Edit Well: Final Cut Studio Techniques from the Pros

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Pearson Education, Dec 9, 2008 - Computers - 336 pages
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Most film editors, whether they are working on motion pictures, broadcasts, live events, or video projects, all recognize that there is a process to editing. It involves planning, editing your story, adding transitions and effects, sweetening the audio, correcting the color, and creating the output. Apple has made it even easier to perform these tasks by combining their flagship nonlinear editor, Final Cut Pro, with other tools into a complete post-production package called Final Cut Studio.

Edit Well: Final Cut Studio Techniques from the Pros is the book that in-the-trenches editors have been waiting for. It offers a holistic approach to using the tools in Final Cut Studio for those who are responsible for a variety of tasks beyond just straight editing. Written by the preeminent experts and practicing professionals in their fields, contributors include Kevin Monahan, Mary Plummer, Mark Spencer, Tom Wolsky, and Alexis Van Hurkman, to name a few. Each chapter features each pro’s own insight on a particular tool in the Studio, whether it be Final Cut Pro, Soundtrack Pro, Motion and its 3D capabilities, or Color, a ground-breaking addition to the Studio for professional color grading.

Inside the book you’ll find:
• Practical, step-by-step techniques that cover the complete digital video workflow: editing, effects, motion, audio, color correction, and DVD authoring.
• Hard-to-find techniques on using Color and the 3D capabilities found in Motion.
• Expert insight and commentary by top professionals and trainers.
• Best-practice methods in editing, with tips on when and how to use a particular tool in real-life scenarios.
• Keyboard shortcuts to help you simplify your workflow.
• References to video tutorials and audio interviews of top Final Cut Pro editors around the world, available for free on the companion Web site.


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Final Cut Pro Editing
Techniques for Smarter Selection and Trimming
Exporting Still Images from Final Cut
Removing Pulldown Frames with Cinema Tools
An Archiving Solution for Final Cut Studio 2
Final Cut Pro Effects
Film It Up with Composite Modes and Filters
Animating Cameras in Motions 3D Space Using
Media Management in Soundtrack Pro 2
Roundtripping with Color
Using Curve Controls in the Primary In Room
Adjusting Red Green and Blue Channel Curves

Using Masks and Mattes in Final Cut
Adding Stability with SmoothCam
3D in Motion
Using Cameras and Navigating in 3D Space
Animating Cameras in Motions 3D Space with
Making Color Adjustments in the Primary In Room
Additional Tools
International Versioning and the Power of LiveType
Ten Ways It Can Help Manage Your

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