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Awesome PSA from Fiat

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I saw this PSA on Twitter today, and thought it was just awesome. In the beginning of the ad, the text says “Now you see,” and then after the can is opened, it says “Now you don’t.” What an excellent idea! Someone put the beginning and the end together to make a still shot, which also works well – I captured it off of Twitter. So below is both the video AND the stills, just for a good example of a very powerful and visually clever PSA!



Unbreakable Movie Analysis

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Hey, folks – I did not get a chance to post the assignment from last Friday online because of the power outage. So here is a PDF of the questions you need to answer from the movie Unbreakable. They are due tomorrow!

This is So Amazing…

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Great use of camera angles and what is called “forced perspective,” which was a technique used a lot on the making the The Lord of the Rings, and the Hobbit movies:

More Royalty Free Music for Your Projects

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I just got this from our library – apparently there is some royalty-free music available online through our school and BOCES. Below is a copy of the PDF that was sent to me today:

Submitting Your Assignments

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It’s time to learn how to submit your projects. Below is a demo video of how I want you to “hand in” your assignments:

Importing Your Footage into Final Cut Pro

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As you finish shooting your first project, it is now time to deal with how we get the video from your camera to Final Cut Pro. Unfortunately, the way you go about doing this depends a lot on what kind of camera you have, and what kind of video files it saves as it’s recording.

First, if you are using a Standard Definition camera that records to either a SD card, or internal memory, follow this demonstration to import your video. The final format that we want our SD Video in for Editing with FCP is “Apple DV/DVCPRO – NTSC”.


If you are shooting Standard Definition video with a tape-based camera (most likely a miniDV camera), use this demonstration to import your footage into Final Cut Pro:


If you are shooting on a camera that films in High Definition, but use the AVCHD format (.mts files) then you must watch this demonstration video on how to import your video files into Final Cut. The big thing to remember is that you MUST keep ALL the folders from the SD card. So follow the video VERY carefully.


If you are filming with a camera that shoots HD, but uses other types of video formats (.mp4, .mpg, etc.) use this demonstration video to help you import your video clips to Final Cut Pro. The final compression that seems to work best here is “Apple ProRes 422″.

One of these demonstrations should cover your camera. The file structures of your memory card might vary slightly, as well as the type of file used. If in doubt, ask me, and I will help you!

Adding Transitions to Clips in Final Cut Pro

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Here is a demonstration on how to add transitions to clips in FCP. And remember, you have to have overlap – in other words, you must have extra frames at the end of the first clip and at the beginning of the second clip – or most transitions won’t work!

Tips on Dragging Clips to the Timeline in Final Cut Pro 7

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Below is a demo I did on the different ways you can add clips to a project when using Final Cut Pro. This is important because depending on where the cursor is when you release the mouse button, the clip may do a coupole of different things. So go ahead and watch this short 5 minute video to see the difference:

Introduction to Editing with Final Cut Pro

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Final Cut Pro is a great editing suite, and even though we are on the older version of the software, it is still used by many professionals today. Below is a demo on how to get started editing our first video (a trailer) with the video footage provided.

Setting Up Final Cut Pro in the A2 Lab

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Here is a demonstration that shows you how to set up your computer in A2 – remember that we must keep the scratch disk on the Mac’s local hard drive, so you must follow the directions exactly, or else you will likely lose your work.

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