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Lesson 19. Adding Text and Graphics > Working with Graphics

Working with Graphics

Final Cut Pro can import and work with different types of graphic files. Working with a single-layered graphic file is no different from importing a video clip and editing it. The imported image always defaults to the duration given in the Freeze Frame/Still Duration in the User Preferences. You can also import multilayered Adobe Photoshop files and edit each layer separately within Final Cut Pro.

Preparing Graphic Files for Editing

Before editing graphic files into your sequence, keep in mind that video's pixel aspect ratio is different than graphic files'. This is because computers and graphic programs display square pixels, whereas digital video uses non-square pixels. If you create a graphic of a circle and import it into Final Cut Pro, the output of that file will not look perfectly round. To be absolutely accurate, there are certain steps you can take when preparing your graphic files to accommodate this pixel difference. Use these numbers when working with DV video.


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