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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (28 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321774671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321774675
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.5 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 402,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Diana Weynand is an award-winning producer, director, editor, and co-founder of Weynand Training International (www.weynand.com), an Apple Authorized Training Center and a leader in training and curriculum development for emerging technologies. Diana was supervising editor for the Barbara Walters Special, director and co-producer of the Emmy nominated PBS series Cinematic Eye, and online editor for RealWorld. She is the author of five best-selling books on Final CutPro (including Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro for Avid Editors and Final Cut Express HD), and the co-author of Secrets of Videoblogging and How Video Works.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 5 Jan. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Some people - me included - downloaded the Final Cut Pro X work files from the Peachpit website but get the following error when trying to use them: "The document "CurrentVersion.fcpproject" could not be opened. The file isn't in the correct format." or "The file might be corrupted, truncated, or in an unexpected format."

This is because the file is so large - over 5Gb - that your browser isn't actually downloading all of it; it's giving up part way through.

Fortunately, it's very simple to fix - in fact, there are instructions printed on the very page file from - they're just not obvious. Rather than clicking the single "APTS FCP X.sparseimage" file link, you should actually click the "Download all" link in the top left of the page, under the Peachpit logo. This forces your browser to use Peachpit's downloader, and the whole file will be downloaded - and it will then work. I've been able to successfully use the files, and found the book very useful in learning how to use the application.

As with other Apple Pro Training titles I've used, the training is well structured and nicely paced. It doesn't go into detail in some areas I was hoping for, but I see there's an "Advanced Editing" book coming out in Feb 2012. I'm hoping that this means they'll be able to do the topics covered in that book justice, since they haven't crammed them in to this one.

Overall I'm very happy with this book (once I opened my eyes and actually read the instructions!) - and hopefully this review will help other people who had the same problem!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MTRR on 7 Mar. 2012
Format: Paperback
The DVD content does not match the text. The way the text is structured makes it very frustrating if the lessons contents included in the DVD are not perfect. The remedy suggested by the publisher is complicated. They should get it right the first time around. The same problems exist with the Aperture Manual
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Goran A on 12 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
What's good with this book are mainly two things. Firstly, and this is good enough reason to purchase this book, it teaches you how to structure your work in the editing process. You can sense that the author has an in depth field knowledge. Secondly, the hands-on technique is an excellent way to quickly learn how to work with Final Cur Pro X. The project files included on the DVD are professional made pieces that contributes to the overall excellence of this book.

I've just worked through this book and really feel that I now master the basics of FCP X. I'm already looking forward to the advanced version.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian on 13 Oct. 2012
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Used this book to do the Apple Final Cut pro x examination for self study. I seem to recall that the software was a bit of a hassle to load but apart from that had an excellent experience with it. Recommended!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Buswab on 18 Oct. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Having been a keen, amateur, video editor for several years I was interested in the recent release of Apple's Final Cut Pro X software. Despite the largely negative reviews, mainly from professionals it would seem, I took the plunge and now have it residing on my iMac.
The software is loaded via a download so comes with none of the usual collection of mostly confusing instructional books. Apple does provide a few hints and answers on-line but nothing that would help a first time user. This software appeared to provide an extremely powerful but reasonably priced answer to a beginner in video editing assuming they could find their way through it. What to do next?
Logging on to Amazon but not expecting to find anything yet, as the software is so new, I was delighted to find Diana Weynand's Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X. I immediately downloaded the Kindle version and started reading on my Mac, toggling between Kindle and FCP X to carry out the instructions provided and checking the results.
The physical book comes with a disc of film files to work with so what one sees on the screen is what is shown in the book. The "ebook" provides a link to download these same files. This is an excellent idea. Using the same video and audio data as that used in the writing of the book gives the new user a visual reference to ensure that the results of any action taken can be checked against the provided screen shot.
The way the book is structured takes one from opening the software through to outputting the the finished film in easy steps. I found the step by step approach very easy to follow and very quickly learned how to get the best from my new toy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kropeczka on 27 Mar. 2012
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This book - videobook is perfect for beginners. It is good choice for all who want to start learning about the edition with FCP X.
This is not my first book by Apple pro training series and I must say it again met my expectations.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By terry on 19 April 2013
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Started off well, but some of the lesson files do not work. Plus, the screen shots look different. I have contacted Peachpit but have not heard anything back.
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By Garbo on 22 Jun. 2013
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A very good editing software but it doesn't quite meet my expectations because it doesn't permit me to produce DVDs with a menu and a sub-menu nor permit me to decide where the chapter points should be; I want to be able to determine the length of each chapter rather than be forced to use the 10 minute chapter points.
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