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<ul><li><p>Final Cut Express 4Product OverviewNovember 2007</p></li><li><p>Product OverviewFinal Cut Express 4</p><p>Contents</p><p>Page 4 Welcome to Final Cut Express 4 More Powerful Video Editing for DV, HDV, and AVCHD AWorkflowThatGrowswithYou Expanded Creative Capabilities MoreThanOneWaytoShowOff</p><p>Page 6 Selected New FeaturesUse Movies Captured from AVCHD CamcordersMixDifferentFormatsinaTimelineExpandYourEffectsforVisuallyRichLookingMoviesBringYouriMovie08ProjectsintoFinalCutExpress4</p><p>Page 7 Getting Footage into Your ComputerCaptureYourFootageEasyAssetManagement</p><p>Page 10 A Tour of the Editing EnvironmentTheBrowser:GetanOverviewofYourAssetsTheViewer:SelectAssetsandPreviewChangesTheTimeline:PutthePiecesinPlaceTheCanvas:SeeItAllComeTogetherCustomizetheInterface:WorktheWayYouWantTheAutosaveVault:SaveYourStuff</p><p>Page 16 Powerful Editing with Final Cut Express Make Professional EditsRefineYourEditswithTrimmingAddTransitionsandEffects</p><p>Page 1 Compositing and TitlesUseMultipleVideoLayersSpeakwithTitles</p><p>Page 5 AudioReal-TimeAudioFiltersPrecise ControlsVoiceOverTool</p></li><li><p>Product OverviewFinal Cut Express 4</p><p>Page 7 Finding Your AudiencePrint to VideoCreate a DVDExportVideofortheWeb</p><p>Page 8 Product Features</p><p>Page Product Availability and SupportPricingAvailabilitySystemRequirementsSupport </p></li><li><p>4Product OverviewFinal Cut Express 4</p><p>Welcome to Final Cut Express 4</p><p>FinalCutExpress4istheperfectvideoeditingtoolforvideomakerswhowantcreativefreedomandprofessional-qualityresults.Itallowsseamlessmovementbetweenediting,trimming,addingeffects,andmixingaudioinasingledrag-and-dropinterface.WiththeentireFinalCutExpresstoolsetattheirfingertipsforsimultaneouslyeditingDV,HDV,and now AVCHD,1videoenthusiasts,students,andaspiringfilmmakerscankeepupwiththeHDrevolution.</p><p>NewfeaturesinFinalCutExpress4include:</p><p> Capture movies from AVCHD camcordersOpenFormatTimeline ExpandyourcreativitywithneweffectsincludingFxPlugsupport ExportyouriMovie08projectsdirectlytoFinalCutExpress</p><p>More Powerful Video Editing for DV, HDV, and AVCHD CaptureclipsfromyourcamcorderoverasingleFireWireorUSBcable,thenusethenewOpenFormatTimelineinFinalCutExpress4toedittogetherDV,HDV,andAVCHDmaterial,eveniftheyhavedifferentframerates.Fine-tuneyourchoiceswithprofessional ripple,roll,slip,andslideeditingfunctions,eitherintheTimelineoradedicatedTrimwindow.Andwhenitcomestimetoaddeffects,DynamicRTletsyouinstantlyprevieweffects,filters,transitions,andmultistreamcompositesinrealtimewithoutrendering.</p><p>AWorkflowThatGrowswithYouFinalCutExpressisdesignedtoprovideasimple,straightforwardworkflow.Capturingvideo,editingclips,andaddingtransitionsoreffectsareallaclickawayintheintuitive,drag-and-dropinterface.Inaddition,youcancustomizetheinterfacebysetting windowconfigurations,addingshortcutbuttons,andresizingtracksizesandassetthumbnailstofityourpreferencesandstreamlineyourworkflow.</p><p>Expanded Creative CapabilitiesAddingprofessionalfinishingtouchestoyourvideoispossiblethroughfinecontrolofmorethan200transitions,filters,andeffects.Combinedwithcompositing,titling,andkeyframing,theygiveyoutheabilitytocreatevisuallyrich,dynamicvideoprojects.Getreadytoexpandyourcreativeoptionstoo,becauseFinalCutExpress4supportsthird-partyFxPlugfiltersandeffects,thesameplug-inarchitectureusedbyFinalCutStudio.Andaudioisnotforgotten,asFinalCutExpressprovides99audiotrackswithpowerfulsoundeditingtoolsandmorethanadozenaudiofilters.</p></li><li><p>5Product OverviewFinal Cut Express 4</p><p>WiththebundledLiveType2,youcanaddsophisticated,HD-quality,animatedtextandmotiongraphicstovideosquicklyandeasily.LiveTypeincludesanimatedLiveFonts,over200preconfiguredtexteffects,andavarietyofcustomizabletemplates,backgrounds,textures,andobjectsthatcanbeaddedtoanyFinalCutExpressproject.</p><p>MoreThanOneWaytoShowOffMakesureeveryonegetstoseeyourfinishedproject.WhetheryourfinalproductwillbeoutputtovideotapeorQuickTimefordistributionovertheweb,iPhoneoriPod,youresuretofindthatFinalCutExpressdeliversthepower,quality,andfeaturesthatmakeittheidealchoiceforadvancedmoviemaking.</p></li><li><p>6Product OverviewFinal Cut Express 4</p><p>Selected New Features</p><p>FinalCutExpress4includespowerfulnewfeaturesthatmakesetupeasierandmoviesmoreengaging.</p><p>Use Movies Captured from AVCHD CamcordersWithFinalCutExpress4,youcanLogandTransferAVCHDvideofilesquicklyandeasily toyourIntelprocessorbasedMacoverUSB.TheLogandTransferwindowallowsyoutoreviewandselectspecificclipsyouwanttotransfer,savingyoutimeandharddrivespace.OncetheclipsaretransferredtoApplesIntermediateCodeconyourharddrive,youcanstartframe-accurateeditinginrealtime,completewithmultilayervideo,text,orgraphiccompositing.Wanttocheckyourhandiwork?Previewitfullscreenwhen-everyoudlikeusingyourprimaryorsecondarydisplay.</p><p>MixDifferentFormatsinaTimelineWhetheryouhaveDV,HDV,orAVCHDcontent,thenewOpenFormatTimelineinFinalCutExpress4letsyoumixandmatchclips,eveniftheyusedifferentframesizesandframerates.FreelyeditacombinationofHDV,AVCHD,andDV,includingNTSCandPAL,allinrealtimeusingthesameindustry-leadingeditingandtrimmingtoolsfoundinFinalCutPro.SetyoursequencetoanHDresolutionandDVclipswillbescaledtofitautomatically;conversely,ifyoursequenceissettoDVresolution,HDclipscanbecroppedorletterboxedforaperfectfit.</p><p>ExpandYourEffectsforVisuallyRichLookingMoviesFinalCutExpresscomeswithmorethan200transitions,filters,andeffectsincludingover50newFxPlugplug-ins.Theseincludestandardeffectslikedissolves,wipes,andblurstomorestylizedFxPlugeffectslikeLightRays,LineArtandInsectEye.When youneedevenmorecreativeoptions,expandyoureffectspaletteusingoptional third-partyFxPlugeffects,thesameplug-inarchitectureusedbyFinalCutStudio.ManyFxPlugeffectsuseyourgraphicscardforacceleratedrenderingsothebetteryourgraphicscard,thefasteryourFxPlugrendering.</p><p>BringYouriMovie08projectsintoFinalCutExpress4MovingfromiMovie08toFinalCutExpressiseasy:iMovieprojectscanbeexporteddirectlytoFinalCutExpresswithalloftheircutsanddissolvetransitionsintact.AllyoudoisopentheFinalCutXMLdocumentandstartusingtheadvancedfunctions ofFinalCutExpresstoenhanceyouriMovie08projects.</p></li><li><p>7Product OverviewFinal Cut Express 4</p><p>Getting Footage into Your Computer</p><p>CaptureYourFootageCapturingvideowithFinalCutExpressisquickandeasy.SimplyconnectasupportedcamcorderordecktoyourMacusingaFireWireorUSBcable,thenselectCapture(orLogandTransferforAVCHDcontent).ThesingleFireWirecablecarriesthevideoandaudiodataandmanagesalldevicecontrol.WhencapturingfromDVcamerasusingFireWire(IEEE1394),FinalCutExpresstransfersthedatadirectlyfromthetapetothecomputersharddrive.HDVandAVCHDaretransferredoverFirewireorUSBandcon-vertedintothehighlyefficientandframe-accurateAppleIntermediateCodecformat.</p><p>WhenyoucapturefootagefromaDVtape,theCapturewindowhelpsyouscanthrough thevideotapetoselectgoodshots,labelthemforfuturereference,andaddnotesabout eachclip.UsethemouseandjogbuttonorJKLkeyboardcommandstocontrolplayback fromthecamcorder.SetInandOutpoints,thenclickCaptureCliptocapturethefootage toyourharddisk.</p><p> DV Log and Capture Controls</p><p>Preview area.Viewvideoasyoulogorcaptureit.Thisareacontainsplayback andmarkingcontrolsandatimecodefield.</p><p>Clip description. Logrelevantinformationaboutclipssothatyoucanmanage andorganizeyourvideoresources.</p><p>Capture buttons. Capture Clip captures video one clip at a time from a DV camcorder ordeckwithdevicecontrol.UsingCaptureNow,youcancapturelivevideo,video fromcamcordersordecksthatlackdevicecontrol,orvideofromadevice-controllablecamcorderordeck.FinalCutExpresssplitsthevideointoindividualclipsatscenebreaksandnamesthemsequentially.WiththeCaptureProjectbutton,youcancaptureallitemsinyourprojectfromacamcorderoradeckwithdevicecontrol.</p><p>1</p><p>1</p></li><li><p>8Product OverviewFinal Cut Express 4</p><p>HDV Capture ControlWorking with HD moviesHigh-definitionvideosupportinFinalCutExpress4letsyoubeapartoftheHD revolution.</p><p>FinalCutExpressisabletoedittheHDV andAVCHDfilesthatcomesinoverFireWireorUSBbymeansoftheAppleIntermediateCodec,Applesencodingtechnologydesigned specificallyforeditingHDVandAVCHDcon-tentwithiMovie08andFinalCutExpress4.</p><p>Youcanusethetablebelowtoestimatehowmuchdiskspaceyouneedforyourproject.</p><p> DV Output Apple Intermediate QuickTime Codec2</p><p>Width 720 1280 1440</p><p>Height 480 720 1080</p><p>Frame rate 29.97 30p 60i</p><p>Megabits 3.6 7 14 per second</p><p>Gigabytes 13 25 49 per hour</p><p>CapturingvideofromanHDVcamcorderordeckisaquickandeasyprocess.FinalCutExpresspromptsyoutonametheclip,thenyousimplyclicktheCapturebutton.Capturebeginsfromwherethetapeisqueuedandcontinuesuntilyouchoosetostop.</p><p>FinalCutExpressthenplacesthevideoinyourprojectbin,separatingthevideointoclipswhereappropriate.</p><p>AVCHD Log and Transfer Control</p><p>CapturingvideofromanAVCHDcamcorderordeckisslightlydifferentfromDVorHDV,becauseAVCHDmoviesarestoredonaharddiskdriveormemorycard.TheLogandTransferwindowisusedtoscanthefilesonthecamcordersharddriveandselecttheonesyouwanttotransferovertoyourMac.Inthiswindow,youcannametheclipandaddnotes.ScanningtheclipsontheAVCHDharddriveandloggingtheonesyouwant onyourMacsavestimeanddiskspace.</p><p>FinalCutExpressthenplacesthevideoinyourprojectbin,soyoucanstartediting.</p></li><li><p>Product OverviewFinal Cut Express 4</p><p>EasyAssetManagementMostusershavemorefootagethantheycaneasilymanage.Videoshotatdifferenttimescanbeusefulinmorethanonemovieorinadifferentorder.FinalCutExpressprovidescompletemanagementofcapturedandimportedclipsintheBrowserwindow.Clipscanbeplacedinbinsorfolderssothatyoucancreatealogicalstructureforproj-ects.Differentbinscanbeusedfordifferentstagesofaprojectortoseparateoriginalandmodifiedfootage.Allofthemediacanbesortedandsearchedbyanumberof criteria.Keepingmediaorganizedmakeshandlingeventhelongestprojectsimple.</p></li><li><p>10Product OverviewFinal Cut Express 4</p><p>A Tour of the Editing Environment</p><p>TheFinalCutExpresseditinginterfaceisbasedonthesamedrag-and-dropapproachthatmakesusingMacapplicationsasimpleandintuitiveprocess.Whilethewindowlayoutisarrangedtoprovideasmoothandlogicalworkflow,youcancustomizetheinterfacetomeetyourparticularneeds.</p><p>Makingyourmovieisaccomplishedthroughfourmainwindows:theBrowser,theViewer,theTimeline,andtheCanvas.Eachwindowhasmultiplefunctions,logicallygroupedintabs.Youcandragtabsoutoftheirparentwindowstocustomizeyourworkspace.Whileeachwindowhasspecificcapabilitiesandfunctions,FinalCutExpressgivesyougreatflexibilityindetermininghowyouwork.</p><p>Basic Layout</p><p>1 </p><p>1</p><p>4</p><p>4</p><p>Browser Timeline</p><p>Viewer Canvas</p></li><li><p>11Product OverviewFinal Cut Express 4</p><p>TheBrowser:GetanOverviewofYourAssetsTheBrowseristhecentralstorageplaceforallmediausedinFinalCutExpress.Whenamediafileisimportedorcaptured,itautomaticallyappearsintheBrowser.Youcancreatebinstostoreandorganizemedia,sequences,orclips,tosimplifythemanage-mentoflongandcomplexprojects.Inaddition,youcanviewitemsintheBrowserinListView,asshownbelow,orassmall,medium,orlargeicons,asshownonpage10.</p><p> Tabs.Eachopenprojectisrepresentedbyatabcontainingthatprojectsfiles. Youcanhavemultipleprojectsopenatthesametime.</p><p>Bins. Youcanorganizeyourmediaclipsinbins,orfolders,withinaproject.</p><p>Central storage. TheBrowserlistsallfilesinaprojectvideoandaudioclips, sequences,andmarkers.</p><p>Master and affiliate clipsFinalCutExpress4supportsmaster/affiliatecliprelationships.Thefirstinstanceofaclipthatiscapturedorimportedintoaprojectisamaster clip.EditingamasterclipintoasequenceorduplicatingitintheBrowserresultsinthecreationofasequencecliporaduplicateclipthatisanaffiliate oftheoriginalmasterclip.Mediafilesondiskarenotduplicatedwhenaffiliatesarecreated;affiliatesreferencethemasterclipssourcemediafile.Becauseofthisrelationshipbetweenmasterandaffiliateclips,changesyoumaketocertainpropertiesofeitherthemastercliportheaffiliateareautomaticallymadetoallaffiliatedclipsinthecurrentproject.</p><p>Masterandaffiliateclipsareespeciallyusefulaftercapturinglargeamountsofmedia.Forexample,youmightlogandcaptureclipsthatareorganizedinbinsbasedontapename.Foraparticularproject,youmightwanttoorganizetheclipsdifferentlybyshotandsceneoranyothercriteria.Creatingaffiliateclipsinnewbinspreservesbothmethodsoforganizationwithoutduplicatingmediafilesonthedisk.</p><p>Browser Tabs and Bins</p><p>1</p><p>1</p></li><li><p>1Product OverviewFinal Cut Express 4</p><p>TheViewer:SelectAssetsandPreviewChanges</p><p>TheViewerwindowistheplacetoreviewclipsbeforeplacingthemintheTimeline.Here,youcanselectportionsofacliptouseintheTimelinebyapplyingInandOutpoints.TabsintheViewerareusedfordisplayinginformationsuchastitlegenerators,motioncontrols,andcolorcorrection.</p><p>WiththeDigitalCinemaDesktopfeature,youcanplaybackHDandDVclipsfullscreenonyourprimaryorsecondarydisplay.Ifyouareworkingonasinglescreen,simplytoggletheDigitalCinemaDesktopusingCommand-F12andwatchyourHDandDVprojectsfullscreen.Ifyouhaveaseconddisplay,youcanpreviewyourworkfullscreenandseetheeditinginterfaceatthesametime.</p><p>Tabs. Tabsprovideaccesstodifferentfunctionsandcontrols.</p><p>Editing and marking controls. Thesecontrolsletyousetmarkers,InandOut points,andkeyframes,andmatchaudioandvideoforclipsandsequences.</p><p>Transport controls. Thesebuttonsletyouplayclipsandsequences.</p><p>Playhead, clip, and sequence controls.Thesethreecontrolsareusedtonavigatethroughandplayclipsandsequencesatspeedsotherthan100percentplayback speed.</p><p>TheTimeline:PutthePiecesinPlaceTheTimelineiswhereyouchoosetheorderofclipsinyourmovie,determinetherelationshipbetweenthoseclips,andperformvariouseditingoperations.Clipsarearrangedintracksaccordingtowhentheywillplayintime.Supportformultipletracksmeansthatmultipleclips,bothaudioandvideo,canplaysimultaneously.AddclipstotheTimelinebydraggingthemdirectlytoatrackorbyusingtheoverlaycontrolsintheCanvas.Positionclipsatatimevaluetospecifyexactlywhentheclipswillplayinthevideo.Rearrangeclipsuntiltheyareexactlythewayyouwantthem.FinalCutExpressusesanOpenFormatTimeline,whichallowsclipsfromDV,HDV,andAVCHDcamcorderstobeeditedtogetherinthesamemovie.FinalCutExpresswillautomati-callycorrecttheframerateandframesizetomatchthesequencesettings.</p><p>The Viewer</p><p>1</p><p>4</p><p>1</p><p>4</p></li><li><p>1Product OverviewFinal Cut Express 4</p><p>Tabs. TheTimelinedisplaysachronologicalviewofan opensequence.Eachsequencehasitsowntab.Youcan havemultiplesequencesopenatonce.</p><p>Video tracks.Videotracksaredisplayedindescending order.TheorderintheTimelinedeterminesthelayering orderwhenyoucompositemultipletracksofvideo.</p><p>Audio tracks. Asequencecanhaveupto99audiotracks.</p><p>Markers. Add markers to indicate important events, to create chaptersforDVDnavigation,andtooptimizevideoencoding.</p><p>Solo and mute controls.Usethesecontrolstoenableanddisableaudioplaybackonindividualtracksformonitoringpurposes.</p><p>TheCanvas:SeeItAllComeTogetherTheCanvasdisplaystheresultsofyoureditingdecisions,includingeffectsandTimelinearrangement.AlleditedclipsontheTimelineareplayedbackinthe Canvas.Anytimeachangeismade,aclipadded,oraneffectcreated,theCanvas canbeusedtoprevieworviewthatedit;theCanvasrepresentsyourfinalproject output.Controlstoplay,stop,fastforward,andrewindtheprojectsTimeline arebuiltintotheCanvaswindow.</p><p>The Timeline</p><p>4</p><p>5</p><p>1</p><p>1</p><p>5 4</p></li><li><p>14Product OverviewFinal Cut Express 4</p><p>TheCanvasalsoprovidesone-steptransitionandsuperimposewhenaddingclipstotheTimeline.DragaclipfromtheBrowserortheViewerontotheCanvas,andeditoptionsbecomeavailableasanoverlaygraphic.SimplydragtheclipontoanoptiontoimplementthateditintheTimeline.Optionsincludeinsert,insertwithtransition,overwrite,overwritewithtransition,replace,fittofill,andsuperimpose.</p><p> Insert editing placestheselect...</p></li></ul>