I am running Final Cut Pro 7 on Snow Leopard, and was thinking about moving to OS X Lion. I don’t want to move to Final Cut Pro X, but am concerned about Final Cut Pro 7 compatibility in Lion. I fear that I will eventually have to upgrade due to iOS device–syncing requirements. What should I do?
Special effects have long been easy to create on desktop tools. The likes of iMovie and numerous plug-ins can already create cool effects that you can use in your home movies. Usually, you capture your footage and then add the effect afterwards.
There are many reasons to make a home movie. Whether it’s to record your baby’s first words; capture that amazing inner talent as your child steps onto the stage for the first time; preserve the moment as your daughter walks down the aisle; record a rare family gathering where everyone was able to come; or just film the latest prank your mate’s about to pull. None of these would be possible without an iPhone or a home video camera and programs such as Apple’s iMovie.
Once you’ve created a short film and put all your hard work into it, you need to build anticipation for your family blockbuster. After all, it’s a well-established tradition to create one (or more) trailers to lead the way for your film… although no one’s ever truly explained why they’re called trailers—aren’t trailers supposed to trail, not lead?
Generally, the screen is the viewer’s window into the film’s world and it behaves like human eyes: you see one image at a time. But film can be a lot more flexible than that. You can, in fact, be more creative and see more than one image at the same time, each battling for your attention or complementing one another. The most traditional reason to have two images side by side is for telephone conversations so you can see both people talking and, more crucially, their reaction to what they’re hearing.
When you cut a clip and insert another in iMovie, its audio is cut at the same time. But if you watch any movie, you’ll notice that this isn’t what usually happens: a scene between two people takes place, the action cuts between a shot of one to another before the first person has finished speaking, yet you can still hear them.
Look at any movie or television show, from any period, and you’ll see that the editing never stays on the same shot for too long. In fact, you may feel that some do overstay their welcome and you get impatient for the camera to move on to something else. Changing shots doesn’t mean changing scenes: when done right, cutting to different angles keeps the story interesting and the pace flowing. It also makes it easier to use a better take, or to cut to the scenery that is being described in the current shot, while still hearing the narrator talk about the location.
Modern camcorders can automatically focus, white balance, and color correct for you. As a result, most of your clips will look fine and be ready to be included into a project the moment you import them. But machines being what they are, they do sometimes get it wrong, which is why iMovie’s various video tools can come in handy. With them, you can alter the brightness, contrast, and color of any shot. You can obviously use them to also distort the image, giving it an unnatural appearance to simulate unusual weather conditions or to create that alien planet feel you were after.
Like Apple with iMovie, Adobe has tried to simplify the editing process in order to cater to a wider audience than ‘prosumers’ and professional filmmakers. With so many videos being uploaded to YouTube, in order to stand out from the crowd you need to have a polished product. And the only way to achieve this is by editing your clips as opposed to merely uploading raw footage.
The reason iMovie caused furor back in 2007 (which in computing times is considered ancient history), was because it dared to challenge the basic concept of editing video. Prior to this metamorphosis, every video editing application looked pretty much the same: a section, usually at the bottom, showing all your chosen clips added together in a sequence, the first one appearing on the left, and all the others added to its right.