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Final Cut Pro X Cookbook
 
 

Final Cut Pro X Cookbook [Kindle Edition]

Jason Cox
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Written in cookbook style, this book offers many recipes to edit slick, professional videos with FCPX. Each recipe contains step-by-step instructions followed by analysis of what was done in each task and other useful information. The book is designed so that you can read it chapter by chapter, or you can look at the list of recipes and refer to them in no particular order. If you’ve been toying around with iMovie and want more power or you’ve taken FCPX for a whirl and simply can’t find the fastest, most efficient workflow, this book will help! Veteran editors will find just as much useful info as FCPX is radically different than its predecessor, Final Cut Pro 7.

About the Author

Jason Cox

Jason Cox has enjoyed capturing images since receiving his first Mickey-Matic film camera when he was four years old. Growing up in the Washington, D.C. area, he spent much of his youth wandering around with some form of a camera, still or video, in hand.

Jason graduated from Penn State with degrees in film production and English. After spending a couple of years as an entertainment journalist for a newspaper, Jason returned to D.C. to strike out on his own, eventually starting up his own L.L.C., Some Might Say Media. He currently juggles a mixed workload of freelance video production and editing, as well as teaching courses as a certified trainer for both Apple and Adobe software.

Outside of his working life, Jason enjoys traveling (he met his Scottish wife in New Zealand—long story!), playing old school Nintendo games, going to music and cultural events, and drinking chocolate milk.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (5 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008W1A2LG
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5.0 out of 5 stars FCPX Cookbook - My thoughts 31 Jan 2013
Format:Paperback
I have written this review as an FCP 7 editor who moved over to FCPX a couple of months ago.
Like many FCP 7 editors I stayed on the fence for 18 months or so but decided that with the latest upgrades that FCPX was now made FCPX a viable option to me.
When I did move over from FCP 7 the magnetic timeline and media database concept did come as a shock "but was expected" I just wish I had this book with me as I stumbled around.
Having already completed a couple of projects in FCPX this was not totally brand new to me however I came across many tips as I went through the PDF.
Back to the FCPX Cookbook
The eBook comes in PDF format but you can also purchase a printed copy too (that version also comes with a free copy of the ebook)
This PDF format is ideal if you are one of those editors that like to read on your laptop/phone or tablet away from the editing suite. Of course if you like to physically thumb through a book you can do that too.
Initially the eBook was written for FCPX 10.0.5 however it is nice that the publishers have also provided an updated section / add-on pdf to cover the additional features of 10.0.6 upgrade. Note that the current 10.0.7 upgrade does not hold any additional features but I think is more of a housekeeping update.
There are over 400 pages of guidelines, screenshots and tips on how to complete the full workflow from camera to your selected output. Details can be found found here [...]
Download and Installation:
Download from [...] was simple and straight forward.
I downloaded the PDF direct to my MacBook Pro but then decided to also download to my iPhone to read it. Even on the iPhone it was easily read but would be better on the eyes on a tablet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars harder than audio editing 1 Dec 2012
Format:Paperback
This Final Cut Pro X contains much that you need for video editing. Cox reminds the reader up front that this is a harder task than digital audio editing. You can immediately appreciate that video has much more data, and in general will also encapsulate an audio stream. Hence video editing is a super set of audio editing. But you can see from the text that simply importing video data into Final Cut is no small matter. For historical reasons there are many (>12) file formats that video could be stored in. The bulk of the first chapter deals with this topic. Luckily, effort has gone into making this as seamless as possible.

Much of the text is about low level editing mechanics, for altering both the video and audio streams. It turns out that practice will still be needed by many users. While as much has been automated as possible, certain tasks are still initiated by the user. Amongst these is the placing of markers manually, in beat to a music track. Most users will need to do and redo these placings. It is somewhat unclear if this situation can be improved in future versions because ultimately the decision is with the user.

There is one chapter on audio editing. While easy to understand, if you are into serious audio editing, you should probably use a program devoted to that, and then import the result into Final Cut.

A nice aspect of Final Cut is the aids it offers for doing special effects. Or aside from those, the means to clean up existing video. A good instance is being able to stabilise a shaky shot, which I suspect is a very common problem with amateur video. The smoothing operations within Final Cut seem to use some very complex algorithms under the bonnet. These can take some time to process, depending on the power of your machine and the complexity of the images in the video.
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3.0 out of 5 stars this is an excellent for a beginner but not for an advanced student 6 April 2013
By B. Mann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I had hoped to learn new techniqes for creating different type of projects in the process of making different projects. Instead, its very good at explaining all the necessary techiques for a beginner to throrougly learn the program. Unfortunately, it came out just before the 10.0.6 update, but still is a worthy addition to learn the program. I'd recommend it for anyone that wants a step by step way of learning all parts of the program. But not for someone that thinks they are going to put different projects together and learn new creative techniques.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cookin' with Final Cut Pro X 31 Jan 2013
By Karl Buehrens - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Wow - Jason Cox has outdone himself on this Final Cut Pro X book! Over 400 pages of helpful instructions, wonderful full-color screen illustrations, and step-by-step breakdowns of very complex processes. Final Cut Pro X is hard to learn, but Jason makes it easy with simple to follow recipes.

New user? No worries, Final Cut Pro X concepts are introduced at the beginning of each section. Upgrading from a previous version? Jason carefully provides comparisons between earlier software, primarily Final Cut Pro 7. And, the fact that Jason wrote this book in a cookbook style means that you can either start from the beginning or you can jump right into the section that you want to learn more about. Information is easy to find and put to immediate use.

I particularly enjoyed the approach Jason takes in laying out each process; he sets the stage with a section he calls "Getting Ready", where he explains the pre-steps needed. He then walks you through each step of the process. Finally, he completes each section with a great follow-up, discussing related items and uses for each function. Jason even lists many helpful outside resources he's collected over the years.

This is a must read for Final Cut Pro enthusiasts. Even seasoned users will get a boost from some of the valuable workarounds in this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Cookbook recipe for success 28 Jan 2013
By mortoni - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Likes:
1. The Chapter overviews are very helpful.
2. Offers many levels of learning for everyone from the new user, through people who are switching from other editing software, all the way up to the professional video editor.
3. Has some great workarounds for what initially appeared to be 'issues', which turned out to be just different ways of working.
4. Does everything honestly and thoroughly in depth with a 'helping hand' mentality.
5. Understands and pushes the positive aspects of the software....sure, there are missing features in FCPX at present but this book makes the best of what it has to offer.

The FCPX Cookbook is full of sensible, easy to follow tips and ways of working that make the movie making process smooth, quick and manageable.

Starting with the essential 'importation' of media, the book runs through a myriad of file-types that can be imported.
Multi layer PSD files can be brought in as separate layers and stacked as a compound clip.
Within the clip the layers can be manipulated and edited at will, a great step for various animated text, image and background projects.
As well as explaining how to import the files, the book goes that bit further and offers you advice and practical tips as to how this feature can be used creatively instead of just leaving you to get on with it like the FCPX help menu.

One important section of the first chapter explains how to import projects that have been created in FCP7, this a definite bonus that Apple never cover.
Using 7toX for Final Cut software, the book helps you through the process, a vital set of instructions to get around one of Apples' greatest omissions from FCPX.

Chapter 2 is entitled 'Customising your workflow'. We all work in different ways and have different preferences so it's nice that this book acknowledges this and helps you set up your ergonomic ideal.
From the first time, leisure user to the full time, professional editor, FCPX is shown to be a versatile and comprehensive tool.
All aspects of the software are explored and the tone of the book is informative without being too 'techy' or dumbed down.

I would heartily recommend this book for anyone who either plans to use or is currently using FCPX, it is a great reference book too and should always be kept to hand.

Now that FCPX is, at last, stable and feeling more and more 'up for the job' with each update, here is a book that explains all the ins and outs, leaving you to edit, create, backup and innovate.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars maybe harder than audio editing 1 Dec 2012
By W Boudville - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This Final Cut Pro X contains much that you need for video editing. Cox reminds the reader up front that this is a harder task than digital audio editing. You can immediately appreciate that video has much more data, and in general will also encapsulate an audio stream. Hence video editing is a super set of audio editing. But you can see from the text that simply importing video data into Final Cut is no small matter. For historical reasons there are many (>12) file formats that video could be stored in. The bulk of the first chapter deals with this topic. Luckily, effort has gone into making this as seamless as possible.

Much of the text is about low level editing mechanics, for altering both the video and audio streams. It turns out that practice will still be needed by many users. While as much has been automated as possible, certain tasks are still initiated by the user. Amongst these is the placing of markers manually, in beat to a music track. Most users will need to do and redo these placings. It is somewhat unclear if this situation can be improved in future versions because ultimately the decision is with the user.

There is one chapter on audio editing. While easy to understand, if you are into serious audio editing, you should probably use a program devoted to that, and then import the result into Final Cut.

A nice aspect of Final Cut is the aids it offers for doing special effects. Or aside from those, the means to clean up existing video. A good instance is being able to stabilise a shaky shot, which I suspect is a very common problem with amateur video. The smoothing operations within Final Cut seem to use some very complex algorithms under the bonnet. These can take some time to process, depending on the power of your machine and the complexity of the images in the video.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book. 12 April 2013
By tebaby - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I would recommend this book for anyone who hasn't had a chance to work with FCPX for awhile. I had figured out a lot of tips and tricks just by watching YouTube and trial and error before reading this book. Don't get me wrong, this is a great book, but you'll still need to know a little about some of the terminology so that you don't get confused. I would still recommend this book to anyone using FCPX. Good read.
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