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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press (24 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240520157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240520155
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 16.3 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,112,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book will help you learn how to use Final Cut Pro 5 quickly and confidently." - Stills Audio Motion

"The book lives up to its name: it is easy to follow, well illustrated with screen grabs, and will give you a decent grounding in the software to get you doing simple edits." - Zerb

"This handy guide is small enough to fit in your bag for on the go reference, but thick enough to provide you with the skills needed to master Final Cut Pro." - Black Filmmaker

"In such a relatively short book as compared to the 800 page tomes I usually find, there is not much that Rick Young does not cover in order to get the new user up and running as soon and as painlessly as possible." Steve Douglas, kenstone.net
"Short, clear and to the point... It will get you up and running on FCP in short order."
Ken Stone (www.kenstone.net), Los Angeles FCP user group
"Whether you are a newcomer to Final Cut Pro...or an experienced Final Cut Pro editor, this little book will benefit you hugely. For the newcomer it is so easy to follow and understand and for the professional it will act as a quick refresher course while bringing you up to speed on Final Cut Pro's new features."
Monroevideo.co.uk

"I just was not going to buy any books on Final Cut Pro. I mean, anyone of us who has ever set foot in this section of the bookstore knows how overwhelming and technical editing software manuals can be. But the fun, unique, cover of this book compelled me to open it...You can pick up this book in the middle of the day or the middle of the night when you feel like you want to throw your Mac and its friend, Final Cut Pro, right out the window. In it, you'll discover those little light bulb moments that mean the completion of a successful and fulfilling project."
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About the Author

Director and Founding Member of the UK Final Cut Pro User Group and an Apple Solutions Expert. A freelance television director and editor with many years of broadcast experience, including work for the BBC, Sky, ITN, CNBC and Reuters. Also a Final Cut Pro Consultant, Rick has attended numerous UK and US exhibitions, is a liaison to the US FCP user groups, and author of the best-selling series The Focal Easy Guides to Final Cut Pro.

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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Mar. 2006
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clear, reading friendly and extremely helpful. well recommended!
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SUCH A COMFORTING COMPANION 9 Mar. 2006
By Elizabeth L. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I just was not going to buy any books on Final Cut Pro. I mean, anyone of us who has ever set foot in this section of the bookstore knows how overwhelming and technical editing software manuals can be. But the fun, unique, cover of this book compelled me to open it. In it, you'll find a conversation between two friends, one who obviously knows a lot about his craft. That's the way it's laid out...like a friend who is sitting next to you in the cutting room as you are panicking because you've suddenly forgotten how to realign those out-of-sync clips or how to time-remap without pulling your hair out. Rick Young is a friend to all editors, new and tenured, who need information without information overload. You can pick up this book in the middle of the day or the middle of the night when you feel like you want to throw your Mac and it's friend, Final Cut Pro, right out the window. In it, you'll discover those little light bulb moments that mean the completion of a successful and fulfilling project.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Exactly what I was looking for 31 Oct. 2006
By Finn Gregory - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have been trying to teach myself Final Cut Pro recently, and was making some progress. However, using lots of trial and error and referring to the voluminous Help guide was taking up a whack of my time, time I would rather have spent just getting stuck into the editing. I wanted a book that would lay down all the groundwork for me. This book fits that requirement perfectly.

It's really nicely designed - easy on the eyes, lots of screenshots and step-by-step instructions, and an intuitive structure. The writing style doesn't treat you like an idiot, but it is simply written, clear and concise. It also shows the shortest and simplest ways of achieving things. The shortcuts that I've learnt alone have saved me a lot of time.

Some important points about the approach the book takes: firstly, it isn't a 'project-based' approach. I bought another book which used a CD with files on it to walk you through the step-by-step process of achieving an exact final product. I hated this approach - it made the book very difficult to use as a general reference. With the Focal guide, I just use the index to find out information on what I want.

Secondly, it is far more functional than stylistic. By this I mean it shows you how the various tools work, not recommendations on the effects you can achieve. You're left to do the monkeying around with all the filters and things to figure that part out by yourself - but at least you should be comfortable at the controls.

Thirdly, it's not going to teach you how to edit, in terms of the types of shots to cut together, framing, and so on. Either learn this somewhere else, or use your own creative instincts.

All of which adds up to the book delivering exactly what it promises: a guide to the software, for beginner to intermediate users. More advanced users will want more detail. Good price, great book, will get you up and running fast. Buy it.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great little book 11 Jan. 2006
By quick edit - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Very fast, get you up and running, book. If you need to start editing with FCP RIGHT NOW, then this is a great resource, sort of like taking a one day immersion course in FCP editing. Its not focused on teaching you the ART of editing (there are other books that do that), but it assumes that lots of great (and potentially great) editors frankly just need to know how you get a clip from the Viewer to the right edit point in a Sequence. Did I mention that its also cheap?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Pretty Basic 24 Nov. 2006
By A J Day - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I really looked forward to reading this book, as I have been thinking of buying Final Cut Studio and a MAC to run it. (not cheap in Africa I can tell you) I was dissapointed ... all these 5 star reviews led me to expect more, instead, I found a book that is just plain average. Example ... In Adobe Premier & Avid Liquid I use the ripple tool quite a lot, this book does not cover it in useable detail, I had to borrow some time on a FCP suite to find out for myself. The book contains a lot of "history" about "how you would have done something 20 years ago" ... who cares!!!? I certainly don't ever want to see a half inch Lo-band umatic machine for the rest of my life. The colour illustrations are great but the detail and user tips are lacking, making it pretty ... but basic.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Quick, easy to understand read and reference. 12 Jan. 2007
By Terence Jacinto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The first time I opened this book I was hooked on it.

It has a lot of pictures and real world terminology. I'm an audio engineer looking to get into post production and this book also used and explains a lot of production terms I never knew.

The other thing I like about this book compared to other Final Cut books is that it teaches you how to use this NLE from start to finish instead of jumping around, teaching you the video editing process out of order.

This book starts with setting up the program and optimizing FCP for yout computer. Then it go's onto capturing al the way to the finsihed product.

Definetly worth the small amount of money you'll pay for it...
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