Final Cut Studio: A Post-Production Workflow

Final Cut Studio: A Post-Production Workflow


Total Run Time: 8 hrs

Discover the numerous ways Final Cut Studio's flexible tools offer a wide range of solutions and configurations to enhance your productivity.

Discover all the ins and outs of working with HDV, the exciting new video format that lets you create HD content on a DV budget.

  1. Examine the pros and cons of both compressed (software only) and uncompressed (third party hardware enhanced) workflows.
  2. Discover how to optimize a workflow that meets your needs.
  3. Learn how to use Final Cut Pro 5, DVD Studio Pro 4, Motion 2, Soundtrack Pro, and Compressor 2 effectively and professionally.
  4. Understand how to set up a managed cluster using Qmaster to perform distributed services through Compressor; plus the ins and outs of using QuickTime and Automator.
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With Final Cut Studio: A Post-Production Workflow, you’ll start by examining the pros and cons of both compressed (software only) and uncompressed (third party hardware enhanced) workflows. Presenter, Yan Shvalb, draws on his deep knowledge of non-linear editing, compositing, and high-end 3D animation software to help you yield high quality results in less time.

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Course outline

Disc 1 – How the Studio Works


  1. Saving a Project & Importing Media into Final Cut Pro
  2. Applying the Timecode Reader & Batch Exporting
  3. Importing Files into Compressor
  4. Setting a Destination for Encoded Files
  5. Creating a MPEG-2 Setting for DVD Encoding
  6. Creating a Dolby Digital Audio Setting for DVD Encoding
  7. Applying Audio & Video Encoding Settings
  8. Encoding & Uploading Media to a Remote Server
  9. Importing Assets & Setting Chapter Markers in DVD Studio Pro
  10. Creating a Resume Menu & Setting Display Modes
  11. Multiplexing Audio & Video & Formatting a DVD
  12. Playing Video Files in the DVD Player Application
Chapter 2: DVD STUDIO PRO BASICS (69 min)

  1. Setting up a DVD Menu Project in Motion
  2. Understanding the Interface & Tablet Gestures
  3. Placing the Background & Visual Safety Guide
  4. Adding a Mask, Adding & Removing Filters, De-Interlacing
  5. Setting the Menu Duration
  6. System Performance & Rendering
  7. Creating & Adjusting Text in Motion for DVD Menu Buttons
  8. Creating & Adjusting Selection Icons for DVD Menu Buttons
  9. Understanding DVD Menu Layers & Button Selection States
  10. Exporting Menu Layers & Creating Overlays
  11. Using Compressor
  12. Building a Menu in DVD Studio Pro
  13. Creating Buttons
  14. Programming Button States
  15. Creating & Programming the DVD Navigation Tracks
  16. Programming the DVD Menu
Chapter 3: FINAL CUT ESSENTIALS (36 min)

  1. Easy Setup Command & Workspace Layout
  2. User Preferences & Scratch Disks
  3. Importing Clips & Storyboard Editing
  4. Editing with the Arrow & Selection Tools
  5. Lifting, Inserting & Overwriting Clips
  6. Navigating the Timeline Using the Keyboard
  7. Using the Roll, Ripple, Slip & Slide Tools
  8. Working with the Blade, Zoom & Pen Tools
  9. Linking, Synching & Split Editing
  10. Edit in the Timeline with Keyboard Shortcuts
Chapter 4: KEEPING IT IN MOTION (18 min)

  1. Applying Filters & E.ects
  2. Working with Transitions
  3. Basic Animation Using Final Cut Pro
  4. Introducing Generators & Making a Title
  5. Round Trip Editing with Motion
Chapter 5: PARTICLE MAGIC (22 min)

  1. Selecting Tools & Zooming in Motion
  2. Comparing Keyframe Animation vs. Behaviors
  3. Converting an Object into Animated Particles
  4. Adjusting the Parameters of the Particles
  5. Adding Text to the Animation
  6. Exporting & Rendering the Animation

  1. Using the Replicator to Create a Geometrical Background
  2. Creating a Rotating Elliptical Mask
  3. Applying the Replicator & Adjusting the Cell Properties of the Mask
  4. Adding a Zoom Blur & Creating a Custom Animation Preset
  5. Using Replicators to Create Image Masks
  6. Using Generators
  7. Final Comments

Disc 2 – Roundtrip Tickets & Output Options


  1. Load Media into Motion & Create Basic Layers
  2. Correct Color & Lighting with Filters & Masks
  3. Setting Up for Keying
  4. Create a Realistic Key with Primatte RT & Blur
  5. Using Blend Modes & Spill Suppressor
  6. Scaling, Rotating & Rotoscoping a Layer
  7. Use Filters & a Screen to Simulate Re.ection
  8. Adding an Elliptical Mask
  9. Arranging Layers into a Seamless Composition

  1. Using the Primatte RT Filter to Adjust the Matte
  2. Generating an Alpha Channel
  3. Generating an Edge Matte
  4. Animating a Particle Emitter with Keyframes
  5. Saving, Rendering, & Exporting the Composite

  1. Introducing Soundtrack Pro
  2. Previewing Sounds & Adjusting Volume & Pan
  3. Adding Audio Effects & Exporting Mix
  4. Applying Distortion Filters in Motion
  5. Reducing Ambient Noise & Removing Undesirable Sounds
  6. Applying Compression to a Voiceover
Chapter 4: THE ANATOMY OF A DVD MENU (52 min)

  1. Setting a Photoshop File as a Menu Background
  2. Creating an Interactive Button Layer
  3. Understanding Overlay Mapping
  4. Understanding Anti-Aliasing & De.ning a Color Scheme
  5. Updating Dynamically Between DVD Studio Pro & Photoshop
  6. Creating a Moving Menu Background in Motion
  7. Understanding Bit Depth
  8. Creating an Appropriate Length Background Loop
  9. Creating DVD Menu Thumbnails in Motion
  10. Modifying the DVD Menu in Motion
  11. Exporting the DVD Menu from Motion
  12. Creating a Sub Picture Overlay
Chapter 5: COMPRESSOR & QMASTER (27 min)

  1. Introducing Compressor & Qmaster
  2. Set Up Remote Desktop & Qmaster Prefs
  3. Creating Clusters with Qadministrator
  4. Exploring Compressor Presets
  5. Creating a DVD Preset in Compressor
  6. Adjusting Frame Control Preset Settings
  7. Filter, Geometry & Actions Preset Settings
  8. Compressing Audio & Creating Thumbnails
  9. Creating an Automation Droplet
  10. Adjusting Droplets & Settings

  1. Creating Dummy Video to Use in DVD Studio Pro
  2. Compressing Elements into Assets for Your DVD
  3. Assembling Your Assets on the DVD Studio Pro Track
  4. Adding Chapter Points & Creating Stories
  5. Adding Buttons to Menus
  6. Connecting Stories to Buttons
  7. Assigning Actions to Stories
  8. Burning Your DVD
  9. Making Basic Edits in QuickTime Pro
  10. Keeping Things E.cient with Automator
  11. Final Comments & Credits

Presenter Info

Yan ShvalbYan developed his skills in the digital arts through commercial work, teaching and consulting. He studied art at Brooklyn College and took to it so readily he was teaching graduate-level courses in 3D animation, compositing and non-linear editing while still an undergrad. Through an internship at Sony he learned to do high-end 3D animation and compositing on Avid, Flame and SoftImage systems. Shvalb learned DVD authoring at Crush, one of the first such facilities in the country; there, he worked on titles for Criterion, pioneer of the now-standard “added features” on DVDs.

Shvalb moved to Michigan to run a DVD authoring facility at General TV Network, then to Florida to serve as chief technical officer and CIO at Inflight Online, where he earned patents in air-to-ground communications technologies and “crazy stuff for in-flight entertainment”. In 2001 he returned to New York to start his own company, VizualFX. He currently offers custom training, contract video services, DVD authoring and consulting for workflow design and other production and post-production processes. You can also find him teaching at NYU or speaking events like NAB, Siggraph and Macworld.