Final Cut Pro 6 Video Tutorial – Editing Basics 02

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Final Cut Pro 6 Video Tutorial – Editing Basics 02: Workflow 1

Over the next several days, we are going to release several or up to a dozen video tutorials for Apple’s Final Cut Pro 6. This series is intended for those who have just started using Final Cut Pro 6 without prior experience in digital video editing and need some guidance. We, MacHouse, edit more than 200 videos each year, using Apple Final Cut Pro. So we can help you.

This Final Cut Pro 6 video tutorial series is for offline editing. That is, we assume that all video clips are stored on a hard disk drive. So we don’t import videos from video cameras.

In the second video of the tutorial series, we go over Final Cut Pro 6’s basic functions. We try to import a set of files to Final Cut Pro, which is not a problem. But when we bring a video clip to Timeline, we get a message that says “This clip does not match this sequence’s settings or any of your sequence presets.” Now, what do we do? And what does a red line at the top of the Timeline window indicate?

Keywords: New Project, Bin, Sequence, Sequence Settings, Frame Size, Pixel Aspect Ratio, Anamorphic, Editing Timebase, Compressor, Audio Settings, Item Properties, Format, Duration, Modify, Alpha Type, Straight, Unrendered  Continue reading

Briefly: Apple Releasing OS X 10.5.3

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TOKYO (MacHouse) – Several hours ago, Apple, Inc. released an OS update for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. According to Apple’s website, this OS X 10.5.3 Update “includes general operating system improvements that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.” There are fixes and improvements for such OS X applications/functions as Address Book, AirPort, Automator, iCal, iChat, Mail, Parental Controls, Spaces, Time Machine and VoiceOver.






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Final Cut Pro 6 Video Tutorial – Editing Basics 01

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Final Cut Pro 6 Video Tutorial – Editing Basics 01: System Setup

Over the next several days, we are going to release several or up to a dozen video tutorials for Apple’s Final Cut Pro 6. This series is intended for those who have just started using Final Cut Pro 6 without prior experience in digital video editing and need some guidance. We, MacHouse, edit more than 200 videos each year, using Apple Final Cut Pro. So we can help you.

This Final Cut Pro 6 video tutorial series is for offline editing. That is, we assume that all video clips are stored on a hard disk drive. So we don’t import videos from video cameras.

The first video of this Final Cut Pro 6 video tutorial series discusses how to set up the application. More precisely, we will work on User Preferences, System Settings and Audio/Video Settings. We do not cover every single system setting. The following is a list of settings that we explain in this video tutorial.

Keywords: Levels of Undo, Autosave Vault, Auto Render, Still/Freeze Duration, NTSC Default Timecode, Drop, Non-Drop, Timeline Options, Starting timecode, Default Number of Tracks, Scratch Disks, Video Render, Audio Render, Minimum Allowable Free Space On Scratch Disks, Memory & Cache, Memory Usage, Application Still Cache, Playback Control, RT, Safe, Unlimited, Frame Rate, Dynamic, Full, Quarter, Pulldown Pattern, Beep When Playing Unredered Audio, Sequence Preset, Frame Size, Pixel Aspect Ratio, Editing Timebase, QuickTime Video Settings, Compressor, Audio Settings, Duplicate, Capture Preset, QuickTime Audio Settings, Device Continue reading

Fluid Mask 3 for Mac Quick Overview (Comparing Fluid Mask 3, Mask Pro 4 and PS CS3 Color Range)

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Removing background is never easy whether you use Adobe Fireworks, Adobe Photoshop, Graphic Converter or whatever. Whatever you have and no matter how you do it, you will lose some important pixels in the course of removing background colors.

In the following 3 Quick Overview videos, we compare the masking functions of Fluid Mask 3, Mask Pro 4 and Photoshop’s Color Range. Note that these Quick Overview videos are not necessarily video tutorials. They merely show basic workflows of respective applications mostly without audio commentary.

In the first video, we use Vertus’ Fluid Mask 3. Fluid Mask 3 comes as a Photoshop plug-in and also as a standalone application. We use its Photoshop plug-in to isolate important pixels from unnecessary ones. The second video involves onOne Software’s Mask Pro 4.1. It’s also a Photoshop (or Photoshop Elements) plug-in. In fact, we reviewed this product yesterday. Finally, the third video doesn’t involve any of the plug-ins mentioned above, and we use Photoshop’s Color Range along with Quick Mask to remove unwanted pixels. In all these videos, we attempt to remove navy blue sky from the image. The original graphic image used in these videos comes from Photo PD Continue reading