How well I remember the days when there
were no books, no forums, no tutorial tapes or discs of any kind
for the person just starting out with Apple's Final Cut Pro.
We have come a long way since then, and there are now a plethora
of media to educate the uninitiated, guide the user and remind
the experienced Final Cut Pro editor of the many tools and techniques
which lay abundantly at their disposal.
However, a new problem awaits us.
How to separate the chaff from the wheat? While there may be
something good in many of these offerings for all of us, we always
want to get the most bang for our hard earned bucks and, in this
new offering, Creating Motion Effects in Final Cut Pro from the
Ripple Training group, we are successful. Like several of the
Ripple Training products I have been fortunate enough to view,
this DVD brings the user along at an easy pace with sequential
activities and tasks. This disc is directed to any user of Final
Cut Pro from the beginner to the advanced user simply because
it is so full of useful tips and tricks, many of which I had
forgotten about and some that I had no idea existed.
Andrew Balis, the voice behind
the tutorial, exposes us to an in-depth look at a great many
of the compositing and animation effects afforded us by FCP.
This is achieved by dragging the 700 plus Mbs of project files
and media from the DVD to your computer hard drive where you
can then proceed with the over 80 separate skill facets in the
five primary lessons. This covers just about everything you need
to know from the basics of applying and using transitions and
filters, to the various uses and functions involving opacity.
Then, onto excellent tutorials relating to the offsetting and
animation of the letterbox filter, key framing, and adjusting
The 4th lesson on the use of Mattes and
gradients beautifully covered the many uses and techniques of
the garbage and travel mattes, mask shapes, and compositing modes.
Of course, if you would rather just watch everything without
a break Mr. Balis has included a separate movie humorously named
"The Whole Enchilada" which allows you to see it all
without having to launch each lesson separately.
Tutorial interface, shown above,
has a convenient Chapter drop down menu for easy navigation.
The folk at Ripple make use of outdoor
footage shot of mountain bicyclists, snow boarders, skiers and
whiter water kayakers in order to demonstrate their craft. These
media files are also supplied in the project files should you
want to work on your own individual FCP program as the Ripple
tutorial provides you with its guides, tricks and tips.
Like all the Ripple series of tutorials
I have viewed, Creating Motion Graphics in Final Cut Pro is presented
in the QuickTime format so sizing the tutorial window to suit
your tastes and screen size is a snap.
I love freebees, especially ones that
I can use, and with the purchase of Creating Motion Effects in
FCP comes three usefull plug ins from Eureka.... Film Grain,
the old Cops effect-'Innocent Until Proven Guilty' and an easy
to use plug in for the 'Pleasantville Effect' that achieves the
effects seen in the movies Pleasantville and Schindlers List.
As a special bonus, an extra lesson on how to apply and use these
filters is also included. In addition, 9 texture files to be
used in your Live type program are provided. A nice little bonus
My word to the beginner, 'This is a great
place to start your hands on training' and to the experienced
user 'Bet you forgot about that one, didn't you?' Creating Motion
Effects in Final Cut Pro by Andrew Balis and the creative staff
at Ripple really do present The Whole Enchilada.
Steve Douglas is
an underwater videographer and contributor to numerous film festivals
around the world. A winner of the 1999 Pacific Coast Underwater
Film Competition, 2003 IVIE competition, and the 2004 Los Angeles
Underwater Photographic competition, Steve has also worked on
the feature film "The Deep Blue Sea", recently contributed
footage to the Seaworld parks for their new Atlantis production,
and is one of the principal organizers of the San Diego UnderSea
Film Exhibition. Steve leads both African safari and underwater
filming expeditions with upcoming filming excursions to Costa
Rica, Kenya and Bali. Feel free to contact him if you are interested
in joining him on any of these trips. www.worldfilmsandtravel.com
Review copyright ©
Steve Douglas 2005
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