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Final Cut Pro X for iMovie and Final Cut Express Users

Making the Creative Leap

By Tom Wolsky

  1. ISBN: 9780240823669
  2. Publication Date: February 2012
  3. Format: Paperback
  4. Pages: 390
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Description

Updates and addendum for the new version of FCPX (10.0.3) are available on the companion website, fcpxbook.com.

Are you an iMovie or Final Cut Express user ready to make the jump to Final Cut Pro? If so, look no further.

Take your movies to the next level with this easy-to-follow, hand-on guide from one of the preeminent Apple trainers in the world today. Author Tom Wolsky starts with the basics of Final Cut Pro X, allowing you to easily make the leap from Final Cut Express or iMovie, then gradually introduces you to more complex techniques with step-by-step tutorials. Tom specifically shows you how certain techniques and concepts you utilized in iMovie and Final Cut Express translate to Final Cut Pro.

More than a button-pushing manual, this editing workshop gives your firsthand experience with the art and technique of editing with Final Cut Pro. It includes in-depth information on the application's features, interface elements, and tools. You will develop a working knowledge of the principles and methods taught in film schools with tutorials that covers the essentials:

. Nuances of system set-up to ensure smooth operation

. Getting your tape-based and file-based AVCHD and DSLR media into Final Cut Pro and getting it organized

. Editing to build and trim a sequence of shots

. Working with audio, split edits, back-timing and level control

. Adding transitions

. Final Cut Pro titling tools

. Color correction, image animation, and special effects

. Compositing to enhance your projects

. Outputting your material

Author Bio

Tom Wolsky is an honors graduate of the London School of Film Technique with nearly 40 years of professional experience spanning film, tape, and digital production. Tom operates an independent studio, South Coast Productions. He also teaches for Apple Computer and for the Digital Media Academy and serves as a forum leader on creativecow.net

Contents

LESSON 1: Getting Started

iMovie and Final Cut Express

What You Really Need

Multiple Drives

Optimizing Your Computer For FCP

Monitors

Firing Up the Application

The Primary Panels

Windows Arrangements

Summary

LESSON 2: The Interface

Loading the Lesson

The Event Library

Event Library Buttons

The Browser

Event Browser Controls

Filmstrip View

List View

Viewing Clips

Event Browser Details

The Viewer

The Inspector

Toolbar

Dashboard

Left Side Buttons

Right Side Buttons

The Project Library

The Timeline

Quick Edit

Summary

LESSON 3: Preferences & Importing

User Preferences

Editing

Playback

Import

Preference Files

Creating a New Event

Importing

Importing from Camera

Creating Camera Archives

File-based Camera

Reimporting Files

Importing from Tape-based Cameras

Importing from iPhoto and Aperture

Importing from iMovie

Importing XML

Converting Files

Importing Music

Summary

LESSON 4: Organization

Loading the Lesson

Organizing the Clips

Naming Clips

Keywords

Favorites & Rejects

Search Filter

Smart Collections

Other Tools

Compound Clips and Auditions

Summary

LESSON 5: Editing Basics: The Edit Functions

Loading the Lesson

Look Before You Cut

Editing Clips

Append

Insert

Connect

Overwrite

Replace

Audition

Summary

LESSON 6: Advanced Editing: Trimming

Loading the Lesson

Trimming Shots

Moving Shots

Add Edits and Gap Clips

Marking a Selection

Range Selection

Trim Shortcuts

Trim Tools

The Ripple Edit

The Roll Edit

The Slip Edit

The Slide Edit

The Position Tool

Trimming Connected Clips

The Precision Editor

Summary

LESSON 7: WorkingWithAudio

Setting Up the Project

The Split Edit

Making Split Edits

Trimming Expanded Clips

Controlling Levels

Audio Meters

Audio Enhancements

Channel Configurations

Roles

Mixing Levels in the Timeline

Fading Levels in the Timeline

Changing Levels on Part of a Clip

Setting Clip Levels

Match Audio

Pan Levels

Editing Music

Adding Markers

Connecting Clips

Timeline Index

Synchronizing Clips

Recording Audio

Summary

LESSON 8: Adding Transitions

Loading the Lesson

Applying Transitions

Available Media

Adjusting Transitions and Clips

Transitions and Connected Clips

Transitions and Audio

Transitions Browser

Summary

LESSON 9: Basic Titles

Setting Up The Project

Titles Browser

Build In/Out

Text Controls

Text Styles

Title Fades

Bumpers, Opens, Credits, and Elements

Lower Thirds

Find and Replace

Generators and Themes

Generators

Themes

Custom Animation

Compound Titles

Text

Texture

Putting It All Together

Still Images

Resolution

Summary

LESSON 10: Adding Effects

Setting Up the Project

Applying An Effect

Coping and Pasting

Animating Effects

Audition Effects

Video Effects

Basics

Blur

Distortion

Keying

Light

Looks

Stylize

Tiling

Audio Effects

Retiming

Constant Speed Changes

Variable Speed

Stabilization

Summary

Lesson 11: Color Correction

Color Correction

Color Balance

Video Scopes

Color Board

White Balance

Silhouette

Night

Broadcast Safe

Match Color

Looks

Secondary Color Correction

Shape Mask

Color Mask

Summary

LESSON 12: Animating Images

Setting Up the Project

Transform

Scale

Rotation

Center

Aspect Ratio

Straight Motion

Curved Motion

Changing Speed

Crop

Trim

Crop

Ken Burns

Distort

Opacity

Motion Control

Pan and Scan

Split Screen

Picture in Picture

Multilayer Animation

Summary

LESSON 13: Compositing

Setting Up the Project

Generator Shapes

Transparency

Compositing Modes

Compositing Exercise

Screen

Animated Text Composite

Adding a Bug

Travel Mattes

Soft Edge Split Screen

Highlight Matte

Video in Text

Making Text

Compound Clips

Separating Letters

Adding Video

Edging

Summary

LESSON 14: Outputting from Final Cut Pro

Share

Media Browser

Apple Devices

Blu-ray Disc

DVD

YouTube, Vimeo and Others

Export

Roles

Current Frame

Image Sequence

Compressor

Send to Compressor

Use Compressor Settings

Summary