Using Mattes and Masks in Final Cut Pro from Class on Demand gives you a lot of different ways to hide the ugly to let the beautiful shine through.
This tutorial demos eleven different ways to use masks, with a lot of other effects goodies thrown in. Each of these is presented in step-by-step order, so you can use your media to create these effects on your own system. Best of all, every one of these, except one, work on Final Cut Pro 5, 6, or 7. (The exception is the chroma-key example, which is FCP 7 only.)
This session assumes you have a basic familiarity with the Final Cut Pro interface, and know how to apply an effect. Everything else you need to know, you'll learn in this tutorial
Define Mask and Matte
Define the three different types of keys in Final Cut Pro
Illustrate basic filter effect techniques
Explain when NOT to use some of these filters
Explain the difference between a bold and non-bold filter name
Provide step-by-step instructions on how to create a wide variety of masks and filter effects
Create a Luma key
Create an Alpha key
Create a Chroma key
Illustrate how to display the alpha channel in a clip
Show a better way to size and position text
Show how to use Matte Choker and Matte Magic
Create a Traveling Matte
Show how, and why, to create a nest
Show how to extract an alpha channel from a clip
Show how to create a garbage matte
Show how and when to use Image Mask
Show how to combine Mask Shape with Matte Feather to hide logos or faces
Show how to create a vignette quickly using Soft Edges
Show how to convert 4:3 footage into Widescreen, while still able to reposition the image in the frame
About the Instructor:
Larry Jordan is the most highly sought after Apple-Certified Final Cut trainer in the world. With over 30 years experience as a television producer, director, and editor with national broadcast and corporate credits, Jordan's informative and entertaining teaching style provides video editors around the world with unique techniques, methods and resources to increase productivity and enhance their skills. He's been there - he knows the pressure you are under.
Jordan reveals the hidden tips and tricks you never hear about and may never find on your own. His presentation style is well organized, succinct, and practical. Jordan's training can save you time, save you money, save your client, and save your sanity, during production and post-production.
Jordan, based in Los Angeles, writes and edits the monthly free Larry Jordan Final Cut Studio Newsletter, with essential information on Final Cut Studio. He is the author of hundreds of hours of online training and five books on Final Cut Studio. He also hosts the weekly interactive internet radio show and podcast.