Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro 6 Paperback – May 21 2007
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About the Author
Diana Weynand is an award-winning producer, director, editor, and co-founder of Weynand Training International (www.weynand.com), 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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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!
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").
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