Final Cut Pro-My First Project-Brooklyn Bridge, 17 August 2011


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I present to you my first project using Final Cut Pro X.  The X stands for 10, not the letter X.  I found this out at the Apple Workshop I attended today in Soho.  Sitting in an air conditioned room and gaining some points and tips on this movie editing program, I was able to work along as the instructor guided us through various tools and effects.

What I like about FCP over iMovie is the layers, just like in Adobe Premiere.  In iMovie, you put your clips on one line, and if you wanted to cut a piece into a longer clip, you would have to insert or split clip then insert.  It’s much easier on FCP.  Just lay the clip on the top, and that is what will be visible.

I also love how the audio is attached to the movie clip and you can adjust the audio with anchor points by clicking “option” then clicking on the audio line where the points will appear.  It’s quite easy, and there’s more control when you want to fade in/out audio at the beginning/end of clips.

I also learned how to do a transform, in which I can have two clips play simultaneously on one screen.   You’ll see that in the video below, where I show two different angles of the bridge around 24 seconds into the shot.  One shot is a tilt down, and the other is a pan.

FCP also comes with audio that you can use.  I snipped and looped some audio from the iLife sound affects, which is provided in the audio section on the lower right corner.

I’m quite excited about making more movies and hope one day to actually make a decent movie.  Until then, here’s my 1 minute movie of the Brooklyn Bridge.

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