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Final Cut Pro 5 Editing Essentials

Book Description

Digital editing gives editors far greater freedom than ever before to move scenes of information around and place them anywhere in a film's sequence. Apple's Final Cut Pro is the most widely used Mac-based digital editor, and is especially popular with independent filmmakers and graphic artists. Final Cut Pro 5 Editing Essentials enables readers to master the craft of digital editing on Apple's Final Cut Pro. This full-color editing workshop features eight tutorials that provide firsthand experience with the art and technique of editing. Covering the essentials - capturing material, organizing it, editing, adding transitions, basic titling and sound techniques, and outputting from the application - the tutorials are explained in jargon-free language by a seasoned teacher and digital editor. This book includes a companion DVD filled with graphic files for the tutorial projects to help users hone their editing craft.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication
  5. Table of Contents
  6. Introduction
    1. Who Is This Book For?
    2. What's on the DVD?
    3. Acknowledgements
  7. Chapter 1 Capturing Your Material
    1. Firing Up the Application
    2. Understanding the Interface
      1. The Primary Windows
    3. Setting up the Application
    4. System Settings
      1. Scratch Disks
      2. Search Folders
      3. Memory & Cache
      4. Playback Control
      5. External Editors
      6. Effect Handling
    5. Audio/Video Settings
      1. Sequence Presets
      2. Capture Presets
      3. Device Control
      4. A/V Devices
    6. Log and Capture
      1. Keyboard Shortcuts
    7. Strategies for Capturing
      1. Capture Now
      2. Batch Capture
      3. Clip
    8. Tools
    9. Importing Music
    10. Summary
  8. Chapter 2 Firing Up the Application
    1. Loading the Lesson
    2. Where to Work Up the Application
      1. The Browser Application
      2. Using Shortcut Menus
      3. The Viewer
      4. Playing Clips
    3. Creating Subclips
    4. Cutting Up Master Clips
    5. Slicing Up Master Clips
      1. Slice 1
      2. Slice 2
      3. Deleting Clips
      4. Slice 3
      5. Comparison
      6. Range Clipping
    6. Organizing the Clips
    7. Look Before You Cut
      1. Duplicating Sequences
    8. Media Manager
    9. Summary
  9. Chapter 3 Building Your Sequence
    1. Loading the Lesson
    2. Working with Clips
      1. Overwrite
      2. Insert
      3. Alternative Overwrite and Insert
      4. Replace
      5. Fit to Fill
      6. Superimpose
    3. Making a Sequence
      1. Swap Edit
    4. Trimming Your Sequence
      1. The Ripple Tool
      2. The Roll Tool
      3. The Slip Tool
      4. The Slide Tool
      5. The Trim Edit Window
    5. Summary
  10. Chapter 4 Using Sound
    1. Loading the Lesson
    2. Setting up the Project
      1. Viewing Your Material
    3. The Split Edit
      1. In the Timeline
      2. In the Viewer
    4. Controlling Levels
      1. In the Timeline
      2. Fading Levels in the Timeline
      3. Controlling Track Levels
      4. More Fades
      5. In the Viewer
      6. Middle of the Sequence
      7. End of the Sequence
      8. Audio Mixer
      9. Audio Peaks
    5. Voice Over
    6. Summary
  11. Chapter 5 Adding Transitions
    1. Loading the Lesson
    2. Applying Transitions
      1. Favorite Transitions
      2. Checking the Media
      3. Using the Canvas Edit Overlay
      4. Shortcut Menu Transition
    3. Rendering
      1. Render Commands
      2. Render Previewing
      3. Render Control
      4. Render Manager
    4. Controlling Transitions
    5. Transition in the Viewer
    6. Using Transitions
      1. Cube Spin
      2. Dip to Color Dissolve
      3. Star Iris
      4. Page Peel
      5. Push Slide
      6. Gradient Wipe
    7. Conclusion
  12. Chapter 6 Adding Titles
    1. Loading the Lesson
    2. Setting up the Project
    3. Text Generator
      1. Text
      2. Drop Shadow
      3. Opacity
      4. Subtitles
    4. Basic Animation
    5. Boris Calligraphy
    6. Title 3D
    7. Type On
    8. Title Crawl
    9. Text Scrambler
    10. Vector Shape
    11. Nesting
      1. Text
      2. Background
    12. Photoshop Titles
    13. Resolution
    14. Summary
  13. Chapter 7 Editing Forms
    1. Editing Considerations
    2. Loading the Lesson
    3. Setting up the Project
    4. Documentary
    5. Music
      1. Marking the Beat on the Track
      2. Marking the Beat on the Timeline
    6. Multicamera Editing
    7. Action
      1. The Line
    8. Dialog
    9. Summary
  14. Chapter 8 Outputting from Final Cut Pro
    1. Record to Tape
    2. Print to Video
    3. Edit to Tape
    4. Export
      1. Quick Time Movie
      2. For Soundtrack and LiveType
      3. Using Compressor
      4. Quick Time Conversion
      5. Audio Export
      6. Export Audio to AIFF(s)
      7. Export Audio to OMF
      8. Batch List
      9. EDL
      10. XML
    5. Batch Export
    6. Summary
  15. Index