Events and Projects in Final Cut Pro X

Events and Projects in Final Cut Pro X from umwnewmedia on Vimeo.

Ingredients

1 – A Macintosh computer running OS 10.6.8 or better and meets the specs

1 – The FInal Cut Pro X Mac app

1 – A external hard drive, preferably a portable drive with USB power (we recommend Western Digital)

1 – Media from a video camera (an SD card is used in this example)

Directions

  1. Connect your external drive to your computer and insert the media card or connect your camera to your computer.
  2. If you get a message asking you to use your drive as a “Time Machine” backup, select “Don’t Use”. See the recipe on Formatting your drive to work with FInal Cut Pro X for more information.
  3. Start Final Cut Pro X. It will be in your Dock or in the Applications folder.
  4. Note that in the top left, the Event Library, you have at least two drives listed, your Macintosh HD and your external drive (with the name you gave it). When Final Cut Pro X is started for the first time after it is installed, it creates a new event library.
  5. In the lower left is the Project Library, again with at least two drives listed.
  6. In either the Event Library or Project Library, if there are small arrows next to the drive names, that means there are Events or Projects on those drives. Clicking the arrows will reveal the Events and Projects.
  7. Now, you can either create a new Event, in the Event Library, or a new Project, in the Project Library by clicking on the appropriate button.
  8. In the example we create a New Project on the external drive. We give it a name and click OK.
  9. Next we create a new Event Library by clicking the Import Media button.
  10. This is where we will import clips from your media card. Select your clips and click the Import Selected button.
  11. Create a new Event. Make sure to select the external hard drive from the Save to: drop-down. Adjust the settings if desired and click Import.
  12. You can view your progress by choosing Window > Background Tasks from the menu bar. Once it completes you can edit your footage.
  13. You can continue working until you need to quit. Final Cut Pro X will automatically save your progress (unless your in the middle of something that needs to finish). Your work will be saved automatically and you can start Final Cut Pro X again and pick up where you left off.
  14. You can move events or project from drive to drive within Final Cut Pro X by dragging and dropping.
  15. You can view the files on your external hard drive by looking in the Final Cut Events and Final Cut Projects folders. ONLY MOVE OR DELETE EVENTS OR PROJECTS WHILE IN FINAL CUT PRO X. Don’t move or delete these files while viewing your hard drives or it will affect your projects in potentially disastrous ways.
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Format a Hard Drive for Final Cut Pro X

Format drive for Final Cut Pro X from umwnewmedia on Vimeo.

Ingredients

1 – A Macintosh computer running OS 10.3 or better (it is possible for Windows users with Macdrive)

1 – The FInal Cut Pro X Mac app (app is not required to format, but needed to test if Final Cut recognizes the drive).

1 – A external hard drive, preferably a portable drive with USB power (we recommend Western Digital)

Directions

  1. Connect your external drive to your computer
  2. If you get a message asking you to use your drive as a “Time Machine” backup, select “Don’t Use”.
  3. Start the Disk Utility program, found by searching your drive, or going to Applications > Utilities.
  4. Highlight the drive you would like to format (in our example, “My Passport”).
  5. Click the Erase tab.
  6. From the Format drop down menu choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Change the Name of the drive if you wish.
  7. Click on the Erase button, and then choose Erase again when you are asked “Are you sure…”
  8. When the Erase is finished, the drive will act as if you re-inserted the drive. It may ask again if you would like to use it with Time Machine. Again select “Don’t Use”.
  9. Now your drive is ready to use with Final Cut Pro X.
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Using If This Then That (IFTTT)

IFTTT from umwnewmedia on Vimeo.

Ingredients

1 – Computer running a modern web browser.

1 – An If This Then That account (available at https://ifttt.com/)

1 – For this example a YouTube account.

1 – For this example a WordPress self-hosted account.

Directions

  1. Go to https://ifttt.com/ and sign in, or click Join if you do not have an account.
  2. From the Menu bar at the top click the Create button, or under the My Recipes area click Create a Recipe.
  3. From here on you will follow IFTTT’s prompts. Your first step is to create what is know as a Trigger ( a “this”). Pick from the services available, in this example, YouTube. If it is the first time using YouTube as a trigger, you will need to authorize IFTTT to use your YouTube “channel”. Just follow the prompts.
  4. For the action, we’ll use the “New favorite video” trigger.
  5. The next step is to create an action ( a “that”) channel. We’ll choose WordPress. Again you’ll need to authorize IFTTT to use your WordPress account.
  6. Choose the Create a post action.
  7. Choose Video URL as the YouTube ingredient, and select Publish Immediately from the Post Status area.
  8. Next, click the Create Action button.
  9. Finally, click the Create Recipe button. Now you can “Favorite” a YouTube video and see how it works.
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Using DVD Clips in Movie Maker

Use Clips Recorded with VLC in Movie Maker from umwnewmedia on Vimeo.

Ingredients

1 – Computer running a Windows operating system (the general procedure will work on a Mac).

1 – The HandBrake program.

1 – A clip from a DVD (like one that was produced using this procedure).

1 – The Movie Maker program (Windows Live Movie Maker is the latest version)

Directions

  1. Open the HandBrake program.
  2. Choose the video clip from your hard drive by clicking the Source button.
  3. Navigate to the file that you want to convert and choose Open.
  4. In the Presets area, choose Regular>Normal.
  5. Click the Start button in HandBrake to begin the encoding.
  6. The video will now be in a format that Windows Movie Maker will recognize. The easiest way to import it is to drag the video file to the Browse Photos and Videos area.
  7. You can now use the video file as you would any other in your editing project.
  8. Repeat the process if there are other videos you would like to use.
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How we post screencasts at Digital Media Cookbook

“How we used to post screencasts at Digital Media Cookbook” – So, we need to give this post a new title. Something like “How to post screencasts using Screencast.com”. We are beginning to change over how we implement screencasts here at DMC. We’ll be using the Vimeo Hosting service. I think we’ll be doing an updated screencast and recipe soon.

How we post screencasts at Digital Media Cookbook from umwnewmedia on Vimeo.

Ingredients

1 – A Computer with Internet access.

1 – An account at Screencast.com.

1 – We use the Aspect Ratio Calculator site to scale the screencast video to a smaller size.

1 – A place to publish the HTML code from Screencast.com. We use a site on a WordPress multiuser installation.

Directions

  1. This process assumes that you have created a screencast in Jing, which is a free program to create screencasts. I use the Pro version of Jing to get an MPEG4 version, which I later upload to Blip.tv for the iPhone version.
  2. After the screencast has been completed, you have the option to save your video to several places, one of them being Screencast.com. Clicking on the Screencast.com button starts the upload process within the Jing program. It will notify you when your video has finished uploading.
  3. Once your video is uploaded you can navigate to Screencast.com, login and find your video. If you used Jing, it will be in a Jing folder (you can also use Camtasia Studio with Screencast.com)
  4. Click on the Jing folder and find the thumbnail icon for your screencast. Click on the Share button next to the thumbnail icon.
  5. In the Share Content window, look for the Embed on your page: area and click in the field with the “embed code”. Copy this, by selecting Edit>Copy from your browser menu, or by using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-c (PC) or Command-c (Mac).
  6. Now we create a new post in our WordPress blog. In the HTML editor (don’t use the Visual Editor to paste the code) we paste the code by choosing Edit>Paste from your browser menu, or by pressing CTRL-c or Command-c
  7. Next, we need to make some modifications to the code to fit it in the blog post. Depending on what size video you recorded, you will probably need to scale the video down in size to fit it in the blog post. There may be some trial and error here but you need to find the right pixel dimensions for the video. In our example we have a 1280×720 video. We scale it to 560×315. Different WordPress blogs have different spaces for posts. Starting with a 450 pixel wide setting should be good and you can adjust later.
  8. Depending on the aspect ratio of your video, the size that you scale your video to may vary. Let’s say we start with 1280×720, and we want to scale to a width of 450 pixels. Use the Aspect Ratio Calculator site to determine what the ratio should be. If the width needs to be 450 then the height needs to be 253 to maintain the 16:9 ratio.
  9. Now you need to change all of the occurrences of the 1280 width to 450 (there will be 3 of them), and all of the 720 height to 253. UPDATE – HTML5 code has no been added to the embed code for the screencasts. Whereas there used to be 4 places to update the dimensions, there are now 3.
  10. Make sure to give your post a title and then publish the page. You should now be able to view the page and watch the screencast from within the blog.
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Overview

Digital Media Cookbook Site Tour from umwnewmedia on Vimeo.

Here is a video screencast overview of what the Digital Media Cookbook web site is and where to find a few things. Again, it is a companion to the UMW New Media Center site that has numerous articles on a wide range of new media topics. The DMC site is the place to go for getting instructions, and instructional videos, on how to preform various technology tasks. The site offers recipes for managing, creating, and producing digital media. We hope you enjoy the site and find it helpful. We would appreciate any feedback regarding the site and the videos.

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Recording Segments from a DVD

Record clips in VLC from umwnewmedia on Vimeo.

Ingredients

1 – A Computer with a DVD-ROM drive running a Windows operating system.

1 – The VLC Program* (unfortunately this feature is only available in the Windows version of VLC).

1 – A DVD (most DVDs will work including commercial ones, but be aware of copyright issues).

Directions

  1. Insert into the computer the DVD that has the video segment you wish to use.
  2. If you have a default DVD player program installed on your computer, close that software. Open the VLC program.
  3. In VLC choose Media>Open Disc…
  4. For Disc Selection choose “DVD” (you may need to click the Browse button and select the disc).
  5. The disc should begin playing (you may need to choose “Play” or something similar from a disc menu). If you haven’t already, select View>Advanced Controls to make the Record button available.
  6. Navigate to the start of the segment you want to record. While the DVD is playing press the Record button. Press it again at the end point of the segment you want.
  7. Repeat the process if there is more than one segment that you would like.
  8. Recordings will be located in the My Documents (or Documents in Vista and Windows 7) folder and the file names will begin with “vlc-record…”
  9. These MPEG2 files are now available to convert/edit into the appropriate format.

* – I have discovered that VLC for the Mac CAN record segments from a DVD. It is a “hidden” feature, but can be accessed by using the keyboard shortcut “Shift-Command-r”. Press the shortcut once to start a recording, press it again to stop the recording. Files are saved to the “Movies” folder.

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Integrating Picasa and Flickr with Picasa2Flickr

Integrating Picasa and Flickr with Picasa2Flickr from umwnewmedia on Vimeo.

Ingredients

1 – A Computer with Internet Access

1 – A Flickr Account.

1 – The Picasa program.

1 – The Flickr Uploader tool.

1 – The Picasa2Flickr plugin for Picasa.

Directions

  1. These directions will assume you have a Flickr account as well as the Picasa and Flickr Uploader tool already installed.
  2. Visit the Picasa2Flickr page and click on the link labeled picasa2flickr button. The latest update is 20 January 2009.
  3. If Picasa is not currently running, a small window should appear asking which application to launch. Choose Picasa and click OK.
  4. When Picasa is running you should see a question “Launch Picasa and import buttons?” – Choose Yes.
  5. You should now see the Configure Buttons window with a “Send To flickr” button under the Available Buttons.
  6. Click Add>> to move it to the Current Buttons listing, and then click OK.
  7. Now you can select a photo in Picasa and click the “Send To flickr” button in the bottom of the Picasa window.
  8. Before you can upload photos to Flickr, you will need to Authorize the Flickr Uploader program. If you have already done this, you will see an Upload button. Fill in the fields provided and you can upload your photo or photos.
  9. If you have not authorized the Flickr Uploader program, you will see a Sign In button. Click Sign In and a Flickr page will open in your web browser asking you to sign in, or if you are already signed in to Flickr, present you with the authorization page. Click Next in the box with the text “If you arrived at this page because you specifically asked Flickr Uploadr to connect to your Flickr account, click here:”
  10. On the next page you will see “Flickr Uploadr wants to link to your Flickr account.” Choose “OK, I’ll authorize it”
  11. Return to the Flickr Uploader program and click the Ready button. Now you can proceed with uploading photos.
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Using the Flickr Album Plugin

Using the Flickr Album Plugin for WordPress from umwnewmedia on Vimeo.

Ingredients

1 – A Computer with Internet Access

1 – A WordPress blog hosted on a web server (this example uses a WordPress MultiUser installation).

1 – The Flickr Album plugin installed on the WordPress blog

Directions

  1. These directions will assume you have a working WordPress installation with the Flickr Album Plugin already installed.
  2. Login to the Dashboard for your WordPress site.
  3. Click on the Plugins link on the left-hand menu.
  4. Locate the Flickr Album Plugin in the list of plugins. Click the Activate link.
  5. You should see a link to go configure the plugin.
  6. To use the Flickr Album Plugin, you need to have what is known as a Flickr API key. Follow the links to apply for one.
  7. Once you have obtained your Flickr API key (and Shared secret key), enter them into the appropriate fields and click the Next button.
  8. On the next page there are two steps. Step 1 is to click the button to Retrieve Flickr Permissions. This tells Flickr that your site will use the API key.
  9. The next step is to apply those permissions. Click the Apply Permissions button.
  10. If all went well you should see the Flickr Settings area where you can choose how you want images and albums to behave on your blog. Below that you should see some of your photos and/or albums appear. Make any changes you wish and click the Save Settings button.
  11. When you start a new blog post, you’ll see a new blue and magenta button above the editing window that allows you to add any Flickr images from your account. Basically you choose an image, select a size (medium works well), and click the button to “Insert Into Post”.
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Recording a Skype Call Using GarageBand, SoundFlower, and LineIn

Recording a Skype Call Using GarageBand, SoundFlower, and LineIn from umwnewmedia on Vimeo.

Ingredients

1 – A Macintosh Computer connected to the Internet (the Macintosh computer will come with the iLife software, including GarageBand)

1 – The Skype software

1 – The Soundflower software

1 – The LineIn software

Directions

UPDATE! This document has added some clarifications that may help people who were having issues.

  1. Start by going into the System Preferences (Apple Menu>SystemPreferences…) Click on the Sound icon.
  2. On the Sound Input tab, select the input you are recording with. In our case we have a USB headset with a microphone. On the Sound Output tab select “Soundflower (2ch)”
  3. Open the Skype software and choose the Preferences (Skype Menu>Preferences). Click the Audio icon. Choose “Soundflower (2ch)” as both the audio input and audio output.
  4. Open up the Garageband program and choose the Preferences (GarageBand>Preferences). Click the Audio/MIDI icon. Choose the audio output that you wish to hear the GarageBand output from, again, in our example we’re using the USB headset. The Input should be set to SoundFlower (2ch)
  5. Finally open up the LineIn program. In the Input from field select the microphone you are using. Once again, we’re using the USB headset. In the Ouput to field select “Soundflower (2ch)” and then make sure to click the Pass Thru button.
  6. You are now ready to record in GarageBand. Start a new Podcast project. Depending on your version of GarageBand the wording can be different, but in GarageBand ’08, from the File Menu select New and choose Create New Podcast Episode.
  7. Again, using GarageBand ’08, you will be presented with four new tracks. A Podcast Track, a Male Voice track, A Female Voice track and a Jingles track. You will record your microphone and the Skype Call on the Male Voice track. Be sure to turn on the (audio) Monitor in the Track Info area of GarageBand. You may also want to adjust the volume level in Skype for the callers
  8. If you have all of the above settings correctly set, you should see the audio level indicators move when you speak into the microphone AND when people on your Skype call are talking. If that is the case then you just need to click the record button in GarageBand, and then begin your “show”.

Thanks to Ahmad Humeid’s blog post which was the inspiration for this screencast – here is a summation of the settings to make this all work.

GarageBand:
Audio output: Built in Audio
Audio Input: Soundflower (2ch)

Skype:
Audio output: Soundflower (2ch)
Audio input: Soundflower (2ch)

System Preferences/Sound:
Output: Built-in Audio
Input: Audio line in (I am using a Mic)

LineIn Application:
Input from: Built-in Audio: Line In (ie the Mic)
Output to SoundFlower (2ch)

Dont forget to click the ‘Pass Thru’ Button in LineIn.

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