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Final Cut Pro 4 for Dummies (For Dummies (Computers)) [Paperback]

Helmut Kobler , Chad Fahs
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3 Oct 2003 For Dummies (Computers)
∗ Covers rendering, compositing, transitions, adding titles, audio and video filters, and advanced effects, as well as basic digital video editing information.
∗ Includes instructions on outputting the final product to videotape, DVD, CD–ROM, or even onto the Web.
∗ Provides practical, real–world solutions to managing media and incorporating various special effects into unique video/film productions.
∗ Includes a DVD packed with first hand commentary and project examples from the personal files of author Helmut Kobler, an independent filmmaker.

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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Pap/Cdr edition (3 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764537539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764537530
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18.7 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,079,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Unravel the mysteries of rendering, compositing, and transitions

Go pro with nonlinear editing and new features like Compressor and Soundtrack

Whether you’re focused on the back lot or the back yard, let filmmakers Helmut Kobler and Chad Fahs reveal the secrets of Final Cut Pro and video production! Discover how to manage your media, incorporate special effects, make music with the Soundtrack, use LiveType to make text pop and glow, and produce positively cool video from any source.

All this on the bonus CD–ROM

  • Software plugins that add cool new video effects to Final Cut Pro 4
  • Links to great online resources for digital video filmmakers
  • Special bonus chapters

System Requirements: 350 MHz powerPC G4 or better. AGP Graphics card. Mac OS® X 0.2 or better. See the About the CD Appendix for details and complete system requirements.

About the Author

Helmut Kobler is a professional filmmaker and owner of K2 Films, a production company.

Chad Fahs is a writer, director, and producer of video and interactive media.


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2.0 out of 5 stars I used it! 30 Jan 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I helped me creating my first movie out of my cam with the powerbook. The result were excellent. Unfortunately this was the last movie because it's too professional for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect For Newbies 25 Oct 2003
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Format:Paperback
This is a great reference for anyone who has never edited video before. I don't have any experience with Final Cut Pro or any other editing program, but this book covers everything I need to know to create my own videos. It begins with basic editing tips and moves on to things like high-tech transition effects. The CD that comes with it also has several different plug-ins you can use to spice up your movies.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use and very clarifying! 25 Oct 2008
By Kathleen Meads - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I found Final Cut Express 4 for Dummies to clarify a lot of technical information that I was trying to understand in Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Express 4. When reading for Dummies, I had no trouble understanding it and was able to compete a production easily on Final Cut Express 4. It talks plain, layman's language. I love it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother 28 Aug 2005
By Donald E. Azars - Published on Amazon.com
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Don't bother getting a DUMMIES book for Final Cut Pro. There are better books that achieve the same thing and can take you from ground zero to a point of understanding and knowledge that cost nearly the same. For instance, "Final Cut Pro 4 for MAC OSX is a great book". Even if you've never editing anything before don't waste money on DUMMIES. It's a good series for many things of course but not in this area.
2.0 out of 5 stars It is dated 31 May 2013
By patricia burns - Published on Amazon.com
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My final cut is more beyond pro 4. It would be good except it is very dated. The dummie books are very good tho.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good product 20 Jan 2013
By eddie morrison - Published on Amazon.com
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Easy to understand. Good stuff. Especially if one has a hard time deciphering instructions that come with FCP. Money well spent.
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