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Editing for Instagram - FCPX

David Lee, Inspire Design Create

Editing for Instagram - FCPX

David Lee, Inspire Design Create

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6 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. IG Video Tutorial Trailer

    • 2. Intro to Class

    • 3. Framing and Composing Your Shots

    • 4. Cropping Basics

    • 5. Project Settings - NEED TO KNOW

    • 6. Enjoy The Journey

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About This Class

Thinking about upping your social media game with Instagram? Great idea! Oh but wait, doesn't IG only display in 1:1 ratio? What happens to my timeline and project settings if I shoot 4K? Is 1080P still good? 

There's a lot that goes into a solid and quality IG video that you wish to share for personal or professional use. What i'll show you in this course are "The 5 things you need to know" about editing videos for IG for the best viewing quality.

Here's a break down of what we'll cover!

#1: 4K vs 1080P recording and which is "Optimal"
#2: Composing your shots for IG
#3: Project settings including resolution and rendering codec
#4: Cropping multiple clips to remove black bars from the top and bottom
#5: Final export settings for IG crop AND full frame video i.e, Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo etc. 


How to use relevant hashtags to get your video seen on Instagram. No plugins or external sources needed.

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David Lee

Inspire Design Create


Cinematographer and Online Content Creator sharing my knowledge and onset experiences to help you grow professionally.

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1. IG Video Tutorial Trailer: way. 2. Intro to Class: it was hot friends. My name is David Lee, and welcome to this tutorial on video editing for Instagram using final cut pro 10. My passion is surrounded with video. It's about capturing moments, ensuring those the ones with the entire world's being able to inspire, to motivate, to bring perspective and also some laughter. Enjoy in everyone's life every single day and one of the most trending and most diverse platforms you use to share videos is instagram. It's one of the easiest ways for you to get your work out there for people to know who you are. But the hard part with that comes into had a proper video, since Instagram videos arm or of like odd resolution, how can you capture the right moments if your video quality isn't on par with what you want and also what you believe your viewers can see? If you're really pushing the boundaries of your creativity, then this tutorial is gonna get you everything from beginning to end. By the end of it will have all the knowledge, all the insight and all the tools you need using final cut pro 10 to make the best quality incident videos for your needs 3. Framing and Composing Your Shots: all right. So subtle outcropping and framing for your INSTAGRAM videos. We'll just take this example right now that you're viewing, you can see for the most part, I'm a center in the frame. And with Instagram, since the cropping resolution is gonna be reduced down to 10. 80 by detainee for a final project, I'm gonna make sure that for the most part, whatever you want your viewers to watch is within the centre frame. So you can think of I had, like, lying straight from here down here. Then if that's your subject matter, you want to be able to see that your frame at all times. You have to be mindful and be very aware that whatever you have in frame is there to be cropped down to some extents. So, you know, say, for whatever reason, if you had something that, like your main subject was was up here is you begin to crop, you're gonna lose, you know, good, like, third or 1/4 of that. So instead, you know, such you're framing so that most of the frame is likely to be right here that could be through the use of your lenses, have a zoom or prime, you may have toe move away or get closer. Your subject. If you have a four key ready camera, then that's probably your best bet. That way you can drop it onto a 10 80 p timeline and from there scale inner out. You can also choose Teoh. Use a native four K resolution for your project settings and from there be able to cop down which, which works really well. No, we only have a camera that can shoot on TTP 1920 body 10 80. Then I would definitely make sure that when you frame your subject to have everything as near as possible, you can get away with with four cages because you have more like virtual screen real estate . But when it comes to 1920 by 10 80 you can only have so much so to be mindful. And make sure that whatever you want, your subject, whatever you want your viewers to watching, is complete and frame. All right, so how would that look like? Let's take an example right now. So let's just say, for instance, the subject that you're trying to take is the hot coals, little cement bitten thing whenever. Right now, towards the right side of my frame. That can be okay if this was on four. K because you can scale it on a Tandy p timeline, you know, instead of taking it to the side, reframe recompose so that everything is in the middle. So there, composing his shots just to make sure that if using any kind of like planning options, whether that be right or two left the by the time you ends or you're going to transition, that your subject matter is still roughly the center frame. 4. Cropping Basics: so you know about cropping. You know about framing or subjects or whatever you haven't frame for your shots. Let's don't talk about product settings. There's two schools of thoughts that all present to you guys. The 1st 1 is, if you're is simply just doing a straight, pretty, plain or ordinary video, then you can set your project settings to 10 80 by 10 80 for the resolution, every shooting in four K or you've been in 10 80 p. Then what I would suggest is to create a project sightings with the native resolution that you shut it in. And then from there, change or part of settings itself to 10 80 by 10 80. When you're done with everything that includes all you re titles, your transitions, any colored radio color correction that you're gonna do is low Now. The reason why I say to change the project settings afterwards, when you're doing the titles and you're editing all that kind of stuff is say, you want to upload also to YouTube and Facebook. It's easier when you can already have the full version of your head. It done, and then from there, cut down Teoh Taney by 10 80. And then do you have a post cropping that you need for Instagram specific? Another reason why I do it that way is I like to see exactly my actual footage, the way that I shot it, and then from there, when I copied down into tainted by 10 80. It's a lot easier on my eyes and also on my mind when I'm thinking of what do I need Teoh frame to the left a little bit frame to the right a little bit? Is there something that I need to scale and scale out of? It's easier when you start with the whole thing and and crop down. Then start with just a crop there. From there, your mind may kind of wander around. You may forget about that cloud on left hand side, where you may forget about that person's shadow walking through and seeing the reflection on the bottom right hand corner. Those easier if you just have the full version of your footage first and then copy everything down 5. Project Settings - NEED TO KNOW: All right, so we're final cut pro attend right now. We're gonna go ahead and just create a new project. Um, have different libraries for different reasons. So this is the Instagram one right click new project. This is the first thing that you obviously see. Um, so video, depending on if you're shooting in four K or a 10 80 p, go ahead and choose your appropriate, um, as shot footage resolution. So in this instance, the clips that I'm using, a combination of four K and 10 80 p, But what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna drop it onto a four k timeline resolution is 30 to 40 by 2160 24 frames per second shot on my Sony a 65 100 rendering. Um, I know people always say to choose h Q. But, you know, to be honest with you, having a four k camera average simply instagram, which is gonna be compressed anyways, um, I just use progress for 22 You can always just provides 42 h Q. That's necessary for you. I leave it at 4 to 2 and then from here quick. Okay. Untitled project. I miss Lever that that for now, Um, and I already have some clips here which I'm going to import into that I'm going to import into this new project. And as for his importing settings, go, uh, it's up to you. What I like to do is I set the import settings to do two things is one I always create optimized media as it's easier to at it that way, especially of the Camorra, like any of the Sony Ah Alpha Series line Azaz those cameras shooting six K and then they downscale the footage to four K so he can get pretty intense when you're trying to edit. That s so I create optimized media. You can also choose proximity if you have an older I'm Mackel there Mac Book. And the one thing I do is I always check analyzed video for balance color as it's a really easy way. Teoh White, balance your your footage if you don't want to do it by hand. All right, so let's start with just the first clip. This is going to be my intro clip for this little instagram video that I'm putting together which open into the timeline. One thing is. I do like to separate the audio, since I tend to use music with all these instagram videos that I create, Um, at least 34 times a week. So up to you, you can, you know, just disable it. Using the, um or you can just lead the whole thing. Depends on what, actually what you're doing. But let's worry about the clip in general. Okay? So as you can see right now, this is the full resolution of the clip. What you want to do is you want to do all of your editing. Um, like I said again in full resolution, so that when you have a copy for Facebook, you have a copy for you tube. And then when you're ready, um, Teoh edit and crop everything for Instagram. You really have an idea of what the frame isn't Look like you have an idea of what you're seeing is gonna look like and if you can crop down. So what I'll do is I'll just create the first part of this clip of the titles some color correction, color balance really quick, and then I'll jump cut to the finished product and how I would replicate that for? For Instagram, the first clip of this little simple project Done color correction graded and also entitled to. So you can see that this is pretty much the entire clip in its full resolution. I just played for you really quick. Uh, this was shot on a 24 millimeter vintage lens from Olympus, but Desi size the point, so yeah, the full version here now we're gonna do is we're gonna change the project settings. Um, before we go on, let's just see that I had already finished the entire project. I exported it in full four K resolution. And now what I'm gonna do is since I'm happy with how looks I'm going, Teoh crop it for instagram. All right, so we're gonna go to our projects, make sure it's highlighted. We're going click on modify in the information tub. We're gonna change video to custom there in a sort of resolution to 10 80 by 10. 80. The reason why is that's pretty much the maximum within height for for Instagram. If we're gonna try toe, push a video of through their platform and make sure that your frame rate is the same we're gonna hit. Okay, If we go back, you can see how it's, um it's anamorphic, right? You have, like, the bars on the top, and you have the bars on the bottom. So one way to go about cropping it for instagram without necessarily losing your your quality, the i Q. The image quality is to transform the clip, so we're to make sure that were in the transform box. We had the box from here. What I do is I just scale it up vertically first. So that way it matches the entire screen of someone's phone and then I Ziegel up. It'll pretty much snap into place, and my experience is used around 177%. Would you can see over here for the scale on now for the with. I do also scale that as well. Otherwise it looks a bit distorted and how you can see here. The leaves look just really elongated and the trees look really narrow. So I take my cursor and I'll move it out a tiny bit just to master it of the life. Ah, lifelike nous of the plants or the book or whatever it is And then when you're good, talks about right to me actually scale it back a little bit. Here we go. Get ready. Click Done. And then, if you have any titles, anything like that, make sure that you scrub back so that your titles fit into the new scene. So it's beginning. We will play a clip. Make sure comes in. Okay, Cool. A little bit like either I'm using. Ah, quick time, Teoh Screen. Capture this supply. Not the best thing. But, um, if you're looking also for, ah, free screen capturing software Just use these quick time. Okay? So you can see here. The title is in the frame. It's good. Nothing is clipping out. I keep playing, It pushes out. Perfect. Okay. And again, I have my viewing, said Teoh. Better performance, justices Easier Dio. It's easier to edit that way. And just to give you a glimpse of what it's what it's like with the audio to. This is a song that he used from no copyright services on YouTube. So it's gonna go and play this. All right? So everything's pretty much get to go for this clip. Uh, crops. Let's go ahead. And, uh she looked preview of its No. All right. So, you know, the music I got is something I use from YouTube. You can just search no copyright music and find a, ah bunch of channels that offer that. So that is pretty much it. That's what it's gonna look like when you need to crop your INSTAGRAM videos so that it matches the entire with and entire heights. 6. Enjoy The Journey: All right. Well, that very much includes this tutorial on creating videos for instagram Will be I found it useful. You found insightful and hopefully it was also a short concise. They got you exactly what you needed without being too long winded. I know, like the cropping framing part probably isn't something that you necessarily need, But it's something that I feel can benefit when you're creating instrument videos. Do you have any questions? Any comments you can direct? Message me on instagram at David Lee. Literally the word a t David Lee. You could hit me up on Facebook. You can hit me up a Snapchat. There's so many platforms that are out there. And if that's the great thing about social media videos is we can literally make it whatever we want to. And we can share whatever we want with an entire world, an entire audience. So thanks again for watching this tutorial, and I'll see you guys in the next one