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: Nifty FCP 6 Feature overlooked by many
You know it's been a few weeks since NAB and surprisingly nobody has talked about a nifty little feature of the new Final Cut Studio and how it interacts with the new iPhone. You can actually install a "lite" version of Final Cut Express by putting the install discs in your machine and then connecting the iPhone via USB. Go into the Customize settings of the Installation screen and you'll see a "Lite" option appear. This only shows up when the iPhone is correctly attached via USB so be sure to connect the phone first before launching the installer.What can you do with Lite? Well by connecting to your media device via USB, you can capture at a low resolution version of the new Apple ProRes 422 codec. For editing it's all straight cuts only, no effects, no transitions, but you wouldn't want to try to do any transitions with an iPhone anyway. You get 2 tracks of video and audio maximum, but for just straight cutting in the field, you don't need any more. Oh and no titles either, but I can't see you needing them in the field with something this small. But after you put together a rough cut, you can save off your cut as a true Final Cut Pro project and then transfer that to your laptop or desktop for your final edit.Here Peter Wiggins and I look at a project I originally cut on my desktop machine, but I used Media Manager in FCP 6 to re-conform the project to the new ProRes 422 low rez codec on a prototype iPhone. (Don't ask how we were able to try this and get our hands on the iPhone, it took a few days) I have to say, it's not bad and it will certainly be fun to pull out an iPhone on set, connect it up and just start slapping something together! It's a bit small, but the screen is so clean that you can actually read the text and it was not all that bad working with the footage. Course, any phone call you get will interrupt the edit, but the phone will simply hide FCP until you hang up.I guess it's easy to overlook this nifty little addition to Final Cut Pro 6, but it's pretty cool nonetheless!
Professional Video Editor, Producer, Director since 1990.
Credits include multiple Emmys, Tellys, Aurora and CableAce Awards.
Owner / Operator of Biscardi Creative Media, a full service video and film production company with about 65% of our work in HDTV. The show you know us best for is "Good Eats" on the Food Network. I developed the HD Post workflow and we also create all the animations for the series.
Favorite pastime is cooking with pizza on the grill one of my specialties. Each Christmas Eve we serve the Feast of the Seven Fishes, a traditional Italian seafood meal with approx. 30 items on the menu.
If I wasn't in video production I would either own a restaurant or a movie theater.