As the first volume in Lynda Weinman's acclaimed HOT (Hands-On Training) series to cover Apple's video editing powerhouse, this is the guide you've been waiting for! In these pages, you'll find a series of hands-on tutorials that guide you through all stages of editing video with Final Cut Pro HD. As you follow the book's step-by-step instructions (using the lesson files included on the accompanying CD), you'll quickly progress through Final Cut Pro basics and on to more advanced topics like creating transitions and motion effects, correcting color, and choosing among filter and rendering options. In the process, you'll learn about all of the program's most important features, including those new to HD: the revolutionary ability to edit HD video over FireWire (no extra cables required!); real-time color correction; the ability to toggle between full-resolution, high-quality playback and preview mode; and more! Fun, project-based lessons; an engaging writing style; and a DVD packed with lesson files make quick work of Final Cut Pro HD.
This book is for anyone who wants to improve their understanding and skills using Final Cut Pro HD. I've written it for the beginning and intermediate editor, especially someone who is self-taught, to round out your understanding of the program and give you a solid foundation you can build on for the future.
This book assumes you are using some form of Digital Video (MiniDV, DVCAM, or DVCPRO-25), although higher-end users can also learn from the techniques in this book.
This book also assumes you are not a computer geek, nor particularly interested in becoming one. This is OK. Final Cut does not require you understand a computer in order to use a computer.
A recent survey showed that Final Cut was being used to cut documentaries, corporate presentations, broadcast programs, weddings, training, commercials… in short, Final Cut is being used everywhere in all kinds of video production.
This book is focused on the process of editing. Its goal is to help you tell your storywhether you are creating a 30-second commercial or a 2-hour documentaryand to make that process fun along the way.