Digital Media Frequently Asked Questions

Audio

You probably haven’t lost your project, and I would guess that Logic is open, just not the main workspace. Luckily, that is an easy fix.

Fig. 1

First, make sure Logic is the active application (see Fig. 1) by looking for “Logic” in the upper left-hand corner of your screen.

You have two options: (1) you can either use the keyboard shortcut Command-1

Fig. 2

Or, (2) select Window > Open Main Window (Fig. 2) from the drop-down menu

Category: Audio
Tags: help, Logic

A real film would be mixed and “sweetened” in a different program than it was edited. A video editor would share a special file that translates the data from FCP X to Logic (or Premiere to Pro Tools, or DaVinci Resolve to Digital Performer, or any combination of A to B).

Follow these quick instructions to get started mixing your film like a pro!

Categories: Audio, Video

Mac

You can access last semester’s Schoology by following these steps:

  • Click “Courses” in the upper-left hand corner of the Schoology home page.
  • Click “My courses” in the right-hand corner
  • Click the “Archived” button
Category: Mac
Tag: schoology

You should have the network drive icon on your dock, next to the Trash Can icon:

STA Network Drive in the Dock

If you don’t see that globe icon, you can still access the network drive.

From the Finder, select the Go drop-down menu, then “Connect to Server…“.

Copy/Paste “smb://R7FS/Collaborate/MacShare/STA” into the box and press enter. Use your login information to connect.

Category: Mac

Mr. Harrel has covered this process in depth in the Shared Library Shuffle video.

Categories: Mac, Video

First, make sure you’re using Chrome. Find your user account in the top right corner of the browser. Sign out and sign back in again. Make sure you choose to Link your account and Sync the data. Quit and reopen Chrome.

Go to YouTube and make sure you are signed into your LSR7 YouTube account. You’ll find the sign-in and account icon in the upper right-hand corner of the page.

You might have to go through our filter login (Securly is the name) — this is all required for smooth video operations, so that’s a good thing.

Go back to the Quest and refresh the page (Command-R).

 If none of that works, click your profile image in Chrome and select “Manage People.” On the following page, remove your profile (and any others that might appear) and start the process over again.

Category: Mac

Video

A real film would be mixed and “sweetened” in a different program than it was edited. A video editor would share a special file that translates the data from FCP X to Logic (or Premiere to Pro Tools, or DaVinci Resolve to Digital Performer, or any combination of A to B).

Follow these quick instructions to get started mixing your film like a pro!

Categories: Audio, Video

Here’s a quick video describing the process.

In short, your project needs to be 1080i, 29.97fps, exported using ProRes 422 setting. It may be possible to use h.264 but you will need to change the setting on the Hyperdeck as well.

Category: Video

You can change the length of a project in the project properties inspector.

If you want a project that is 30-seconds long, type “30.” In the duration box. The “.” Acts as a shortcut to fill out the frames. If you just type “30” you will end up with a project that is 30-frames long.

Category: Video

Mr. Harrel has covered this process in depth in the Shared Library Shuffle video.

Categories: Mac, Video

Chances are, your file is too large. This can happen for one of two reasons. Pick the best option below:

  1. Your movie is long – maybe more than 5 minutes. No problems, don’t edit the video, just export it differently. Go back to your Project in Final Cut Pro X and follow this screencast.
  2. Your movie isn’t too long, but you may have exported an Apple ProRes file. What on earth does that mean? First, don’t sweat it. Go back to re-share (export) your project and double check the Master File export settings. Make sure you select H.264 from the Video Codec settings as shown.
Category: Video

You’ve created a Multicam monster!

Sometimes our iMacs can’t keep up with the processing power required to run multicam clips in FCP X. Never fear, it’s an easy fix.

Before you start, you should know that you’re going to see a frightening red clip in the Browser after step 1, but that’s normal. Keep following the instructions to the end.

1.) In the View menu of the Viewer, change the media quality to Proxy:

Changing to Proxy media means FCP X is using smaller file sizes instead of the original media. In the next step you’ll create the Proxy media.

2.) Select all the media used in your multicam clips in the Browser and from the File menu, choose Transcode Media…

Be sure and select all the clips (Command-A) before you transcode the media.

3.) Select Proxy and click OK. It will take a few minutes for FCP X to create your proxy media.

Proxy media is already selected here. Double-check to make sure yours looks the same.

When you are ready to export, go back to step 1 and change the Media setting to Original/Optimized. FCP X will give you a warning if you don’t, but you’ve been warned before the warning now.

Category: Video
FCP X Precision editor gives greater detail on available media (handles) in your project timeline.

Many times, students accidentally open FCP X’s precision editor. This happens when you double-click an edit point. You may be interested in learning more about the precision editor, or you might just want your normal timeline back.

The escape key is the quickest way to close the precision editor.

To return to the traditional editing control in the Timeline, simply double-click the edit point again or press the escape key. Now you’re back in business, never to be frightened again by the powerful precision editor!

Category: Video

At one time or another, we all have to contend with vertical video. Hopefully, it’s footage that someone else gave us and not something that we captured ourselves.

Here’s a handy (and free) Motion template from MotionVFX: mVertical

Essentially, this Title template from MotionVFX works like an adjustment layer.

Category: Video