Todd’s Tips – Best Video Formats for FCP + Visual Hub

Have you ever imported anything into Final Cut Pro, dragged it to the timeline and then found that it doesn’t playback? Perhaps you find an angry red line on top of your timeline, like this: Yeah, this is undoubtedly annoying. But the problem is not with Final Cut, at least not directly. While FCP is … Continue reading “Todd’s Tips – Best Video Formats for FCP + Visual Hub”

Have you ever imported anything into Final Cut Pro, dragged it to the timeline and then found that it doesn’t playback? Perhaps you find an angry red line on top of your timeline, like this:

Yeah, this is undoubtedly annoying. But the problem is not with Final Cut, at least not directly. While FCP is a vast program full of options, it can be picky about some things. One of those things is the video format you import into it.
When capturing directly from a camera you rarely come across that problem, but when importing pre-digitized footage, from a FlipCam or some other device, it comes up with alarming frequency.
When importing from a device, the video typically comes in one of three major formats: .mp4, .mov and .avi. While it might make sense that at least a .mov would work properly in FCP without rendering, it’s an Apple format after all, this is not always the case. The best way to ensure that your video works in FCP is to convert it to the most friendly video format for FCP: .dv.
Fortunately, we have a program in Media Services that will do this for you with no hassle. Visual Hub is a now defunct video converter Media Services managed to acquire.
All you need to do is select DV from the top bar, drag your video clips into the space below, check the “Ready for Final Cut” box and click “Start.” It’s that simple.
One thing to note though, .dv files are fairly un-compressed video so the resulting files may be large. Make sure you have plenty of storage space on hand.
This video will show you how to use Visual Hub to convert video for FCP.

Todd’s Tips – See Audio Waveforms in the Final Cut Pro Timeline

Often times when editing you want to see the audio waveforms in the audio tracks (as pictured to the right). This can allow an editor to more easily edit to audio and is particularly useful when creating music videos. Final Cut Pro’s default setup is NOT to show these waveforms on the audio tracks. However, … Continue reading “Todd’s Tips – See Audio Waveforms in the Final Cut Pro Timeline”

Often times when editing you want to see the audio waveforms in the audio tracks (as pictured to the right). This can allow an editor to more easily edit to audio and is particularly useful when creating music videos.

Final Cut Pro’s default setup is NOT to show these waveforms on the audio tracks. However, setting it so that it does is a very simple process, though finding the proper place to change the setting can be a bit hairy. But, if you follow these simple steps, you’ll have no problem in making this change:
**Please note that these changes will only take effect in NEW sequences of the timeline. Therefore, after you make the changes, you will need to create a new sequence from the File menu. As such, this procedure is best done BEFORE you begin editing.**
1) Once Final Cut Pro is open, go to and click on the “Final Cut Pro” menu; it’s the one to the right of the apple and to the left of the “File” menu.
2) Select the “User Preferences” menu item.
3) Select the “Timeline Options” tab.
4) On the left-hand side of the panel there is an area designated “Track Display.”
5) In the track display area, find the check-box for “Show Audio Waveforms” and check it.
6) Click the “Ok” button on the bottom right-hand side of the panel.
7) Create a new sequence from the “File” menu and when you add media that has audio you will see the waveforms displayed on the green audio tracks.

DMS Help – 30 Great Advanced Final Cut Pro Tutorials

These 30+ video tutorials from Creative Cow cover a number of advanced topics relating to Final Cut Pro and are geared mainly toward color correction and video capture: http://library.creativecow.net/video-tutorials/applefinalcutpro The tutorials are searchable via the field at the top of the page.

These 30+ video tutorials from Creative Cow cover a number of advanced topics relating to Final Cut Pro and are geared mainly toward color correction and video capture:

The tutorials are searchable via the field at the top of the page.