Final Cut Pro X 10.3 - Apple Pro Training Series: Professional Post-Production 1st Edition
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About the Author
Brendan Boykin is a trainer, editor, and consultant based in Colorado. With his background in broadcast and corporate video combined with his designation as an Apple Certified Master Trainer, Brendan provides training to post-production, education, and broadcast facilities nationwide. Brendan consults on several books in the Apple Pro Training Series.
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I also purchased the Final Cut Pro X 10.1 version some time ago, and was unable to dedicate the time after the initial purchase. I was thrilled to see Mr. Boykin release the revised and updated version 10.3 this spring. With that said, the 10.3 revision is completely updated to coincide with the latest software version available from Apple; including the latest graphics and icons. I read in another review that the 10.3 revision was simply a "copy and paste" of the 10.1 version. I completely disagree with that review and wanted to state for the record.
Again, excellent product and would recommend to anybody looking to learn Final Cut Pro X in a self-taught, self-paced environment. After completing this book, you will have learned enough about the software to comfortably manage your project from a novice though advanced user.
As a stand alone reference I suspect you'd be disappointed as it is designed to be used with specific media files. I was pleasantly surprised to find that page 4 lists the downloading instructions for those files. You'll need to create an account giving name and email address and then proceed to fill in either the 10 or 13 number ISBN number listed on the back. The files downloaded effortlessly at no additional cost.
As it stands right now it is difficult to determine how many stars to award. However, I hope to update my review in the future. Four starts based on the apparent quality of the book and the on-line support for the media files.
I am currently using Larry Jordan's FCPX Workflow & Editing course for FCPX 10.4 which I think is excellent. I found that the best way for me to absorb this material, and there is so much of it, is to have a word processor open and take notes starting with chapter one. It's helpful to have a second monitor, one for the word processor an the other for the videos. I am also supplementing the training with videos from Nonlinear Education Inc. available at Apple's app store.
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Anyway the book uses video footage which is downloaded from a website. It then goes slowly through all the phases of creating a video.
I only took one star away because it takes a long time to get to the editing which for me is the interesting bit.
I can't fault the book on giving me confidence as the instructions are very detailed. It is difficult to make a mistake if you follow the instructions.