Thursday, January 15, 2015

Final Cut Pro X Tips and Tricks

I've been working my way into video related work more and more lately, and with that I've decided to share a few things about the Final Cut Pro X software I use through two YouTube videos.

I didn't find much on the subject of the software stabilization found within Final Cut Pro X, so I decided to put together a little demo of the effect that software has.  If you've browsed the internet on the subject, you'll find that most people prefer to use Adobe Premiere and it's 'Warp Stabilizer' filter for stabilization, but for people like myself, and maybe you, that's not a luxury that everyone has.

And for anyone who shoots with a GoPro, you may or may not appreciate the barrel distortion you get in most FOV settings, so I've also discovered a quick little way to reduce some of that distortion without any third-party filters.

So if some FCPX tips and tricks interest you, read on.

Stabilization Methods in FCPX 

Translation, Rotation and Scale all work in FCPX to eliminate unwanted motion within your frame, and each will work toward minimizing a different type of motion. I've compiled a quick video showing a single video clip, and then the effects of each type of stabilization on that clip, and finally what it looks like with all stabilization methods applied at once.

Here's the video;

Correction of GoPro or Other Barrel Distortion

There is a little "Fisheye" filter that comes stock with FCPX and with a little careful manipulation you can actually use that fisheye filter to minimize the  look of unwanted barrel distortion in your video by applying it 'in negative amounts' to remove the slight fisheye look that is already there.

Care should be taken with this method, as an over application of the filter can introduce a warping of vertical lines in the centre of the frame.  Check your processed video in full resolution when using this technique.

Here is the video;

Enjoy, and I hope these quick tips help you!

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