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Editing with Final Cut Pro 4 by Charles Roberts

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Compositing andSpecial Effects

 

Compositing, in its most literal sense, means taking a stack of items and making them into one item. Compositing in FCP involves the process of taking more than one clip and integrating or combining them into one single video frame. As one FCP guru put it, “Compositing is everything above Video Layer 1.” FCP allows up to 99 separate video tracks and it gives you fantastic flexibility to customize the way those separate layers work together.

Compositing is one of those tasks in which there is never only one right way to accomplish a goal. This is, in part, because compositing requires a mental vision of the results. No two compositors generate the same results, just as no two painters use the same brushstroke. ...

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