From Production to Post: Timesavers Built into Final Cut Pro
As the latest version of a respected video editing platform, Final Cut Pro 7 has brought with it a number of new features and enhancements. Along with new tools, the speed and efficiency with which users can work has seen impressive gains. Due to several performance enhancements and feature upgrades, the time it takes to capture, edit, and render effectively have all been reduced. Several smart advances in the Final Cut software have made this possible.
Seamless Format Support
With the advent of HD cameras that offer their own file-based recording systems, the long and tedious capture process can finally be a thing of the past. Along with the right software support, that is. Because older editing suites don’t support these specialty files types, in many cases the transfer of video has to be done through the older, slower method of video capture. With Final Cut Pro 7, Apple has changed this.
Content from Panasonic cameras can be directly imported in their AVC-Intra or DVCPRO-HD format without any conversion. Sony’s XDCAM EX and the popular AVCHD format also seamlessly transfer over. In an industry where every minute costs someone money, the time saved means a more reasonable production schedule on a more reasonable budget.
What’s more, Automatic Transfer is included for a number of cameras and formats. Users have the option to allow data and files to immediately transfer to a scratch disk when your media is connected. You can even load new files in the background while you work on other parts of a project.
The new Final Cut Pro timeline also features improved versatility, allowing you to work with clips of different formats and even frame rates all at once. New options for tabs and color-coded markers are just another enhancement that will help you with organization and efficiency in the editing process.
While many of the new features are under the hood or automatically configured, others require practice, training or both. The Final Cut Pro 7 tutorial and training DVD from Infinite Skills is one particularly affordable and efficient resource to help you get started. Walking users through everything from memory and disk optimization to importing and manipulation multiple media types, this interactive video series will show you how the software’s impressive feature set can change the way you work on a daily basis.
Perfect for beginning editors as well as those moving from a different editing platform, this intensive 7.5 hour course is designed to cover more than just the basics. Some of the topics explained and broken down onscreen include Special Media Imports, Customizing the Timeline, Voice Over, Hum Removal, Animated Text Effects, Color Correction, and more.
The tutorial and training package can now be ordered from the Infinite Skills online store on CD. An additional download option is available for those who want instant access to this high quality training.