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Based on the reviews, I was excited to get this book.
However, I quickly found that the earliest examples on the DVD do not match the references in the book.
For instance, in Chapter 4, on page 57, the authors refer to a video clip, MVI_0152.MOV. However, this file cannot be found anywhere in the Chapter 4 files on the DVD.
Additionally, the authors provide a video tutorial that talks about the "Common Media Folder". The video even says that a copy of the Common Media Folder is included on the DVD. Sure enough, there's a zip file with that name, but attempts to open it in Windows 7 only create a file called DS_Store that I believe is an Apple-specific construct.
I checked with the publisher's website, hoping to find some errata, or explanation, but couldn't locate anything.
So at this point, I'd have to warn Windows users to be prepared to work through some errors.
Overall, the book looks good, and I think it will still provide some utility. But if you're attempting to carefully follow the examples on the included DVD, you may be in for some difficulties. If the examples get cleaner, I'll be sure to revise my rating.
(Note: Since I can't find any listing of errors, as I continue to run into them I'll post them here.. especially those mistakes that I think could lead to some confusion. Perhaps that will help other readers, particularly Windows users.)
* Error on Page 75 - Step 5 asks you to choose the 1.2121 ratio, when it's the 0.9091 ratio that will correct the stretched red clip.
* Error on Page 76 - Step 1 says to open the sequence "03 PAR". That actual name of the sequence is "03 Field Order".
* Clarification for Page 108 - Trouble importing some of the .mov files when you load the Chapter 6 project. Some of these files will require the Cineform codec.
The authors provide a link (on page xiii) to the Cineform codec needed to load these files. The codec used to be called "NeoPlayer" but is now called "GoPro Cineform decoder". You'll find the codec not under Support/Downloads, but under Support/Free Decoder.
* Clarification for Page 127 - When you load the project files for Chapter 7, you'll have to specify the location of some files, which are in the Media folder for Chapter 6. You'll also be asked for file "Music_Bed.aif", which can be found in the Media folder for Chaper 7.
* Error on Page 140 - The Authors instruct you to use Ctrl+T to add a transition. On the Windows package, Ctrl+T is the short cut for "New Title". "New Transition is Ctrl+D
* Error on Page 150 - The authors instruct you to load sequence "05 Copy and Paste". The loaded project does not contain this sequence, which would leave you unable to perform this exercise. However, you can create the sequence by...
- Choose the "New Item" button, then "Sequence".
- Select Digital SLR/1080p/DSLR 1080p24
- Drag the file MVI_8595.mov to the timeline, and zoom if necessary to match the book.
- Rename the sequence "05 Copy and Paste".
* Error on Page 154 - In Windows, Ripple Delete is Shift+Delete, not Alt+Delete.
* Error on Page 173 - The timecode the authors ask you to set on the Slip Edit example (In: 02:16:45:10 & Out: 02:16:51:15) are impossible as the clip actually starts 02:16:49:00. I like to slip the In point to 02:16:53:04, so the clip begins panning on the man, and he comes into focus on the word "mortals".
* Error on Page 177 - Trim Monitor: The authors instruct you to choose "Sequence > Trim Edit", or press T. The menu choice opens an effect window, not the Trim Monitor. Pressing "T" will work. To open the Trim Editor via the menus, choose "Window > Trim Monitor".
* Oversight on Page 289 - Loudness: In step 5 the authors assume that you can see the Loudness and other values for the two added clips. However, you can't see this unless you click "Compute average volume..." button (looks like a little magnifying glass) near the top of the Match Volume tab.