Synopses & Reviews
“Short, clear and to the point... It will get you up and running on FCP in short order.”
– Ken Stone, www.kenstone.net
“Compared to the 800 page tomes I usually find, there is not much that Rick Young
does not cover...what really sets this book apart is how Rick Young's step-by-step
directions and graphics are so very easy to follow.”
– Steve Douglas, videographer, www.worldfilmsandtravel.com
Rick Young’s Easy Guide to Final Cut Pro is the ultimate guide to getting up and running
with Apple’s professional editing software. Full of information relevant to both new
users and professionals, this book wastes no time in teaching all the vital knowledge
needed to edit your project from start to finish using Final Cut Pro. All the key features
and essential techniques are presented in this easy to understand, full-color book.
When time is of the essence, less is more.
Learn invaluable workflow tips which show you how to tap into the full power of Final
Cut Pro, whichever version of the program you are using. All the essential areas are
System Set-up • Capture • Editing • Audio Mixing • Effects • Output • Media
This latest edition also features new sections specific to Final Cut Pro 6,
including: effective ways to edit HDV • working with P2 media • encoding using
Compressor 2 • accessing the Master Templates • using Apple’s ProRes 422 codec.
Praised by industry professionals, educators and independent filmmakers, the Easy
Guide to Final Cut Pro has earned a solid reputation as being the absolute best book on
the market for those wishing to get up to speed with Final Cut Pro quickly.
Rick Young (www.macvideo.tv) is the Director and Founding Member of the UK Final
Cut Pro User Group and an Apple Solutions Expert. A freelance television director and
editor, Young has many years of broadcast experience, including work for the BBC,
Sky, ITN, CNBC, and Reuters. Also a Final Cut Pro Consultant, Rick has been invited as
a public speaker at numerous UK and US exhibitions, is a liaison to the US FCP user
groups, and is author of the best-selling, The Focal Easy Guide to Final Cut Pro 5.
The Focal Easy Guide series:
• Start working with new software immediately regardless of your level
• Achieve professional results, learn practical skills from industry experts
• Focused, user-friendly coverage of the key tools you need to know
"This book will help you learn how to use Final Cut Pro 5 quickly and confidently." - Stills Audio Motion
"In such a relatively short book as compared to the 800 page tomes I usually find, there is not much that Rick Young does not cover in order to get the new user up and running as soon and as painlessly as possible...what really sets this book apart is how Rick Young's step-by-step directions and graphics are so very easy to follow." Steve Douglas, videographer, kenstone.net
"The book lives up to its name: it is easy to follow, well illustrated with screen grabs, and will give you a decent grounding in the software to get you doing simple edits." - Zerb
"This handy guide is small enough to fit in your bag for on the go reference, but thick enough to provide you with the skills needed to master Final Cut Pro." - Black Filmmaker
"In such a relatively short book as compared to the 800 page tomes I usually find, there is not much that Rick Young does not cover in order to get the new user up and running as soon and as painlessly as possible." Steve Douglas, kenstone.net
"Short, clear and to the point... It will get you up and running on FCP in short order."
Ken Stone (www.kenstone.net), Los Angeles FCP user group
"Whether you are a newcomer to Final Cut Pro...or an experienced Final Cut Pro editor, this little book will benefit you hugely. For the newcomer it is so easy to follow and understand and for the professional it will act as a quick refresher course while bringing you up to speed on Final Cut Pro's new features."
"I just was not going to buy any books on Final Cut Pro. I mean, anyone of us who has ever set foot in this section of the bookstore knows how overwhelming and technical editing software manuals can be. But the fun, unique, cover of this book compelled me to open it...You can pick up this book in the middle of the day or the middle of the night when you feel like you want to throw your Mac and its friend, Final Cut Pro, right out the window. In it, you'll discover those little light bulb moments that mean the completion of a successful and fulfilling project."
- An Amazon reader
Software packages are complex. Software books don't need to be. Simplify your life with The Focal Easy Guide to Final Cut Pro! This concise, full-color book lives up to its name by paring down the software to its essentials. You learn the key features and essential workflow to get you up and running in no time.
With this book you can start cutting immediately, whatever you edit, whatever the format. This is an ideal introduction whether you are a professional moving over to Final Cut Pro from another package or system, a new user, or just someone who wants to get the best results from Final Cut Pro, fast!
* Save time, learn all you need to know to edit with FCP in hours
* Concise full-color coverage, suitable for all OSX versions of FCP
This concise, full-color book pares down Final Cut Pro 6 editing software to its essentials. Users can learn the key features and essential workflow to get up and running in no time.
A fresh alternative to software bibles.
About the Author
Director and Founding Member of the UK Final Cut Pro User Group and an Apple Solutions Expert. A freelance television director and editor with many years of broadcast experience, including work for the BBC, Sky, ITN, CNBC and Reuters. Also a Final Cut Pro Consultant, Rick has attended numerous UK and US exhibitions, is a liaison to the US FCP user groups, and author of the best-selling, The Focal Easy Guide to Final Cut Pro 6
Table of Contents
Getting Started, The Interface, Capture, Organizing your Footage, Editing, Rendering, Media Management, Effects, Audio, Output, HDV