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Apple Final Cut Pro: Cut, Copy and Paste (Pt 1)

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Basic Skills

As you’ll already know, Avid has Extract, Lift and Copy commands for making changes to sequences. FCP has more than twice as many – Lift/Clear, Ripple Delete, Cut, Ripple Cut, Copy, Paste and Paste Insert. It’s enough to make your head spin, so this week’s tip explains the differences.

http://www.avid2fcp.com/?p=50

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Sony Vegas: Making a Logo Transparent Using Sony Vegas – You could do it in an image editing application, but why?

Chapter: Paint, Draw and Design

Topic: Logo Design

One powerful reason to choose Sony Vegas as your NLE is how its myriad of tools let you to accomplish so many tasks directly inside the program. I’d say that 90% of the time there is no need to employ other software. For example, a client gives you their logo graphic to place in a video project. Unfortunately, this logo has a white background instead of a transparent one and you’d like to key it over video. But the white is in the way.

http://www.digitalpostproduction.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=175791

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Adobe After Effects: Adobe After Effects and Changing Text Path Properties

Chapter: Titling

Topic: Titling Animation

Having the ability to change the presets for text animation is critical. It is very rare if ever that you will keep the stock setting in the animation selectors of your text animation presets.

http://www.geniusdv.com/weblog/archives/adobe_after_effects_and_changing_text_path_properties.php

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Adobe After Effects: Adobe After Effects and Animation Selectors

Chapter: Titling

Topic: Titling Animation

When using animation presets you have default animation selections that you can control.

http://www.geniusdv.com/weblog/archives/adobe_after_effects_and_animation_selectors.php

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The Blink Filter in Final Cut Pro

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Effects

In this tutorial Steve Martin of Ripple Training shows how to use the Blink filter in Apple Final Cut Pro to create a frenetic style especially suited to action sequences.

http://aimediaserver.com/studiodaily/videoplayer/?src=fcpblink/fcpblink.swf&width=960&height=660

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Adobe After Effects: Be A Good Parent To A Camera

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: Scripting or Expressions

This post is in reply to a number of people who sent me notes asking how I did the camera animation in a 3D project with lots of layers. At issue is “”how do you do a smooth camera move down, around and in towards an object””. There are a number of ways you can animate a camera (and, indeed, any object) in After Effects. We all know about keyframes, and you can be clever and use expressions to shimmy things about. But unless you’ve come to motion graphics via a 3d application, you may or may not know about the benefits offered by something called ‘parenting’. Nope, not as in “”change that smelly nappy”” parenting. Parenting as in “”hook that camera up to a ‘null'””. Use this link for the Project Files.

http://shisko.blogspot.com/2007/08/be-good-parent-to-camera.html

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Adobe After Effects: Figuring Fields

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: Clip and Media Management

If you live in NTSC Land, you’ve probably got a bit of a love-hate thing going on with video fields in your footage. Yes, it can make your renders look ‘smoother’ (some might argue ‘unnaturally smooth’), but one must admit that dealing with interlaced video footage in After Effects can be a bit of a hit ‘n miss affair. Now it’s easy enough to de-interlace in AE: just go to the ‘Interpret Footage Dialog box’ (Ctrl+F with a footage item selected in the Project Window). There you can change the interpretation, or verify how AE has chosen to ‘auto interpret’. Yes, usually AE is right, but if you’re dealing with footage of unknown provenance, you HAVE to know how to confirm the field order interpretation, or risk the messy consequences.

http://www.flowmedialab.com/blog/field_order.mov

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Adobe Encore DVD: Adobe Encore and adding Chapter Points

Chapter: DVD Authoring

Topic: Menus or Navigation

You can add chapter points from both the Monitor panel and the Timeline Viewer. Chapter points are numbered sequentially and renumbered automatically if you insert a new point between two existing chapters. You can also add chapter points at set intervals.

http://www.geniusdv.com/weblog/archives/adobe_encore_and_adding_chapter_points.php

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Adobe Encore DVD: Adobe Encore and Creating a Timeline

Chapter: DVD Authoring

Topic: Menus or Navigation

Once you have imported your assets into Adobe Encore you may want to convert them into Timelines. This is not obvious at first but very simple once you understand how to do it.

http://www.geniusdv.com/weblog/archives/adobe_encore_and_creating_a_timeline.php

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Luma Key Effect for Final Cut Pro

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Effects

You can create some incredible effects by using a simple luma key within Final Cut Pro. The Luma Key filter works by keying out either bright or dark areas of an image.

http://www.geniusdv.com/weblog/archives/luma_key_effect_for_final_cut_pro.php

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