Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Express 4
The only Apple-certified guide to Final Cut Express 4, this book delivers the techniques you need to make movie magic with DV, HDV, or AVCHD footage. Each chapter presents a complete lesson in an aspect of video editing and finishing, with hands-on projects to complete as you go. All the files you need are on the included DVD-ROM. You’ll learn how to make effective edits and adjust them precisely; create polished transitions and sophisticated composites; add audio tracks, titles, and speed and motion effects; then color-correct and finish your video for export to DVD or the Web. Whether you’re a student, a devoted amateur who’s serious about digital video, or a professional who needs a comprehensive editing program, you’ll find everything you need to learn Final Cut Express 4 within the pages of this book. DVD-ROM includes lesson and media files for over 20 hours of training.
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This review is from: Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Express 4 (Paperback)When I upgraded from my old PowerBook to a new MacBook I was dismayed to find that a new version of iMovie came with Leopard. After reading disparaging reviews of iMovie '08, I decided to upgrade to Final Cut Express even though my video editing needs are rather modest. After installing the software and seeing that the PDF user manual was over 1100 pages, I knew I wouldn't have the patience to go through it all and I wanted to order something simpler. With FCE4 being quite new, the only choice immediately available was Diana Weynand's book and I ordered it. Now that I've gone through the entire book, I can enthusiastically recommend it. At first I was dismissive of the DVD that came with it, thinking that it would just contain video demonstrations of various editing operations. It turns out, however, that the DVD contains the material for methodical exercises that take you through various lessons so that the book is really an instruction course, not just a guide. Going through... Read more
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This review is from: Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Express 4 (Paperback)This training book covers it all. The enclosed CD also includes the lesson clips as well as advanced training. The book examples and screens match exactly with the software.
This is not a book to learn Final Cut Express in a couple of hours. Each of the 15 lessons takes 30-90 minutes but well worth it.
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This review is from: Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Express 4 (Paperback)This book is pretty simplistic. It explains every little step in great detail, some of which most people should know already, simply by having used a Mac computer before. If you like to be guided by the hand, this is a good book. I was hoping for more on advanced editing techniques and things but so far no luck. Admittedly I've only gotten to page 137 or so but glancing ahead doesn't give me much hope for more than the basics of using the program.
I might not bother writing a review of this product if it weren't for my wanting to tell you where a really useful Final Cut Express learning tool can be found.
For video tutorials on Final Cut 4 look at the IZZY VIDEO website. This is also very easy for a beginner to understand, is a million times faster getting you up and using the software and also teaches some cool and useful effects.
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Table of Contents
Lesson 1 Covering the Basics
Lesson 2 Editing Video
Lesson 3 Working with a Project
Lesson 4 Working in the Timeline
Lesson 5 Working in the Viewer
Lesson 6 Making Edits
Lesson 7 Editing to the Timeline
Lesson 8 Other Editing Options
Lesson 9 Trimming an Edit Point
Lesson 10 Fine-Tuning Edit Points
Lesson 11 Customizing Your Project
Lesson 12 Capturing Digital Video
Lesson 13 Working with Audio
Lesson 14 Applying Audio and Video Transitions
Lesson 15 Adding Titles and Other Items
Lesson 16 Finishing Your Project
The Note on page 93, last sentence, should say "You can read more about drop frame and non-drop frame timecode in Appendix B of the users manual."
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