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Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #56

Anamorphic footage in Motion and LiveType By Stephen Schleicher

If you dont have a camera that does true 16:9, your next best bet is to get yourself an anamorphic lens and shoot away.  The good thing about an anamorphic lens is it allows you to use the full imaging area of the chip as opposed to cropping the imaging area found on some cameras. 

But what do you do if you need to use Motion or LiveType in an anamorphic project?  This Quick Tip explains one method that works.

Step 1: 

In Final Cut Pro create a New Project.  Make sure the project is set to Anamorphic.


Step 2: 

Capture or import your anamorphic footage.  If you are unsure if Final Cut Pro is recognizing your footage is anamorphic or not, scroll through the Browser to the Anamorphic column.  A check means you are good to go.

Step 3: 

When you are ready to add some Motion magic, select the Sequence in the Browser window, and then choose File>Send To>Motion Project.

Motion does a great job of detecting the aspect ratio of the background footage, so composing your elements is not a problem.

Step 3a: 

If you need to add LiveType elements to your sequence, choose File>Export>For LiveType.

You can import the file by selecting Place Background Movie, and selecting the file you just exported.  LiveType doesnt recognize the aspect flag like Motion does, but you should still be able to place text elements without a problem.

Step 4: 

Once all of your elements are in place, you are ready to export or save the project.  Since Final Cut Pro will open a Motion or LiveType project, you dont necessarily need to export movies.

Step 5: 

Back in Final Cut Pro import the project file(s).  If you check the Anamorphic column, you will see the project files dont have the flag turned on.  This means if you add the LiveType or Motion file to the Timeline, it isnt going to look right.

So the solution is to turn the Anamorphic flag on for the file BEFORE adding the clip to the Timeline.

Motion files will now look as they did when you were creating them, but because LiveType doesnt have an aspect ratio option, the text will be stretched slightly to accommodate the new space.

This Quick Tip should give you an idea on how Motion, LiveType and Final Cut Pro can work together for your future anamorphic projects.

For a complete list of my Final Cut Pro Quick Tips & Tutorials click here.

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Stephen Schleicher is a well known writer, visual effects artist and media guru! You can see more of Stephen at
www.majorspoilers.com and www.stephenschleicher.com
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