Suitable for those new to nonlinear editing as well as experienced editors new to Final Cut Express, this book is an introduction to Apple's editing software package and the digital video format in general. You will come away with not only an in-depth knowledge of how to use Final Cut Express, but also a deeper understanding of the craft of editing and the underlying technical processes that will serve you well in future projects.
Workflow, editing techniques, compositing, special effects, audio tools, and output are explained in clear, jargon-free terms. The book's emphasis is always on using Final Cut Express in the real world, and as such it is the only book to go beyond the interface to address crucial issues like proper setup, system configuration, hardware, the Mac operating system, what equipment to purchase, and troubleshooting common problems. Armed with this information, you will sidestep problems and complete projects of exceptional quality.
"combines black-and-white illustrations and screenshots with easy-to-follow narration to better instruct and draw out the skill and creativity of amateur and professional digital filmmakers alike."- Bookwatch
"There are few writers that combine both wit and expertise when tackling a complex subject such as Non Linear Editing. Charles Roberts makes learning Final Cut Express flat out fun…and yes, easy."
Michael Horton, Los Angeles Final Cut Pro User Group (LAFCPUG)
"Charles Roberts has been a valuable resource to Final Cut users since the very beginning. He knows the software inside out but more importantly, he's a credentialed teacher and this gives him the kind of
experience that allows him to open his subject matter in clear and simple terms."
Ron & Kathlyn Lindeboom, creativecow.net
Introduction; The Initial Setup: Optimizing the Mac OS and Final Cut Express; Getting Your Footage Into Final Cut Express; Importing Media; What is Editing?; Compositing and Special Effects; Audio Tools; Getting Your Project Out of Final Cut Pro. Appendices: What is Digital Video Anyway?; DV Technology: Decks, Cameras and Formats; The Macintosh Hardware for Firewire DV Editing; Assorted Tips and Tricks; Epilogue