Synopses & Reviews
In the only Apple-certified guide to advanced video editing techniques, award-winning filmmaker Michael Wohl delivers comprehensive training in the real-world skills that professionals use every day. Working through six hours of superb raw footage on two DVD-9 discs, you’ll learn to cut dialogue, action, comedy, chases, fights, interviews, documentaries, music videos, and multi-camera projects, as well as complete an entire audio mix.
Unlike other software books, Wohl teaches you to use Final Cut Pro’s advanced features while you explore the art of crafting a story on film. So, for example, rather than just learn how dynamic trimming works, you’ll learn why it works and in what situations you’d want to use it. And as you perfect your split edits, you’ll learn to match angles, cut for reactions, and use cutaways and inserts effectively in dialogue. You’ll discover how editing choices make comedy funny, drama moving, or chases suspenseful. Along the way, Wohl shares valuable tips on creating polished transitions, refining rough edits, and fixing screen direction errors. The book also covers audio editing and finishing, managing clips and media, transcoding video, and working with film and 24p—all in the context of making you a better editor and a more effective storyteller.
• DVD-ROM includes lesson and media files for over 40 hours of training
• Focused lessons take you step-by-step through practical, real-world projects
• Accessible writing style puts an expert instructor at your side
• Ample illustrations and keyboard shortcuts help you master techniques fast
• Lesson goals and time estimates help you plan your time
• Chapter review questions summarize what you’ve learned
The Apple Pro Training Series is both a self-paced learning tool and the official curriculum of the Apple Pro Training and Certification Program. Upon completing the course material in this book, you can become a certified Apple Pro by taking the certification exam at an Apple Authorized Training Center. To find an Authorized Training Center near you, go to www.apple.com/software/pro/training.
About the Author
Michael Wohl is best known as one of the principal designers of Final Cut Pro, a role he held for more than five years. As a director and editor, he has won numerous awards including the coveted CINE Golden Eagle award in 1993. Michael’s films have been featured in film festivals worldwide, and his first feature, “WANT,” will be released on DVD in 2006. He has taught classes on editing, directing, and digital filmmaking at institutions including the American Film Institute, UCLA, and Pixar University, and has been a featured speaker at film festivals and conferences including DV Expo, South by Southwest, and Macworld Expo.
Final Cut Pro is a serious tool for serious (usually professional) editors. If you're like most users, you already know the software's interface, are well-versed in editing basics, and are interested in just one thing: going as deep as possible with the software's tools and features. In 'Apple Pro Training Series: Advanced Editing and Finishing Techniques in Final Cut Pro 5, ' award-winning video editor Michael Wohl provides you with step-by-step instruction in all of the tasks real filmmakers are most interested in: cutting dialogue scenes, action scenes, fight and chase scenes, documentaries, comedy, music videos, promos, and multi-camera projects. Also covers Soundtrack Pro, audio finishing, managing clips and media, and working with film and 24p. Each chapter in this self-paced, Apple-authorized guide represents a self-contained lesson, with a project to complete, a review section, and bonus exercises to reinforce what you've learned. The accompanying DVD includes lesson files and all the materials you'll need to complete the book's projects
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Dramatic EditingLesson 1Editing Dialogue
Lesson 2 Editing Complex Dialogue
Lesson 3 Editing Action
Lesson 4 Chases and Fights
Lesson 5 Editing Comedy
Cutting Nonfiction MaterialLesson 6 Editing Documentaries
Lesson 7 Documenting an Event
Lesson 8 Music Videos
Lesson 9 Multicamera Editing
Working with AudioLesson 10 Sound Editing
Lesson 11 Audio Finishing
Project ManagementLesson 12 Advanced Clip Management
Lesson 13 Managing Media
Lesson 14 Transcoding and Outputting Video
Lesson 15 Working with Film Source
Appendix Final Cut Studio Workflows