Are you using an old computer to edit video?
I am. I’m writing this on a mid-2012 MacBook Pro. It’s also my main video editing computer.
Considering that as I write this, it’s December 2016, that makes my computer a little over four years old — ancient in computer years.
That said, I’m pleasantly surprised at how this machine handles video.
If you’re like me and using an old computer, then here are five tips that can help make things go more smoothly on your aging hardware…
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If you’re making videos in Final Cut Pro X, chances are that you’re also building up a royalty-free music library over time.
(These are usually pieces of music that you can use in your video projects without having to pay royalties.)
Did you know that Final Cut Pro X has a way to make your custom music library easily available from inside the app?
Take a look at this video to see how to set it up:
One additional tip I might add to the video:
If you plan on having a folder where you continuously add new royalty-free music, then you might want to put it in your user account’s “Music” folder.
For example, you could create a folder in your “Music” folder called “Izzy Video Music” and then put all the royalty-free music you download from Izzy Video there.
Of course you could also be more general and just name the folder “Royalty-Free Music”. But if you get music from different sources, then having them be named after the specific sources might be helpful from an organizational stand-point.
(In the embedded video, I created a folder on the “Desktop”, but that was just for demonstration purposes.)
Anyway, I think it makes sense to create a folder for your royalty-free music and drop the files in there as you collect them. This gives you easy access to your custom music collection from inside Final Cut Pro X.
And anything that makes auditioning and adding music faster can be great for us when we’re working on video projects.
In this video, I answer a question about adding the “Ken Burns Effect” to multiple photos at the same time in Final Cut Pro X.
Can you do it? Yes, you can. And once you have the basic animation in place, you can quickly adjust as-needed.
This can be a big time-saver if you’re working with a large number of photos that need the Ken Burns Effect applied.
Anyway, I hope you find the video useful!
And by the way, if you want to become more familiar with Final Cut Pro X, make sure you check out my Final Cut Pro X tutorial (which is free to watch on this website).
Using templates with Drop Zones in Final Cut Pro X can be massive time-savers, especially when it comes to adding visual interest to your projects.
However, sometimes Drop Zones can give you unpredictable results. Because of this, I recommend opening the templates in Motion directly.
But not everyone wants to use Motion, so how can we make Drop Zones work well in Final Cut Pro X?
There are a couple main problems I see with Drop Zones:
- Freeze frame shows instead of video. If you’ve ever had a Drop Zone show a frozen video frame, this video will show you how to fix it.
- Drop Zone shows wrong part of clip. If you’ve ever had the wrong part of a clip playing back in the Drop Zone in Final Cut Pro X, this will show how to fix that as well.
Drop Zones can seem broken if you don’t use them in specific way. It’s possible — though not super-intuitive — to get precise results with Drop Zones directly in Final Cut Pro X.
That said, I want to reiterate… My personal recommendation is that if you’re working with Drop Zones in templates, it’s far easier to work directly in Motion. However, not everyone has Motion (or wants to take the time to learn how to use it). If you want to get exact results using template Drop Zones in Final Cut Pro X directly, this video should help.
Keep in mind, for this process to work predictably, you need to follow the steps exactly. You’ll see how it works in the video above.
Although I’m a huge fan of Final Cut Pro X generally (and I use it for most of my projects), it’s definitely not perfect. Drop Zones could be dramatically improved in my opinion.
Anyway, I hope this information helps…
Did you know that you can animate items in Final Cut Pro X?
“Animation” is a term we use to describe changing attributes over time. Usually we think of things moving around on the video screen, but it can also mean the image is changing from color to black and white, for example. Or you can make things grow and shrink, fade in and out, or endless other options.
The secret is to learn the animation tools in Final Cut Pro X, so you’ll know how and when to use them. In the above video, I try to help with that.
It demonstrates how to set, adjust, and delete keyframes in the Inspector and in the Video Animation Editor (a hidden-by-default tool that can be very powerful). If you don’t have a lot of experience in the Video Animation Editor, I think this video will help you become familiar with what it can do.
I should also note that sometimes people ask me what kinds of things Final Cut Pro X can do that iMovie can’t. There are plenty of answers to that question, and the ability to create custom animations is definitely one of them.
If you want to see another video where you get to see keyframes in action (this time for animating the scale of an object), take a look at the video: How to Make an Animated Circle Callout in Final Cut Pro X.
One last thing, if you’re going to be doing lots of animating, then it might be worth looking into Apple’s Motion. While the animation tools in Final Cut Pro X are pretty good to get you started, if you want serious control over keyframes and curves, it’s a good idea to do the heavy work in Motion. If you want to see an example of creating animations in Motion, check out my video: How to Make an Animated Travel Map in Motion.