5. February 6, 2017

Meeting #5


General Information

  • iVIE 2017 deadline: April 7, 2017
  • EYMF submissions: March 27-May 7, 2017
  • California Student Media Festival deadline: March 30, 2017
  • Project LIVE music video project due by February 13.
    • 1 minute, music of your choice
    • Need a refresher on editing this project in FCPX? Editing to the timeline in FCP X: 12 minute video with tips for getting the clips and resources you want from the Library/Event to the Storyline.
    • Apply whatever finishing touches you feel your project needs
    • Export a copy using a technique we discuss tonight
    • Submit your project to me here (it can be from your laptop or your EUSD Google Drive)
    • On Monday, once you've submitted your project to me, I will turn in the timesheets
    • I will send out 4 projects to each submitter to review and share results (shared results will be anonymous). Since each project is 1 minute long, you can do this really quickly. Feel free to do more if you choose.
  • Next (last) Meeting, March 6
    • Intro to latest FCP X (10.3.x)
    • Free work, with help if needed, on iVIE project (1 or 2 students OK)
    • It's optional, but you can turn in a timesheet for the time here.


    Final Cut Pro X: Titles, Transitions, Effects, Finishing

    • Fine tuning edits
      • With the Trim Tool select BOTH sides of the edit
      • Use ", [comma]" or ". [period]" to move the edit left or right respectively
      • With the edit still chosen, choose View > Playback > Play Around (Shift-?)
      • With playback going, continue moving the edit points until satisfied
    • Fine tuning sound
      • For this project, all you need to do is make sure volume averages around -6 db (no other sound). But for "regular" projects:
      • Disable any music or SFX (select and press "V")
      • Adjust volume on dialog/narration to an average of about -12 db on Audio Meters
      • Re-enable music and SFX (select and press "V")
      • Adjust until they support dialog/narration, with total output about -6 db on Audio Meters
    • Titles
      • Drag the title you want to the location of choice, or:
      • Put playhead where you want title to start, then click on the title you want and press "Q" to add as a connect edit (on top), or:
      • If you want the title to span a clip completely, hover over the clip and press "X" to select and set In/Out points, choose title and press "Q" to add as a connect edit over the entire clip
      • Drag the end of title to where you want it to stop
      • Look in the Inspector for customizing options; often more than you'd think.
    • Transitions
      • Use transitions only if you have a need to (the most common transition in any movie is the straight cut (i.e. none)
      • Make sure the clips receiving the transition have sufficient handles (Tip: double-click on transition to see; press Return when done)
      • Do one of these:
        • Select either edit point and double-click on transition of choice
        • Drag transition of choice to the edit point
      1. To adjust duration of transition, do one of these:
        • Drag one end of transition and pull in or out
        • Select transition and press Control-D and type the duration you want, using a period between seconds and frames (e..g, type "1.15" to make the transition 1 second and 15 frames long [1.5 seconds])
    • Effects
      • NOTE: Green Screen is an Effect called Keyer in the Keying category
      • Make sure any Effects you apply enhance the story, not just look cool. No effects better than bad effects.
      • Do one of these:
        • Select clip and double-click on desired Effect or
        • Drag Effect onto clip of choice
      • Look in the Inspector for customizing options
      • Explore Color, Distortion, Light, and Looks categories
    • Basic Color Correction
      • Effects > Color > Color Correction
      • Go to Color Board (Command-6)
      • Work in this order:
        • Exposure
        • Color
        • Saturation
      • Use Waveform Scope to make Exposure decisions (Command-7 or Window > Viewer Displays > Show Scopes)
    • Exporting
      • For viewing only
        • Share > Export File
        • Important: Click Settings Tab and choose:
          • Format: Web Hosting or Computer
          • Video Codec: QuickTime Movie (multipass)
      • For a high quality export suitable for re-using in projects
        • Share > Export File
        • Important: Click Settings Tab and choose:
          • Format: Video and Audio
          • Video Codec: Apple ProRes 422
      • A different option is to download this file of alternate compression settings and add to FCPX. Directions on FCPX/Motion Resources tab under More Exporting Options. These should result in smaller H.264 files at various frame sizes.


Creating a Contrast Effect in Motion for FCP X

Effects are changes applied to a clip directly (e.g. "Sepia Tone" or "Keyer (Green Screen)". You can build Effects projects so you can have access to specific Motion filters in FCPX. You can have multiple filters as part of the same Effect, although our project only includes one.

    • New Effects Project
    • Shift-Z to engage "Fit to Window"
    • Use still for Effect Source so you can see results
    • Save your Effect in the Category you choose (e.g. "My Effects")
    • Add the "Contrast" Filter to the Effect Source (Library > Filters > Color Correction > Contrast)
    • Click on the Contrast Filter in Layers and then go to the Filters pane of the Inspector to see what parameters you can control
    • Experiment with settings to see what the results are
    • When done experimenting, click the "Reset" arrow in the top right corner; this is so when first applied, there will be no Effect.
    • Right- or Control-click on each parameter (e.g. Contrast, Pivot, Smooth Contrast, etc.) and choose "Publish"; only parameters you publish will be available in FCPX
    • Save and then go to FCPX. Add the filter and check that the parameters you chose.
    • This is a very simple example of creating an Effect. If you want to get a sense of what else might be possible, try choosing "Open a Copy in Motion" for one of the built-in FCPX Effects and see if you can figure out what elements were included to get that effect.



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