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Jerry Hofmann on Final Cut Pro 4


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  • Copyright 2004
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-7357-1281-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7357-1281-2

Final Cut Pro is the only nonlinear editing tool available that supports the entire range of editing formats. Jerry Hofmann on Final Cut Pro is broken up into a collection of hands-on seminars that focus on teaching a specific aspect of Final Cut Pro. Dealing with version 4, each seminar begins with a lesson that covers the concepts and techniques contained in that seminar. Hofmann then guides the reader step-by-step by applying those concepts and techniques to edit an award winning short film, The Midnight Sun. With this book, users will learn to convert footage from many different sources, manage their footage, edit the content, adjust sound, and output to different sources. If the reader chooses to work through the book cover-to-cover, they will put together an entire short film that includes basic editing, audio, compositing, and various effects. However, if readers just wishes to learn a specific aspect of Final Cut Pro, they will be able to go right to the seminar that covers it, open the source files from the DVD, and pick it right up.



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Table of Contents

1. Essential Equipment.

Minimum System Requirements. Editing in DV (NTSC and/or PAL). Additional Equipment to Think About. Higher-Quality Video Editing. Which Setup Is Best? Workshop 1: Set Up and Double-Check Your System.

2. Specifying Setups, Settings, Presets, and Preferences.

About All Those Resolutions. Easy Setups. Setting User Preferences. Changing System Settings. Changing Settings Using the Audio/Video Settings. Workshop 2: Investigate the Settings.

3. Understanding Final Cut Pro's Interface: An Overview.

Activating Windows. The Browser Window. The Viewer Window. The Canvas Window. The Timeline Window. The Tools Palette. Workshop 3: Load the First Project and Become Familiar with the Navigational Controls and Window Arrangement.

4. Organization and Basic Editing.

The Editing Workflow. Organizing Source Clips. Setting In Points and Out Points. Making Subclips and Their Properties. Alternative Methods of Organizing Material. Workshop 4: Organize and Begin Picking Shots.

5. Basic Editing.

Making Basic Edits. Adding Transitions. Working with Clip Overlays. Working with Snapping. Using Undo and Redo. Workshop 5: Edit Your Subclips into a Sequence and Add Transitional Effects.

6. Audio Editing.

Audio File Formats. Audio Mixing. Real-Time Audio Mixing. Examining an Audio-Only Clip. Audio Transitions. Workshop 6: Finish Editing Scene 1.

7. Advanced Trimming: Beyond the Razor Blade.

The Trim Edit Window. Slipping and Sliding Clips in the Sequence. Workshop 7: Use More-Advanced Trimming.

8. Audio Filters, Timeline Editing, and Keeping Sync.

Audio Filters. Editing in the Timeline Window. Linking and Merging Audio and Video Clips. Syncing Issues. Workshop 8: Finish Scene 2 and Edit Scene 3.

9. Using Markers.

Understanding the Use of Markers. Using Timeline and Canvas Window Markers. Workshop 9: Experiment with Markers.

10. Putting a Workflow Together.

The Basic Workflow. The Best Workflow. Workshop 10: Edit Scene 9.

11. Video Filter Effects and Basic Compositing.

Effects Editing. Composites and Renders. Video Filters. Using the Video Scopes and Color-Correction Tools. Real-Time Previewing. Workshop 11: Work with Composites.

12. Using the Title Tools and the Motion Tab.

The Title Generators. Using Fonts. The Text Generators. The Calligraphy Title Tools. Using Title Safe. Using the Motion Tab. Using Basic Motion. Workshop 12: Create Titles.

13. Working with Advanced Composites, Nests, and Exported QuickTime Movies.

Working with Composite Modes. Working with Nests. Working with Exported QuickTime Movies. Workshop 13: Create Advanced Composites.

14. Managing Large Projects.

Media Management. Organizing a Large Project. Using Final Cut Pro's Media Management Features. Workshop 14: Add the Effects to Sequence 1. Conclusion.

Appendix A: Capturing Footage.

Using the Log and Capture Window. Log and Capture Strategy. Making Sure You Are Set to Capture with the Proper Device Control.

Appendix B: Output Options: Videotape, DVDs, and the Web.

Viewing Video Externally and Recording It. Using the Print to Video Command. Using the Edit to Tape Command. Outputting for the Web: Compressor and DVDs. Preparing Your Video for iDVD. Preparing Your Video for DVD Studio Pro.

Appendix C: Solving Common Problems.

System Problems and Playback Problems. Problems with Video Devices. Problems Playing Back Your Media. Broken Timecode. When All Else Fails.

Appendix D: Keyboard Shortcuts.

General Shortcuts. Select, Copy, Cut, and Paste. Activating Windows. Activating Tools. Navigation. Finding Items. Special Timeline Views. Editing. Logging and Capturing. Special Commands. Markers. Other Tools.

Appendix E: Other Resources.

Websites, Discussion Groups, and User Groups. Related Sites. Online Reading About Digital Video on CD and DVD. Hardware Manufacturers. Specialized and Third-Party Equipment and Software. Software Companies. Great Places to Visit. More Free Stuff.

Appendix F: Video Filters List.

Blur Filters. Border Filters. Channel Filters. Color Correction Filters. Distort Filters. Image Control Filters. Key Filters. Matte Filters. Perspective Filters. Sharpen Filters. Stylize Filters. Video Filters.

Appendix G: What's on the DVD.

System Requirements. Loading the DVD Files. Exercise Files. Third-Party Programs.



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