Green Screen in Final Cut Pro X

Are you looking to move to the next level in Final Cut Pro X? Here’s a great Youtube tutorial on using green screen effect in Final Cut Pro X. Final Cut Pro X – Chroma Key Green Screen 1. Place Video to be green-screened in the timeline – Tip: Object to be green-screened should be … Continue reading “Green Screen in Final Cut Pro X”

Are you looking to move to the next level in Final Cut Pro X? Here’s a great Youtube tutorial on using green screen effect in Final Cut Pro X.



Final Cut Pro X – Chroma Key Green Screen

1. Place Video to be green-screened in the timeline
– Tip: Object to be green-screened should be placed in front of a flat green space

2. Crop out part area of video that is not green with the crop tool in the viewer

3. Open Effects Browser in Toolbar – (shortcut F5)

4. Go to Keying – Keyer – apply to video
– Applies green screen keying right away

6. Open up Inspector (Cmd 4)

7. Refine Tool for specific edges
– See inspector for specific tools to assist in image
– Final Cut does a really nice job of eliminating any winkles, edges, etc.

New Media Center Software Training Sessions this week:

The New Media Center is located on the lower level of the library past the Technology Services desk, next to Media Services. The NMC conducts open workshops on a variety of topics related to multimedia production. These 20 to 30 minute sessions are open to all AU faculty, staff and students with all levels of … Continue reading “New Media Center Software Training Sessions this week:”

The New Media Center is located on the lower level of the library past the Technology Services desk, next to Media Services. The NMC conducts open workshops on a variety of topics related to multimedia production. These 20 to 30 minute sessions are open to all AU faculty, staff and students with all levels of multimedia production experience. There are usually four or five workshops held each week. Check the NMC calendar for the latest schedule. For more information, contact the NMC staff (202) 885-2560.


Sunday, 2/5 at 5pm – Advanced Photoshop
Monday 2/6 at 2pm – Final Cut Pro X: Advanced
Tuesday 2/7 at 12pm –Final Cut Pro X: Advanced
Wednesday 2/8 at 8pm – Advanced Photoshop
Thursday 2/9 at 4pm – Final Cut Pro 7 – Advanced

Friday 2/10 at 12pm – Intermediate Photoshop
Saturday 2/11 at 5:30pm – Get Started with Photoshop

See the complete Spring Training Schedule by date or by topic.

There is a wealth of multimedia training resources available online. AU faculty, staff and students have access to thousands of hours of free training at Lynda.com. Create a personal profile and get started. More information about resources can be found at Multimedia @ AU.

NMC Tip: How to format your hard drive so it is Mac compatible… and why

Hi New Media Center patrons, if you plan to work often in the NMC, strongly consider reformatting your hard drives so they are Mac compatible. Drives that are not Mac-formatted may experience issues reading and writing to and from the drive. Note that reformatting the drive erases it, so patrons are advised to back up … Continue reading “NMC Tip: How to format your hard drive so it is Mac compatible… and why”

Hi New Media Center patrons, if you plan to work often in the NMC, strongly consider reformatting your hard drives so they are Mac compatible. Drives that are not Mac-formatted may experience issues reading and writing to and from the drive. Note that reformatting the drive erases it, so patrons are advised to back up their footage before doing this (or ideally formatting the drive before saving anything to it). Also note that reformatting it for Mac may make it incompatible with a PC. If you need the drive to work on both, consult an NMC staff member.


To reformat the drive:

  1. Plug the drive into any Mac computer. In the upper right corner, click the magnifying glass, then type “disk utility” (note that ‘disk’ has a k).
  2. When the Disk Utility window pops up, you will see your drive in the list in the left hand window. Select the drive.
  3. In the main window on the right, you will see several options across the top. Click on “erase.” Then under “format,” choose “Mac OS (journaled).”
  4. Rename the drive if you wish.
  5. Click “erase.”

Lynda has a new Foundations of Audio Series + more new audio courses!

Lynda.com has announced the release of many new Audio courses to help you create songs, soundtracks, and voice recordings while learning the basics of audio software. New courses for beginners include Audio Mixing Bootcamp, GarageBand ’11 Essential Training, and a brand-new Foundations of Audio series, including EQ and Filters and Compression and Dynamic Processing. Use … Continue reading “Lynda has a new Foundations of Audio Series + more new audio courses!”

Lynda.com has announced the release of many new Audio courses to help you create songs, soundtracks, and voice recordings while learning the basics of audio software.

New courses for beginners include Audio Mixing Bootcamp, GarageBand ’11 Essential Training, and a brand-new Foundations of Audio series, including EQ and Filters and Compression and Dynamic Processing. Use these courses to produce audio tracks for both personal and professional projects, including home movies and slideshow presentations.

View a list of audio courses.

Excerpted from Lynda.com

New Media Center Software Training Sessions this week:

The New Media Center is located on the lower level of the library past the Technology Services desk, next to Media Services. The NMC conducts open workshops on a variety of topics related to multimedia production. These 20 to 30 minute sessions are open to all AU faculty, staff and students with all levels of … Continue reading “New Media Center Software Training Sessions this week:”

The New Media Center is located on the lower level of the library past the Technology Services desk, next to Media Services. The NMC conducts open workshops on a variety of topics related to multimedia production. These 20 to 30 minute sessions are open to all AU faculty, staff and students with all levels of multimedia production experience. There are usually four or five workshops held each week. Check the NMC calendar for the latest schedule. For more information, contact the NMC staff (202) 885-2560.


Sunday, 1/29 at 3pm – Intro to Pro Tools
Sunday, 1/29 at 5pm – Intermediate Photoshop
Monday 1/30 at 2pm – Final Cut Pro X: Intermediate
Tuesday 1/31 at 12pm –Final Cut Pro X: Intermediate
Tuesday 1/31 at 8pm – NMC Equipment Training
Wednesday 2/1 at 8pm – Intermediate Photoshop
Thursday 2/2 at 4pm – Final Cut Pro 7 – Intermediate

Friday 2/3 at 12pm – Getting Started with Photoshop
Saturday 2/4 at 5:30pm – How to Make a Video

See the complete Spring Training Schedule by date or by topic.

There is a wealth of multimedia training resources available online. AU faculty, staff and students have access to thousands of hours of free training at Lynda.com. Create a personal profile and get started. More information about resources can be found at Multimedia @ AU.

New Media Center Software Training Sessions this week:

The New Media Center is located on the lower level of the library past the Technology Services desk, next to Media Services. The NMC conducts open workshops on a variety of topics related to multimedia production. These 20 to 30 minute sessions are open to all AU faculty, staff and students with all levels of … Continue reading “New Media Center Software Training Sessions this week:”

The New Media Center is located on the lower level of the library past the Technology Services desk, next to Media Services. The NMC conducts open workshops on a variety of topics related to multimedia production. These 20 to 30 minute sessions are open to all AU faculty, staff and students with all levels of multimedia production experience. There are usually four or five workshops held each week. Check the NMC calendar for the latest schedule. For more information, contact the NMC staff (202) 885-2560.


Tuesday 1/24 at 12pm – Final Cut Pro X: Beginner
Wednesday 1/25 at 8pm – Get Started with Photoshop
Thursday 1/26 at 4pm – Final Cut Pro 7 – Beginner

Friday 1/27 at 12pm – Basic Motion Graphics for Video – After Effects
Saturday 1/28 at 5:30pm – Final Cut Pro 7 – Beginner

See the complete Spring Training Schedule by date or by topic.

There is a wealth of multimedia training resources available online. AU faculty, staff and students have access to thousands of hours of free training at Lynda.com. Create a personal profile and get started. More information about resources can be found at Multimedia @ AU.

Friday, January 13: Please Join Us for the 23rd Annual Ann Ferren Conference on Teaching, Research and Learning

Friday, January 13, 2012, 8:00am – 5:30pm Mary Graydon Center and Library The Center for Teaching, Research and Learning is pleased to invite all AU faculty and staff to attend the Ann Ferren Conference on Teaching, Research and Learning. The conference will be held on January 13, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the … Continue reading “Friday, January 13: Please Join Us for the 23rd Annual Ann Ferren Conference on Teaching, Research and Learning”

Friday, January 13, 2012, 8:00am – 5:30pm

Mary Graydon Center and Library

The Center for Teaching, Research and Learning is pleased to invite all AU faculty and staff to attend the Ann Ferren Conference on Teaching, Research and Learning. The conference will be held on January 13, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Mary Graydon Center at American University. This year’s program will feature 30 sessions, an early breakfast with cohort breakout sessions and thematic roundtable discussions, and a luncheon with a plenary speech titled “Social networked learning in complex information environments” by George Siemens, Associate Director of the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute at Athabasca University. A dessert reception follows the third session with live jazz music and raffle prizes.

Registration for the 2012 Ann Ferren Conference is now open.

CLICK HERE to register!

To register you will be asked to log in using your AU user name and password.

If you do not have an AU user name, please CLICK HERE.

The New Media Center is participating in the conference as well! Our Best Practices for Multimedia Assignments session runs from 2:00pm – 3:15pm – location TBA. 37 faculty and staff members are already registered for the session!
See description below:

205: Best Practices for Multimedia Assignments

Todd Chappell (New Media Center), John Doolittle (SOC) and Nanette Levinson (SIS)

Are multimedia assignments effective pedagogical tools? Absolutely. In this session you will learn strategies for creating multimedia assignments which will extend your students’ understanding of class material and reinforce persuasive presentation techniques. This session will also provide an understanding of the workflows and time-frames necessary to complete various multimedia projects (audio, video, websites, etc…), reasonable expectations for student assignments and the resources available on campus to assist your students with multimedia projects.

Create a cool shatter effect in AfterEffects

Here’s a cool tutorial about how to create the Dark Knight Logo shatter using After Effects.The techniques utilized could be adapted to student film projects to make stunning title scene credits. Watch the tutorial here.As seen on MotionWorks.

Here’s a cool tutorial about how to create the Dark Knight Logo shatter using After Effects.
The techniques utilized could be adapted to student film projects to make stunning title scene credits. Watch the tutorial here.
As seen on MotionWorks.

Noise Reduction in Soundtrack Pro

Are you finding that there is unwanted noise in a portion of your Final Cut Pro video project? This is a problem that’s been popping in the New Media Center during this busy time when final project deadlines are approaching. Depending on the depth of your noise problem, here’s one method that may work well … Continue reading “Noise Reduction in Soundtrack Pro”

Are you finding that there is unwanted noise in a portion of your Final Cut Pro video project? This is a problem that’s been popping in the New Media Center during this busy time when final project deadlines are approaching. Depending on the depth of your noise problem, here’s one method that may work well for you. Check out the video below:

New Media Center Software Training Sessions this week:

The New Media Center is located on the lower level of the library past the Technology Services desk, next to Media Services. The NMC conducts open workshops on a variety of topics related to multimedia production. These 20 to 30 minute sessions are open to all AU faculty, staff and students with all levels of … Continue reading “New Media Center Software Training Sessions this week:”

The New Media Center is located on the lower level of the library past the Technology Services desk, next to Media Services. The NMC conducts open workshops on a variety of topics related to multimedia production. These 20 to 30 minute sessions are open to all AU faculty, staff and students with all levels of multimedia production experience. There are usually four or five workshops held each week. Check the NMC calendar for the latest schedule. For more information, contact the NMC staff (202) 885-2560.


Tuesday 11/29 at 12pm – Mixing Audio for Film– Soundtrack Pro
Wednesday 11/30 at 8pm – Color Correction for Video – Color
Thursday 12/01 at 4pm – Color Correction for Video – Color

Friday 12/02 at 11am – Basic Motion Graphics for Video – After Effects
Saturday 12/03 at 4:30pm – Making Movies in iMovie HD – iMovie HD

See the complete Fall Training Schedule by date or by topic.

There is a wealth of multimedia training resources available online. AU faculty, staff and students have access to thousands of hours of free training at Lynda.com. Create a personal profile and get started. More information about resources can be found at Multimedia @ AU.