Final Cut Studio 3 Tutorials

Here are a few FCS3 tutorials that I’ve found for those wanting to expand their understanding of these programs. For anyone who’s serious about their craft, you have below several “must watch” videos that will make you sit back and say “Cool. I didn’t know you could do that!”

The first one briefly touches on the Log and Transfer section of FCP and how it relates to today’s tapeless workflows. But mostly the tutorial is all about “online/offline” workflows using the ProRes Proxy codec that allows you to use far less room on your media drives during the edit process. ProRes 422 (proxy) is also a full raster codec, meaning if you shot in 1920×1080 your proxy files will also be the same size. This is very important if your project has a lot of graphics/pictures because you won’t have to redo any FX or moves when it’s time to re-capture at the online resolution.

The second one is all about tapeless workflows using the Log and Transfer section of FCP7. Canon 5D, 7D and the new 550D users take note: this tutorial was made for you.

The next one is about easily adding BITC (burn-in time code) to your video using Compressor. This is important if you’re working with clients or co-workers such as the audio guy who’s going to sweeten the tracks of your documentary masterpiece. You need to be able to reference your video with everyone using the language of TC as your project progresses.

How about an easy way to make beautiful slow-motion with none other than Cinema Tools, which is part of Final Cut Studio. Check it out:

If you want to export more than just the standard of two audio channels that Final Cut Pro is set up to do by default, this is the tutorial for you. The secret is in the shortcuts and critical mouse cursor placement in the sequence window.

The last one is how to use the noise reduction tools in FCP but more importantly in Soundtrack Pro. The person who generated this tutorial uses the most popular way to reduce unwanted audio and it’s good to know how it works. I use another way that is more discreet but, as all things to do with these programs, there’s always 3 or 4 ways to do the same thing. It all depends on how you like to work.

Happy tutorial……ing!!

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Don Greening is the owner and both senior editor and videographer for Reeltime Videoworks. His arts background as a classical musician and composer gives him an uncompromising eye and ear for detail that is very important in video production. Don also hones his technical skills by updating them through courses at Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design.