Introduction

When the two Steves started Apple back in 1976, they dreamed of making a computer that people could use as a tool to change the world. In 1999, Apple released Final Cut Pro—a program worthy of the founders’ vision. A worldwide community has formed around this tool, and people are making movies who weren’t able to before. Final Cut Pro changed the way stories are told, because it changed who’s telling them.

In 2003, Apple debuted Final Cut Express, a lower-cost, entry-level, nonlinear editing and effects program built using the same code base as Final Cut Pro 3; followed by Final Cut Express 2, which is based on Final Cut Pro 4—are you starting to see a pattern here?

This book covers Apple’s third program version, Final Cut Express HD ...

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