This self-paced training DVD in nine
video chapters discusses numerous tips and tricks, time savers,
media management and other techniques for working FCP HD 4.5.
Moderated by Steve Martin, of Ripple Training, the DVD-ROM has
a Director-based interface that plays on a DVD computer drive,
but not your set top box. Martin's content is well delivered,
useful and to the point. Its target audience is intermediate
and advanced FCP users, although advanced beginners can also
The DVD is menu-driven with chapters
containing narrative and video information in power logging,
cutting for dialogue and action, timeline timesavers, sequence
secrets, audio tips/suggestions, media management, finishing,
and an excellent chapter on working in a 24P timeline. Roll your
mouse over each of the buttons for the chapters and a summary
of its contents is provided.
Click on the button, the Martin's narrative
techniques play in the video window. Buttons start, stop, and
pause the display, and move you to other chapters.
The DVD basically provides techniques
to streamline and make your editing more efficient and productive.
Martin has both identified recurrent issues for editors and provided
ways to resolve those issues to speed the editing process. Each
of the main chapters includes subchapters dealing with specific
issues, techniques, solutions, and suggestions. For example,
the Power Logging chapter is divided into six sub chapters dealing
with various techniques that include "capture first, log
later," "logging with extended markers," "
recapturing clips with no audio," and using Excel to create
a batch list. Other topics include how to use DV Stop/Start Detection
for a non-DV clip, particularly when logging with extended markers.
What is provided here is representative on how Martin's suggestions
are designed to speed workflow.
Most techniques are accompanied by detailed
narrative and screen shots of the applicable part of FCP, Cinema
Tools, or whatever program is being discussed. For example, one
section explains how to convert a telecine log to a batch list
with Cinema Tools. Extensive screen graphics from each program
are provided and accompanied by detailed, clear narrative. Martin
provides project files to explain many of his techniques. This
approach allows users to follow along with the narrator, which
in my view significantly enhances the learning experience. Martin
also suggests an approach to editing rather than merely explaining
what the editing tools do. Again, in my view, this is a better
way to teach.
The section on working with 24P is one
of the best illustrative explanations for understanding advanced
and standard pulldown I've viewed. A chapter is included for
outputting to a progressive scan DVD. There is an explanation
of aspect ratios used for video and film as well as the application
of widescreen filters to a standard definition video footage.
Martin does a good job of detailing how to work with native 16:9
video footage with higher end cameras and footage shot with an
Sections on audio issues, sample rate
problems, and outputting your audio mix are also detailed. A
short discussion of on using Peak Express to normalize audio
in your sequence is provided. There are additional sections in
the "Managing Media" chapter that deal with sub clips
and unused clips, off line to on line, and copying a project.
The last chapter deals with issues common
to producing final output for broadcast or other delivery medium.
Sections on broadcast safe, audio distortion, adjusting output
levels, calibrating timecode, editing to tape, and timecode window
burn are included among others. Again, these issues are fairly
common to all editors, and Martin's suggestions are excellent.
Fifty tutorials and four hours of material
are included. Project files are included for the user to follow
along. The DVDs also has a DVD SP and LiveType tutorial, and
dozens of older video tips as standalone QT files.
All the good teaching aids follow a similar
format: good narrative, representative on screen captures of
the target application illustrating the technique or suggestion,
tutorial files, and random access to the information to facilitate
self paced learning. The only other variable is content
which must be good, and in this instance, make good editorial
sense. This DVD squarely meets these objectives.
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Saraceno is a motion graphics
artist located in Spokane, Washington. He has written for DV
Magazine, AV Video, MacHome Journal, and several state and national
legal technology magazines. David also moderates several forums