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What's new in Final Cut Pro 6: Automatic Setups

Excerpted from Diana Weynand's new DVD Tutorial ?What?s New In Final Cut Pro 6? By Diana Weynand

In FCP 6, there is a new automatic way to choose sequence settings.  For purposes of demonstration, lets go to the easy set up dialogue window under the Final Cut Pro menu. Im going to choose PAL as my format type, 25 fps as my frame rate, and DV-PAL as my format selection.

In the Browser, Im going to create a new sequence, and name it PAL 25. 

Notice that the Canvas is currently displaying a 16x9 aspect ratio of the current sequence.

When I double-click to open the PAL sequence in the Timeline window, the Canvas displays a 4x3 aspect ratio to display PAL footage.

To show you how Final Cut can automatically change your sequence settings, lets edit a clip we know to be something other than PAL footage. I have a group of clips in this project from my Final Cut Pro 6 book.


This footage is from SeaWorlds documentary, ?The Making of Believe, a behind the scenes look at the making of the new SeaWorld killer whale show.  To view this clips properties, you access the Item Properties window, from the Edit menu.

You can also Control-click or right-click the clip in the Browser to bring up this window as well. Notice in the Item Properties window that this clip was shot using the HDV format, 1080i 60. This is a long way from PAL 25 fps.

In previous versions of Final Cut Pro, I would have to go back to my Easy Setup dialog window, and change the preset to HDV 1080i 60, create a new sequence and edit to that.  As you know, if the settings for your sequence dont match your footage, you get a render line in the Timeline when you make your first edit. But with Final Cut Pro 6, all you have to do is attempt to make the edit.  Youll see when you try to edit this HDV clip into this PAL sequence Final Cut immediately detects that the clip settings dont match the sequence settings, and offers to change the sequence settings for you.

When you click Yes, the sequence settings are changed, the clip is edited, and no render bars appear in the Timeline.

When you look at the Sequence Settings, you see theyve been changed to HDV 1080i 60

and the Canvas display has changed to accommodate the HDV 16x9 aspect ratio

So youre ready now to continue editing your source footage.  This is the automatic approach to choosing settings in FCP 6.

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Diana Weynand is co founder of Weynand Training International,

Diana Weynand is author of the Apple Pro Training Series book, Final Cut Pro 7. She is co-founder of Weynand Training International, a Gold Level Apple Authorized Training Center that offers hands-on classes on Apple Pro Applications around the country as well as customized on-site training. She is also one of the creators of iKeysToGo Your Personal Shortcut Assistant in the Palm of your Hand! - a series of iPhone and iPod Touch applications for Final Cut Pro 7, Photoshop CS4, iPhoto, Word, etc. These Apps are available on the iTunes App Store. For more information, check out her website, www.weynand.com, call her at 818.995.1719 or email at weynand@mac.com.

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