Final Cut Express 4: Visual QuickStart Guide (Visual QuickStart Guides) Paperback – 18 Mar 2008
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Here to ensure that users start taking advantage of Final Cut Express 4's powerful editing capabilities immediately is a thoroughly updated task-based guide to the program from best-selling author and digital video expert Lisa Brenneis. Users who are eager to make effective, compelling videos but don't want to invest heavily in training or equipment will welcome Lisa's simple step-by-step instructions, strong visual approach, and sound professional advice. In short order, they'll find themselves editing video; applying special effects and transitions; mastering the program's compositing, titling, and audio tools; and outputting their finished work. Readers will also learn about all that's new in this major upgrade: importing iMovie 08 projects, open format Timeline, built-in AVCHD and more.
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Update, October 09, I've found a book which is slightly out of date - 'Final cut solutions by Teague and Teague but is much better. I can find my way around it and it actually works. I am now starting to use FCE. Brenneis's book is just badly put together . In addition, when it comes to adding titles with Live Type it simply refers you to the FCE online manual, not much help really. I'd recommend the online Apple tutorials and the Teague and Teague book for people trying to move from iMovie 09 to FCE. It's working for me.
I'd downrate to 2 stars if I could
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My complaint is the book content itself. When I purchased this book, I did not see any other reviews that stated the user friendliness of this book. So I am hoping that by sharing my own experience, I can save some of you money, time, and frustration.
I am a new user to Final Cut Express 4. I am taking a class in school that shows me how to use the program.
This book is very thick. It is like a collage text book. If you do not have a lot of time like me, it will be a nightmare navigating through this book to find the one specific thing that you need and hoping that the tips will help you with the program.
It does have a table of content and index. But most of the pages are just texts and no picture diagram and no color photos either.
So although the information is there, but the time that it takes to weed through the superfluous stuff and the stuff that you actually need, it just takes way too much time. And time is what I do not have.
There are better books out there that provides a much quicker go to guide.
I am still going to keep this book because I bought it used and it would cost way too much to ship it back.
I guess it is a good reference book to have if you have a lot of time on your hands to actually navigate through the pages.
It is not a book that you can just jump to what you need. It looks very intimidating and I feel like I would have to go from page 1 to 300+ to really know the ins and outs of this program.
With few exceptions each list of instructions is accompanied by a screen shot, often two or three. Thanks to the abundance of screen shots the book can profitably be read away from the computer. You can study it over lunch to figure out what to do next. But you'd better have a strong light, because none of the screen shots is colored. They are not even black and white. They are black on grey, sometimes dark grey. A cost-saving measure no doubt. But if you are willing to put up with the eye-strain the book will see you through.
I would have given the book five stars were it not for the dark screen shots. But it is still a strong four.
I have worked with computers since 1982 and have developed software and written user guides. This one just doesn't measure up.
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