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The Craft of the Cut: The Final Cut Pro X Editor's Handbook Kindle Edition

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Marios Chirtou and Mark Riley are London-based filmmakers with more than 20 years of experience in the broadcast TV industry. Their movies and music videos have been screened at numerous film festivals around the world and broadcast on BBC, ITV, and MTV. They designed "The Craft of the Cut" for aspiring editors to develop their skills using the short film "Pranks."

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  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (16 July 2012)
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  • Language: English
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Excellent book for anyone using FCP X to make a short film. The addition of general editing advice is very welcome, too.
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Excellent, Has very useful information on editing.
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This book is a very good resource not only for learning the basics of FCP X, but for the rushes and resources which allow you to cut an entire short film. However, a number of the files on the DVD wouldn't work and even when I downloaded them from the official site they still wouldn't work. I tried contacting the publisher for assistance but got no reply which was frustrating. This meant that my editing options were somewhat limited - Hence the star rating. However it is a good resource for any beginner wanting to develop editing craft.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8ef8c66c) out of 5 stars 25 reviews
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HASH(0x8ef3f8b8) out of 5 stars a true hands-on guide to learning Final Cut Pro X (for beginners) 26 Oct. 2013
By Paul Christensen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
For some reason, most Final Cut Pro X books seem to focus on providing either a printed variation of Apple's own built-in reference material, an expanded menu command reference, or a set of chapters based on tasks that fore you to interpret with your own content. But if you're a beginner to Final Cut Pro X, you'll be happy that "The Craft of the Cut" is none of these.

In this detailed, hands-on tutorial, you not only learn how to use Final Cut Pro through building an actual assembled short subject movie, you also learn the basics of professional video production - scripts, reports and logs (continuity shots, continuity scripts, multiple takes on the same scene, etc). I'm not a professional video editor, so I found this extra dimension not only fascinating but also helpful in how I can setup a more sophisticated capture beyond your typical "vacation video". The book's authors actually work in the television industry and their experience shows.

Each chapter builds on the elements of post-production process to
- import and organize raw footage
- assembly and edit of a rough cut
- refinining the cut with secondary story lines, compound clips and transitions, editing of audio
- editing the cut with alternate scenes, cutting dialog, editing action
- building on the soundtrack with music and alternate dialog
- working with effects, color corrections, and titles
- sharing and exporting

Included with The Craft of the Cut is a DVD with a compressed disc image containing raw footage, alternate takes, audio and still source media, and example projects and final content to compare with what you build. Although it's not clear on the outside of the book, if your Mac doesn't have an optical drive, you can still download the disc image and example media directly from booksupport.wiley.com

What this book is NOT is an advanced guide to Final Cut Pro X advanced techniques (eg. multi-camera editing, keyboard shortcuts, etc). It also is not a replacement for a comprehensive command, menu and dialog reference.

But if you really are looking to learn Final Cut Pro X with actual content, under the guidance of real-world professionals, this is an EXCELLENT starting place.
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HASH(0x8ef4a834) out of 5 stars Can't honestly recommend a purchase.....maybe a library check out....maybe 22 April 2014
By Braverhund - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The biggest disappointments I had in the book lie in the facts that 1) author leaves you hanging to figure out key parts on your own (which can be a good thing, but without having simplified contact or at least minimal direction leads, you to have to figure it out on your own...again..it 'can' be a good thing) 2) There are better books for the money (ie..Quickstart series) and 3) using the product AS THE BOOK SUGGEST will get you a 'copyright infringement' charge if you publish your finished work on youtube. Although the books own website suggest and encourages you to 'Export and share your film" (DIRECT quote from the Pranks website)....when I did so on youtube I was hit with a copyright infrigment strike on my spotless account. Matter of fact, the only views of my video were all made by the publisher and their own lawyers to view it...no one else did! When I politely asked the publisher to remove the strike....they flatly refused, even though I only followed their instructions to publish my video and was only using it for my own educational purposes. Seems a bit overkill on their part. I could always argue that my finished video lies within transformative use as I entirely put the finished product together using rushes provided....but in no way 're-edited' a finished version....but that would require me to file a counter claim and obviously is more work and money than necessary. I'll just wait the 6 months on youtube. (Pranks Media could of just asked me to remove the video....I would have no problem doing so.)...and for the record, I'm a former media professional who is looking to return to the industry and I was trying to utilize this book to enhance my skill set in order to get a position back within the profession.

So that I don't come across as too bitter, I will say that the book is worth a library checkout (that is what I did), but I can not recommend buying the book as that would profit the publisher who needs to learn not to upset the very people they are trying to get as customers and users. The rushes and overall structure of the book make it worth a look...but most likely you'll be better off with a book like the Quickstart series, which give you references on specifics which make it a better reference book and more details in use of color correction and audio enhancements. I will also honestly state that had the authors not been so immature about soiling my spotless Youtube account I probably would have given it 4 stars....but being one of fair play, I figured, since they for no reason soiled my account, I shall return the favor. Touché ...
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HASH(0x8f651060) out of 5 stars Training by practicing 9 Sept. 2013
By Manu - Published on Amazon.com
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What better way of learning by practicing ?

I finished the book and am surprised of the quality of the footage provided just for training purposes. For the price, it's a bargain.
Indeed it's almost impossible for non professionals to get access to this quality of footage.

I was not a total beginner in video editing but hadn't touched Final Cut Pro X before and I found myself in the perfect target audience.
This book is half on using FCPX, half on the art of editing. As a result it's a fast learning method but just a small introduction to the craft of the cut.

I prefer learning on a real book while practicing on the screen so that I don't have to switch applications on the screen.
Found a few mistakes while following rigorously each instructions but overall it was fairly easy to follow.

Editing my own version of the movie for the sequence left without detailed instructions and comparing my work to the provided final cut proved itself to be very useful.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ef3a6cc) out of 5 stars Neat book! 13 May 2013
By Jeff & Wendy S - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
This book is perfect for my demographic. Perhaps for you too.
I have light experience in video editing. I understand that concepts, and know what an 'L' cut and a 'J' cut are, but I have never done a serious project that involved any kind of elegant editing, and most of what I have done has been in iMovie... but I've always wanted to take it to the next step.

Contrary to what it claims, this book may be a bit overwhelming for an absolute beginner, but if you pick up these concepts easily or have a little bit of experience in editing or filmmaking, this book is probably perfect for you. As others have said, it's not a book meant to teach you everything about Final Cut, but it does give concise enough directions such that someone new to Final Cut should be able to follow along... and the inclusion of the raw footage for a short film is a brilliant way to tackle this.

There is probably enough here just on the craft of editing that would make it a good value to a filmmaker using any editing tool, but where the book really shines is if you (like me) are also trying to come up to speed on Final Cut as well.

4.5 stars... I can't wait to really dig in!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f690eac) out of 5 stars Excellent Book! 9 May 2013
By Eric B. Borgman - Published on Amazon.com
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I realize that it might be suspicious that so many of the reviews are high and so many of them are by Amazon Vine reviewers. However, this is REALLY an excellent book.

The Craft of the Cut by Marios Chirtou and Mark Riley isn't just a book on using Final Cut Pro X. It also is a guide on how to edit and takes the reader through various editing techniques.

New users to Final Cut Pro X and even new video editors should find this book as exciting and useful as I do!
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