Final Cut Pro 3 for Macintosh: Visual QuickPro Guide

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Final Cut Pro, the professional video editing tool from Apple, is the wildly popular digital editing software that combines editing, compositing, and effects programs all in one product. Exciting features such as interactive editing tools, built-in special effects, compatibility with Adobe After Effects filters, and full support for all QuickTime formats make Final Cut Pro the most accessible video editing tool on the market.

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Overview

Final Cut Pro, the professional video editing tool from Apple, is the wildly popular digital editing software that combines editing, compositing, and effects programs all in one product. Exciting features such as interactive editing tools, built-in special effects, compatibility with Adobe After Effects filters, and full support for all QuickTime formats make Final Cut Pro the most accessible video editing tool on the market.

Final Cut Pro 3 for Macintosh: Visual QuickPro Guide introduces video producers to the comprehensive set of tools available in Final Cut Pro. Step-by-step instructions lead readers through the basics and quickly into more advanced projects in video editing. All the important features of Apple's newest application are covered in detail--the easy-to-use interface, plug-and-play capability, integration with QuickTime software, as well as a host of other features and tools that enhance workflow and productivity. This edition ships with a free DVCreators Powerstart Demo CD created especially for VQP readers.

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321115836
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 4/3/2002
  • Series: Visual QuickPro Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Pages: 676
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Brenneis has worked as a teacher, author, panelist, and film production manager. Her production credits range from interactive digital media to educational films, animation to live action, documentary to poetic fantasy. Her clients have included Disney, MCA/Universal, the Getty Museum, the Library of Congress, the International Olympic Committee, Mattel, and more defunct new-media startups than you can possibly imagine. She is the author of the two previous editions of Final Cut Pro for Macintosh: Visual QuickPro Guide.

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Table of Contents

1. Before You Begin.

System Requirements. System Configuration. Connecting Video Devices and Monitors. Installing Final Cut Pro. Optimizing Performance. Troubleshooting.

2. Welcome to Final Cut Pro.

Touring Your Desktop Post-Production Facility. Editing and Effects Windows. Input and Output Windows. Media Management Tools. Customize Your Environment. Undoing Changes. Using Presets and Preferences. Using Easy Setups. Using Audio/Video Presets. Specifying Sequence Settings. Specifying Video Processing Settings. Specifying Capture Settings. Specifying Device Control Settings. Using External Video Settings. Specifying Preference Window Settings. Setting User Mode Preferences. Customizing the Timeline Display. Setting Label Preferences. Setting External Editors Preferences. Setting Scratch Disk Preferences. Changing the Settings of an Existing Sequence. Viewing and Setting Item Properties. Viewing and Setting Project Properties.

3. Input: Getting Digital with Your Video.

Anatomy of the Log and Capture Window. Setting Up for capture. About Logging. Capturing Video with Device Control. Capturing Video without Device Control. Recording Audio with the Voice Over Tool. Batch Capturing Clips. Importing a Batch List. Importing and Edit Decision List (EDL). Changing Your Source Timecode. Troubleshooting Capture Problems. Importing Media.

4. Preparing Your Clips.

About Projects. Using the Autosave Vault. Anatomy of the Browser. How the Browser Can Save Your Sanity. Working with Bins.

5. Introducing the Viewer.

Onscreen controls an Displays. Working with Clips in the Viewer. Navigating with Timecode. Working with in and out Points. About Subclips. Using Markers. Adjusting the Viewer Display. Viewing Overlays. Anatomy of the Audio Tab. Using the Viewer's Audio Tab.

6. Editing in Final Cut Pro.

What's a Sequence? Basic Editing Step by Step. Performing Edits in the Canvas. Performing Edits in the Timeline. Performing Split Edits. Setting Sequence in and out Points. Locating a Match Frame.

7. Using the Timeline and the Canvas.

Anatomy of the Canvas. Using the Canvas Window. Anatomy of the Tool Palette. Anatomy of the Timeline. Customizing Timeline Display Options. Navigating in the Timeline. Working with Timeline Tracks. Working with Items in the Timeline. Working with Keyframes in the Timeline. Searching for Items in the Timeline.

8. Fine Cut: Trimming Edits.

Types of Trimming Operations. Selecting an Edit for Trimming. Anatomy of the Trim Edit Window. Using the Trim Edit Window. Trimming Edits in the Timeline. Trimming Edits in the Viewer. Correcting Out-of-Sync Clips

9. Creating Transitions.

Adding Transition Effects. Working with Default and Favorite Transitions. Editing Video Transitions.

10. Rendering.

Rendering Protocols. About Render Quality Levels. Rendering. Previewing with the QuickView Tab. About Real-Time Effects. Using G4 Real-Time Effects. Managing Render Files. Rendering Strategies. Reducing Rendering Time. Preserving Render Files.

11. At Last: Creating Final Output.

Using Tape Output Modes. Recording Timeline Playback. Printing to Video. Editing to Tape. Anatomy of the Edit to Tape Window. Setting Up for Edit to Tape. Performing an Edit to Tape. Data Export Modes. Exporting an Edit Decision List (EDL). Exporting a Batch List. Exporting Sequences and Clips. Exporting Other Quicktime Formats. Batch Exporting. Exporting Audio in OMF Format.

12. Big Picture: Managing Complex Projects.

Working with Multiple Sequences. Using DV Start/Stop Detection. Using Audio Peak Detection. Using Media Management Tools. Using the Media Manager. Reconnecting Offline Files. Deleting Media. Project Maintenance Tips. Setting Up for Multiple Projects and Users.

13. Compositing and Special Effects.

Locating and Applying Effects. Using Wireframes. Using Keyframes. Using Motion. Scaling and Positioning Clips. Creating Motion Paths. Editing a Motion Path. About FXBuilder. Applying Filters. Using Color Correction Tools. Compositing. Using Generators. Generating Text. Using Animated Text Generators. Creating Graphics in Adobe Photoshop. Using Third-Party after Effects filters.

14. FCP 3 and Mac OS X.

Multiuser File Management in Final Cut PRO FOR OS X. Memory Management. Interface Changes. Importing CD Audio.

Appendix A. Online Resources.

Apple Computer Links. Online Users Forums. Hardware. Reference. Mavens. FCP User Groups.

Appendix B. Keyboard Shortcuts.

Index.

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