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Final Cut Studio Resource Center

The Final Cut Studio suite puts Final Cut Pro 7 at the center of an integrated post-production workflow that includes Motion 4, Soundtrack Pro 3, Color 1.5, Compressor 3.5, and DVD Studio Pro 4. Whether you're a new user learning Final Cut Studio from scratch or a seasoned video pro taking your skills to the next level, Peachpit has just the book for you.

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Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro 7Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro 7
Diana Weynand
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Cut a scene from the TNT television series Leverage, create a promo for SeaWorld’s Believe documentary, master effects as you edit a segment of Playing for Change. You’ll learn to mark and edit clips, mix sound, add titles, create transitions, and more.

Sample Tutorial: Trimming: The Fine Points
Part 1: Trimming Two Edit Points
Part 2: Slipping One Clip
Part 3: Rolling Two Edit Points
Part 4: Sliding Clips to Refine Position
Part 5: Shuffling Clips to New Locations
Part 6: Keeping Linked Clips in Sync
Final Cut Pro 7 Project and Media Files (215 MB, .zip)

Apple Pro Training Series: Motion 4Apple Pro Training Series: Motion 4
Mark Spencer
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This complete guide shows you how to harness Motion’s behavior-based animations, particles, filters, effects, keying, tracking, and 3D capabilities to create professional animations, show opens, promos, text treatments, and more.

Sample Tutorial: Creating Animation with Behaviors
Part 1: Basic Motion Behaviors
Part 2: Stacking Behaviors
Part 3: Using Basic Motion Behaviors in 3D
Part 4: Using Simulation Behaviors
Part 5: Applying Parameter Behaviors
Part 6: Cloning a Group
Part 7: Animating Cameras
Motion 4 Project and Media Files (220 MB, .zip)

Apple Pro Training Series: Color Correction in Final Cut Studio Apple Pro Training Series: Color Correction in Final Cut Studio
Michael Wohl and David Gross
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This guide to color grading and finishing starts with the basics of color correction in Final Cut Pro 7 and moves on to the fine points of secondary grading in Color 1.5 including scene matching, isolating regions, and creating advanced color effects.

Sample Tutorial: Introduction to Color
Part 1: Getting Started with Color
Part 2: Managing and Applying Grades
Part 3: Using the Scopes and Auto Balance
Part 4: Copying from One Clip to Another
Part 5: Secondary Corrections and Color FX
Color 1.5 Project and Media Files (241 MB, .zip)

Apple Pro Training Series: DVD Studio Pro 4, Third Edition Apple Pro Training Series: DVD Studio Pro 4, Third Edition
Martin Sitter and Adrian Ramseier with Robbie Carman and Richard Harrington
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Learn to author professional DVDs with this best-selling guide. You'll create tracks, set chapter markers, build still and motion menus, add subtitles, and more. Includes handling multiple audio tracks and camera angles, creating transitions and overlays, and scripting.

Sample Tutorial: Creating Menus
Part 1: Getting Started
Part 2: Creating Buttons
Part 3: Adding Title, Text, and Sound
Part 4: Creating an Intro Menu
Part 5: Navigation and Drop Zones
DVD Studio Pro 4 Project and Media Files (204 MB, .zip)

Apple Pro Training Series: Sound Editing in Final Cut Studio Apple Pro Training Series: Sound Editing in Final Cut Studio
Jeff Sobel
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Your guide to audio post-production with Final Cut Pro 7 and Soundtrack 3. You’ll master audio restoration and clean-up, build and edit multitrack projects, record and edit voice-overs and narration, and experiment with advanced mixing and effects.

Sample Tutorial: Creating a Sound Mix
Part 1: Smoothing Edits with Fades
Part 2: Setting Audio Levels
Part 3: Using Keyframes to Automate a Mix
Part 4: Creating Perspective Effects
Part 5: Finishing Your Mix
Soundtrack 3 Project and Media Files, Part 1 (167 MB, .zip)
Soundtrack 3 Project and Media Files, Part 2 (146 MB, .zip)

Apple Pro Training Series: Compressor 3.5 Apple Pro Training Series: Compressor 3.5
Brian Gary
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Whether you’re distributing dailies, authoring a DVD, or prepping video clips for the Web, Compressor is essential for creating quality digital content. Author Brian Gary teaches you real-world techniques for audio and video compression, batch-encoding, test-clip workflows, and more.

Sample Tutorial: Encoding and Delivery

Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Server 1.5Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Server 1.5
Drew Tucker
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Veteran system integrator Drew Tucker covers everything from tools for tracking, reviewing, and approving jobs to automating complex sequences of tasks in a busy post environment. Save hours on post-production jobs by adapting the model workflows.

RED: The Ultimate Guide to Using the Revolutionary CameraRED: The Ultimate Guide to Using the Revolutionary Camera
Noah Kadner
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The RED ONE™ digital cinema camera made it possible to record stunning, cinematic-quality images with an affordable camera. Here to guide newcomers and RED veterans alike, filmmaker Noah Kadner explains how to use the camera in a production environment and make sense of the various options in post.

Sample Tutorial: RED Camera Workflow with Apple Final Cut Pro 7

Final Cut Pro 7: Visual QuickPro Guide Final Cut Pro 7: Visual QuickPro Guide
Lisa Brenneis
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An undisputed master of the digital video medium, Lisa Brenneis once again demystifies the complexities of Final Cut Pro with her straightforward approach, using tasked-based, step-by-step instructions and loads of visuals and time-saving tips.

Sample Tutorial: Basic Editing
Part 1: Basic Editing Overview
Part 2: Using FCP's Many Edit Types
Part 3: Performing Edits in the Timeline
Part 4: Shortcuts for Marking Sequence Edit Points

More New Books

Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro 7 Quick-Reference GuideApple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro 7 Quick-Reference Guide
Brendan Boykin
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Ideal for students and editors on the go, this is the quick look-up guide you’ve been hunting for. Veteran trainer Brendan Boykin uses clear, concise explanations and an easy-to-use format to put the essential techniques, most-used tools, and most-efficient workflows at your fingertips. A compendium of Final Cut Pro best practices, tips, and quick-glance reminders, plus a great summary of what’s new in Final Cut Pro 7.

Apple Pro Training Series: Motion 4 Quick-Reference GuideApple Pro Training Series: Motion 4 Quick-Reference Guide
Jem Schofield
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Designed as a desktop companion for both editors and motion graphics artists, this is the perfect at-a-glance guide to Motion 4. Master trainer Jem Schofield delivers a crash course on how Motion thinks, and meticulously guides you through the essential techniques and tools for designing animation, motion graphics, visual effects, and 3D graphics in a concise look-up format.

Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro 7 Advanced EditingApple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro 7 Advanced Editing
Michael Wohl
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This Apple-authorized guide delivers hard-to-find advanced editing and finishing techniques. Director and editor Michael Wohl shows how to create polished transitions, fix screen direction errors, edit multi-camera projects, work with nested sequences, create fantastic effects, use filters creatively, and composite like a pro.

Apple Pro Training Series: Logic Pro 9 and Logic Express 9 Apple Pro Training Series: Logic Pro 9 and Logic Express 9
David Nahmani
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This updated Apple-certified guide shows you how to record, edit, mix, and polish music files. Veteran music producer David Nahmani’s step-by-step instructions teach you everything from basic music creation to advanced production techniques using Logic’s software synthesizers, samplers, and digital signal processors.

Final Cut Pro Power SkillsFinal Cut Pro Power Skills
Larry Jordan
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You have the basics of Final Cut Pro down and now you need to work faster and more efficiently in the program. With more than 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.

Apple Pro Training Series: Logic Pro 9 Advanced Music Production Apple Pro Training Series: Logic Pro 9 Advanced Music Production
David Dvorin
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David Dvorin uses project-based tutorials to guide you through real-world production tasks, revealing Logic’s secrets along the way.

Video Made on a Mac: Production and Postproduction Using Apple Final Cut Studio and Adobe Creative Suite Video Made on a Mac: Production and Postproduction Using Apple Final Cut Studio and Adobe Creative Suite
Richard Harrington and Robbie Carman
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On a Mac, the sky's the limit for creating professional video, but which tools offer the best solutions for combined efficiency and high-level results? The real-world examples and projects in this book show you the whole process of making professional video on a Mac, from storyboarding through final output.