Apple Pro Training Series Final Cut Pro for News and Sports Quick-Reference Guide, Second Edition

Book description

Broadcast editors work with deadlines that are the most demanding in the field. To help you meet those deadlines and learn to use Final Cut Pro at the same time, this easy look-up guide focuses on the essential features that you need to get your stories done quickly without sacrificing quality. For editing everything from voiceovers to sports and news packages, you’ll get tips for efficient setup, customization, and trimming techniques. You’ll learn the best methods for making audio adjustments, how to use common transitions and effects, splice in fat and tight bites, cover narration with B-Roll, and prepare a story for delivery.

“No one teaches cutting edge technology better than Joe Torelli. Read his book. In clear, simple terms, he'll show you things you might miss that will make you a better storyteller.”           
    —Bob Dotson, Emmy Award-winning NBC News correspondent

“As the first person to use an Avid digital nonlinear editing system in a broadcast environment, who better than Joseph Torelli to write the definitive book on fast story editing under tremendous deadline pressures than this veteran broadcast videographer-editor.”
—Tom Ohanian, Academy Award and two-time Emmy Award recipient and Co-Inventor, Avid Media, Film, Multicamera Systems

Table of contents

  1. Copyright
  2. 1. A Quick Tour of Final Cut Pro
    1. Interface Overview
    2. The Browser
      1. Effects Tab
      2. Browser Options
    3. The Viewer
    4. The Canvas
    5. The Timeline
    6. The Tool Palette
    7. Audio Meters
  3. 2. Initial Setup
    1. Setting Up Your Macintosh for the First Time
      1. Setting Up the Timeline
    2. Using High Definition Formats
    3. Using Standard Definition Formats
  4. 3. Log and Transfer from Tapeless Media
    1. Overview of Tapeless Acquisition Devices
      1. What Is Metadata?
    2. Sony XDCAM
      1. What’s on the Recording Media?
      2. Setting Up XDCAM Discs and SxS Cards
      3. Setting Up the XDCAM Device for the First Time
      4. Software Setup for Final Cut Pro
        1. Connecting an XDCAM Device to Your Mac
        2. Overview of the XDCAM Transfer User Interface
        3. Detail of an XDCAM Transfer Clip Thumbnail Icon
        4. Mounting and Importing from the XDCAM Media
        5. Ejecting the Media
    3. Panasonic P2
      1. Importing P2 Content into Final Cut Pro
      2. Previewing Shots
      3. Detail of the Preview Area
      4. Ejecting the P2 Card
    4. Ikegami Editcam
      1. Ejecting an Editcam FieldPak
    5. Focus Enhancements’ Direct to Edit Recorders
      1. Ejecting an FS or DR Drive
      2. Tapeless Overview
  5. 4. Log and Capture from Videotape
    1. Logging Videotape Prior to Capture
    2. Preparing to Capture from Videotape
    3. Capturing from Videotape
  6. 5. Accessing Media Using Final Cut Server
    1. Assets and Productions
    2. Using Selected Media in Final Cut Pro
    3. Uploading a Project
  7. 6. Editing Simple Voiceovers
    1. Storyboard Edit
    2. Rearrange in the Timeline
      1. Linked Selection and Snapping
      2. Dragging and Dropping Clips
    3. Using the Viewer with Clips from Videotape
    4. Using the Viewer with Tapeless Media
    5. Topping and Tailing
      1. Keyboard Shortcuts for Topping
      2. Keyboard Shortcuts for Tailing
      3. Using the Timeline and Viewer to Top and Tail
      4. Conventional Trimming
    6. Simple Audio Adjustments
      1. Clipwide Level Adjustment in the Timeline
      2. Ramping Clip Audio Levels in the Timeline
      3. Clipwide Level Adjustment in the Viewer
      4. Ramping Levels Within a Clip in the Viewer
    7. Audio Cross Fades
      1. Applying Cross Fades in the Timeline
      2. Positioning a Cross Fade Between Clips
    8. Adding Dissolves
      1. Removing a Dissolve
    9. Fixing Material
  8. 7. Fast Package Editing
    1. Organizing for the Edit
    2. Laying Out the Story
      1. Recording the Narration
      2. Cleaning Up the Full Track
      3. Inserting Sound Bites and Standup(s)
      4. Dragging Bites to the Timeline
      5. Trimming to Tight Bites (the Radio Cut)
    3. Adding B-roll
      1. Adding Pad at the Top
      2. Alternate First Shot Method
      3. Adding More B-roll
      4. Slipping
      5. Sliding
    4. Backtiming
    5. Padding the End of a Sequence
    6. Opening for NATSOT
    7. Natural Sound “Pops”
    8. Video Effects and Rendering
    9. Finishing
  9. 8. Basic Fixes
    1. Motion Effects
      1. Fit to Fill
      2. Using the Time Remap Tool
      3. Using the Motion Tab
      4. Variable Speed Time Remapping
    2. Fixing White Balance
    3. Blurring a Subject
    4. Highlighting a Subject
    5. Resize
    6. Adding Other Effects
    7. Image Stabilization—SmoothCam
    8. Audio Equalization
  10. 9. Delivering the Story
    1. Preparing for Air
      1. Safe RT, Unlimited RT, and Rendering
        1. Hardware
        2. Software
        3. Sequence Content
    2. Live to Air
    3. Playback to Tape
    4. Remote Story Delivery
      1. Playing the Timeline to a Sat Truck
      2. Broadband Story Delivery
        1. DSL
        2. Cable Modem
        3. EVDO and UMTS Wireless Cards
        4. 3G Service with Cell Phones
        5. Broadband Global Area Network
        6. Wi-Fi Connections
      3. Compressing the Story
      4. Sample Compression and Transfer Speeds
      5. Delivering to a Website
      6. Delivering a Video Podcast
      7. Preparing Content for Apple TV
  11. 10. Customization Overview
    1. Creating Keyboard Shortcuts
    2. Configuring Button Bars
    3. Customizing the Window Layout

Product information

  • Title: Apple Pro Training Series Final Cut Pro for News and Sports Quick-Reference Guide, Second Edition
  • Author(s): Joe Torelli
  • Release date: May 2008
  • Publisher(s): Peachpit Press
  • ISBN: 9780321580450