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3.1 out of 5 stars
Final Cut Pro X Cookbook
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on 31 January 2013
I have written this review as an FCP 7 editor who moved over to FCPX a couple of months ago.
Like many FCP 7 editors I stayed on the fence for 18 months or so but decided that with the latest upgrades that FCPX was now made FCPX a viable option to me.
When I did move over from FCP 7 the magnetic timeline and media database concept did come as a shock "but was expected" I just wish I had this book with me as I stumbled around.
Having already completed a couple of projects in FCPX this was not totally brand new to me however I came across many tips as I went through the PDF.
Back to the FCPX Cookbook
The eBook comes in PDF format but you can also purchase a printed copy too (that version also comes with a free copy of the ebook)
This PDF format is ideal if you are one of those editors that like to read on your laptop/phone or tablet away from the editing suite. Of course if you like to physically thumb through a book you can do that too.
Initially the eBook was written for FCPX 10.0.5 however it is nice that the publishers have also provided an updated section / add-on pdf to cover the additional features of 10.0.6 upgrade. Note that the current 10.0.7 upgrade does not hold any additional features but I think is more of a housekeeping update.
There are over 400 pages of guidelines, screenshots and tips on how to complete the full workflow from camera to your selected output. Details can be found found here [...]
Download and Installation:
Download from [...] was simple and straight forward.
I downloaded the PDF direct to my MacBook Pro but then decided to also download to my iPhone to read it. Even on the iPhone it was easily read but would be better on the eyes on a tablet. Once logged in with email and password provided after purchase the PDF (my selected version) was very quick to download ready to start reading.
Don't think that it is only the new editor that can benefit from this publication - the way it covers the many ways to complete tasks has brought some basic but "better" ways to complete them to me. I found that on my Mac I could annotate and bookmark sections in MAC OSX "Preview application" so that when I got back to FCPX I could jump to them straight away - "ideal"
What does he FCPX Cookbook cover? (straight from the book):
Chapter 1, Importing Your Media, focuses on making FCPX work for you the way you want it to, with advanced organisational tips as well as how to customise the interface.
This chapter gives you the important information to get you started, getting any kind of data into FCPX o you can start editing. Pretty obvious stuff but by providing tips along the way it should give a better understanding of the process with all the different types of data whether it be from a card or music from iTunes. A great base to setup your FCPX workflow.
Chapter 2, Customising Your Workflow, focuses on getting your media ready for use in FCPX and provides tips on staying organised along the way.
Chapter 3, Basic Editing Mechanics, takes you through some of the fundamental editing tools, to get your video from a vision in your brain to a rough cut form as quickly as possible.
Chapter 4, Enhancing Your Editing, raises the bar a bit by introducing more advanced tools and techniques to accomplish more specialised tasks, such as editing music, creating a multicam edit, and more.
Chapter 5, Sweetening and Fixing Your Sound, teaches you how to read your audio meters and balance your audio, as well as recording voiceovers while working with surround sound, and more.
Chapter 6, Practical Magic: Also Known As Useful Effects, demonstrates some of the most useful and practical effects found in the Effects Browser, and how to install more and accomplish a green screen project.
Chapter 7, Titles, Transitions, and Generators, explores its namesake by revealing some of the deeper, hidden features to seemingly simple extras, which you can add to your project.
Chapter 8, Get Your Movie to Move, will teach users how to play with timing in FCPX, as well as how to animate your media on the screen with keyframes.
Chapter 9, Altering the Aesthetics of Your Image, introduces core colour correction and grading concepts with FCPX's all-new Colour Board, as well as how to isolate colour changes using shape and colour masks.
Chapter 10, Getting Your Project Out of FCPX, offers a plethora of options on what to do with your project once you've wrapped up the editing process, including burning optical media, uploading to social media sites, and archival tips and tricks. Appendix, Working with Motion and Compressor, introduces you to Motion and Compressor interfaces, and also shows you how to publish templates to FCPX and get chapter markers to work for you.
This eBook is a great read and is suitable for both novices and the more experienced FCPX editor.
For a price of the eBook is a no brainer and also for the printed copy if you really need it (including the eBook free) this will recoup itself easily in saved time Would I recommend it? Well yes, I have just done so
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on 14 December 2016
As I understood it, this book is the print version of an ebook. Great. What the description doesn't tell you is that when you buy the book here, you follow the link in the book which offers to sell you the ebook. At over £30, I expect it to be included free.
Secondly, it is evidently just a straight monochrome printing of a colour original (presumably the ebook.) Considering that video editing involves quite a lot of colour judgement and correction, reproducing the colour illustrations in the darkest, greyest monochrome halftones is worse than useless.
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on 1 December 2012
This Final Cut Pro X contains much that you need for video editing. Cox reminds the reader up front that this is a harder task than digital audio editing. You can immediately appreciate that video has much more data, and in general will also encapsulate an audio stream. Hence video editing is a super set of audio editing. But you can see from the text that simply importing video data into Final Cut is no small matter. For historical reasons there are many (>12) file formats that video could be stored in. The bulk of the first chapter deals with this topic. Luckily, effort has gone into making this as seamless as possible.

Much of the text is about low level editing mechanics, for altering both the video and audio streams. It turns out that practice will still be needed by many users. While as much has been automated as possible, certain tasks are still initiated by the user. Amongst these is the placing of markers manually, in beat to a music track. Most users will need to do and redo these placings. It is somewhat unclear if this situation can be improved in future versions because ultimately the decision is with the user.

There is one chapter on audio editing. While easy to understand, if you are into serious audio editing, you should probably use a program devoted to that, and then import the result into Final Cut.

A nice aspect of Final Cut is the aids it offers for doing special effects. Or aside from those, the means to clean up existing video. A good instance is being able to stabilise a shaky shot, which I suspect is a very common problem with amateur video. The smoothing operations within Final Cut seem to use some very complex algorithms under the bonnet. These can take some time to process, depending on the power of your machine and the complexity of the images in the video.
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