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3rd Edition

Final Cut Express HD 3.5 Editing Workshop

ISBN 9780240809458
Published February 2, 2007 by Routledge
368 Pages

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Book Description

Go beyond the mechanics of Final Cut Express HD 3.5--learn how to edit with it! More than a button-pushing manual--this workshop give you firsthand experience with the art and technique of editing. You develop a working knowledge of this powerful editing application with eleven tutorials that cover each and every essential, including:
* setting up your system and understanding the interface
* getting your material into FCE and organizing it
* slicing, dicing, and organizing clips
* editing to build and trim a sequence of shots
* adding transitions
* using sound to refine your edit
* titling with FCE and Photoshop
* animating images to create engaging scenes
* adding special effects filters
* compositing to enhance your projects
* outputting your material
The downloadable resources contain a video introduction to FCE that is especially designed for iMovie users. It compares and contrasts the two applications to ease the transition. The downloadable resources portion contains project media, demo software, and free plug-ins for your use.

Table of Contents

Installing Final Cut Express; Getting material into FCE; Cutting up those shots; Editing Basics; Adding transitions; Advanced editing: using sound; Adding titles; Animating images; Adding special effects filters; Compositing; Outputting from FCE

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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


".you can only learn to edit by editing. That is what sets this book apart from others..." --Michael Horton, president, Los Angeles Final Cut Pro User Group
"Tom helps you make the leap from iMovie to Final Cut Express, and teaches you the art of editing."--Jim Heid, Avondale Media

"Focal Press has been making step-by-step software guides for some time and it shows. Final Cut Express HD 3.5 Editing Workshop is another one of their winners. If you are just starting out with FCE, do yourself the favor of taking the time to work through these eleven tutorials to develop a strong foundation for an efficient workflow.” - Morgan Paar, Videomaker Magazine