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Best Of: FCPX Hacks

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Best Of: FCPX Hacks

Final Cut Pro X is great, but like any app, it’s not perfect. Many users have requested additional features or enhancements that they’d like to see, and as you’d expect, some are added and some are not. Richard Taylor of fcpx.tv maintains a long list, and he’s been asking for a scrolling timeline (that moves along with the playhead) for years. Scott Simmons wanted an easy way to spot the browser playhead, and blogged about it. But this time, the request wasn’t ignored. Chris Hocking of LateNite Films (seriously, go watch Wizards of Aus right now if you’ve not seen...

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Best of: FCP X 10.3 Tutorials, demos and workflow tips

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Best of: FCP X 10.3 Tutorials, demos and workflow tips

You might have heard: FCP X 10.3 was released alongside the new MacBook Pro at the end of October, just before the FCP X Creative Summit. If you were in the middle of a job, you might not have upgraded yet, but we’ve since had the 10.3.2 point update, and it’s all looking pretty good. Here, you’ll find a collection of free tutorials, including product demos, and workflow tips, but with the focus clearly on 10.3. (Incidentally, I’ve written about FCP X 10.3 and the Creative Summit with my macProVideo hat on, but you’re here for video, aren’t you?)  ...

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Top 10: Best of 2016

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Top 10: Best of 2016

It’s been a great year for Final Cut Pro: a new release heavy with professional features, and a bumper crop of great new titles, tutorials, effects, plug-ins and more from the outstanding and generous FCP X community. Of all the free tools we’ve highlighted throughout our first year, some stand out from the crowd. Now that the holidays are here and you’ve got more time to take a look, here’s a look back at of some of the best.   1. Departure Board tutorial by Tokyo Productions This advanced tutorial from Simon Ubsdell will take you through all many techniques...

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Top 10 Free Introductory Color Correction Tutorials for FCP X

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Top 10 Free Introductory Color Correction Tutorials for FCP X

Color correcting the shots in your edit to form a cohesive whole is a vital skill in today’s post-production workflow. Lighting can change from shot to shot, especially if you’re relying on the great ball of light in the sky. Even in a more controlled environment with matched cameras (or a single camera shoot) you'll need to fix exposure or white balance issues that weren’t obvious on set. This is a big topic, so we’ll tackle the basics of the Color Board — Final Cut Pro X’s main color correction tool — first, and then take a quick look at a couple...

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Best Of: Filmmaking Simple Tutorials

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Best Of: Filmmaking Simple Tutorials

In my own professional video work, clients don’t usually ask for teleportation, to look like a ghost, or fire an energy ball from their hands. Despite the absence of obvious visual effects from corporate and educational pieces, those things are still fun. If you’re not sure how to create them in Final Cut Pro X, Filmmaking Simple is the YouTube channel that’s been there, done that, and made the video to show you how to do it too. Levitation, achieved with masking, not green screen The FS tutorial videos aren’t just about basic techniques, but cover how to combine several different techniques (tripod shooting,...

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