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Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro 7 Advanced Editing [Paperback]

Michael Wohl
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January 2, 2010 0321636791 978-0321636799 1
In this Apple-authorized guide, director and filmmaker Michael Wohl teaches the advanced skills that editing professionals need to know most. Using professional broadcast, documentary, and dramatic footage, Wohl delivers a comprehensive course in video editing and finishing. Readers will learn how to create polished transitions, fix screen direction errors, edit multi-camera projects, work with nested sequences, create fantastic effects, use filters creatively, and composite like a pro. Also covers advanced workflows for managing clips and media, and working with film.

  • DVD-ROM includes lesson and media files
  • Focused lessons take you step-by-step through professional, real-world projects
  • Accessible writing style puts an expert instructor at your side
  • Ample illustrations and keyboard shortcuts help you master techniques fast
  • Lesson goals and time estimates help you plan your time
  • Chapter review questions summarize what you’ve learned and prepare you for the Apple Certified Pro Exam

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About the Author

Michael Wohl is an award-winning filmmaker who has written, directed, and edited independent films for more than fifteen years. As part of the original Final Cut Pro engineering team, he helped design the workflow and interface that has earned Final Cut Pro its award-winning reputation. As an instructor, Michael teaches and designs curricula at UCLA, and has taught at AFI and San Francisco State University. He has spoken at film festivals and conferences including Sundance Film Festival, South by Southwest, DV Expo, Macworld, and NAB. His books include Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro 6: Beyond the Basics and Apple Pro Training Series: The Craft of Editing with Final Cut Pro.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (January 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321636791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321636799
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Michael Wohl is an award-winning filmmaker and author of fifteen books on storytelling and post-production, primarily with Final Cut Studio. He also records training videos available for download at He currently teaches at UCLA and has also taught and designed curricula at AFI and San Francisco State. He has taught hundreds of seminars and sessions at film festivals and tradeshows around the world including Sundance, SXSW, DV Expo, NAB, IBC, Interbee Japan, MacWorld Paris, and many others.

Michael is most well-known as one of the original designers of Apple's Emmy Award-winning Final Cut Pro software. As a member of the original team, he worked alongside the engineers providing the perspective of the real-world editor, focusing on workflow, usability, and interaction design. He produced the original training and demo materials used for the first several Final Cut Pro releases, administered the original beta program, and initiated the in-house editor program.

In addition to the many books you can buy here at Amazon, you can download and watch extensive training videos on Final Cut Pro, Motion, Color and Compressor at

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Editor's Bible June 10, 2010
By jay
"Final Cut Pro 7 Advanced Editing"

By Michael Wohl

A Review by: Jay Miracle

I'm constantly having to relearn the concept that you cannot always tell a book by its cover.

When I took a look at the cover of this "Final Cut Pro 7 Advanced Editing" book, part of the Apple Pro Training Series, I always thought it would be a bit dry and geeky for me. It had that classic appearance of one of my lovely high school textbooks - and I often struggled to keep awake perusing those.

But I recently read and worked through this excellent Final Cut Advanced Editing manual, and was extremely pleased at the new and fundamental knowledge I acquired by following the program and the accompanying DVD.

The Apple Pro Training series is much more accessible to an Editor than I had imagined.

Although I have been editing in Final Cut for over six years, I never took a formal training course, and this book really helped to sharpen a lot of my skills as well as re-educate me to some basics I must have learned incorrectly along the way.

Each section addresses important segments for a skilled-editor's toolbox: from basic Editing Techniques, to Workflow, Mastering Video Filters and Effects, Understanding Nesting Sequences (I've stumbled through this countless times), to the essentials of Working with Speed Changes, Finishing Techniques, and the ever-growing RED tsunami.

I've had a lot of misconceptions and misunderstanding regarding almost all these areas, but what really helped me was the great DVD of projects and exercises that accompanies each chapter. And a really fun part of the book that I sorely missed in high school was the Answers to all the Lesson Review Questions at the end of each chapter.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Fred S
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This book is very clearly written, great real world examples, and I'd say one of the best instruction books I have come across. This book explains all the advanced techniques, including how to edit your video while it plays (something I consider essential to creating professional videos). If you're serious about using Final Cut, get this book, it's worth the price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for FCP noobs and veterans February 22, 2011
I had already gotten through the first FCP training book from Peachpit Press and really enjoyed learning the basics with that. It helped me prepare for my Apple Pro Level 1 certification exam, so I was really looking forward to going further. This Advanced Editing book did not disappoint. Clearly written-out concepts (for the most part), interesting practice footage, full color illustrations... everything about it is top notch. I recently passed my level 2 certification exam on my way to a Master Pro certification. If all training books were written this well, I feel like I could learn just about any computer program there is. In fact, I intend to go through all the FCP-related training books and maybe even do some of the other OS X related ones, even though I don't need to. It's actually quite fun.

I recommend this book whether you have only a basic understanding of FCP or a seasoned pro who wants to brush up and reinforce the basics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Serves its purpose July 19, 2011
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This book serves the purpose of teaching editing on final cut pro and covers all the aspects of advanced editing very well. It comes with exercises to do in a CD attached to the book. There are clear instructions on how to access the material and how to work on the material. The CD has a set of final versions which the student should look at and then it has the footage with which the student must aim to match the final version. The instructions clearly explain the tools the student has to use in the software to create the final version.The book serves its purpose.It is kind of pricey for a student but maybe two students could buy it and share it. But if editing is really what you want to do, then I would suggest buying your own copy.
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By Me
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This book is the same one the trainers at the Apple store used to become Apple certified in F.C.P. 7. Loaded with great information on video editing.
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