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Final Cut Basics - Setting Up and Importing

Complete Handout here:


Shooting Checklist

SHOOTING CHECKLIST                UMN    Arts 1601 Time & Interactivity

Follow these rules, and you'll save yourself some headaches.

o    'Stripe' your tape: Record something (anything) over your tape in one continuous take. Yes, it will take 60 minutes, but it will be worth it.  You can do this at home or in the lab with the camera plugged in so it doesn't run out of batteries.  Cover the lens or shoot something of a distinctive color, so you'll always know a "blank" spot of tape when you come to it.   Now your whole tape is 'striped' with time code - this information helps the computer find specific parts of the tape.  A gap in time code will make it difficult to import your footage.

o    Make sure you have more than enough blank tape before you're on location.

o    Make sure you have 2 batteries and charge them both before you leave to go on a shoot.

o    Roll early and cut late:  Always start recording at least 5 seconds before the action begins, and keep recording at least 5 seconds after it has ended.  These heads and tails will give Final Cut the necessary leeway to import your good footage without any glitches.  Too much footage is not a bad thing!

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Uploading Video to MediaMill

Download a copy of the step-by-step instructional handout you received in class here:


Printing at the Digital Service Bureau

If you want to make reservations to print at the Digital Service Bureau, or get information about their hours of operation and rules:

Photoshop Shortcuts

Here's a document full of handy Photoshop Key Commands...

Using the Classroom Server

How to use ArtServe

Use the Server to back up your work whenever you are in W248.
**NEVER run Final Cut Pro Projects directly from the server**

1.  In the Finder, press Apple-K, and put in the address

2.  Enter the username and password from the Access section of your syllabus (the same ones you use to log on to the classroom computers.)

3.  The first time you log on, make a new folder for your work, titled with your first and last names (i.e. JonathanKaiser)