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Final Cut Pro HD for Mac OS X: Visual QuickPro Guide

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Final Cut Pro HD for Mac OS X: Visual QuickPro Guide

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Over 100 basic-to-advanced-level tasks–Covers the tasks that offer the greatest value to students who want to achieve results quickly.

~Helps students extend and deepen their mastery of Final Cut Pro HD as rapidly and efficiently as possible.

Troubleshooting coverage–Shows how to troubleshoot problems with capture, devices, memory, monitors, performance, dropped frames, synchronization, playback, and more.

~Helps students rapidly solve the most common problems they are likely to encounter with Final Cut Pro HD for Mac OS X.

Delivery via videotape, CD, or Web–Shows how to prepare video for output in any medium.

~Will be valuable to digital video students no matter what types of projects they wish to create.

Proven Visual QuickPro visual learning format–Combines an open, welcoming design, hundreds of screen captures, expert tips, and concise step-by-step instructions.

~Relies on a format designed to make learning as easy as possible.

Sidebars cover Final Cut Pro protocols and workflow–Offers practical insights into the realities of working with Final Cut Pro on a day-to-day basis.

~Illuminates professional workflow for students who may not have experienced it before.

Expert tutorial and handy quick reference–Designed not only to teach Final Cut Pro HD 4.5 exceptionally well, but also to serve as an outstanding task-based reference.

~Will remain valuable to students long after they’ve mastered the fundamentals of Final Cut Pro HD 4.5.


  • Copyright 2005
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-321-26918-7
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-26918-8

If you've been avoiding high-definition video because in order to edit it, you would have had to purchase a secondary card (not to mention an HD TV to view it on), you can finally hop on the HD bandwagon. With Final Cut Pro HD, you can now import, edit, and export HD video over FireWire--no extra hardware or media conversion required! Knowing you won't want to waste a second getting up to speed on it, video pro Lisa Brenneis has completely updated her best-selling guide on the topic. In this task-based guide, step-by-step instructions combine with loads of visual aids and time-saving tips to move you quickly through Final Cut Pro basics and on to more advanced topics like creating transitions and motion effects, and filter and rendering options. In the process, you'll learn about all of the program's most important features, including those new to HD: real-time color correction, the ability to toggle between full-resolution, high-quality playback or preview mode, and more!

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Presets and Preferences

Presets and Preferences in Final Cut Pro for Mac OS X

Table of Contents


1. Welcome to Final Cut Pro.

2. Installing and Setting Up.

3. Presets and Preferences.

4. Projects,Sequences,and Clips.

5. Capturing Video.

6. Importing Digital Media.

7. Organizing Clips in the Browser.

8. Working with Clips in the Viewer.

9. Basic Editing.

10. Editing in the Timeline and the Canvas.

11. Fine Cut. Trimming Edits.

12. Audio Tools and Techniques.

13. Creating Transitions.

14. Compositing and Effects Overview.

15. Motion.

16. Filters and Compositing.

17. Titles and Generators.

18. Real Time and Rendering.

19. Creating Final Output.

20. Managing Complex Projects.

Appendix A. Online Resources.

Appendix B. Keyboard Shortcuts.



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