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  • ralph bertini

    June 27, 2006 at 8:28 pm

    Trying to make the transition from xpro to FCP and having difficulty with some things with the interface. I’m trying to do a circular PnP over a background. Found the scaling in the viewer but for the life of me I can’t see anyway (yet) on how to modify it. I’m trying to do a “Happy Days” record spin open for this college fundraiser promo. It’s crunch time and any help would be appreciated.

  • walter biscardi

    June 27, 2006 at 8:33 pm

    Go to and loop up FCP for AVID Editors. It’s a great book for any Avid Editors making the switch to FCP.

    Place the video you want to overlay in a video track above the background video. Now simply scale it down by either grabbing the corners (in Image & Wireframe Mode) or double click the video to be scaled down into the Viewer and adjust with the Scale numbers.

    Walter Biscardi, Jr.

    Director, “The Rough Cut”

    Now Posting “Good Eats” in HD for the Food Network

    “I reject your reality and substitute my own!” – Adam Savage, Mythbusters

  • ralph bertini

    June 27, 2006 at 9:38 pm

    Thanks Walter. I’ll be sure to get hold of it. The only thing saving me so far is intuition and working on media 100 back in the day. I figured out the scaling part but making it circular is a mystery.

  • Kevin Monahan

    June 27, 2006 at 10:09 pm

    Effects>Video Filters>Matte>Mask Shape set to oval and tweak to taste.

    Kevin Monahan
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  • Chris Poisson

    June 28, 2006 at 3:19 pm

    Try DHbox from Digital Heaven, it will knock your socks off. Only 10 bucks.

    Have a wonderful day.

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