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"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...what really sets this book apart is how Rick Young's step-by-step directions and graphics are so very easy to follow." --Steve Douglas, videographer
"Short, clear and to the point... It will get you up and running on FCP in short order."--Ken Stone (kenstone.net), LA FCP user group
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Short, clear and to the point... It will get you up and running on FCP in short order.?
Ken Stone, www.kenstone.net
Compared to the 800 page tomes I usually find, there is not much that Rick Young
does not cover...what really sets this book apart is how Rick Young's step-by-step
directions and graphics are so very easy to follow.?
Steve Douglas, videographer, www.worldfilmsandtravel.com
Rick Youngs Easy Guide to Final Cut Pro is the ultimate guide to getting up and running
with Apples professional editing software. Full of information relevant to both new
users and professionals, this book wastes no time in teaching all the vital knowledge
needed to edit your project from start to finish using Final Cut Pro. All the key features
and essential techniques are presented in this easy to understand, full-color book.
When time is of the essence, less is more.
Learn invaluable workflow tips which show you how to tap into the full power of Final
Cut Pro, whichever version of the program you are using. All the essential areas are
System Set-up Capture Editing Audio Mixing Effects Output Media
This latest edition also features new sections specific to Final Cut Pro 6,
including: effective ways to edit HDV working with P2 media encoding using
Compressor 2 accessing the Master Templates using Apples ProRes 422 codec.
Praised by industry professionals, educators and independent filmmakers, the Easy
Guide to Final Cut Pro has earned a solid reputation as being the absolute best book on
the market for those wishing to get up to speed with Final Cut Pro quickly.
Rick Young (www.macvideo.tv) is the Director and Founding Member of the UK Final
Cut Pro User Group and an Apple Solutions Expert. A freelance television director and
editor, Young has many years of broadcast experience, including work for the BBC,
Sky, ITN, CNBC, and Reuters. Also a Final Cut Pro Consultant, Rick has been invited as
a public speaker at numerous UK and US exhibitions, is a liaison to the US FCP user
groups, and is author of the best-selling, The Focal Easy Guide to Final Cut Pro 5.
The Focal Easy Guide series:
Start working with new software immediately regardless of your level
Achieve professional results, learn practical skills from industry experts
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This book has both some serious plusses but also serious minuses. First the strengths. I feel this book serves as a good reference for intermediate Final Cut Pro users. I think mainly this book is great for people who may be familiar with an older version of Final Cut, or are familiar with a different editor (Premiere, Vegas or whatever) and are migrating over to use Final Cut. For such people, this book is great because if you want to, say, know how to add a video track, or how to slice a clip into two parts, these kinds of things are very easy to look up in this book. And obviously the book is attractively priced.
Now the negatives. I think this book is nearly useless for users who are trying to learn not only Final Cut, but how to edit in general. Because the book is organized in "how to do this, how to do that" with pretty much no discussion of *why* you'd want to do these things, or how doing these things would improve your video project, or even how to go about editing a video project using some clips that you might already have. A pretty substantial level of editing knowledge seems to be assumed by this book. On the other hand, really only the pretty basic straightforward things are covered in this book. So I don't think it has anything to offer advanced users.
So I dunno, for a very specific group of users, this book is a nice one to have on your shelf. For everyone else, I think they'd be better served by something else.
What the larger Apple manuals are great at --- is providing practice material and step by step instruction --- sometimes it's best to start from page 1 --- especially as a newbie to editing. However --- Rick Young's series of condensed guides --- serves as a tremendous handy abridgment with the MOST important details needed for most conditions when you don't have time to drag out the BIG books. His manuals are written from an editor's perspective with brevity in mind. Think of it as a "greatest hits" version of editing information. You won't be disappointed.
This book also does a great job of going over what you need to get started in Final Cut Pro - installation, settings, etc. While this book is not a "load this clip from the CD and now push this button" type book, the examples are very clear, and can be done with any video clip on your computer.
There is definitely material here for even experienced Final Cut Pro users - for example, I'd never really understood some of the rendering and format options (AIC, ProRes 422, etc) and this explains them, and shows how to use them to your advantage. Heck, the explanation on page 24 of how to put custom buttons on your toolbars, or the one on page 85 on how to use the select track tool, have probably saved me 5 or 10 minutes an hour since I learned to use them.
Hope you enjoy this book as much as I have!
A previous 'review' from a 'Mr. Minter', who absurdly complains that he has to use a Mac, which he 'hates', in order to access this 'overrated' software, proving that he's in fact *underrating* Final Cut Pro is sadly typical of ignorant users who complain of imaginary obstructions to educating themselves. The fact that Final Cut Pro runs on a Mac is no accident, as the hardware extends the software's reach in unique fashion. This is just one aspect of Final Cut Pro that this book does a very nice job of distilling, in the service of engaging the reader, ALL the processes one needs to master in order to actually build an effective and compelling visual narrative. The author presents these processes in a logical, 'stepped' method, making the most of graphics and clearly and engagingly written descriptions of each process, and how each process interlocks with the next. You can get up and running fast, and learn to teach yourself through doing, using this book as a reference and a comprehensive resource. What more can you ask, short of a personal instructor visiting your studio?