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Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X Advanced Editing Paperback – Apr 9 2012
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Michael Wohl is an award-winning filmmaker who has written, directed, and edited independent films for more than fifteen years. As part of the original Final Cut Pro engineering team, he helped design the original, award-winning product. As an instructor, Michael teaches and designs curricula at UCLA, and has taught at AFI and San Francisco State University. He has spoken at film festivals and conferences including Sundance Film Festival, South by Southwest, DV Expo, Macworld, and NAB. His books include Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro 7 Advanced Editing and Apple Pro Training Series: The Craft of Editing with Final Cut Pro.
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Just finished this training after doing the first FCP X book from them and I now have a much greater understanding of what's under the hood of FCP X's new layout. Highly recommended for any professional that really wants to learn every major element of this app that can sometimes be deceiving with its simplistic layout and to really understand why this is a powerful app and in my opinion, the future of NLE.
This book takes you thoroughly through organizing your footage using keywords and meta data (perfect for documentary filmmakers like myself), animating title sequences, using the audition effect, creating compound clips, keying, color correction, audio editing, and much more. It's definitely meant for people with some prior editing experience. It completely skipped over things such as split screen while spending 20-30% of its pages on color correction. That's probably appropriate for a book on "advanced editing".
What I liked was watching this short tutorial series on youtube prior to reading this book: [...]
And if you're reading this review while on the fence about buying the program itself, lemme say that Final Cut Pro X is the bomb. Unless you are making a sequel to Avatar, I don't think you'll find it limiting, but you will find it intuitive and relatively easy to use. Just one lady's opinion.
Here's the thing - even though it's been a few years since the redesign, a lot of FCP7 users are just now finally coming to grips that they will have to make the switch. Hanging on to the old version (which is still better in my opinion, as of this writing) will not keep you current. Younger editors are coming into the workforce using FCPX, Premiere, etc. and they will do their work faster than "old timers" because those programs utilize the 64-bit architecture. The new plugins and effects that look modern and cool are all being made for the new programs so you can't take advantage of the current video styles unless you make the switch to a 64-bit program.
I suggest reading this book cover to cover one time if you're getting ready to switch from FCP7 to FCPX or if you are totally new to video editing. There's A LOT of information to learn and you can't grasp it all at once. Just let the ideas wash over you and get used to the concepts. This way, when you go back to page one and start practicing with the program along with the book, you'll feel more confident and your learning process will go more smoothly.
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