Final Cut Pro HD For Dummies

Final Cut Pro HD For Dummies

by Helmut Kobler, Chad Fahs
     
 

“Save it in the edit” is a common saying among film professionals. Editing makes the difference between boring vacation movies and exciting travelogues…between the whole dull news conference and the highlights on the evening news. Whether you’re a budding Spielberg, a proud parent who wants two-year-old Junior’s every feat documented

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“Save it in the edit” is a common saying among film professionals. Editing makes the difference between boring vacation movies and exciting travelogues…between the whole dull news conference and the highlights on the evening news. Whether you’re a budding Spielberg, a proud parent who wants two-year-old Junior’s every feat documented for posterity, or a band that wants your music video to rock, Final Cut Pro HD For Dummies tells you what you need to know to edit regular digital or high definition video like a pro. It covers the basics of capturing, importing, and editing digital videos, with detailed how-to for:

  • Organizing your media
  • Navigating the audio and video Timeline tracks and selecting clips and frames on the Timelines
  • Getting fancier with split, roll, ripple, slip, and slide edits
  • Working with audio, including mixing, editing out scratches and pops, and using filters to create effects
  • Using Soundtrack to compose a musical score, even if you don’t know the difference between horns and strings
  • Apply transitions such as 3D simulation, dissolve, iris, stretch and squeeze, and more
  • Adding text for captions, opening titles, and closing credits
  • Color-correcting video
  • Compositing, rendering, and outputting your final product to tape, CD, DVD, or the Web

Three bonus chapters online go into more depth about rendering, customizing the interface, and managing media so you can refine your skills even further.

Final Cut Pro HD For Dummies was written by Helmut Kobler, a Los Angeles-based filmmaker, owner of K2Films, and a frequent contributor to Macaddict Magazine. Having this book next to your editing equipment is the next best thing to having him sit next to you and guide you through the editing process.

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Editorial Reviews

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The Barnes & Noble Review
HDTV is coming on like gangbusters, but editing HD presents unique challenges. Apple’s impressive Final Cut Pro HD addresses many of them. If you’re just starting out with it, top video pros Helmut Kobler and Chad Fahs will get you comfortable, fast.

First, they demystify HD for the video editor (and, unfortunately, plenty of demystification is needed). Once that’s squared away, they walk through every stage of the Final Cut Pro HD production process: capture, import, organization, editing, soundtracks, transitions, text, effects, compositing, rendering, and output.

It wouldn’t be a For Dummies book if it didn’t have a “Part of Tens” section, and this one’s indispensable: Ten Tips for Becoming a Better Editor, and “Almost” Ten Tips for Managing Big Projects. (Which most HD projects most assuredly are.) Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764577734
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/24/2004
Series:
For Dummies Series
Pages:
456
Sales rank:
496,804
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

Helmut Kobler is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker who has recently finished his latest project — the sci-fi action adventure Radius. (You can see scenes from Radius in many of this book’s figures.) Helmut’s a confessed Mac addict (he writes many features and reviews for MacAddict magazine, in fact) and has been using the Mac since 1987. In a past life, he directed and produced award-winning video games for PCs and the Sony Playstation.
If you want to know more about Helmut’s film Radius — and the 2-disc DVD that it’s featured on — visit the Web site, at www.radiusmovie.com.

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