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firefox002_thumb1Shooting outdoors gives you a lot more light to work with, but can also create some pretty big problems. If your subjects are backlit, you could be in big trouble. However, Richard Harrington from Creative Cow has this tutorial on how to use the powerful Limit Effect part of the 3-way Color Corrector to fix this mistake.

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firefox004_thumbChanging the speed of a clip is a very helpful or even cool thing that can be frustrating to actually pull off. This tutorial from FCPTips shows the basic ways to change the speed quickly and easily to a constant speed.

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firefox002_thumbOver at Creative Cow, Richard Harrington shows you one of those little tricks that gave me a mixture of an “Ah-hah!” and a “D’oh!” moment the first time I saw it. You can easily keyframe the color correction, just like other parameters. Harrington also goes a little bit into the basics of keyframing if you haven’t done much yet.

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firefox004_thumbFrom Creative Cow-

In this Final Cut video tutorial, Richard Harrington uses Compressor to teach how to compress a video clip for use on an iPod or in iTunes. This opens up video podcasting or the transferring of video files in a widely recognized portable format. Richard shows which settings to use and explains how to export from Final Cut Pro to get the file ready for Compressor

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firefox003_thumbA very good use of the 3-way color corrector is to match skin tones between shots. It helps with scene continuity if the hero’s face doesn’t flicker between a reddish and a bluish without ever leaving a room. Richard Harrington at Creative Cow shows you how to easily match skin tones.

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firefox002_thumbMulticam editing is a very useful feature in Final Cut, but it can be kind of tricky to get things set up right. Richard Harrington over at Creative Cow walks you through basic set up in an ideal situation in this tutorial, and throws in a couple great shortcuts along the way.

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firefox001_thumbI’ll admit- I was incredulous at the thought of using iTunes in an FCP workflow. But this tutorial from SuiteTake addressed all my concerns with the process, and actually seems to be a rather helpful tip. This will work best on edit-only computers, as you’ll have to change some settings in iTunes to make this FCP friendly.

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