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Final Cut Express 2 for Mac OS X (Visual QuickStart Guide) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0321246929
ISBN-10: 0321246926
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About the Author

Lisa Brenneis has served as a teacher, author, panelist, and film production manager. Her production credits range from interactive digital media to educational films, animation to live action, documentary to poetic fantasy. Her clients have included Disney, MCA/Universal, the Getty Museum, the Library of Congress, the International Olympic Committee, and Mattel. She is currently at work on a documentary short film.

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Product Details

  • Series: Visual QuickStart Guide
  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 2nd edition (April 14, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321246926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321246929
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,771,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Richard J. Cirminello on October 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
I have bought and used many Visual Quickstart Guides and they have always been great when getting started with something new. However, Final Cut Express 2 for Mac OS X is an exception.

Instead of explaining a sample project and then taking you step by step so you can get your feet wet, Lisa Brenneis instead decides it is more valuable to explain each item on each pulldown menu: whether you will need it or not.

She discusses in excruciating detail the various ways to save a project and how to open previous projects whose files have been misplaced, etc...without ever mentioning how to start a new project. In Chapter 3 she explains how to make a 'Custom Shortcut Button.' That's nice, but since she doesn't explain how to get video IN to FCE2 until Chapter 6, I have no idea what I would want to create a custom shortcut button for.

The first couple of chapters were full of so many details with no hands on experience or practical explaination...I was asking myself: "where's the quickstart?" oh...that doesn't come until page 145.

In Chapter 2:

"To restore a project:

1. Choose File>Restore Project

2. In the Restore Projects dialog box's pop-up menu, select the archived project you want to restore

3. Click Restore"

DUH!

Now at this point, reading from the beginning of the book, I have no idea what restoring a project means, why I would want to do it, nor do I even have a project to restore!

I sat for a few hours with this book and a simple video project I wanted to complete in FCE2 and instead of getting some good experience and information, I decided a better use of time would be to come here and write this negative review.
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