One of the most common questions people ask me is:
“How do you move a Final Cut Pro video project to another computer?”
It’s a good question. And there’s more than one way to handle it.
Probably the most simple solution is to start by making sure you have everything in one library package.
This video demonstrates what I mean:
Once you’ve ensured you have everything in the one library package (source media, motion templates, etc.), it’s simple to drag that library file to an external drive for transferring to another computer.
Once you have it on the other computer, double-click on it to open it.
At that point, things should be ready for you to continue working.
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…
Continue reading Five tips for Using Final Cut Pro X on an Old Computer
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…