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Once (we’re talking way back in 2000) DV amateurs with Macs used iMovie; professionals used Final Cut Pro, and ne’er the twain shall meet. Increasingly, however, amateurs want all the power Final Cut Pro offers. Cool, but they’ve got a lot to learn -- about the software and video editing. Unfortunately, most books on Final Cut Pro assume you already know the basics of editing. In this one, Michael Rubin teaches both -- in tandem, from scratch.
You’ll start by setting up your personal “edit bay” -- Mac, Final Cut Pro, digital camcorder, FireWire cable, comfy chair -- then touring Final Cut Pro and importing your first clip. Rubin shows you two ways to get into the rhythm of editing -- one that’s “mouse only” and one that uses the keyboard. You’ll walk through creating inserts; adjusting shots; saving multiple versions; then slicker stuff like overlaps, rolling edits, lifts, slides, slips, sound mixing, titles, and transitions.
Finally, there’s an invaluable chapter on being your own assistant -- managing and organizing your files, capturing and logging your clips, and so forth. Take this stuff seriously, and the whole editing process gets easier. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.