Cut Pro Foundations
Cut Pro Foundations
Produced by DV
Lafcpug store price: $54.05
Review by Steve
There are now several
Final Cut Pro tutorial discs on the market. I have had the pleasure
and opportunity to view and use most of them. The majority of
them are comprehensive, produced with attention to quality and
of good value to their audience. Many are addressed to the intermediate
and advanced editor and some to the new user. Final Cut Pro Foundations,
prepared and produced by DV Creators, has focused itself for
the new user who wishes to clear up the mysteries of Final Cut
and learn how to begin editing quickly and painlessly.
Needing Quicktime 6 or above, Final
Cut Pro Foundations provides a thoughtfully designed curriculum
enabling the new user of Final Cut Pro logical steps to learning
the sequence involved when getting started. The new editor in
Final Cut Pro will discover a discussion of video formats and
folder organization, advancing to creating your project settings,
onto basic log and capturing, utilizing your editing tools, applying
filters and transitions, importing music and foleys, and finally
exporting your finished project and making use of the Media Manager.
There is all one needs here to really get a solid grasp of what
Final Cut Pro is all about and how to productively use it.
A complete menu of
properly ordered sections, easily accessed to find what you need
or go from beginning to end.
The pacing of the disc is just fine, narrated by the likeable
Josh Mellicker, you can proceed as quickly or as slowly as fits
your learning style and modality. Typical of the DV Creators
other tutorial discs, the user of FCP Foundations will have access
to the full menu which she can revert back to at any time as
well as the 'chunkalized' steps provided to either repeat or
Josh Mellicker, your
host, was one of the very first to create tutorial discs for
Final Cut Pro
with his FCP PowerStart discs. He has the knowledge and skills
Depending on which section of the menu you are in, each step
allows you to work along with this DVD while you are following
on your own Final Cut Pro. I have always believed that we learn
best by doing and this is the same approach taken by DV Creators.
The disc window is easily adjustable to fit the size and space
of your computer monitor, and the chunkalization of each section
prevents the tutorial from running away from you while you are
working or experimenting with what you have just been presented.
A Documents folder is provided allowing
you to use the many same media files Final Cut Pro Foundations
utilizes in the various sections of the disc. This is inclusive
of the video files, music from Sonic Fire Pro and ambient sounds
made within Soundtrack Pro and Quicktime. For organizational
purposes you can save any of your own newly created projects
within this folder as well should you stop for a break and come
There's plenty of
media to work with should you want to follow the Foundations
project as it is presented.
Final Cut Pro Foundations is also full of a ton of tricks and
shortcuts that will be of great benefit speeding the workflow
and learning process along. Even the more intermediate user will
find little nuggets of gold that will enable themselves to be
more productive when at the editing bay.
The basics are clearly
demonstrated along with useful access tips.
Every level of user
may benefit from just the Media Manager section alone.
Aside from the easy to use chunks, what really stands out with
Foundations is that, for the new user, too much talk of theory
can be confusing and Final Cut Pro Foundations serves the beginning
editor well in avoiding that. DV Creators approach is to clearly
explain and demonstrate the set up, use of the interface, tools
and techniques one step at a time without filling the audio with
overblown theory that might just fly over the heads of someone
new to working with Final Cut Pro. It is this simplicity in its
approach that enables the user to feel they have accomplished
something by the end of the disc without being overwhelmed and
discouraged by a lot of mumbo jumbo. That can come later as the
editor gains confidence in their abilities. Confidence can go
a long way and I can heartily endorse Final Cut Pro Foundations
on that basis.
Steve Douglas 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, where he also won the Stan
Waterman Award for Excellence in Underwater Videography and 'Diver
of the Year', Steve was a safety diver on the feature film "The
Deep Blue Sea", contributed footage to the Seaworld Park's
Atlantis production, and a recent History channel MegaDisaster
show. Steve is one of the founding organizers of the San Diego
UnderSea Film Exhibition and leads both underwater filming expeditions
and African safaris with upcoming excursions to Kenya, Bali &
Komodo in 2007, and Costa Rica and Palau in 2008. Feel free to
contact him if you are interested in joining Steve on any of
these exciting trips. www.worldfilmsandtravel.com
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