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Final Cut Finishing Touches

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For those of you looking to finish your stop motion animations in Final Cut, here are some basics you'll need to know.

Always make sure your "Tool Palette" is open.
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You can find this by clicking> Window>Tool Palette. Here you'll find your pointer, razor, and pen tools to cut, move, and establish fade ins and outs.

In the actual timeline, you can place image and sound. Image is placed on the top half and is blue. Sound is placed on the bottom half and is green.
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The default for Final Cut is to link the two together. You want to unlink these so you can ad your own sound in. You do this by clicking the linked selection button in the upper right hand corner of the timeline.

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The button should look like the number 8 inside of a square.

When bringing new images or sound into Final Cut, click>File>Import>File> then select your video, image, or sound. From the bin, you can then click and drag your media onto the timeline to edit.

Once you are finished editing, you will want to export your media into one quicktime file. You can do this by clicking>File>export>Quicktime Movie. Make sure when exporting you are clicked on "Sequence 1" in your browser,

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and all of the media is selected in your timeline. You can achieve this by clicking the timeline and hitting command/apple/A. All of your media should become highlighted.

You will be taken to this window:

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Make sure you title your project and save it to the appropriate folder and your settings match the one shown here.

You should be set to go!

Remember, the lab is open all day Friday until 11pm and Saturday until 8pm.

Let me know if you have questions!

Please post your sound pieces to the blog as .wav files. We will be critiquing them on Monday. Please be prepared to discuss how the piece is an extension of you. In other words, how it is a sonic self portrait. You can structure the discussion in any way you like. If you'd like us to listen to it first and then respond, or if you'd like to talk about it first and then have us respond.

Write a short paragraph about the piece, a little bit about what you'd like us to know about it. Maybe there are questions you have for us, or things you thought about while you were composing the piece. Feel free to bring those to the discussion.

Please make sure the pieces are posted to the blog BEFORE class on Monday.

Rachel and I discovered that the limit for a sound file is about 60MB. If you are trying to upload a file that is larger than this, something that may help is to compress the file. Once it is exported as a .wav OR a .aiff (this file format is totally acceptable as well) hit >control >click on the file and there will be an option to compress it. This will create a zip file and you should then be able to upload it to the site. If you have problems, please e-mail me BEFORE class.

My great sound piece

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Here's how to upload your .wav files to the blog!

Once you're finished with your 3 minute piece, export it as a .wav in Audacity!

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Make sure you save your project as an Audacity file AND a .wav file. Once you save it as a .wav, it will become one stereo track.

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Save your piece as a .wav file to your computer and to the server, so you have two copies.

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Start a new blog entry.

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Name it whatever you'd like!

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Click the "Insert File" button.

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Choose your .wav file!

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Here's mine!


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Click on the link for an audacity tutorial.

Here is another helpful tutorial that includes saving your file as an mp3. Although you will not be able to download the LAME encoder to your computers.

Since Audacity is a freeware, you can download it to your home computers to edit sound anytime you like!

If you'd like to download audacity go to this website to do so.

Here is the link for freesound.

The address to access the server from home is

The Digital Service Bureau

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Anyone who is interested in using the DSB (Digital Service Bureau for Learning) to print digital files must attend a training session/demo.

For Fall 2010 the training sessions are as follows:

Tues Sept 28th 5pm
Sat Oct 2nd 11am

2 more sessions during the day will be scheduled shortly.
Please see our blog:
for the updated schedule

Please e-mail to sign up for a training session.
Sessions will take about 1 hour and will be held in the DSB W138

If you are unsure if you will need the DSB services for the remainder of the semester we highly recommend you attend one of the sessions as there will be no other training sessions after midterm and you cannot use the DSB unless you have attended a training session first. Training is not done on a walk in basis.

Users who do not need to be trained: If you have had a digital photo class or have been trained in /used the DSB last semester. As long as you use the DSB at least once every semester you do not need to be trained in again. When in doubt contact the DSB,, to see if you are required to attend a training session or not.

Thank you

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