Post Production Guides and Tutorials

Here are some useful guides for the post production stage of your multimedia pieces:


Naming conventions:

  • For Project folders & FCP file: yearmonthday__LastName__Description
  • For sequences within FCP: yearmonthday_projectslug_version# & major change in version, i.e. 20100830_Gorillas_v1 first cut
  • Video clip naming convention: In the bins, processed videos can use the following: “ws gorillas in the mist” (wide shot) “ms gorilla eating banana”    (medium shot) “cu gorilla eating banana” (close up) “xcu gorilla face sleeping”     (extreme close up)

Audio Mixing:


  • From Final Cut Pro Lynda Tutorial #12: Creating Titles
  • Creating basic titles         03:57
  • Creating lower thirds         03:19
  • Creating outline text         04:29
  • Text tutorial material on Adding Titles and Text to Clips in the Knight Digital Media Center Final Cut Pro tutorial



  • tutorials for Photoshop CS3 for Photographers – Chapters 2-4 (66 minutes). (Optional: Chapters 15, Chapter 15 on layers, Chapter 16 on masking, Chapter 24 on burning & dodging. Also, Chapters 6-9 on Bridge). This tutorial explains the Photoshop menus, principles, tips, tricks, etc. Chapters 2, 3, and 4 are very good for getting started (understanding the interface, the menus, etc. and very basic first steps in editing – resizing, etc.). Chapters 15 is good for understanding how layers work, and Chapters 16 and on for editing photos in more depth.
  • Vunky Search Photoshop Tutorials



Creating title cards in Final Cut for use in Soundslides:

  • “Generators” tab (under viewer)==>Text==>Text
  • Drop onto timeline
  • Double-click to see in viewer
  • Adjust text, font, style
  • Make sure text is within “Title Safe” area
  • NOTE: You can create standardized title cards by dragging the one you just created into browser’s project tab. Then can use with other clips by selecting clip, dragging file to “superimpose” on canvas. Edit by double-clicking and editing in viewer.

To export the title card

EXPORT==>Click File Name–>File–>Export–>Using Quicktime Conversion–>Format=still image–>Options/Format=JPEG–>OK–>Save

IMPORT: As image into Soundslides



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