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ISBN-13: 978-0321635273
ISBN-10: 0321635272
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Diana Weynand is an award-winning producer, director, editor, and co-founder of Weynand Training International (www.weynand.com), an Apple Authorized Training Center and a leader in training and curriculum development for emerging technologies. Diana was supervising editor for the Barbara Walters Special, director and co-producer of the Emmy nominated PBS series Cinematic Eye, and online editor for RealWorld. She is the author of five best-selling books on Final CutPro (including Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro for Avid Editors and Final Cut Express HD), and the co-author of Secrets of Videoblogging and How Video Works.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (August 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321635272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321635273
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diana Weynand is an award-winning producer, director, editor, and co-founder of Weynand Training International (www.weynand.com), an Apple Authorized Training Center and a leader in training and curriculum development for emerging technologies. Diana was supervising editor for The Barbara Walters Special, director and co-producer of the Emmy nominated PBS series, Cinematic Eye, and online editor for Real World. She is the author of four best-selling books on Final Cut Pro (including Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro for Avid Editors and Final Cut Express HD), and the co-author of Secrets of Videoblogging and How Video Works. A well-known columnist, she also writes on High Definition production.

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By W. Burke on October 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am already reasonably experienced with video editing in Sony Vegas. When I started using FCP7 I found accomplishing simple tasks was leaving me scratching my head. I decided to order this book from amazon to see if I could get some traction with this new suite of programs.

The book is well organized and does a good job teaching a workflow without just telling you to click one thing and another and then admire the outcome. The book begins with laying out a rough cut and refining it in the following chapters through various editing techniques all the way to project delivery. It maintains interest by changing the project media at the right time. It also does a good job of demonstrating multiple ways to accomplish the same result and giving examples of why one method might be more useful in certain situations. I found the illustrations to be very accurate and helpful.

The 4 video projects on the DVD are great to work with. There are 3 documentaries (Seaworld, music and nature) and one TV series (Leverage). The quality of the media is beautiful but not so perfect that it doesn't take a little bit of effort get results. This is one of the most effective parts of the exercises. It's clear when you preview the project that it needs improvement but it's the editing that makes the result satisfying not the fact that most anything shot on a Red One can look great.

I followed every chapter and performed all the exercises closely even when I already understood the concept being demonstrated. The chapters give a time estimate on how long they should take and personally it took me almost twice as long as the estimate in most cases. I think if I already new the software the estimates would be more accurate.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Klyde on September 22, 2009
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The footage is really fun to work with. This book is a top-notch tutorial on FCP7; taking a powerful and complex software package and simplifying concepts and methods. It is well-written and well-organized with the learner in mind (instead of just unloading a lot of information on the reader). I wouldn't mind a few more images, but it probably has more than most. Best to have some computer and graphics background. Even with that, it is still taking me longer than the book promises, to go through it. But it is worth every penny; this book is a great value.

To quote a concise and accurate review of the FCP6 edition of this book:
"By Vladimir Nagorniy (Hollywood, CA USA) - This book actually teaches you efficient work flows. All lessons designed in a really smart way, so your progress is well guided. Makes you learn keyboard shortcuts. The footage was fun to work with (not the usual snowboarders and surfers). Highly recommended."
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Richard L. Purvis on April 21, 2010
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This book is fantastic for anyone who wants to learn more about the Final Cut Pro program. I Learned more than I thought I would in the first chapter, it has certainly increased my productivity with the quick-ness and smooth-ness that I can now edit video into a rough final cut sequence. I'm a big Hands On learner and this book catered to that style more than any other book I have read on Final Cut Pro.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Martin on December 21, 2010
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I'm rating this book as '5 stars', more for its ability to prepare me for working in the Final Cut environment. The book was a good primer (perhaps a textbook option for an entry level class?) and now serves as a good reference. I was able to easily learn Final Cut Pro because I read this first. Specifically I liked all the actual hands-on projects and tutorials/work files (something that is missing in the Kindle version - which I would only recommend as a reference book only). If you're starting out, or just need a good refresher, this is the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joel Godin on March 29, 2010
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I love Diana's writing style. This book flows and is easy to follow, easy to learn. She covers all points excellently.
After stating a point or lesson, questions come to mind and it's as if she is reading my mind as she goes right on to answer
those questions. One of the best technical books I've read since 2000. Includes lots of clear color shots as she goes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kayla on October 19, 2010
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This book is really helpful. It gives step by step activities in a way that is understandable to the reader. It comes with a cd with media and assignments for learning purposes. It's easy to understand. I am completely new to video editing, and was required to buy this book. It's only been a month and I already know my way around pretty well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Trojak on March 11, 2012
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Apple Pro Training Series are well written, easy to follow, learn by doing books. Final Cut Pro 7 as a book in the series meets the requirements I have in an instruction guide. The exercises build the readers knowledge chapter by chapter. After the basics are learned the book becomes a reference guide with a Q&A section and shortcut command key guide at the end of each chapter.

I recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn Final Cut Pro 7 quickly and efficiently.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ruben on January 12, 2011
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All the book is based in the cintent of DVD that obiously doesn't come with the kindle version but you can't download neither so don't buy the kindle version because you don't be able to follow the explanations. I wasted 38$ ...
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