Apple Pro Training Series: Advanced Finishing Techniques in Final Cut Pro 4 (Apple Pro Training Series)

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Final Cut Pro is a serious tool for serious (usually professional) editors—which means that if you're like most users, you already know the software's interface, are well-versed in editing basics, and are interested in just one thing: going as deep as possible with the software's tools and features. This is the book for you. In Apple Pro Training Series: Advanced Editing and Finishing Techniques in Final Cut Pro 4, the post-production and training company, DigtalFilm Tree, provides step-by-step instruction in all...

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Overview

Final Cut Pro is a serious tool for serious (usually professional) editors—which means that if you're like most users, you already know the software's interface, are well-versed in editing basics, and are interested in just one thing: going as deep as possible with the software's tools and features. This is the book for you. In Apple Pro Training Series: Advanced Editing and Finishing Techniques in Final Cut Pro 4, the post-production and training company, DigtalFilm Tree, provides step-by-step instruction in all of the tasks real filmmakers are most interested in: using Mattes and filter effects, creating different "film looks," achieving complex transitions, working with video scopes, adjusting contrast, balancing color and luminance, and more.

Each chapter in this self-paced, Apple-authorized guide represents a self-contained lesson—with a project to complete, a review section, and bonus exercises to reinforce what you've learned. The accompanying DVD includes lesson files and all the materials you'll need to complete the book's projects for a comprehensive course in Final Cut Pro.

DigitalFilm Tree is a West Hollywood-based post-production and design house and authorized training center for both Apple and the Motion Picture Editors Guild. The group, which includes members of the original Final Cut Pro design team, began a revolution in the post-production industry by proving that innovative and affordable systems can produce professional results.

For this book, DigitalFilm Tree assembled an unparalleled team of experts, each contributing his or her area of expertise. Join film director and editor Michael Wohl, effects and color correction specialist Andrew Balis, audio pros Martin Sitter and Mary Plummer, type effects wizard Steve Martin, veteran DVD producer Yan Shvalb, and award-winning film editor Daniel Fort as they bring together their decades of experience in this consummate guide to Final Cut Pro's powerful advanced features.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321197269
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 12/31/2003
  • Series: Apple Pro Training Series
  • Edition description: Book & DVD-ROM
  • Pages: 932
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

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DigitalFilm Tree is a West Hollywood¿based post-production and design house and authorized training center for both Apple and the Motion Picture Editors Guild. The group, which includes members of the original Final Cut Pro design team, began a revolution in the post-production industry by proving that innovative and affordable systems can produce professional results

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Getting Started
Lesson 1 Applied Editing 3
Lesson 2 Advanced Trimming 39
Lesson 3 Motion Effects 67
Lesson 4 Customizing Motion and Filter Effects 129
Lesson 5 Variable Speed 175
Lesson 6 Nesting Sequences 203
Lesson 7 Composite Modes 243
Lesson 8 Travel Mattes 275
Lesson 9 Keying 305
Lesson 10 Evaluating Video Images 333
Lesson 11 Color-Correcting Contrast 383
Lesson 12 Color Balancing 411
Lesson 13 Color Correcting for Scene Continuity 449
Lesson 14 Secondary Color Correction 489
Lesson 15 Working with Soundtrack 535
Lesson 16 Using Soundtrack with Final Cut Pro 591
Lesson 17 Audio Finishing 657
Lesson 18 Configuring Audio Output 707
Lesson 19 Animating Type with LiveType 739
Lesson 20 Using LiveType to Create a Motion Menu 801
Lesson 21 Advanced Clip Management 843
Lesson 22 Managing Media 873
Lesson 23 Encoding and Outputting Video 897
Lesson 24 Working with Cinema Tools 912
App. A 24p Editing Basics 913
App. B Working with 16x9 913
Glossary 913
Index 915
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2004

    The same answer to every question, 'It's in there.'

    I'm sold on the Apple's Pro Training series for Final Cut Pro. Final Cut Pro 4 and Final Cut Pro Advanced, offer training very economically. If you work independently and learn well from text books, these two offer clear instructions that can be trusted and followed with confidence. By following them carefully, I accomplish complicated tasks, such as animating titles, easily. Although, there are a few misplaced characters there aren't any missing words. By following Apple's lesson plan, I learned how to use tools in FCP. Some of them are so clever they're difficult to comprehend. The slip edit tool, for instance, lets you change which portion of the source file will be shown in a clip without lengthening the sequence. It took awhile before I could understood what was going on. It wasn't like anting I'd encountered before. How to operate the levers, buttons, and bells is important but these two books also teach how to make movies. For example, Final Cut Pro 4 describes how to slip the video into synch with the audio tracks rhythm pattern: how to finesse the leopard to move his head at a specific time in the music. After completing many tutorials in these books, I appreciate documentaries more. I've heard it referred to as a mid-range video editor but I can't foresee needing more power to edit my DV. At first I wondered why LiveType came bundled with Final Cut and why it took up so much room on my hd. After building the example projects, in chapters 19 and 20 of Final Cut Pro Advanced, however, I don't care how much room it needs. My motion titles impressed everyone saw them. Even experienced FinalCut Pro users may learn something about LiveType by reading this book. These books cover color correction, working with film, project management, nesting sequences, multi-track trims -- I'm reminded of the jingle about a good spaghetti sauce, the answer to every question, 'it's in there! I'll be using these two books, Final Cut Pro 4 and Final Cut Pro Advanced, for a long time. Tip: The lessons will go smoother if you read ahead.

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