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Introducing Final Cut Pro X: Learn by Video [Paperback]

video2brain , Joseph Linaschke
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11 Oct 2011 0321804619 978-0321804617 1
This innovative product uses interactive video to give viewers an overview of the features in Final Cut Pro X, which Apple has redesigned from the ground up. Final Cut Pro X should be much more accessible to “pro-sumer” videographers, many of whom shoot video with their digital SLR cameras. This video is geared to this new audience, taking them through the fundamentals of video editing, as well as how to get going quickly with Final Cut Pro X, which still is an advanced, pro-level application.

Experienced instructor Joseph Linaschke presents up to four hours of high-quality HD video, complete with lesson files, assessment quizzes, and review materials. The video is wrapped in a unique interface that allows the viewer to jump to any topic and also bookmark individual sections for later review. The unique Watch-and-Work mode shrinks the video into a small window to allow the student to work alongside in Final Cut Pro X. Project files used in the lessons are included on the disc so viewers can practice what they've learned, and interactive review questions help reinforce freshly gained knowledge.
The DVD-ROM is bundled with a printed booklet that provides supplemental material to enhance the video training.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (11 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321804619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321804617
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 18.3 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,270,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Instructor Joseph Linaschke is a photographic storyteller and educator. He's been teaching and presenting on stage to audiences around the globe for over 15 years and spent 8 years at Apple as technical marketing manager for the Professional Applications Division.

video2brain, located in Graz, Austria, is a company focused on producing high-quality video training content for software, photography and programming topics. Crucial to the flexible training are optimized teaching methods, practical tips from well-known industry experts, and the focus on learning by doing with project files.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty box, 8 Jan 2012
By Big Red
Nicely packaged but thats where the good impressions stop, this is only usefull if you have just bought FCPX and have no previous experience of video editing software
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely thrilled 10 Jan 2012
By La Costa Deb - Published on Amazon.com
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Considering there were no reviews yet, I took a chance by ordering this product. I had just learned the last Final Cut system a year ago, so I kind of felt like I was starting all over in a way considering this new system is very different from the last one. I definitely needed something that made it easy and intuitive, and I'm so glad I picked this option. Watching the videos was perfect for someone visual like me. Before, I picked up Final Cut first by reading a book, then picked it up again using a book with a DVDs. But I found this to be the best of all options. I took notes as I went along, so I could refer to them later if I had any questions, but I really think they did a good job of illustrating the system, showing how to navigate it and explaining all of the features available on Final Cut Pro X. The best part is that I can go back anytime and watch the segments on topics that I may need help with. I do wish he would have been clearer on what we should be doing while watching the video, i.e. creating a video assignments with the footage included. It would have been nice to start from scratch and have a completed movie by the end. I guess this was optional, so I didn't feel like that was as clear as it could have been. Still I can go back and play with it all at any time and I now feel confident about my ability to do so after watching this. I'm thrilled that the new system is so easy to use, yet it still has an enormous range of abilities that you won't find on iMovie, so you can really make your project look professional. Can't wait to get going and after watching the whole series I feel confident digging in to Final Cut Pro X. Thanks!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great "visual jumpstart" for anyone who has no previous experience with computer-video-production or Final Cut Pro X 30 Jan 2013
By Pearly - Published on Amazon.com
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I own a small online retail business and I want to create several short videos for it. I majored in Broadcast Communications in college, so I have some idea what I'm doing . But college was 30 years ago. I haven't done any "film-making" in a VERY long time, and I have actually NEVER done it on a computer. That's right, I have never used iMovie or anything like it, believe it or not. So when faced with the task of trying to save money and make some short videos by myself, I decided to go with Final Cut Pro X, because it was highly recommended. I installed the trial version, took one look at it, and thought, "oh boy, what have I gotten myself into?" I immediately bought two books: this one and the one by Diana Weynand.

I started out with the Learn By Video, because I thought it would give me a good visual jumpstart, and I was right. It gives an excellent overview of what the product is, and basically how to use it. Since I didn't have any experience with iMovie or any video-production-on-computer products, I wanted someone to explain to me, in clear terms, what Final Cut Pro X is and give an overview of how to use it, without getting bogged down in minute details. That is what this video course does extremely well. It took me about a week to watch the different chapters and get through all the material. I didn't do any of the exercises that he suggests. I just watched the videos.

He presents the material in a very clear, easy-to-understand format. It got me really excited about my decision to use Final Cut Pro X, and I was itching to get started on a video project!

I had already taken some footage and some photos, so after watching this video course, I was able to make a rough cut of my first video. Now remember, I had no idea how to use the product (or anything like it) before watching Learn By Video. And after watching it, I was able to make a first pass at creating my video! I think that says a lot! Of course, I still had a long way to go to make it a final version. After creating my first rough cut, I dove into the Diana Weynand book to learn the finer points of using the product. I have written a separate review of that book, which I really love and highly recommend.

I already know some things about how to do storytelling with video from my college training. If you don't know much about video storytelling, check out Lynda.com, because they have some really good courses you can take about video production.

With a combination of this Learn By Video book and the Diana Weynand book, you won't be looking at Final Cut Pro X , wincing, and reaching for the Tylenol. You will know what to do. The combination of this video course, and the Diana Weynand book will give you the skills and confidence to get started. You just need to be patient. It will take a few weeks to get up to speed. If you need to know the product instantly and have no experience with products like this, you will just be frustrated. You need to give yourself a few weeks to learn and understand it properly first.

As I write this review, I have finished the Learn By Video course, and I'm about 2/3 of the way through the Diana Weynand book. Soon I'll be done with that first video that I've created and plan to upload it to YouTube and put it on my retail website. So far, I'm pleased with how things are going. And I'm happy that I didn't have spend a lot of money on in-person training. After this, I may also buy Apple Motion, because I understand that it has a lot of additional titles and effects. And if I do, I will probably do a similar training course for that.

So in conclusion: I give this video training course 5 stars and highly recommend it as a "visual jumpstart overview" of what Final Cut Pro X is, and how it works. If you want to get into the nitty gritty of the finer points of the product, you should get the Diana Weynand book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars OUT OF DATE! 14 Dec 2012
By David - Published on Amazon.com
This is about 5 versions out of date for the ever changing FCP-X. It is quite useless near 2013! This is over 2 years old, a lifetime in software years. Peachpit does not update well.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great beginner's guide 7 Aug 2012
By Stephen Goldberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The combination of book with CD is very helpful for the beginner. It's clear and fun to use. I would recommend the book for those first starting out with Final Cut Pro.
5.0 out of 5 stars Introducing Final Cut Pro 4 Feb 2014
By Maria B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This learn by video is an excellent learning tool. It is easy to follow and well organized. It showed me things I didn't expect I could do with Final Cut Pro.

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