There’s not much you can’t do with Final Cut Pro 3 and your top-of-the-line Mac. But, intuitive as this program can be, it’s still complex and challenging -- especially if you’re learning it on deadline.
That’s when you’ll be most grateful for Visual QuickPro Guide: Final Cut Pro 3 for Macintosh. Like all of Peachpit’s Visual QuickStart/QuickPro books, it delivers careful task-based organization, well-edited step-by-step descriptions, plenty of screen shots, and exceptionally clean design. There is one difference: Final Cut Pro 3’s bigger than most programs, so this book’s fatter than your average QuickPro guide.
That gives Lisa Brenneis room to cover every step of Final Cut Pro development: input; preparing your clips; editing; working with the timeline and canvas; transitions; rendering; output; compositing/special effects, and more. There’s detailed project management guidance, and even a full chapter on using Final Cut Pro with Mac OS X. The cherry on top of the sundae: a CD-ROM containing interactive training from the same courseware Apple bought to train its own staffers. This one’s a winner. (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.