a shared storage environment for Apple FCPX is one thing. Now add 100+ students who are still learning the rules, and the challenges skyrocket. Fortunately, Andrew Gash's experience at Lakeland Florida's Kathleen High School has given him some great ideas for you that promise to make things as foolproof as possible, maximizing sanity and minimizing chaos. Even if your shared editing environment is in a post house or broadcast environment rather than a school, Andrew's advice is well worth heeding!

Editorial, Feature
Andrew Gash
Apple Final Cut Pro X
Hawaiki Keyer 2.0: A Tutorial Introduction

Hawaiki Keyer 2.0: A Tutorial Introduction

After 25 years as an editor, compositor, and VFX artist, frequent Creative COW poster and tutorial author Simon Ubsdell knows what he needs from a keyer -- and knew he wasn't getting good enough results from FCPX or Motion. Discussions in COW forums led him to create the highly regarded Hawaiki Keyer. Enthusiasm expressed by COW members for its latest release led us to ask Simon for a tour. If you're keying on a Mac, you're going to want to check this out.

Tutorial
Simon Ubsdell
Apple FCPX Techniques
Apple FCPX 10.2 First Look: Worth the Wait!

Apple FCPX 10.2 First Look: Worth the Wait!

After the usual rabid anticipation, Apple released FCPX 10.2 with a wide range of new features that should excite any pro: new and improved keyframable masks, Library level Smart Collections, improved keyframing performance, 4-Up Scope viewer, the ability to save effects applied to clips.

Feature
Charlie Austin
Apple FCPX Techniques
Don't Fight the Magnetic Timeline!

Don't Fight the Magnetic Timeline!

One of the biggest "issues" people coming from other NLE's still seem to have with FCP X is how the Timeline works. Magnetism! No Tracks! Weird Snorkel Things! Storylines?! It's Crazytown! If you fall into this category, we have two suggestions for you. 1) Read this article by Creative COW's Charlie Austin. 2) Don't fight the timeline! Even experienced X-ers are going to have fun with this one.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Charlie Austin
Apple FCPX Techniques
FCPX For Broadcast News

FCPX For Broadcast News

Michael Garber has spent hundreds of hours learning the ins and outs of editing broadcast news features with Final Cut Pro X. He describes a workflow that takes advantage of the best that FCPX's new approaches have to offer, while being honest about its limitations. Every editor already working with FCPX, or still just considering it, will benefit from Michael's experience.

Editorial, Tutorial, Feature
Michael Garber
Apple FCPX Techniques
SHOOT>EDIT with RED and FCP X

SHOOT>EDIT with RED and FCP X

Embracing FCP X and the RED Camera System from the earliest releases has been proven a successful choice for filmmaker David Battistella, whose enticing respect for the RED/FCPX workflow shines through from detailed explanation to his finished work. Everything we dreamed RED could be in post is beginning to unfold with the new FCP X update.

Editorial, Feature
David Battistella
Apple FCPX Techniques
FCPX INs and OUTs - Multicam Part ONE

FCPX INs and OUTs - Multicam Part ONE
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Finally it's here! FCP X has included a multi-camera workflow in its 10.0.3 update. Andy Neil will take you through the INs and OUTs of this amazing new feature in a two-part tutorial (there's THAT much to show).

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andy Neil
Apple FCPX Techniques
FCPX INs and OUTs - Multicam Part TWO

FCPX INs and OUTs - Multicam Part TWO
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This is part two of a two-part tutorial on the new multicam feature added to the 10.0.3 update for Final Cut Pro X. In this part, Andy Neil shows off the custom sync controls, syncing using meta-data and how FCPX handles non-pro sources.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andy Neil
Apple FCPX Techniques
Advanced Tips for FCP X: Editing During Playback

Advanced Tips for FCP X: Editing During Playback
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One of the features of FCP X that goes largely unmentioned (and is mostly undocumented) is the ability to edit during playback. In this tutorial I'll teach you the fundamentals of editing without stopping playback.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
T Payton
Apple FCPX Techniques
FCPX INs and OUTs - Roles

FCPX INs and OUTs - Roles
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In this tutorial, I'll show you the INs and OUTs of the Roles feature. How they work when exporting projects as well as tricks on their use in editing and during import.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andy Neil
Apple FCPX Techniques
Advanced Tips for FCP X: Custom Resolution Timelines

Advanced Tips for FCP X: Custom Resolution Timelines
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FCP X can't create a custom resolution timeline... or can it? I'll show you how to create custom resolution timelines quickly in Final Cut Pro X.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
T Payton
Apple FCPX Techniques
Raising The Bar On Non-Broadcast Output: Mastering and Encoding with Video Purifier and x264

Raising The Bar On Non-Broadcast Output: Mastering and Encoding with Video Purifier and x264

Consider this: you’re taking your pristine, carefully crafted video file--the product of countless hours of work--and running it through a process that will literally throw away up to 90% of the information! In this tutorial, David shares a simple workflow he uses to prepare finished video files for non-broadcast delivery. Using these tools and settings, he's able to create master files that look better than their edited source, and encoded files that are virtually indistinguishable from their masters.

Tutorial
David Lawrence
Apple FCPX Techniques
FCPX INs and OUTs: Using Storylines and Compound Clips: ONE

FCPX INs and OUTs: Using Storylines and Compound Clips: ONE
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In this two part tutorial, Andy Neil will show you when it's best to use a storyline, connected clip, or a compound clip in your project. He goes in depth with some tricks to get moving quickly in FCPX.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andy Neil
Apple FCPX Techniques
FCPX INs and OUTs: Using Storylines and Compound Clips TWO

FCPX INs and OUTs: Using Storylines and Compound Clips TWO
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In part two of this tutorial, Andy Neil continues to explain secondary storylines, connected clips, and compound clips and how they are best used in your project. Along with it are some tricks to keep organized and move quickly when you're editing.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andy Neil
Apple FCPX Techniques
FCPX INs and OUTs - Replace Edit

FCPX INs and OUTs - Replace Edit
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In this In and Out tutorial, Andy Neil shows off FCPX's Replace Edit feature: one that's quite a bit different from previous versions.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andy Neil
Apple FCPX Techniques
Controlling Final Cut X with an iPad

Controlling Final Cut X with an iPad
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Need to make a quick edit while on the road or export a project from a remote location? Using an iPad, Skype, SoundFlower, LogMeIn.com, and your primary Final Cut station you can edit from anywhere you have network connection. While not the only way to complete this task, the described method provides stability, flexibility, and quality. This tutorial describes the setup and basic functionality of the involved tools.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Sam McGuire
Apple FCPX Techniques
FCPX INs and OUTs - Trim Tool

FCPX INs and OUTs - Trim Tool
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In this tutorial, Andy Neil shows off the new trim tool from FCPX, and explains the differences from how trimming is accomplished in FCP 7.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andy Neil
Apple FCPX Techniques
FCPX INs and OUTs - Event Browser and Library

FCPX INs and OUTs - Event Browser and Library
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Final Cut Pro X has some useful and powerful tools that allow users to organize even larger projects. In this tutorial for FCPX, Andy Neil shows you how to set up folders, organize collections, tag and sort shots, search tagged shots, set-up keyword short cuts, tag files on import and many other tricks to help you get the most out of your Event Browser and Library.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andy Neil
Apple FCPX Techniques
FCPX: OMF The Hard Way

FCPX: OMF The Hard Way

If you love to export an OMF and your audio mixing in Logic, and wonder how to get your audio out of FCPX, join David Battistella as he walks through this workaround. Use this tutorial to take advantage of the four track output from doing a QT movie export, get a split track version of your cut into Logic or ProTools, and sweeten your audio as you wish.

Tutorial
David Battistella
Apple FCPX Techniques
RED AND FCPX

RED AND FCPX

With the release of Final Cut Pro X, many were anticipating that there would be NATIVE FULL RED R3D integration in the new software. When that was not part of the release, especially after Apple talked about up to 4K resolution at the Supermeet, it left many people wondering how to integrate RED footage into FCPX projects. The purpose of this tutorial is to help you figure out how you might be able to incorporate footage captured with RED cameras into a project you are editing in FCPX.

Tutorial
David Battistella
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Authors

Michael Angelo (1)
Charlie Austin (3)
David Battistella (3)
Michael Garber (1)
Andrew Gash (1)
David Lawrence (1)
Sam McGuire (2)
Andy Neil (8)
T Payton (2)
Simon Ubsdell (3)
Tim Wilson (1)


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