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Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro 6 Paperback – May 21 2007

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  • Paperback: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (May 21 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321502655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321502650
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 2.8 x 23 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #780,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Diana Weynand is an award-winning producer, director, editor, and co-founder of Weynand Training International (, an Apple Authorized Training Center and a leader in training and curriculum development for emerging technologies. Diana was supervising editor for The Barbara Walters Special, director and co-producer of the Emmy nominated PBS series, Cinematic Eye, and online editor for Real World. She is the author of four best-selling books on Final Cut Pro (including Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro for Avid Editors and Final Cut Express HD), and the co-author of Secrets of Videoblogging and How Video Works. A well-known columnist, she also writes on High Definition production.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book and a Great Learning Experience Aug. 5 2008
By foust - Published on
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After struggling for a few weeks trying to learn Final Cut Pro from the 4 volume set of books that came with the software, I was almost ready to call it quits and dump $900(USD) into one of the 3 day Final Cut Pro certification courses. After learning that this is the book that is used with those courses, and having heard Great things about Peach Pit Press, and after reading the reviews here, I decided to get this book and give it a go.

First let me say that I am not a typical 'learn from the books' kind of learner. I usually (especially with software) just hack around and figure things out. Final Cut is pretty complicated, and I need to know how to operate it pretty quickly (changing computers and software for editing, Win->Mac). I have learned most of what I need to get going on some projects after just going through the first 4 lessons! I am not going to stop there, I plan to finish this book, and probably look into additional volumes from this series for things like Soundtrack Pro and Motion.

Sure the Sea World footage and especially the music is cheesy, but you are encouraged to do additional work at the end of each lesson, to reinforce what you were just taught. This is where it gets fun! I found myself taking some music from my collection and replacing the awful Sea World song, and cutting footage to that instead.

I did not experience any problem with any of the projects opening (I took a peek).

If you are wanting to get to know this software, this is a great book to start with!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Starter Guide! June 30 2009
By Miss.Marple - Published on
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This book is great for both completely new users and users with basic knowledge of Final Cut Pro. The book is easy to understand, has lots of color screenshots on almost every page, and it's set up with lessons that build your skills in Final Cut Pro. The lessons have extensive detail and give you how-to projects. The projects simulate "real world" editing and the media on the DVD is from real television shows and films. Fantastic!

It's a nice supplement to the user manuals included with FCS2, it's well organized, it's printed on quality paper, it comes with a DVD that's chock full of media, and it's in color!

Four stars instead of Five because of the high price point (For the price, I wish they would have combined this book with "Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro 6 Beyond the Basics").
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Learning Final Cut Pro Sept. 24 2009
By C. C. Murphy - Published on
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This book is essential for learning FCP. Make sure you take full advantage of time code (mini DV tapes) to speed up your time at the computer. Here is a tip though, if you are using the DVD at a class outside of the home, make a copy to take to class. I left mine behind and some other student did not turn it in (I think this is called stealing) and I no longer have the excellent clips to continue learning with. You can use the book to just learn the basics or dive in deeper to take it to the next level. I see digital video editing as one of those life time learning skills that you can develop from now until you release your final DVD.
Happy editing!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Final Cut Pro 6 Nov. 15 2008
By D. Harrison - Published on
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This is a Great Book. I am a First time User learning final Cut Pro 6. I give the book 5 stars due to the ease of teaching and the detailed methods and shortcuts. A must buy is keyboard shortcuts for final cut pro 6. This book will take you threw chapters step by step. You will have trouble using dvd only if you version FCP is below, 6.0.4. You must update first before use of dvd. If you have any trouble email me for further details. This book has images that co-exist with dvd. You will love this book and learn FCP like a pro. You will learn software according to how many hours you put in. This book is a full view of FCP, This is a must buy.
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and accessible Oct. 21 2008
By Happy Mac User - Published on
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As first tutorials go, what I like about this book is that you can start from scratch and learn most all of the details you need to become a certified user of Final Cut Pro. One of the best features about this book, is that it includes a DVD containing footage applicable to every lesson. This means, that you can not only follow the tutorial step-by-step with the examples in the book, but you have some really nice imagery to work with -- and you don't have to go out and shoot a lot of stuff yourself just to get started. The documentation included with the software might be even more comprehensive, but just lifting it is pretty intimidating -- so I didn't even want to think about slogging through it piece by piece.