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.