|Review: Final Cut Pro 4 - On The Spot
- Final Cut Pro 4 - On The Spot
Time-saving Tips and Shortcuts
from the Pros
By Richard Harrington and Abba Shapiro
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Review By Ken
While this book could be called a FCP 4
tutorial, that would be a misnomer. This is not your typical
'tutorial' type book. Rather, it is a book filled with some 350
techniques, tips if you will, that will enhance both the speed
and ease with which you work in FCP and also the creative level
that you work at. Each technique starts with a general explanation,
then provides step by step instructions which are supported by
screen shots. Coverage of FCP runs the gamut as shown in the
- Optimize system performance
- Control effects for professional
- Create impressive titles with
Generators, LiveType, and Photoshop
- Build commercial-quality transitions
- Work quickly with buttons and
- Color correct to save vital shots,
and keep them broadcast legal
- Fix and mix for professional-quality
- Use the compositing tools of master
- Design and import graphics seamlessly
- Build effective project timelines
- Troubleshoot and recover files
- Manage media and backup strategies
- Wow your customers with effects
- Export and publish finished projects
to tape, CD, DVD, or the Web
Table of Contents
- Plugging In:Mastering Final Cut
- Setting Up for Success:User Settings
for Best Performance Out of the box, Final Cut Pro is a fast
- Notching It Up:Taking Effects
to the Next Level Effects are more than dragging and dropping.
- A Cut Above:Building Better Transitions.
Learn to create commercial-quality transitions.
- Fixing It in Post:Color Correction...You
- Type-Oh! Creating Titles That
- One-Click Wonders: Using Buttons
and Keyboard Shortcuts.
- Sounds Good:Enhancing and Troubleshooting
Audio Sound is more than half the picture.
- Still Life:Designing and Importing
Graphics Learn how to move seamlessly between graphics and video
- Master of Your Domain:Controlling
the Timeline The Timeline is the blueprint for your project.
- Crisis Management:Troubleshooting
and Recovery Techniques It's inevitable that things go wrong.
- The Finish Line:Learning Advanced
Finishing Techniques Learn polishing tips that create a better
- A Place for Everything:Media Management
and Backup Video projects are never done.
- I Didn't Know It Could:Secrets
of the Power Users.
- Out of the Box:Exporting and Publishing
Your Program Put the show on tape, CD, or DVD or even prepare
it for a website.
I don't know that I would recommend
this book to someone who is just starting to learn FCP, a more
traditional tutorial type book would be a better first choice.
However, for people who have been working in FCP for any period
of time, this book fills a gap in the learning curve. Learning
and using FCP is not only about basic processes, it is a matter
of always improving workflow, finding better ways of achieving
results. How do you discover those special techniques or tricks
that enable you to work with FCP in a more seamless manner? 'On
the Spot', by Richard Harrington and Abba Shapiro, is filled
with them, experienced editors showing you tricks of the trade.
The book lacks an index. Having
one would make it easier for the reader to find subjects of interest.
I also found some of the art (dialog boxes), too small to be
of value. Other than that, I really like this book, and have
learned many new techniques from it. Some important and some
just cool, techniques that I would never have discovered on my
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4 - On The Spot' from the lafcpug
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