February 8, 2011

by Larry Jordan


Here’s a large list of free FCP articles written by Larry Jordan, a pro in the industry.  Click on the logo link below for a more expanded list of his articles, including…

New ! Solving Problems with Capture Now
Capture Now is not my favorite way to bring media into Final Cut Pro. However, sometimes, you just don’t have a choice. Here’s a short technical article, written by William Aleman, about how to avoid problems with Capture Now. (Published: Dec. 2010 ; Final Cut Pro v. 5.0x, 5.1x, 6, 7.x)

New ! Deleting Tracks from Soundtrack Pro
Stuck trying to figure out how to delete audio tracks in Soundtrack Pro. Here’s the answer in about three paragraphs — including pictures! (Published: Dec. 2010 ; Soundtrack Pro v. 1.x, 2.x, 3.x)

New ! Placing Titles: Action and Title Safe Still Matter
Now that most of our work is going to the web, Action and Title Safe boundaries are useless, right? WRONG! Action and Title Safe are still necessary for broadcast, cablecast, DVD, or digital projection — as this article explains. (Published: Dec. 2010 ; Final Cut Pro v. 5.0x, 5.1x, 6, 7.x)

New ! Finding Clips in Final Cut Pro
Over the last few versions, Apple has added new options in Final Cut Pro that make finding clips a lot easier. In this Technique, I want to show you what some of them are. Whether you are looking for clips in the Viewer, the Browser, or the Timeline, here are some very cool, and little known, techniques. (Published: Dec. 2010 ; Final Cut Pro v. 6, 7.x)

New ! Review: Imagine Products Shotput Pro
When you are working with tapeless media during production, and recording to cards, the basic workflow is to copy the card to your hard disk then ERASE THE CARD! (Sorry, I come from a tape background and that word “erase” is just plain scary…) So, it makes sense that when copying the card to your hard disk you take every precaution to do so safely. Here’s a review of a product that can help: Imagine Products’ Shotput Pro. (Published: Dec. 2010 ; Final Cut Pro v. 6, 7.x)

Technique: Working with Subclips in Final Cut
A subclip takes a longer clip and creates a shorter clip from it. Subclips can be very useful tools when working with long clips in Final Cut Pro. This technique explains what you need to know. (Published: Nov. 2010 ; Final Cut Pro v. HD, 5.0x, 5.1x, 6, 7.x)

Thoughts on Teaching Technology
What makes for an effective technology teacher? What should we focus on? How do we avoid the “fear of the unknown” in our students? In this philosophical musing, I reflect on what I’ve learned about teaching technology for almost a decade. (Published: Nov. 2010 ; Studio Suite v. 1, 2, 3)

Product Review: get
get is the new kid on the block — an almost magical piece of software that searches your audio files looking for words you type into a typical text entry window. If you know “you’ve got the file around here somewhere,” but haven’t a clue where it is, get is for you, as this product review explains. (Published: Nov. 2010 ; Final Cut Pro v. 6, 7.x)

Product Review: prEdit
Adobe Premiere can create text transcripts of your media files. prEdit takes those transcripts and allows you to edit a rough cut for either Premiere or Final Cut just using those transcripts. For editors wading through a ton of material trying to find just the right quotes, this software can make your life VERY easy, as this product review explains. (Published: Nov. 2010 ; Final Cut Pro v. 6, 7.x)

Questions on Transcoding Video
In this answer to a newsletter reader’s question, we look at the process of transcoding (converting) video from one format to another. We specifically talk about what is the right format to transcode into. (Published: Nov. 2010 ; Compressor v. 2.x, 3.0x, 3.5x)

Sizing Graphics for DVD
Nothing causes more confusion for video editors than trying to figure out how to size still images for video. I’ve written extensively about this in the past — which is referenced in this article — this is an additional follow-up. (Published: Nov. 2010 ; Final Cut Pro v. 5.1x, 6, 7.x)

Text is Text for Video, Right?
How do you create and size text for video? What is the impact of interlacing? How can you make your text look as good as possible? This short article provides the answers. (Published: Nov. 2010 ; Final Cut Pro v. 5.1x, 6, 7.x)

Interlacing vs. Deinterlacing
Interlacing, deinterlacing, progressive — three very confusing terms to many people. This article explains what they are, when you use them, what to do when you see them, and why you should care — not, in many case, not care at all. (Published: Aug. 2010 ; Final Cut Pro v. 5.0x, 5.1x, 6, 7.x)

Getting Audio Sample Rates to Match
I got burned by this when I was prepping my most recent webinar for posting. My audio slowly slipped out of sync. I hate when that happens. What I discovered is that the Soundtrack Pro sample rate preference setting overrides the sample rate of the Final Cut Pro project, resulting in a slow sync drift that will drive you nuts. This article explains what you need to know to fix it. (Published: Aug. 2010 ; Final Cut Pro v. 5.1x, 6, 7.x)

Removing Audio Tracks From a Video Clip
Sometimes, especially when merging clips, you get more audio tracks in a Final Cut Pro timeline than you want. This article describes a couple of different ways you can get rid of them. (Published: Aug. 2010 ; Final Cut Pro v. 5.1x, 6, 7.x)

Positioning Text in Final Cut Pro
What’s the best way to position text in Final Cut Pro, and why does the position shift as you change justification? This short article explains the why and how. (Published: Aug. 2010 ; Final Cut Pro v. 4, HD, 5.0x, 5.1x, 6, 7.x)

Export Keynote Slides for Video
Keynote is a very fast way to create bullet slide and animated text for video. However, when it comes time to export your images, this article explains how to do it fast and with the best quality. (Published: Aug. 2010 ; Final Cut Pro v. 5.1x, 6, 7.x)

Picking the Right Version of ProRes
With the release of Final Cut Studio 2, Apple created a new high-end codec entitled ProRes. With the release of Final Cut Studio (3) they expanded it from two variations to five. What is ProRes and how do you decide which version to use for your projects? Answering that question is the purpose of this article. (Published: Jul. 2010 ; Final Cut Pro v. 6, 7.x)

Review: PhotoMotion 1.5 from GeeThree
Working with still images in video is hard, because images created on the computer are not compatible with video. A new software – PhotoMotion – seeks to solve a lot of the challenges in working with still images. This is a detailed review of how the product works. (Published: Jul. 2010 ; Final Cut Pro v. 6, 7.x)

User Report: Fixing Corrupted FCP Project Files
Most of the time, Final Cut Pro projects are extremely stable. But, every so often, one gets corrupted. This report, written by Peter Sasowsky, describes how to fix a Final Cut Pro project file that is no longer stable. (Published: Jul. 2010 ; Final Cut Pro v. 5.0x, 5.1x, 6, 7.x)

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