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Editing Techniques with Final Cut Pro


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  • Practical Techniques are combined with Professional and Artistic Strategies.
    • This book goes beyond using the basics of Final Cut Pro so that students understand the principles of professional video editing. Ex.___

  • Additional Digital Imaging Tools are covered—Students learn about using Final Cut to tackle creative compositing, using Final Cut Pro with other applications, (After Effects, Cinema 4D, Flash, PhotoShop), working with audio, and preparing films for production.
    • Provides students with a broader range of related skills necessary for the filmmaking process than a book covering just one software program. Ex.___

  • Industry-leading and Award-winning Author—Michael Wohl has been editing film and video for twelve years. His experience ranges from corporate training and communications to documentary to narrative film. In 1993, his fictional documentary “Theaterality” won the coveted Golden Eagle award from CINE. He was one of the principal designers of Apple's Final Cut Pro, serving as the voice of a real-world user.
    • Industry-leading teachers, writers, designers, and multimedia artists provide students with expert, professional instruction and advice. Ex.___


  • Copyright 2002
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-201-73483-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-201-73483-6

No wonder Apple';s Final Cut Pro is such a hit with desktop filmmakers:It combines powerful video-editing and special-effects software with anaffordable price tag. If you have the software, learn to use it like a pro. Film editors, production professionals, and students alike will findEditing Techniques with Final Cut Pro an invaluable resource, thanksto its practical and efficient cinematic strategies for working with FinalCut Pro and other tools.

Author Michael Wohl is a professional film editor and was one ofthe original designers of Final Cut Pro. In Editing Techniques withFinal Cut Pro, he takes a unique approach, blending hands-on productiontips with professional strategy and artistic techniques. Wohl talked to anall-star lineup of top film editors (see the list below) while writing thebook; each chapter ends with an interview with a seasoned industry insider.From guidelines on editing to suggestions for improving work flow,Editing Techniques with Final Cut Pro ventures beyond the basics andteaches you how to edit like a pro.

Editors interviewed in Editing Techniques with Final Cut Pro:Brian Berden (Blue Velvet, Natural Born Killers); Curtiss Clayton(Drugstore Cowboy, Made); Hervé Schneid (Delicatessen, TheCity of Lost Children); Steven Mirrione (Swingers, Traffic);Valdís Óskarsdóttir (The Celebration, FindingForrester); Chris Tellefsen (The People vs. Larry Flynt, Flirtingwith Disaster); John Wilson (The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & HerLover, Billy Elliot); Paul Hirsch (Star Wars, MissionImpossible); Walter Murch (American Graffiti, Apocalypse Now, TheEnglish Patient)


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Table of Contents

1. Introduction.

What is This Book About? Who Am I? Who Should Read This Book? What you Can Expect to Get Out of it?

2. The Editor's Job.

Filmmaking Process and Where the Editor Fits In. Editor's Process. Storytelling. Choosing the Shot. Choosing the Take.

3. The Film Language.

Parts of Speech. Rules of Grammar. Common Conventions. Style.

4. Logging Footage.

What Info. Using Markers. Speed Logging. Working with TC. How to Log Different Types of Footage.

5. Preparing to Edit.

Organizing Your Workspace. Organizing Shots. How to Start Cutting. Rough Cutting vs. Fine Cutting.

6. Editing Techniques.

Workflow. 10 Things Done 1000 Times. Working with Clips. Shortcuts and Time Savers.

7. Advanced Editing Techniques.

Trimming. Timing Techniques. Subsequences. Rendering.

8. Working with Audio.

Subframe Editing. Equal Power Crossfades. OMF Export (new in 2.0) and 3rd Party Apps. Filters and Effects. Rendering Issues.

9. Creative Compositing.

Aesthetic Considerations. Design Plans. What Not to Do. Creating Organic Effects.

10. Compositing Techniques.

Keyframing Techniques. Alpha Channels. Text and Other Generators. PSD Files. Filters.

11. Video and the Web.

Technical considerations. Process of a web video. Streaming and the format wars. Web Distribution.

12. Pushing the Envelope (Conclusion).

Interactive Cinema. DVD. Do What's Never Been Done.


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