The Collected Final Cut Pro Quick Tips
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We have been doing Final Cut Pro Quick Tips for well over a year now, and it is time to collect them in one easy location. While many of these Quick Tips are targeted at Final Cut Pro 3.0, they will all still work with the latest version of the release.

Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #1: Texture Treatments to Enhance Video Productions
If you have read my Final Cut Pro 3 review, you know I think it is a great NLE package for the Mac. In the review I mentioned that the text tools have been improved with the Calligraphy plug-in from Boris. The Boris plug-in is great, but there are still some cool things you can do with the basic text of Final Cut Pro.

Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #2: Using Markers to Quickly Edit a Music Video
Ever wish you could edit video to the beat of the music quickly and easily? In Appleís Final Cut Pro 3, using markers to time out your shots makes editing a snap.

Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #3: Import Your Music the Right Way
Need to import audio files into your Final Cut Pro 3 project? At some point you will need to, and who wants to spend valuable time flipping through four different manuals to find the answer?
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Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #4: Nesting Helps Manage Longer Projects
If you have used Final Cut Pro 3.0 for a while, you should be familiar with nesting. Nesting allows you to "flatten" video tracks into a single sequence that can be imported into any other sequence. Final Cut Pro 3.0 gives you up to 99 video tracks in a project, but with nesting, you have an unlimited number of tracks to work with.

Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #5: Keying Explained
When doing postproduction, it seems every producer/director wants to, or needs to, include a shot or two that was shot against a blue or green screen wall. Your job is to blend it in with the rest of shots. First thought might be to jump over to a great program like Adobe After Effects to pull off the composite, but Final Cut Pro 3, does a pretty good job if you stay right inside the application.

Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #6: Configuring Your Scratch Disk
Ever have Final Cut Pro 3.0 crash in the middle of an edit, and you donít know when the last auto save was performed (or even where it is located)? Wonder why you can easily locate your rendered video files, but not your audio? Ever throw your hands up in frustration and cry out in the night, "Iím mad as hell and Iím not going to take it anymore!"? Okay, maybe you havenít gone that far, but knowing how to set up your scratch disk can save you some hassle later on.

Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #7: My Favorite Effects
Ever tweak a default effect (or create one of your own) that you really love and want to use over and over again? With Final Cut Pro you can save those favorites and use them to your heartís content. Hereís how.

Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #8: De-Interlacing
I received a DV tape the other day that was dubbed from a VHS tape. Popping the tape into my Sony deck I instantly saw something that the person who dubbed the tape over looked; the person didnít use a TBC when making the dub and the video had jumped up approximately 50 lines. Solution? Modify the size of the image in Final Cut Pro 3.0. But that is only part of the solution. This Final Cut Pro Quick Tip explains how.

Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #9: Color Correction workflow tips
A lot of you seemed to get a kick out of one of the previous installments of the Final Cut Pro Quick Tip series regarding how to save your favorite effects. I dropped a hint at how productive that could be when using the Color Correction filter that some of you have found to be very valuable. Here are a few more Color Correction workflow tips that might help out when you are polishing your masterpiece.

Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #10: Locating files in the Timeline
Ever have a series of still images that you need to edit into a Final Cut Pro 3.0 project, and want to know if you have used the clip already in the Timeline? Here is a very short Quick Tip to show you how it can be done.

Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #11: Backing up at project end
I had a reader contact me last week asking what was an easy way to back up and save Final Cut Pro projects at the end of a job. I think everyone has a different take on this subject, and while it may not be the best solution, here is my suggestion.

Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #12: Exporting to After Effects
Need to get a clip from your Final Cut Pro sequence into After Effects so you can perform some razzle-dazzle? Hereís how.

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