we cut away from all the hyperbole surrounding the latest and
greatest books regarding Final Cut Pro we are left standing before
the altar of probably the very best Final Cut Pro reference book
out there. From Lisa Brenneis' first edition of 'Final Cut Pro
for Macintosh' to, this, the newest version for Final Cut Pro
5 for OS X, this series remains as the standard bearer for users
from beginners to advanced.
To the uninitiated, this is not a FCP
book on how to be creative with a load of tutorial projects to
follow along with. This is a reference book that brings you up
to date with all the workings of Final Cut Pro including, as
one would expect, important references to the many new features
found in version 5. These include using the RT Extreme with Dynamic
RT, higher quality effects and a more intimate integration with
Apple's other applications, DVD Studio Pro, Motion 2, Livetype
and Soundtrack Pro.
New in Final Cut Pro 5 is the long sought
after feature enabling multiclip editing. I have already viewed
a few tutorials on this feature elsewhere, many of them excellently
done. Never the less, Lisa Brenneis covers the topic superbly,
bringing the user along sequentially in easy to use and understand
Forgot how to accomplish something in
FCP? This is the book to have by your side, go to the index,
look it up and jump to that section where you will find clear
and concise, step-by-step instructions as well as alternative
methods. In fact, one of the books strongest features is its
excellent indexing of all the applications Final Cut Pro has
For the intermediate and advanced user
a page by page read through is unnecessary. You will jump from
topic to topic as is needed. That is what a good reference book
provides; easy to find information and references.
While the beginner might be overwhelmed
by the depth and amount of information found in this book, she
will, unquestionably, find that as she learns more about using
FCP, more and more in this book will provide startling epiphanies.
"I didn't know I could do that, cool" will be an often
repeated phrase. I guarantee it!
And with that guarantee, I can't recommend
this book enough. I've said it many times before to so many editors;
this is the book I keep closest at hand to go to first when in
need. You should too.
is an underwater videographer and contributor to numerous film
festivals around the world. A winner of the 1999 Pacific Coast
Underwater Film Competition, 2003 IVIE competition, 2004 Los
Angeles Underwater Photographic competition, and the prestigious
2005 International Beneath the Sea Film Competition, Steve has
also worked on the feature film "The Deep Blue Sea",
contributed footage to the Seaworld parks for their Atlantis
production, and is one of the principal organizers of the San
Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition. Steve leads both underwater filming
expeditions and African safaris with upcoming filming excursions
to Kenya, Bali and the Red Sea. Feel free to contact him if you
are interested in joining Steve on any of these trips. www.worldfilmsandtravel.com
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