I'm trying to learn Final Cut Pro Studio (FCP) so I'm giving myself small projects. Thank goodness for Lynda.com video tutorials or I'd never get through this.

Here's how many steps there are to create this little movie...

I took the footage using my Canon 7D. It records video with the H.264 codec. I chose 720p / 60 frames-per-second as I knew I wanted to do slow motion.

I converted the H.264 video file to Apple ProRes 422 (LT) with MPEG StreamClip (a free utility).

Using Apple Cinema Tools, I told the clip to run slow - 24fps instead of 60fps. That's the fastest step as it's instantaneous.

I started a new FCP project and imported the slowed down clip. Using FCP, I picked the desired start and end point in the video.

I then used "Change Speed" option to mess around with the speed of the clip (you'll notice it changes over time in addition to being slow motion). This is quite flexible.

I had to color correct the video as I had poor white balance in the original clip.

The video and audio transitions (i.e. fade in/out) were also done in FCP.

I used Motion to do the "typed in" title and brought it into FCP on its own track.

At the end, I found and added some free music that matched. I chose a song by "Sharks" found on Last.fm's area for free MP3s. Here's the full song:
last.fm/music/We+Swim+You+Jump/_/Sharks

Finally, I used Compressor to get back to H.264 which is required for video uploads to Facebook, YouTube and Vimeo. I restricted the video data rate to 5 Mbps to save upload time as any higher is a waste.

Does that sound complicated enough?! What do you think of the end result?

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