Beginner's Final Cut Pro: Learn to Edit Digital Video

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With Final Cut Pro fast becoming the de facto standard for professional video editing, it's easy to believe the software is too "high-end" for beginners. But this isn't the case—Final Cut Pro is the ideal tool for novices and students, if you have the right teacher. Enter Final Cut Pro for Beginners. Now, with no prior video knowledge, you can learn the language of editing in just a few hours and master the essential tools to edit like a professional. Whether you're an aspiring professional filmmaker or a weekend...
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Overview

With Final Cut Pro fast becoming the de facto standard for professional video editing, it's easy to believe the software is too "high-end" for beginners. But this isn't the case—Final Cut Pro is the ideal tool for novices and students, if you have the right teacher. Enter Final Cut Pro for Beginners. Now, with no prior video knowledge, you can learn the language of editing in just a few hours and master the essential tools to edit like a professional. Whether you're an aspiring professional filmmaker or a weekend hobbyist looking to improve on your iMovie projects, the tutorials and information in this book will help you make the leap to sophisticated, "Hollywood"-style editing.

Written in an approachable, friendly style by best-selling author and entertainment-industry veteran Michael Rubin, this real-world tutorial demystifies the process of using Final Cut Pro. Starting with the basics, like mastering control of frame-by-frame movement of video, the book methodically adds tools and builds complexity. The final chapter helps you make the transition from mastering the tools of Final Cut Pro to facing many of the real-world scenarios that beginners encounter as they use FCP with low/no-budget productions. Throughout the book, Michael shares invaluable tips based on his hard-won digital video experiences using Final Cut Pro and in the trenches of Hollywood and (the more frightening) family projects. When you're finished with the book, you'll be able to build effects tracks or add music and prepare your project for output to DVD. Final Cut Pro for Beginners includes acompanion DVD with more than 4GB of video clips you can use for illustration, hands-on exercises, and or your own experiments.

With Final Cut Pro software and this tutorial to lead the way, you'll be fluent in no time—ready to go wherever your movie-making interests lead.

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321118028
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 6/26/2002
  • Edition description: BK & DVD
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 9.02 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 First Things First 7
FCP and Post-Production 9
Your "Edit Bay" 11
Loading in the Video Files 16
A Tour Through the Interface 17
FCP and Your Computer 23
Importing the Tutorial Video Clips 28
Playtime 29
Method 1: One Hand on Mouse (or Trackball) 30
Method 2: One Hand on the Keyboard 36
Putting Them All Together 40
Ch. 2 Basic Editing 47
The Scene 49
Reviewing Your Coverage 52
Editing Your First Shots 55
Insert 56
Some Timeline Features 67
Adjusting Your Shots 69
Saving Multiple Versions 81
Review of FCP Editing Tools 82
Ch. 3 Less Basic Editing 85
Track Controls 87
The Overlap 92
The Insert 100
Adjusting Your One-Track Shots 110
Moving Shots Around 117
Life In and Out of Sync 121
The Sound Mix 127
Ch. 4 Fancy Stuff 133
Customizing Your Interface 135
Adding More Tracks 142
Titles and Text 148
Basic Transition Effects 162
Keyframes 170
Filter Effects 176
Video Favorites 179
Basic Speed Effects 180
Putting Them Together: A Title Sequence 182
Ch. 5 Be Your own Assistant 185
The Assistant's Job 187
Personal Video Management 188
File Organization 190
Capturing Video 196
Technical Issues 210
Output and Distribution 220
Ch. 6 The Real World of Personal Video 233
What's in Your Camera Now? 235
Video Sketches 241
Approaches to Editing Sketches 248
Nifty Extras 251
Answers to Chapter 1 Scavenger Hunt 258
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