AVCHD support, multi-resolution timelines, advanced keyframing and color correction round out a long list of useful features. Some parts of Final Cut Express have gone missing. While Livetype 2. This version delivers more features than the last upgrade, FCE 3.
The user interface is efficient, with small buttons for maximum work area. The drop-down menus are familiar. Button tools reside in the same places. Third party effects plug-ins can even be swapped back-and-forth. Just think of Final Cut Express 4 as a really big chip off the old block. So, there may be a bit of a learning curve involved. In the long run learning Final Cut Express 4 leaves us with the know-how to take command of a Pro-level application later on if need be.
The user interface looks like this: Two dominant windows display video at the top of our screen; both But we need an Intel-based Mac to do it. Next, we choose our camcorder in the Finder window and watch our clips pour in. Since our camcorder splits up our video files individually, we pick out only our favorites to transfer. Get ready to wait a little while, as transferring plays out in about real-time an hour for an hour , like capturing tape.
This allows us to select only certain parts of our video for import, cue them, and lets us walk away to leave our computer to do the work. Only a one-line dialog box appears, with few features.
Cutting to the Chase Once we have all of our elements organized, of course inside FCE4, we start to cut and assemble our video clips. Our standard definition video is automatically scaled up to fit in our HD project. Our Photoshop PSD files are accepted on our timeline with their layers intact. The Sequence is added to the Timeline as a clip, where each layer is given a video track.
We used the Pen tool to add audio keyframes right on the Timeline, along with motion keyframes to our video. The result? Our video zooms away as the corresponding audio fades down into the end credits. Another effect we add to our video is a Color Correction filter. This visual-based effect features a window with two colorful wheels in which you can adjust the white balance of a clip, among other things.
We picked out some moving text, called Live Fonts, which can dance or blow up or scroll. There are a myriad of different backdrops too, all user adjustable and able to be tweaked from the stock look quite edgy into more organic-looking images. With its support for AVCHD and other popular high-definition video formats, including many top features found in Final Cut Pro 6, Final Cut Express 4 is a perfect editing application for most semi-pro editors.
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AVCHD support, multi-resolution timelines, advanced keyframing and color correction round out a long list of useful features. Some parts of Final Cut Express have gone missing. While Livetype 2. This version delivers more features than the last upgrade, FCE 3. The user interface is efficient, with small buttons for maximum work area. The drop-down menus are familiar.