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Final Cut Pro for Avid Editors

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ISBN-13: 978-0321166494
ISBN-10: 0321166493
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From the Back Cover

It used to be that you had to know Avid Media Composer to edit Hollywood-style film and videos. Now, thanks to Apple's low-cost, high-end video editing software, you need to know Media Composer and Apple's Final Cut Pro to stay marketable. If you're an editor experienced in Media Composer who needs to learn Final Cut Pro fast, you need Final Cut Pro for Avid Editors: A Guide for Editors Making the Switch. It's the only book that teaches Final Cut Pro from an Avid Media Composer user's perspective, using Avid images and terminology as references to guide you through the program's features and functions. This task-based book doesn't waste time going over editing basics that you already know, but rather explains how you can get the same job done in Final Cut Pro as you did in Media Composer with detailed feature comparisons, practical conversion tips, and instructions on how to use Final Cut Pro features that aren't available in Media Composer.

About the Author

Diana Weynand is president and founder of Weynand Training International, a training and consulting firm with a long list of clients that includes ABC, NBC, CBS, Paramount Pictures, and Universal. In its 20-year history, Weynand Training International developed the first training schools for non-linear editing in conjunction with the Montage Corporation and George Lucas's EditDroid. The firm also delivered the first series of Avid training courses for the Motion Pictures Editors Guild. Weynand is currently directing and editing the documentary, "Making Movies Sing!"

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press (October 9, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321166493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321166494
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,375,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More 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 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jim on December 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
We have been an Avid only edit house for years, but reciently purchased two Final Cut systems. Most of the transition was pretty easy, but trying to figure out how to do some of the things in FCP that we did in our sleep on the Avid slowed us down a bit. This book draws great parallels between the two systems.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Larry Krantz on December 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
As an Avid editor and now learning FCP, I can recommend this book for helping to understand where everthing is. This book is a must unless you want to tear your hair out. If you know how it feels going from Media Composer to DS, then you will understand why you need this book and I might add others.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dangarrob on March 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
If you are ever forced to quickly learn Final Cut pro for the odd job where Avid is not a viable option, or you want to start editing your on stuff on the cheap, buy this, read it and practise it for a week and you will be a Pro at Pro, knowing everything there is to know, at least, where to find it and whether it is doable or not. It is a book written by an Avid editor for Avid editors who have to go through the same learning curve. You can be very surprised going through it on how similar the two editing systems are and most of all, how quickly you can synthesise the information and make it second nature. I fervently recommend this book being so well written, going always to the point and covering everything properly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Cutler on January 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book helps ease the monumental transition from Avid to FCP. It is definitely a must for anyone going through the change, but becomes less useful once you get the hang of FCP. Once you are through the transtion, then get the book Final Cut Pro 5 for Mac, which answers the rest.

This book I could only find used, it is not easy to come by...
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By TVpro on July 1, 2012
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I've been a pro editor for over 20 years, and have used many platforms from big-rooms with Sony9100s to Smoke, Avid, and now Final Cut. This covers the switch from Avid to FCP7 (not X) If you haven't jumped the shark to Final Cut X but still plan to migrate from Avid to FCP7 this is a fine library addition. If you know avid this will make the change virtually painless. From start to finish every process is covered in short concise descriptions. With menu screen grabs and sidebars to keyboard shortcuts to why's and how's, this book has what is needed for the switch to FCP7. My shop has 20 edit bays and this book certainly made the rounds through many rooms and editors. A valuable addition to the well rounded editor. Moving to FCP7? You will not regret getting this book.
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I had the 2004 edition of this book which came with a CD.
This edition incorporates FCP 7 (now retired - boo) and a new chapter that catches up with digital file formats titled "Capturing and Transferring". Downfall is with no CD containing media and a PAL sequence to mess around with, it becomes less of a learn and test it out version. Luckily I have both copies so I can use the CD with the new version to have something to work with.
Overall this book is a must for AVID editors making the switch. It cuts out all of the guess work when it comes to navigating FCP with an AVID mindset.
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Part of the Apple-certified training series, Final Cut Pro for Avid Editors is for film editors and professional video editors who already use Avid, but who want to move these skills to Final Cut Pro as quickly as possible. Chapters blend feature comparisons and conversion tips with charts, lesson goals and plans, chapter reviews, and more, making this an excellent guide for either classroom or self-study. It's a self-paced learning handbook highly recommended for any film pro involved in training and applications.
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