- Paperback: 552 pages
- Publisher: Adobe Press; 1 edition (February 27, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321385519
- ISBN-13: 978-0321385512
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 72 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,215,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Most of what the book teaches comes under the heading of 'Video Editing 101'-- what's a ripple edit, how do I lift frames, and so on. I can find most of this stuff pretty quickly in the User's Manual.
There is a lot of repetitive material in this book. I counted a half-dozen places where the book shows how to remove a gap in the timeline, even though it's a simple procedure.
Intermediate topics of the sort that I had hoped to find get less attention. Color correction only gets part of one chapter, and there's virtually nothing on Premiere's waveform monitor and vectorscope beyond how to open them. I'd really like to know how to read and use them!
Premiere's audio capabilities get their own chapter, but the Lesson on the CD-ROM doesn't match the chapter in the book. There were at least a half-dozen files needed by the chapter's project that Premiere couldn't find on the CD, rendering the chapter all but unusable.
When Premiere Pro comes out, I hope Adobe goes back to the drawing board on this volume. It needs a lot of work.
I had never used any previous version of Premiere and I was able to edit my own videos after completing a few lessons. I stopped following the lessons after lesson 7 but that was due to my own impatience to work on my own projects and not the book.
4-star rating instead of 5 is due to my constant complaint about a book meant to be put in front of a computer to learn from. It doesn't fold flat or stay open when trying to work the lessons making it difficult to work. This is simply a quality book that doesn't take into account using a fold open flat spine or spiral spine. I wish books like this that are made to teach while using a computer would stay open to the page without damaging the book (creasing spine, etc).
I like to take care of my books and I won't fold it back, etc to make it stay open. There are spiral options as well as a spine design that allows it to open flat. Either would make this a perfect book to learn from.
Another complaint I have about the book is that in many cases it could be improved if the authors would tell you why you are doing a certain thing. In many cases they do but in many others they don't. By leaving out an explanation of the reason you are doing a certain action it makes it difficult to apply steps to future videos you want to create.
It would be very nice if Adobe or Adobe Press would have a place to go to discuss or ask questions about the lessons in the book so you could get feedback from either them or from other users.
This is an almost great tutorial if they could eliminate the errors or refer you to a website where you could get an up to date list of corrections before you start using it.
The bottom line: I'm glad I bought it. I will finish it and I will keep it for reference, but I'm making notes as I go along on all the errors I find so I don't repeat them when I refer back later.
For the first lesson, when you open the project, a list of all missed files appears, you have to locate them, they are in lessons> assets> video and audio files> Theft unexpected XDCAM
If you have already some experience, it could be frustrating to do all the lessons to find a process that you don't know.
If you have no experience at all, it could be difficult to understand all the new informations.
Whatever your level is (true beggining or need to refresh your skills), the good point with this book is that (if you have some patience), you will have some solid basis and good practices that make gain time later.
Can anyone clarify this?