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Final Cut Express HD 3.5 Editing Workshop, 3rd Edition

Book Description

Go beyond the mechanics of Final Cut Express HD 3.5--learn how to edit with it! More than a button-pushing manual--this workshop give you firsthand experience with the art and technique of editing. You develop a working knowledge of this powerful editing application with eleven tutorials that cover each and every essential, including:
* setting up your system and understanding the interface
* getting your material into FCE and organizing it
* slicing, dicing, and organizing clips
* editing to build and trim a sequence of shots
* adding transitions
* using sound to refine your edit
* titling with FCE and Photoshop
* animating images to create engaging scenes
* adding special effects filters
* compositing to enhance your projects
* outputting your material
The companion DVD contains a video introduction to FCE that is especially designed for iMovie users. It compares and contrasts the two applications to ease the transition. The DVD-ROM portion contains project media, demo software, and free plug-ins for your use.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Table of Contents
  6. Introduction
    1. What Is Editing?
    2. Who Am I To Write This Book?
    3. Who Is This Book For?
    4. What’s on the DVD?
    5. Acknowledgments
  7. Lesson 1 Installing Final Cut Express HD
    1. What You Really Need
    2. Firing Up the Application
    3. Summary
  8. Lesson 2 Exploring the Final Cut Express HD Interface
    1. Default Windows
    2. Loading the Lesson
    3. The Browser
    4. Viewer
    5. Playing Clips
    6. Exploring the Canvas and Timeline
    7. Summary
  9. Lesson 3 Cutting Up Those Shots
    1. Loading the Lesson
    2. DV Start/Stop Detect
    3. Using Markers
    4. Slicing Your Clips
    5. Organizing the Clips
    6. Look before You Cut
    7. Summary
  10. Lesson 4 Editing Basics: Placing Your Shots
    1. Loading the Lesson
    2. Working with the Clips
    3. Summary
  11. Lesson 5 Editing Basics: Building Your Sequence
    1. Loading the Lesson
    2. Making the Sequence
    3. Rearranging the Sequence
    4. The Trim Tools
    5. Summary
  12. Lesson 6 Setting Up Your Application Preferences
    1. Setting Up a New Project
    2. User Preferences
    3. General Preferences
    4. Easy Setup
    5. Summary
  13. Lesson 7 Getting Material into Final Cut Express HD
    1. Capture
    2. Strategies for Capturing
    3. Summary
  14. Lesson 8 Adding Transitions
    1. Loading the Lesson
    2. Applying Transitions
    3. Rendering
    4. Controlling Transitions
    5. Transition in the Viewer
    6. Using Transitions
    7. Summary
  15. Lesson 9 Advanced Editing: Trim Edit and Splitting Edits
    1. Setting Up the Project
    2. The Trim Edit Window
    3. The Split Edit
    4. Summary
  16. Lesson 10 Advanced Editing: Using Sound
    1. Setting up the Project
    2. Controlling Levels
    3. Middle of the Sequence
    4. Voice Over
    5. Summary
  17. Lesson 11 Adding Titles
    1. Setting Up the Project
    2. Text Generator
    3. Summary
  18. Lesson 12 Boris Calligraphy and Advanced Titling
    1. Setting Up the Project
    2. Title 3D
    3. Title Crawl
    4. Nesting
    5. Still Images
    6. Summary
  19. Lesson 13 Animating Images
    1. Setting Up the Project
    2. Keyframing
    3. Straight Motion
    4. Curved Motion
    5. Other Motion Controls
    6. Summary
  20. Lesson 14 Animation Effects
    1. Setting Up the Project
    2. Motion Control
    3. Split Screen
    4. Brady Bunch Open
    5. Summary
  21. Lesson 15 Adding Special Effects Filters
    1. Setting Up the Project
    2. Applying a Filter
    3. Some Useful Filters
    4. Perspective
    5. QuickTime
    6. Stylize
    7. Video
    8. Summary
  22. Lesson 16 Color Correction, Keys, and Mattes
    1. Setting Up the Project
    2. Color Correction
    3. Desaturate and Sepia
    4. Keying
    5. Matte
    6. Summary
  23. Lesson 17 Compositing
    1. Setting Up the Project
    2. Generators
    3. Compositing Modes
    4. Summary
  24. Lesson 18 Travel Mattes
    1. Setting Up the Project
    2. Travel Mattes
    3. Summary
  25. Lesson 19 Outputting from Final Cut Express HD
    1. Record to Tape
    2. Print to Video
    3. Export
    4. Archiving
    5. Summary
  26. Index