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5.0 out of 5 stars Final Cut Pro X becomes useable, 18 Oct. 2011
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This review is from: Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X (Kindle Edition)
Having been a keen, amateur, video editor for several years I was interested in the recent release of Apple's Final Cut Pro X software. Despite the largely negative reviews, mainly from professionals it would seem, I took the plunge and now have it residing on my iMac.
The software is loaded via a download so comes with none of the usual collection of mostly confusing instructional books. Apple does provide a few hints and answers on-line but nothing that would help a first time user. This software appeared to provide an extremely powerful but reasonably priced answer to a beginner in video editing assuming they could find their way through it. What to do next?
Logging on to Amazon but not expecting to find anything yet, as the software is so new, I was delighted to find Diana Weynand's Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X. I immediately downloaded the Kindle version and started reading on my Mac, toggling between Kindle and FCP X to carry out the instructions provided and checking the results.
The physical book comes with a disc of film files to work with so what one sees on the screen is what is shown in the book. The "ebook" provides a link to download these same files. This is an excellent idea. Using the same video and audio data as that used in the writing of the book gives the new user a visual reference to ensure that the results of any action taken can be checked against the provided screen shot.
The way the book is structured takes one from opening the software through to outputting the the finished film in easy steps. I found the step by step approach very easy to follow and very quickly learned how to get the best from my new toy. The book is divided into chapters taking the reader through the various stages of film production, imputing raw footage, rough cutting etc., with a question and answer review at the end of each. Each chapter also has a list of keyboard short-cuts at the end - very useful.
This book will make learning how to use the software very easy. It takes one through the stages step by step but does not treat one as an idiot. On its own it will not teach you how to release the next block buster at the cinema. You will need to provide the imagination and hours of un-edited film for that. What it will do is show you how to put it all together, get rid of what you don't want, add effects and music then export it to the medium of your choice.
An excellent book. I am now ordering the hard copy version to have beside me at all times for reference. Buy it with confidence.
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Initial post: 26 Oct 2011 21:30:35 BDT
I agree with everything Buswab says it is a very professional written book, but that,s because Diana Weynand is a professional writer, anyone who is using Final cut pro X, this book is a must you won,t regret it Shalako Chicane.
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