1st Edition

Final Cut Pro X for iMovie and Final Cut Express Users
Making the Creative Leap





ISBN 9780240823669
Published February 3, 2012 by Routledge
390 Pages

USD $41.95

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Book 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

Table of 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

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Biography

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

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