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29 Jan 2016
Quick Tip for Final Cut Pro

Video editing is often synonymous with Apple products due to the user-intuitive nature and functionality. Although every Apple computer is delivered built with video editing capabilities via iMovie, most video hobbyists and independent filmmakers have to have a more feature-rich video editing suite. Enter Final Cut Pro (FCP). First produced by Macromedia Inc., a now maintained by The apple company., FCP allows users to log and transfer video data onto a difficult drive for editing, processing and producing video content in the wide variety of formats. Using a product packed with numerous features, useful processes may be often overlooked while shifting through video editing options. Below I have to share a tip to get a slow-motion effect using footage with various resolutions and frame rates. Because of so many formats out there these days, it can be hard to keep track of everything and produce this content you desire.

Final Cut Pro X Effects

Slowing down video to get that slow-motion effect used to take additional measures in previous versions of FCP. Now, in FCP X, the procedure is quite simple because there is you don't need to create a copy of an clip before you implement the effect as FCP now allows nondestructive editing.

To start out, let's assume you happen to be beginning with 720P video using 60 FPS, but wish to edit in a 23.98 timeline to use for your online blog. You wish to make sure your project is setup with the desired frame rate and resolution and with this example you're targeting 720P and 23.98. Now apply your original video for the project that was recorded at 720P and 59.92. When playing it in the new desired frame rate, extra frames are taken off the video but the action remains in real-time.

The next task is to conform your original footage on the desired frame rate for those frames in the clip, effectively making a slow-motion clip. First, scrub your clip and then enter your "in and out" points into the timeline. Now choose the clip and then go through the Retime Menu.

The Retime Menu offers several options: slow, fast, normal, hold, conform speed, instant replay, rewind, speed ramp as well as an option to adjust video quality. Although "Slow" option would effectively reduce the speed of the video's playback, optimum results will not be achieved. To achieve the the best results choose "Conform Speed." This option adjusts the original video frame rate towards the frame rate of the time line. In this case, this effect cuts down on speed of every frame with the original content by roughly 40% creating an extremely smooth and vivid slow motion playback.

Final Cut Pro X Effects


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