This is one book where, in fact, we do wish to compare apples to oranges. As often as possible,
we describe an Avid function and then describe the equivalent Final Cut Pro function
and how to access and apply it. In addition, the book offers images of Avid screens,
buttons, and icons so you can get your bearings before turning to the FCP interface. In
many instances, FCP and Avid terminology bear a marked similarity, but at times each
system will have its own names for things. Whenever possible, the book points out the terminology
differences so you can find the function you need quickly.
As you begin to work using FCP, you’ll see that it has a lot of depth as a nonlinear desktop
editing program. In addition to having a lot of functionality, FCP often gives you several
ways to perform each function. We include multiple approaches throughout the book so
you can begin to get a feel for the flexibility of FCP. But we have not tried to be comprehensive
and include absolutely everything the program can do, nor do we provide every
shortcut you can use. This book is meant to help you make a smooth transition from Avid
to FCP and to get you comfortable editing in FCP as quickly as possible.
Updated for Final Cut Pro 7 and written for professional video and film editors who know their way around Avid nonlinear systems, this book shows you how to translate your skills to Final Cut Pro quickly and efficiently. Producer, editor, and Apple Certified Trainer Diana Weynand takes you through a comprehensive “translation course” covering all the essential operations, from project set-up and basic editing through transitions and effects, color correcting, compositing, titling, and output. You’ll find detailed feature comparisons, practical conversion tips, and instructions on how to use Final Cut Pro features that aren’t available in Media Composer. You’ll also learn what’s new in Final Cut Pro 7. Packed with handy features, including comparison charts, look-up tables, keyboard shortcuts, and dozens of advanced editing and workflow tips, this book will have you editing with Final Cut Pro in record time. Each chapter represents a complete lesson in a key aspect of Final Cut Pro 7 and includes a review section and list of keyboard shortcuts.
Accessible writing style puts an expert instructor at your side
Ample illustrations and keyboard shortcuts help you master techniques fast
Chapter review sections summarize what you’ve learned