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

Diana Weynand
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August 21, 2009 0321635272 978-0321635273 1
Completely revised for Final Cut Pro 7 and featuring new footage from TNT’s hit show Leverage and the international music creation event Playing For Change: Peace Through Music, this best-selling, Apple-certified guide provides a strong foundation in all aspects of video editing. Renowned author Diana Weynand starts with basic video editing techniques and takes you all the way through Final Cut Pro’s powerful advanced features.

Each chapter presents a complete lesson in an aspect of video editing and finishing, using professional broadcast footage. After marking and editing clips to create a rough cut, you’ll learn how to trim and refine the cut before moving on to complex tasks such as adding titles, creating transitions and motion effects, applying filters, and working with multi-format and multi-camera footage. The book covers Final Cut Pro’s exciting new features, including iChat Theater support, the redesigned speed tools, and sharing projects on a Blu-ray disc.

  •  DVD-ROM includes lesson and media files for over 40 hours of training
  •  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
DVD-ROM compatibility requirements- Mac OS 10.6 or higher.





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About the Author

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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (August 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321635272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321635273
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,164 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.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior training guide September 22, 2009
By Klyde
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Hands On April 21, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Primer December 21, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Final Cut Pro October 19, 2010
By Kayla
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book March 29, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version is useless January 12, 2011
By Ruben
Format:Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid training! August 22, 2010
By hoopchi
Format:Paperback
Very impressed with the thoroughness of this training book. I've been using Final Cut Pro for about a year and felt that I was not progressing in ability. Within 10 minutes of opening this book I learned 5 things that have made me faster and a better editor. I highly recommend this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very thorough
This is the last of a kind. The FCP 7 training manual BEFORE Apple started screwing around and made FCP10. Kudos to the previous owner. Read more
Published 5 months ago by CINERUSS
2.0 out of 5 stars Pro?
It gets more complicated then just clicking your mouse and putting something there. Hate editing but this book really helped.
Published 6 months ago by Jonathan Kerns
5.0 out of 5 stars Really helpful
I got this for a class and the class ended up getting cancelled. So I still decided to go along and learn this program, and I loved it! Read more
Published 6 months ago by S. Misa
5.0 out of 5 stars This is such an awesome and really great book! I love it! Definitely...
This is such an awesome and really great book! I love it! Definitely worth it to give it a read.
Published 8 months ago by vannemic
5.0 out of 5 stars THANKS
This book is fantastic for anyone who wants to learn more about the Final Cut Pro program.. I can now edit video into a rough final cut sequence
Published 12 months ago by mohamed ibrahem mostafa
5.0 out of 5 stars Want to know everything about F.C.P. 7, Read this!
If you use F.C.P. 7 and have any questions on what you can do with it, this book is the answer!
Published 13 months ago by Me
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Worth It
While I think this book is quite good and easy to use, I don't think it's worth it anymore. With the advent of free, online tutorials and the fact that you can Google virtually any... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Sarah Matte
3.0 out of 5 stars Learned something
I was already editing and it was nice to learn things from someone else's perspective. More than one way to skin a cat is what I found out after reading this book and following the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by GOASTAFA
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Came on time and was perfect! No scratches or anything! I'm using this for an editing class and it's exactly what I needed. Read more
Published 16 months ago by jenny
4.0 out of 5 stars good
works well for training with final cut 7pro. very user friendly and awesomely cool and what not as;ldfj sdlfjsa sdf
Published 16 months ago by Alison
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