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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.
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 ...
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.
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!
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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