Course For Final Cut Pro 101
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Final Cut Pro 7 is the industry-leading nonlinear editing application ... let Michael Wohl (one of the original designers of Final Cut Pro) show you how this application works!
In 6-hours of tutorial-videos you'll learn all the skills required to edit video like a pro in Final Cut Pro. Produced by Michael Wohl (one of the original designers of Final Cut Pro), this tutorial goes deep into not only the practice, but also the theory of video editing. Starting with the basics, you'll learn how to do basic edits like inserting and overwriting clips, performing 3-point edits, and zooming and scrubbing around your project. You'll also learn important file management techniques like working with Bins, Sequences, Clips, and Window layouts to expedite your edits.
The integration of the Canvas and Timeline windows is a primary workflow issue in Final Cut Pro, so Michael next moves on to show you how to ensure you have the correct sequence settings to make your video look as good as it should, every time. You'll also learn the difference between realtime and non-realtime editing ... important concepts that every video editor should understand.
With the basics under your belt, Michael moves on to teach you advanced video editing concepts including sync issues, using Markers, adding custom transitions, and more. You'll also learn how to manage media and archive projects for later editing.
Michael also includes a full section on using filters in Final Cut pro. You'll learn how to apply and change filters, how to keyframe filter effects, basic color correction techniques, and advanced filter concepts like using the Smoothcam filter to stabilize shaky shots.
If that isn't enough, Michael next discusses compositing techniques that allow you to combine multiple layers of video to make advanced edits and effects for your productions. You'll even learn how to use generators, drop shadows, and work with speed effects to create slow motion sequences and other time based video manipulations.
Everyone knows that video is two-thirds audio, so towards the end of the tutorial there is a big section on editing audio in Final Cut Pro. You'll learn how to normalize dialog, add audio filters, and create audio transitions to smoothly blend from one clip to the next.
This is an excellent tutorial for anyone who wants to edit videos like a professional. The language of the audio is very clear wich is really important.
It shows you from the most essentials tools and concepts that you actually need, up to more avanced functions and effects. I really recommend it.
One word. Great.
Although I am sure this tutorial is full of excellent info, any buyer should be aware that it is misrepresented that "you'll learn all of the skills necessary to edit video like a pro". In fact you get a little ways into the tutorial only to have Michael tell you he is not going to explain how to capture and log your footage in Final Cut and directs you to another web site to (purchase) an entirely different program which will explain how to do that! This is the equivalent of selling a book with the first fifty pages ripped out and telling you if you want to know what happened in the missing pages you will have to buy another book. There is nothing you can do in Final Cut if you don't know how to import your footage...the vital first step in editing anything.
I complained to the macprovideo site and a man graciously responded and gave me the missing video for the frustration. Unfortunatley, this video is for Final Cut 6 and does not really deal with digital aquisition and is really designed for analog content. I am able to figure out most of what I need, but this is hardly a Final CUt 7 missing tutorial. The essential problem still exists for the next buyer that you will not be getting a tutorial taking you through all of the steps to learn how to edit in Final Cut 7.
Until Michael updates his tutorial to be what it is advertised to be ( a complete Final Cut 7 Tutorial, I cannot recommend this. There are plenty of Final Cut 7 tutorials out there for purchase which are complete.