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Vegas is a mature, full-featured NLE. I use it regularly for professional work from spots, to corporate video to feature films. I've also used it for semi-professional things like editing a video of my stepdaughter's choir concert for a Christmas DVD. Here's where I run into problems. My producing partner is all about FCP. There's no clean way to export an ...


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There's actually a big difference between the two. If you're on a budget and don't mind that editing video is not as straight forward, then Motion is actually not a bad route to take. Final Cut allows you to use things you've created in Motion as graphical templates. Motion in and of itself is a 2D(/3D) animation app, it wasn't made for video editing. ...


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FFmpeg is probably being used more than you believe. I think the BBC uses it for some workflows, there is evidence that Laika and Weta may use it, and there is a fork called FFmbc which is targeted for professional broadcast usage. YouTube probably uses FFmpeg to decode as shown by some unique decoding issues (but this was several years ago that I read ...


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Subtitling is a horrible horrible thing, and there are loads of regulations and standards and other bull which can be found here. As for the font, it really depends on your opinion - if I'm not mistaken Trebuchet Sans and Deja Vu Sans are as close as you can get to the standard DVD fonts. But all I just said depend on your artistic point of view - if the ...


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"I copy pasted Final Cut Events and Final Cut Projects folders to my external HD but I don't know how to restore it into project in FC. Any help is appreciated." It's better to perform this type of operation from within FCPX, instead of the Finder via copy/paste. With the project selected in the Project Library, choose File->Move Project... As long as you ...


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The way you've phrased this question makes it meaningless. Of course you can use Vegas for professional and semi-professional work. Of course you can compare the output of Vegas with other professional production tools. The problem is that "professional and semi-professional work" is such a broad field that you will always be able to find some situation ...


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This kind of data is actually remarkably hard to come by. There are a few industry reports available for thousands of dollars, but the best free resource I could find when I was searching was an informal poll that Dave Dugdale did. It was an imperfect test by his own admission because it allowed both voting up and voting down, but it gives at least some ...


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Select the clip you wish to work on in the browser, then in the top menu bar for FCP, select Mark > DV Start/Stop Detect. This will break the clip up by the start/stop metadata generated when you were shooting. The options in the user preferences are for timecode breaks that occur during capture. ps: I don't know when this DV Start/Stop Detect feature was ...


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The main reason is support, usability and control. First, lets clarify that FFMPEG is an encoder, QuickTime Pro is a video utility that happens to include multiple encoders and Final Cut Pro is a non-linear editor and has nothing to do with encoders other than the fact it can output to an encoder (generally QuickTime I believe). For big budget commercial ...


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FCPX has currently no way to link Motion Projects to FCPX Projects. To place Motion Projects in another directory than the default one, you have to create symbolic links using Terminal (see below). Motion Projects can only be used in FCPX as Templates. From Apple's PDF "Managing Media with Final Cut Pro X Libraries": Motion templates are not managed as ...


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Unfortunately, that isn't currently supported. Your text items will preserve the state from when they were first added. So you're stuck doing it manually. It's number 4 on the list of top requested features for the next update though and Apple seems to be aware of this site, or they've just been reading minds the last few updates- http://fcpx.tv/top.html ...


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There is a pop-up menu in the General tab in User Preferences that has all the options in dealing with timecode breaks. There is an option where you choose Make New Clip from the “On timecode break”. This option will make a new clip in the bin when a timecode break is reached. SRC: ...


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This is a job better accomplished with a compositing program like After Effects (or maybe Motion if that's all you have), and not with your editing program. Also, here's a tutorial that covers how to deal with some difficult situations in object removal: http://library.creativecow.net/articles/drozda_jerzy/SimpleObjectRemoval.php Even if you're not an ...


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You could use a "garbage mask" to cut out the desired object on the main frame. Doing that, it will be in place during the transition. If that does not work for you, then just duplicate the transition for the vector object.


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I worked on a documentary project two years ago. The solution that worked best for me was a VHS Recorder, that had 6 heads and was able to play NTSC and PAL. I could not find a VHS Recorder with HDD or DVD recording unit, that played both formats. VHS (and VHS-C) tape quality is limited. No matter how big your budget is, you will not get a full color-range ...


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As far as I recall, you can't. I would tape your solo on your camera while playing your time line and then importing that video back into FCP once it's done.


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FCP can export an XML file that contains the basics of your sequence. Premiere can then import this and create a native project file based on the contents of that XML. I'm pretty sure Premiere can also export a similar file for import/conversion into FCP (I haven't tried though). It's worth noting that the formats are likely to change considerably years ...


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To be fully honest, it's impossible to tell. Even now, there's a bit of an industry battle between FCP (which is dead following FCX), Premiere and AVID. Your best bet would be to edit in Premiere and keep an ear out, upgrading every 3-4 years with Premiere and possible emigrating the project over to whatever NLE is the industry standard at that time. ...


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It seems to me from a high level, two things. First off your project settings in FCP do not match your source materials. First off you should transcode one of your two sources to a common format so you are dealing with only one aspect ratio and frame size, it may require cropping or scaling down some of the larger content to match the smaller one (i.e. bring ...


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What you like to accomplish is a zoom? In that case you can just add keyframes on the position of the video within your canvas/composition. Find the moment where you want to zoom. Add keyframe on the scale / position Add keyframe on end of the zoom Set preferred value Add keyframe one frame before zooming out Add keyframe on that next frame. Add keyframe ...


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Don't use the Ken burns effect. Animate the transform controls, setting keyframes for scale and x/y position. By default, the keyframes will ease in and ease out, giving you a Ken Burns like effect, but you'll be able to control it more precisely.


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I use it in my professional production chain all the time. Last week I was using it to batch through dozens of videos that needed subtitles burnt-in. It would have taken me weeks of tedious labour with Final Cut, it took me a couple of days burning the srts in with ffmpeg, and I was able to automatically rename the files and compress them for the various ...


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Likely your issues were stemming from trying to edit with H264 files. This is something that FCP hates! Convert all your h264 footage to ProRes before you start editing (using Compressor, MPEG Streamclip, or the awesome Magic Bullet Grinder) and then edit with the ProRes files. Output your final 'Master File' as ProRes and then use Compressor to encode ...


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You can do it by adding transitions between the speed changed clips as described in the documentation section titled Add Transitions Between Speed Segments. They say: When two adjacent speed segments are set to play at different speeds, you can control how smoothly the video switches between the playback speeds. When there’s no transition between the ...


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After Effects, especially with Mocha, has the most advanced motion tracking and stabilization capabilities of these 3 options, but they are also the most complicated to use if you want the best possible results. (Note that AE also does offer simple options like Warp Stabilizer if you don't need super advanced stabilization.) The options in Final Cut Pro X ...


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You need to use keyframes. It's been a few versions since I used Final Cut, but they are generally represented by a little diamond indicator. If you add a keyframe at the point you want the level to start increasing and another at the point where you want it to stop increasing, you can then adjust the value at the later point and the volume adjustment ...


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I would recommend to use JKL to scrub in the Viewer, directly in the Event Library. Press L to play forward at 1x. Press another time to play at 2x and so forth. Press K to stop playback. L plays backwards. Multiple invocations result in faster playback. Hold down K and press L to go one frame forward, K + J to go one frame backward. Maybe you can give it a ...


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Your event browser needs to be in filmstrip view for this to work. Press [⌥⌘1] Then you can Zoom in [⌘+] or out [⌘-] to whatever granularity you like.


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Tips on subtitles. 1) make it clear, be sure the font color is not washed out by the background for instance don't put light lettering on a light background. In a word "contrast". Some title programs will have a shadow or outline to assist when the title is over a mixed light and dark area. Choose an easily readable font. Consider why highway signs have ...


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There is no way of accessing the rest of the FCP program while capturing, because your computer is allocating all of the 2.5GB of Ram to capturing to prevent a smooth capture and no dropped frames, since FCP is software based and not hardware based this is not possible.



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