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Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X Advanced Editing Paperback – Apr 9 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (April 9 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321810228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321810229
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.4 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 998 g
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About the Author

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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Amazon.com: HASH(0xb3f243e4) out of 5 stars 15 reviews
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3fe1144) out of 5 stars Another powerful source for properly learning FCP X Aug. 21 2012
By Merge Production - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've been a long time fan of Peachpit's books and use them for training on FCP and Logic. I think they are the most detailed and comprehensive method of learning and although video training can be great, the hands on experience with these books and actual lesson files works really well.

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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3e3f078) out of 5 stars This Book is a Fantastic Mentor Aug. 22 2012
By LobsterGal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Prior to reading this book (front to back) and diligently following the professional exercises provided on the DVDs, I had 2 years of comprehensive editing experience with iMovie (yes, I was able to even freelance as an editor just with iMovie, not bad eh?) - Just so you know where I'm coming from.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3e14d20) out of 5 stars A Good Book for Learning FCPX April 4 2015
By Filmorama - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a good book for learning a less than perfect program. Even though there have been upgrades to FCPX, they are mostly bug fixes and minor improvements overall so I would say it's still a valuable book if you're trying to get acquainted with the new paradigm of Final Cut Pro X.
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.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3e4e234) out of 5 stars Excellent to a point. Aug. 10 2013
By STEVEN KING - Published on Amazon.com
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The manual does a great job in advancing skills. This is especially true after studying Diana Weynand's book "Final Cut Pro X Second Edition Professional Video Editing." Its chapters on "Color Correction Basics" and "Adjusting Color & Saturation" go over the top. If I ever get to use the majority of the techniques discussed in those chapters, I would need another more detailed explanation.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3e4e318) out of 5 stars Final Cut ProX,Advanced editing May 13 2012
By Peter R. Barrett - Published on Amazon.com
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This book advances the detail of editing functions, and is easy to understand. However it may be better to have had some experience with FCPX before purchasing this book. The illustrations were clear, unlike some in past publications that were difficult to see. For a very elderly user of FCP, I found this book very helpful.