Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Express HD

How to Work With a Project in Final Cut Express HD

Work through the entire book, or pick just the sections that interest you most: Either way, you'll find just what you need to begin making movie magic. Sponsored Products are advertisements for products sold by merchants on Amazon. When you click on a Sponsored Product ad, you will be taken to an Amazon detail page where you can learn more about the product and purchase it.

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Sign In We're sorry! Started doing non-linear in So I'm no novice at this. I'm considered very technically sharp and pick things up fast. So when I say the estimate on the time the lessons will take is unrealistic, I think most who got the book would agree. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I'm a professional editor and finally decided to make the transition from FCP 7 to X.

I've used peachpit's books to learn all the professional apps I use and have always been happy with the way they structure their lessons and allow you opportunities to practice. As well as introducing different key functionalities throughout. This is the first set of ebooks I've purchased.

No Rendering in FCE (Final Cut Express) and FCP (Final Cut Pro)

I'm reading the material on my iPad which makes it easier and downloaded all lesson files as instructed. Very happy with this book and the new process. As for other reviewers' complaints about not finding the download links, I'm not sure if something has been upgraded since the previous reviews. But for me it was very straight forward and the ebook provided me with a specific link to download the files.

After 2 months of studying with this book, making my own notes, and working on FCP X for my last few corporate projects, I've come to the conclusion that most if not all FCP X haters haven't taken the time to really learn this product. Yes at first glance it looks like iMovie pro. But thanks to peachpit's training methods, I now am able to do so many things faster than I used to with FCP 7.

Now onto advanced training. It is worth the time you put in to it! I own a small online retail business and I want to create several short videos for it. I majored in Broadcast Communications in college, so I have some idea what I'm doing. But college was 30 years ago.

That's right, I have never used iMovie or anything like it, believe it or not. So when faced with the task of trying to save money and make some short videos by myself, I decided to go with Final Cut Pro X, because it was highly recommended. I installed the trial version, took one look at it, and thought, "oh boy, what have I gotten myself into?

It gives an excellent overview of what the product is, and basically how to use it. I will review that product separately.

Launching Final Cut Express HD

I liked it a lot and highly recommend it. After completing the Learn By Video book I didn't do the exercises, I just watched the lessons , I fooled around with the product and created a rough cut of a little video for my business I had already recorded the footage and taken some photos, etc. Wow, I love this book. First of all, it is a training course; it is not a reference manual although you could sorta use it as a reference manual after you finish the book.

You need to start at Chapter 1 and go through to Chapter It will teach you many of the finer points of using the product, such as placing markers, the Precision Editor, etc. It takes time to go through it all, but it will be worth your time and effort. Allow yourself about 90 minutes per lesson.

Even the lessons that say "60 minutes" have exercises at the end that take extra time. But it's all good! You take the footage that Diana provides and you play with it, using the skills you just learned and have built upon, to reinforce everything. And doing it is fun, IMO. I already know some things about how to do storytelling with video from my college training.

I find this book interesting because it not only explains how to use Final Cut Pro X, but it teaches you something about the film making process. I find that very enjoyable. If you don't know much about video storytelling, check out Lynda. The author, Diana Weynand, is not just a technical writer.

Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Express HD

She is professional editor and director and has worked in film and TV. So she brings a lot of practical industry experience to this book, which I really appreciate. The book is not just one long slog of "click this and do that.

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If you do one chapter per day, you'll know this product very well within 2 weeks. I highly recommend it. You will know what to do. The combination of this book and the Learn By Video will give you the skills and confidence to get started. You just need to be patient. It will take a few weeks to get up to speed.

If you need to know the product instantly and have no experience with products like this, you will just be frustrated. You need to give yourself a few weeks to learn and understand it properly first. Soon I'll be done with that first video that I've created and plan to upload it to YouTube and put it on my retail website.

So far, I'm pleased with how things are going. And I'm happy that I didn't have spend a lot of money on in-person training. After this, I may also buy Apple Motion, because I understand that it has a lot of additional titles and effects. And if I do, I will probably do a similar training course for that.