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.
The FS tutorial videos aren’t just about basic techniques, but cover how to combine several different techniques (tripod shooting, doubling-up video, masking, cloning, keyframing) to achieve a specific objective. The things you’ll learn include all kinds of crazy visual effects: how to shoot flames from your eyes, how to appear more than once in the same frame, and how to achieve a super-speed effect. Each video covers just one effect, but watch a few — you'll get a good insight into how you might solve your own production problems.
The kicker here is that the tutorial creator (seemingly known only as “Filmmaking Simple”) is still a teenager. That’s either a powerful reminder that FCP X is usable by more than just “professionals” or a reminder that the definition of “professional” is changing. His age doesn’t really matter, though — if you’re less than an expert yourself, you can definitely learn something fun here.
Even if you only end up making goofy videos for yourself or your kids, there's nothing wrong with that. You’ll pick up great skills with masking and keyframing that you can use in everyday real-world professional jobs too. Worth a look, and then a second look too.
Iain Anderson is an Apple Certified Trainer, videographer, editor, animator, writer, designer and occasional coder based in Brisbane, Australia. http://www.trainingbrisbane.com and @funwithstuff on Twitter.
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