Final Cut Express HD 3.5 Editing Workshop [NOOK Book]


Go beyond the mechanics of Final Cut Express HD 3.5--learn how to edit with it! More than a button-pushing manual--this workshop give you firsthand experience with the art and technique of editing. You develop a working knowledge of this powerful editing application with eleven tutorials that cover each and every essential, including:
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Final Cut Express HD 3.5 Editing Workshop

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Go beyond the mechanics of Final Cut Express HD 3.5--learn how to edit with it! More than a button-pushing manual--this workshop give you firsthand experience with the art and technique of editing. You develop a working knowledge of this powerful editing application with eleven tutorials that cover each and every essential, including:
* setting up your system and understanding the interface
* getting your material into FCE and organizing it
* slicing, dicing, and organizing clips
* editing to build and trim a sequence of shots
* adding transitions
* using sound to refine your edit
* titling with FCE and Photoshop
* animating images to create engaging scenes
* adding special effects filters
* compositing to enhance your projects
* outputting your material
The companion DVD contains a video introduction to FCE that is especially designed for iMovie users. It compares and contrasts the two applications to ease the transition. The DVD-ROM portion contains project media, demo software, and free plug-ins for your use.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
".you can only learn to edit by editing. That is what sets this book apart from others..." —Michael Horton, president, Los Angeles Final Cut Pro User Group
"Tom helps you make the leap from iMovie to Final Cut Express, and teaches you the art of editing."—Jim Heid, Avondale Media

"Focal Press has been making step-by-step software guides for some time and it shows. Final Cut Express HD 3.5 Editing Workshop is another one of their winners. If you are just starting out with FCE, do yourself the favor of taking the time to work through these eleven tutorials to develop a strong foundation for an efficient workflow.” - Morgan Paar, Videomaker Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136061974
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/12/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 368
  • File size: 20 MB
  • Note: This product may take a few minutes to download.

Meet the Author

Tom Wolsky is an honors graduate of the London School of Film Technique with nearly 40 years of professional experience spanning film, tape, and digital production. Tom operates an independent studio, South Coast Productions. He also teaches for Apple Computer and for the Digital Media Academy and serves as a forum leader on

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Table of Contents

Introduction     xi
What Is Editing?     xi
Who Am I To Write This Book?     xiii
Who Is This Book For?     xiii
What's on the DVD?     xiv
Acknowledgments     xiv
Installing Final Cut Express HD     1
What You Really Need     2
Firing Up the Application     7
Summary     12
Exploring the Final Cut Express HD Interface     13
Default Windows     13
Loading the Lesson     14
The Browser     17
Viewer     24
Playing Clips     27
Exploring the Canvas and Timeline     30
Summary     35
Cutting Up Those Shots     37
Loading the Lesson     37
DV Start/Stop Detect     38
Using Markers     41
Slicing Your Clips     44
Organizing the Clips     50
Look before You Cut     52
Summary     53
Editing Basics: Placing Your Shots     55
Loading the Lesson     55
Working with the Clips     58
Summary     70
Editing Basics: Building Your Sequence     71
Loading the Lesson     71
Making the Sequence     72
Rearranging the Sequence     75
The Trim Tools     80
Summary     85
Setting Up Your Application Preferences     87
Setting Up a New Project     87
User Preferences     88
General Preferences     88
Easy Setup     99
Summary     102
Getting Material into Final Cut Express HD     103
Capture     103
Strategies for Capturing     107
Summary     118
Adding Transitions     119
Loading the Lesson     120
Applying Transitions     120
Rendering     127
Controlling Transitions     135
Transition in the Viewer     135
Using Transitions     137
Summary     143
Advanced Editing: Trim Edit and Splitting Edits     145
Setting Up the Project     146
The Trim Edit Window     146
The Split Edit     149
Summary     156
Advanced Editing: Using Sound     157
Setting up the Project     157
Controlling Levels      158
Middle of the Sequence     168
Voice Over     172
Summary     176
Adding Titles     177
Setting Up the Project     177
Text Generator     178
Summary     190
Boris Calligraphy and Advanced Titling     191
Setting Up the Project     191
Title 3D     192
Title Crawl     201
Nesting     202
Still Images     208
Summary     213
Animating Images     215
Setting Up the Project     215
Keyframing     218
Straight Motion     220
Curved Motion     223
Other Motion Controls     225
Summary     232
Animation Effects     233
Setting Up the Project     233
Motion Control     233
Split Screen     239
Brady Bunch Open     240
Summary     251
Adding Special Effects Filters     253
Setting Up the Project     254
Applying a Filter     254
Some Useful Filters     256
Perspective     259
QuickTime      263
Stylize     263
Video     264
Summary     265
Color Correction, Keys, and Mattes     267
Setting Up the Project     267
Color Correction     267
Desaturate and Sepia     272
Keying     273
Matte     277
Summary     283
Compositing     285
Setting Up the Project     285
Generators     286
Compositing Modes     290
Summary     300
Travel Mattes     303
Setting Up the Project     303
Travel Mattes     303
Summary     321
Outputting from Final Cut Express HD     323
Record to Tape     324
Print to Video     325
Export     326
Archiving     334
Summary     335
Index     337
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