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Most film editors, whether they are working on motion pictures, broadcasts, live events, or video projects, all recognize that there is a process to editing. It involves planning, editing your story, adding transitions and effects, sweetening the audio, correcting the color, and creating the output. Apple has made it even easier to perform these tasks by combining their flagship nonlinear editor, Final Cut Pro, with other tools into a complete post-production package called Final Cut Studio.
Edit Well: Final Cut Studio Techniques from the Pros is the book that in-the-trenches editors have been waiting for. It offers a holistic approach to using the tools in Final Cut Studio for those who are responsible for a variety of tasks beyond just straight editing. Written by the preeminent experts and practicing professionals in their fields, contributors include Kevin Monahan, Mary Plummer, Mark Spencer, Tom Wolsky, and Alexis Van Hurkman, to name a few. Each chapter features each pro’s own insight on a particular tool in the Studio, whether it be Final Cut Pro, Soundtrack Pro, Motion and its 3D capabilities, or Color, a ground-breaking addition to the Studio for professional color grading.
Inside the book you’ll find:
• Practical, step-by-step techniques that cover the complete digital video workflow: editing, effects, motion, audio, color correction, and DVD authoring.
• Hard-to-find techniques on using Color and the 3D capabilities found in Motion.
• Expert insight and commentary by top professionals and trainers.
• Best-practice methods in editing, with tips on when and how to use a particular tool in real-life scenarios.
• Keyboard shortcuts to help you simplify your workflow.
• References to video tutorials and audio interviews of top Final Cut Pro editors around the world, available for free on the companion Web site.
Part 1: Final Cut Pro: Editing
01: Customizing the Final Cut Pro Interface
02: Techniques for Smarter Selection and Trimming
03: Transitions: Beyond the Straight Cut
04: Exporting Still Images from Final Cut Pro
05: Removing Pull-down frames with Cinema Tools
06: An Archiving Solution for Final Cut Studio 2
Part 2 Final Cut Pro Effects
07: Blending the Light Away with Composite Modes
08: "Film It Up" with Composite Modes and Filters
09: Using Masks and Mattes in Final Cut Pro
10: Adding Stability in SmoothCam
Part 3: 3D in Motion
11: Foundations of 3D in Motion
12: Using Cameras and Navigating in 3D space
13: Animating Cameras in Motion's 3D Space
14: Animating Cameras in Motion's 3D Using Behaviors
Part 4 Soundtrack Pro
15: Clean Up Your Audio
16: Sound Advice: Mixing
17: Media Management in Soundtrack Pro 2
Part 5: Color
18: Setting Up Your Color System
19: Roundtripping with Color
20: Using Curves Controls in the Primary In Room
21: Adjusting Red, Green, and Blue Channel Curves
22: Making Color Adjustments in the Primary In Room
Part 6: Additional Tools
23: Hidden Secrets in LiveType
24: International Versioning and the Power of LiveType
25: Creating Stories in DVD Studio Pro
26: Final Cut Server: Ten Ways It Can Help Manage Your Media