Video editing is often synonymous with Apple products for its user-intuitive nature and performance. Though every Apple computer is delivered armed with video editing capabilities via iMovie, many video amateurs and independent filmmakers need a more feature-rich video editing package. Input Final Cut Pro (FCP). First developed by Macromedia Inc., a currently preserved by Apple Inc., FCPX allows users to log and transfer video data on a hard drive for processing, editing and generating audio content in a huge array of formats. With a product packaged with all these features, useful processes can be often overlooked while changing through video editing options. Below I would like to share a suggestion for a slow-motion effect utilizing footage with different resolutions and frame rates. With so many formats on the market these days, it can be hard to keep track of everything and produce the content you would like.
Slowing down video footage to acquire that slow-motion effect utilized to take additional actions in previous versions of FCP. In FCP X, the process is quite simple since there is no need to make a replica of a clip before you apply the effect since FCP now permits nondestructive editing.
To start, let’s assume you’re starting with 720P video with 60 FPS, however would love to edit in a 23.98 timeline to use for your internet blog. You want to make sure your project is setup with the desired frame rate and resolution and this case you’re aiming for 720P and 23.98. Now apply your initial video into the project that was listed at 720P and 59.92. When playing with the movie in the new desired frame rate, extra frames are taken out of the video but the action remains in real-time.
The next step is to conform your original footage into the desired frame rate for all frames in the clip, effectively creating a slow-motion clip. First, wash your clip and enter your “in and out” points in your own timeline. Now select the clip and then click the Retime Menu.
The Retime Menu provides several options: slow, fast, normal, hold, adjust speed, instant replay, rewind, rate ramp and an option to adjust video quality. Though the “Slow” alternative would slow down the rate of the video’s playback, optimum results will not be achieved. To reach the best results choose “Conform Speed.” This option adjusts the initial video frame rate to the frame rate of the time line. In cases like this, this effect reduces the rate of each frame of the initial content by approximately 40% creating an exceptionally smooth and vivid slow motion playback.