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FinalCut Pro X

Tonight I started a new project in FCX. After a few classes at the Apple Store with the older version, I am much more confident with this program but so slow! I’m sure it takes me twice as much time to perform simple steps than an experienced user. But, they started somewhere, right?

My project is related to work – editing/correcting a video that someone else created for me. The first problem is that I don’t have the source files – so I have to edit the .mov files. The opening of the movie has incorrect information. Using Keynote, I created a mini-movie to replace the original opening. I’ll have to write about Keynote another time but I do like that you can create a slide show with animation and then export as a QT movie.

Back to FCX. I split the audio from the video in my project and deleted the original opening. then I added my Keynote movie. Perfect!

Next problem. The lower third text throughout the movie is incorrect. So I need to do a fix that is more difficult because I don’t have the source files. So, using a jpeg image, I add an overlay and then resize to fit the space. By connecting this image to the video track, I’m able to combine the two so they both can be effected by the cross-fade effects.

Wow! I sit back and watch. Looks really good but….the audio is no longer synched to the video. What did I do wrong? Thank goodness I have a One-to-One class tonight. Let’s see if Jesse can get me out of this mess. Do I have to start over?

Wish me luck!

Music Technology 101: ScreenFlow

For my Saturday morning tech adventure, I finally tried ScreenFlow for the first time. My simple project was to capture an online video (for offline viewing), do some minor editing, and add the video to iTunes to transfer to my iPad.

The project was a success and simple to do. ScreenFlow is incredibly easy-to-use and very intuitive. Since I’ve been taking classes on Final Cut at the Apple Store, the timeline feature was already familiar to me and I easily edited the unwanted “commercial” that preceded the video. Then I used the familiar crop tool to easily edit away the unwanted portion of my screen. I really like the snap-to window feature that made cropping a breeze.

Next step, export video. There wasn’t an iPad option just iPhone, iPod, and Apple TV. I selected the Apple TV option as the size was larger. Once exported, I dragged the file into iTunes and the next time I connect my iPad, it will be there for easy reference.

Did you try any new technology today?