Editing with Final Cut Pro 4
- Shoot video on your camera. You should have a .MOV or .MP4 file on your flash card. (If not, see your instructor to convert it). Copy it your desktop.
- Launch Final Cut Express & create a New Project (under the File menu) and save it.
- Click the File Browser window in the upper left. Go under the File menu to Import and bring in MOV or MP4 files
- Double-click on a file in the File Browser to show it in the Viewer
- Play the file and mark the ins and outs of the clip you want to use, using the buttons
Shift key + “\” will play the clip with the in and outs you’ve specified.
- Advance the playhead to these edit marks be pressing either of these buttons
- Click the Mono tab of the Viewer window to change the audio volume by raising or lowering the purple slider.
- Go back to the Video tab in the Viewer & drag the whole video image down to the timeline to place the clip
- Add a caption by clicking
Select: Text -> Lower third
- Click the Controls tab of the Viewer window to change the text attributes
- At minimum …
- Enter text for Text 2 and set the Font Color to White
- Set the Background to “Solid”
- The Opacity to 50%
- The Color to BlackIn the Video tab of the Viewer, drag this text and place it above clip in the Timeline
- Repeat and set clips beside each other in the timeline
- To make a dissolve, click the border between two clips to get a highlight bar. Select Effects menu-> Default-Cross Dissolve
Render & Preview
- Render the timeline in order to preview: Choose Sequence menu->Render All-> Both
- When done, preview your clip in the Canvas (upper right)
- Note: if you ever need to re-edit a clip in the Viewer, simply double-click the clip in the File Browser
- When you’re done choose File menu->Export->Using Quicktime Conversion …
- Choose Format->Quicktime Movie
Use: Broadband – HighSave as a .mov file
- Use this file for uploading to a video service such as (YouTube)