Final Cut Pro X

Final Cut Pro X Multicam

Final Cut Pro X just got a fresh update to version 10.0.3, which includes multicam editing support for up to 64 cameras.  Additionally, the multicam support takes full advantage of the automatic audio sync.

There are a ton of additional cool features in 10.0.3 like importing layered PSD files, advanced chroma keying and more.  Check out the full run down below. [click to continue…]

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Plural Eyes FCP X

Singular Software has released a beta version of Plural Eyes for Final Cut Pro X.  While FCP X offers the ability to automatically sync audio and video clips natively, it still comes up quite short for all but the simplest of setups.  Multi-cam is next to impossible with FCP X; however, the new Plural Eyes beta release gives a glimmer of hope for editing basic multi-cam projects in FCP X by syncing multi-cam footage.  Likewise, syncing multiple takes to a single audio clip is a challenge in FCP X, but is something that the new Plural Eyes beta shreds through easily. [click to continue…]

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Final Cut Pro X - Making the Transition

Final Cut Pro X: Making the Transition is a new book from Final Cut Pro training guru Larry Jordan.  For all the jabs and snubs the latest version of FCP has received, there is some merit to the software.  It’s certainly not for everyone in its current state; however, it has a lot of power and conveniences that aren’t quite visible on the surface.

I’ve been keeping up with Larry Jordan’s comments on FCP X since it was announced at NAB earlier this year.  One thing is for sure, Mr. Jordan knows his stuff when it comes to Final Cut.

In this useful, cut-to-the-chase guide to the program, popular trainer and Final Cut guru Larry Jordan takes these experienced users through all the components of the software, from importing footage and organizing media to export and sharing. Along the way, they’ll learn the best ways to edit footage and add transitions, effects, and filters, do basic color correcting, work with audio, and utilize a variety of HD workflow techniques, to name a few.

Final Cut Pro X: Making the Transition retails for $44.99; however, it is currently available for $29.69 on Amazon.com.

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SplitScreen X Lite for Free

CrumplePop is now offering SplitScreen X Lite for free.  It’s a nice little splitscreen plugin for FCP X.  It includes 3 splitscreen templates with adjustable bar width and the ability to scale any screen independently.

Get it free on CrumplePop’s website.

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It looks like the folks over at Intelligent Assistance have figured out a way to translate FCP X projects into FCP 7 timelines.  Project X₂7 is a $50 XML translator that takes your FCP X XML file and translates it into something that FCP 7 can understand.  Once in FCP 7, you can then take your project to a number of different applications, including Premiere Pro, which is the gateway to Dynamic Link with After Effects and other Adobe apps.

Project X₂7 looks like a pretty solid plugin that appears to do what is asked of it.  Check out the screenshots below for a comparison of FCP X to FCP 7 projects. [click to continue…]

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Sony NEX-5n

The more I use the new Sony NEX-5n, the more I like it (notwithstanding the clicking problem).  One thing that really makes the NEX-5n stand out among competitors is the ability to capture HD video at 1080/60p (i.e., 59.94 progressive frames per second).  This makes for smooth motion, but also gives you the option to conform to footage to a slower frame rate and get some cool slow motion in your 24p projects.

With the recent update to Final Cut Pro X, I was hoping that Apple would add support for additional codecs, like the relatively new (yet, increasingly popular) AVCHD 2.0; however, it did not.  As a result, working with video from cameras shooting 60p AVCHD 2.0 footage (like the Sony NEX-5n) brings a bit of a problem when importing the files from your camera.

I’ve already covered how to import AVCHD files into Final Cut Pro X; however, working with AVCHD 2.0 files at 60p requires another step to get the footage into FCP X.  Still yet, it’s not so bad. [click to continue…]

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