Final Cut Pro Power Skills: Work Faster and Smarter in Final Cut Pro 7

Final Cut Pro Power Skills: Work Faster and Smarter in Final Cut Pro 7

by Larry Jordan Editor
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Final Cut Pro Power Skills: Work Faster and Smarter in Final Cut Pro 7 by Larry Jordan Editor

You have the basics of Final Cut Pro down and now you need to work faster and more efficiently in the program. With over 600 focused techniques and shortcuts, this book gives you what you need to know to blaze through your projects and work smarter in Final Cut Pro.

In Final Cut Pro Power Skills, you'll learn everything from organizing and setting up your workspace to uncovering secrets for editing and effects work to color-correction speed techniques, and more. You'll learn about Final Cut Pro 7's new features including new ProRes formats, which allows faster and higher quality editing across a wide variety of workflows; iChat theater support, which lets remote clients and collaborators see the same footage the editor sees while making changes ; new speed tools; Alpha Transitions which allows the creation of  dramatic moving matte transitions; the ability to easily deliver content to multiple devices including iPhone, iPod, MobileMe; seamless integration with the other apps in Final Cut Studio and much more.

These are the hidden techniques, the little-known keyboard shortcuts, the power skills that make the difference between getting a project done and getting in done with enough time to still have a life. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780321702708
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 12/09/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 14 MB
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About the Author

Larry Jordan is an Apple Certified Trainer in Digital Media with more than 30 years' experience as a television producer, director, and editor with national broadcast and corporate credits. Based in Los Angeles, he's a member of both the Directors Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America. Recognized as one of the Top 100 Corporate Producers in America, he has also written three books on Final Cut Studio for Peachpit Press and is the executive producer and host of Digital Production BuZZ. His websites are and

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Final Cut Pro Power Skills: Work Faster and Smarter in Final Cut Pro 7 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ROXsan More than 1 year ago
As a college student who only had one semester to learn Final Cut Pro, this book was very useful for quick reference. It includes all kinds of tips neatly organized and simply explained. When I had a question, I simply looked up the topic in the chapters in the table of contents or in the index. The tips are easy to understand and straight to the point. They are usually explained in a page or less with helpful illustrations. This is also a great user manual for people who want to know more than the basics. It presents shortcuts and tips to make you work faster. As I read the book in order, I discovered how much I didn't know! The first chapter shows how to manage your system with Final Cut Pro with tips on organizing files, backing up, settings and preferences. The next chapter was very helpful to me because it clearly explained technical settings that can make or break your project such as dropped frame errors, how to avoid interlacing problems, the different types of ProRes, different transfer rates, bit depth, etc. The third chapter describes how Final Cut Pro ingests different types of media and gives pointers on which settings to use to import them. The most helpful tips for me where on reconnecting and converting media. Chapter four shows shortcuts and useful hints on working with the application. This is the essential chapter that can save you hours of work! Chapter five continues demonstrating tips to help you edit faster by presenting different trimming, toggling, sliding, and rolling techniques. The next chapter focuses on audio and explains the best ways to monitor audio as well as fast tips to mix it all. Chapter seven taught me a lot of transition and effect techniques. I discovered new transition and effects that I wasn't even aware of. And to wrap things up, the last chapter describes the last part of every project-exporting and outputting. This chapter describes how to export to various forms of media and gives you some last tips to improve your work. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who is learning how to use Final Cut Pro or already knows the basics and would like to learn more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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