For all you Final Cut Pro users here is our list of the top 10 video editing shortcut keys you need to know. And for you Adobe Premiere users, we have an extra bonus for you at the bottom. Timeline shortcut keys: 1. Selection Tool [A] 2. Razor Blade Tool [B] 3. Crop Tool [C] 4. Zoom Tool [Z] 5. Default Cross Dissolve Transition [Command + T] 6. Change Speed [Command + J] 7. Play [space bar] 8. Play forward x2 speed [L] 9. Play back x2 speed [J] 10. Pause [K] Premiere users, did you know you can set your keyboard shortcuts to mimic … Read more about Top 10 Video Editing Shortcut Keys You Need to Know
I’m going to make a confession here. I am addicted to The Food Network. Like, major addiction. When I’m able to pry myself away from the television and head to work, I often try to replicate some of the graphics and visual effects that they use to make their food look oh-so-sexy. That’s how I came across this quick Final Cut Pro trick for making a cut out effect with text. For you foodies out there, you’ll recognize this effect as the open from Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate. (For those of you who don’t spend hours on end watching … Read more about How to Create a Video In Text Effect in Final Cut Pro 7
Creating split screens is a fun and practical tool to add to your video editing arsenal. Final Cut Pro gives you all of the tools to do it right inside its program, and by just learning the basic idea you’ll open yourself up to infinite editing possibilities. Below are the step by step instructions for creating a basic side by side slit screen in Final Cut Pro 7. 1. Import both of your files into Final Cut Pro. 2. Place both clips on your timeline, one on top of the other, and then turn off one clip using the button on the left … Read more about How To Create A Split Screen in Final Cut Pro
Are you in need of a new editing trick to help spice up your videos? Try adjusting the speed and direction of your footage. You can use this trick to create dozens of different effects, so it is a good tool to know. Here are the super simple steps for adjusting your clip speed and direction in Final Cut Pro 7: 1. Place your footage on the timeline. 2. Right click on your footage. A menu will pop up. Click “Change Speed”. 3. A new dialogue box will pop up. In the top right corner you will see a box that most likely says “100%”. … Read more about Adjusting Clip Speed in Final Cut Pro 7
Video Editing Tutorial: Track Matte Transition in Final Cut We at VideoBlocks are pros at making low budget videos look like top quality movies on a small budget. In this case, allow us to show you how to make a professional transition in Final Cut Pro. In less than 2 minutes, you can add a track matte transition to your project to really make it stand out! This step by step video tutorial will teach you how to use a pre-made track matte video transition in Final Cut Pro 7. Take a look to see what a track matte transition is. Need … Read more about Video Editing Tutorial: Track Matte Transition in Final Cut
Here are step by step instructions for using a track matte (also known as travel matte) video transition in Final Cut Pro. 1. Place your Video Clip A on video track 1. 2. Place the Matte on video track 2. 3. Place your Video Clip B on video track 3. 4. Right click the Matte then select Composite Mode>Normal. 5. Right click your Video Clip A then select Composite Mode>Travel Matte Alpha. *Note: If the Travel Matte Alpha setting does not work, select “Travel Matte-Luma” instead. 6. Repeat step 5 … Read more about How to Use Track Matte Video Transitions in Final Cut Pro
It is easy to add some awesome special effects to your projects if you know how to use an alpha channel. An alpha channel is a transparent layer that is often paired up with other graphics, images or video. The end result means you can layer an alpha channel video on top of another background video and have them float together seamlessly. Using this technique you can add explosions, fire, breaking glass or underwater effects to any of your footage. Here’s how to do it in Final Cut Pro: [button … Read more about Using Alpha Channels in Final Cut Pro
There is a lot of new hype out there about RED footage. But what is it? And how can you use it? Here is a quick briefing on the key concepts of the RED world. What is RED? RED is a new brand of cameras that was started by Oakley’s founder Jim Jannard. His idea was to revolutionize the video industry by offering a camera with the ability to capture resolution far superior to today’s HD cameras. The company offers a variety of cameras and accessories, but the most common is the RED One camera. The camera has a special sensor that allows it … Read more about What is RED Footage?