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Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Express 4 [Paperback]

Diana Weynand
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Dec 11 2007 0321534670 978-0321534675 1
The only Apple-certified guide to Final Cut Express 4, this book delivers the techniques you need to make movie magic with DV, HDV, or AVCHD footage. Each chapter presents a complete lesson in an aspect of video editing and finishing, with hands-on projects to complete as you go. All the files you need are on the included DVD-ROM. You’ll learn how to make effective edits and adjust them precisely; create polished transitions and sophisticated composites; add audio tracks, titles, and speed and motion effects; then color-correct and finish your video for export to DVD or the Web. Whether you’re a student, a devoted amateur who’s serious about digital video, or a professional who needs a comprehensive editing program, you’ll find everything you need to learn Final Cut Express 4 within the pages of this book. DVD-ROM includes lesson and media files for over 20 hours of training.

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By Julya40
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am a beginner with Final Cut Espress 4 and I must say that this book is perfect and very well done.
There is 16 lessons. All of them are made with videos, so we can practice editing.
Plus, there is Colors photos to show us what to do.
Easy to follow. This is the best way to learn video editing.
Yes, I recommand this book. Thank to the Author!

Je suis débutante avec Final Cut Express 4, et je dois dire que ce livre est parfaitement bien structuré.
Il y a 16 leçons. Chaque leçons sont enseignées avec des montages vidéos pour nous faire pratiquer les étapes du livres.
Photos couleurs à l'appui.
Très bien expliqué. Facile à suivre et à faire. C'est la meilleure manière d'apprendre. Bravo à l'auteur.
Je vous recommande grandement ce livre.
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72 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable Guide Feb. 15 2008
By David A. Caplan - Published on Amazon.com
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When I upgraded from my old PowerBook to a new MacBook I was dismayed to find that a new version of iMovie came with Leopard. After reading disparaging reviews of iMovie '08, I decided to upgrade to Final Cut Express even though my video editing needs are rather modest. After installing the software and seeing that the PDF user manual was over 1100 pages, I knew I wouldn't have the patience to go through it all and I wanted to order something simpler. With FCE4 being quite new, the only choice immediately available was Diana Weynand's book and I ordered it. Now that I've gone through the entire book, I can enthusiastically recommend it. At first I was dismissive of the DVD that came with it, thinking that it would just contain video demonstrations of various editing operations. It turns out, however, that the DVD contains the material for methodical exercises that take you through various lessons so that the book is really an instruction course, not just a guide. Going through the lessons with the book and DVD is actually fun even though I may never use some of the advanced functions FCE4 offers. I believe that for relative beginners like me this book is indispensable. I confess that I will now go through it again to clear up some of the material I didn't quite understand or have forgotten. Also, there are some questions Weynand's book left unanswered for me, but having the background I gained by studying the whole book made it easier for me to turn to the actual user's manual that came with the software. I'm very excited about FCE4, and I owe a lot to this book.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Training From The Bottom Up Feb. 5 2008
By Stella L - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This training book covers it all. The enclosed CD also includes the lesson clips as well as advanced training. The book examples and screens match exactly with the software.

This is not a book to learn Final Cut Express in a couple of hours. Each of the 15 lessons takes 30-90 minutes but well worth it.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very elementary Jan. 22 2010
By Peanut - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is pretty simplistic. It explains every little step in great detail, some of which most people should know already, simply by having used a Mac computer before. If you like to be guided by the hand, this is a good book. I was hoping for more on advanced editing techniques and things but so far no luck. Admittedly I've only gotten to page 137 or so but glancing ahead doesn't give me much hope for more than the basics of using the program.

I might not bother writing a review of this product if it weren't for my wanting to tell you where a really useful Final Cut Express learning tool can be found.

For video tutorials on Final Cut 4 look at the IZZY VIDEO website. This is also very easy for a beginner to understand, is a million times faster getting you up and using the software and also teaches some cool and useful effects.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but be aware Feb. 4 2008
By Y. Rom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The book is good, thorough and detailed.
But, the "juicy" chapters where Final Cut is outshining iMovie and the rest of the lower lever video editors are on PDF files on the DVD, not included in the book itself.
This is a small annoying item for an otherwise very useful book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable July 1 2009
By Jeff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Final Cut Express is easy to use, but only after you've overcome its steep learning curve. You could download the user manual (over 1000 pages) from Apple's web site. Or you could use an excellent do-as-you-read workshop book like this one. There's something to be said about following along in the actual FCE application as the book explains and teaches the various lessons.

As others have posted, it requires a bit of time to complete all lessons, and the appendices on the accompanying disc are invaluable.
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