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Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #30

New FCP HD/LiveType workflow By Stephen Schleicher

While many people were blown away with the announcement of Final Cut Pro HD (FCP4.5), they may have realized that LiveType also got an update.  In fact, there is a whole new way you can work with between the two applications, and this Quick Tip shows you how.

While this workflow process can be done with any type of graphic treatment, Ill be doing a simple lower third super.


Step 1:  Begin in Final Cut Pro HD by editing your sequence together.  When you are ready to create your supers for a shot, set your In and Out points and from File>Export select For LiveType.  Give it a name and save it.

Step 2:  Without closing Final Cut Pro HD, launch LiveType.  Import your video clip as a background reference (File>Place Background Movie).

Step 3:  Create your lower third graphic using your normal LiveType workflow.  When you installed and updated Final Cut Pro 4 to Final Cut Pro HD, LiveType also got an update to 1.2.  Besides the tighter integration with Final Cut Pro HD, 41 new effects were added, as well as the ability to do scrolls and crawls.

In LiveType 1.0 you had to export your completed graphic as a QuickTime movie in order to bring it back into Final Cut Pro.  With the 1.2 update, Final Cut Pro HD can now import LiveType project files directly into the Timeline.

Step 4:  In LiveType save your lower third as a LiveType project (File>Save).

Step 5:  Switch over to Final Cut Pro. If you want to do it the cool Expose way, be sure to check out the Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #29, where I cover how to do it easily.

Step 6:  Import the LiveType project file as a normal clip, or simply drag the project file from the folder or drive where it is saved and drop it into your timeline.

The only downside to placing the LiveType project file directly in your Timeline is you will have to render the effect.  The plus side to dragging the LiveType project file directly to the Timeline is you now have the ability to make changes to the file if you find a mistake.

Step 7:  To do this, highlight the LiveType clip in the Timeline, Right+Click with your mouse, and select Open in Editor. 

In LiveType you can make corrections and changes to your graphic work, and when you resave your project, it will be updated in Final Cut Pro HD.

This new workflow is really going to speed up your graphic creation in your next edit session.

A complete list of all 30 Final Cut Pro Quick Tips can be found on my website.


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Stephen Schleicher has crossed the country several times over the last couple of years going from Kansas to Atlanta , Georgia, and Southern California. In his time traveling, he has worked as an editor, graphic designer, videographer, director, and producer on a variety of video productions ranging from small internal pieces, to large multimedia
corporate events.

Currently, Stephen shares his knowledge with students at Fort Hays State University who are studying media and web development in the Information Networking and Telecommunications department. When he is not shaping the minds of university students, Stephen continues to work on video and independent projects for State and local agencies and organizations as well as his own ongoing works.

He is also a regular contributor to Digital Producer, Creative Mac, Digital Webcast, Digital Animators, and the DV Format websites, part of the Digital Media Online network of communities (www.digitalmedianet.com), where he writes about the latest technologies, and gives tips and tricks on everything from Adobe After Effects, to Appleā??s Final Cut Pro, LightWave 3D, to shooting and lighting video.

He has a Masters Degree in Communication from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. As a forward thinker, he wrote his Thesis on how Information Islands and e-commerce would play a major role in keeping smaller communities alive. This of course was when 28.8 dialup was king and people hadnā??t even invented the word e-commerce.

And, he spends what little free time he has biking, reading, traveling around the country, and contemplating the future of digital video and its impact on our culture. You can reach him at schleicher@mindspring.com

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