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Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro HD

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If you're ready to get serious about editing video, this best-selling, Apple-certified guide to Final Cut Pro is the best place to start. Master trainer Diana Weynand starts with basic video editing techniques and takes you all the way through Final Cut Pro's powerful advanced features, delivering comprehensive training--the equivalent of a five-day course--in one project-based book. Each chapter presents a complete lesson in an aspect of video editing and finishing, with hands-on projects for you to complete as you go. All the files you need are on the DVD-ROM. After getting acquainted with the software's interface, you'll learn how to mark and edit clips, insert and adjust edits, and work with clips on the timeline, before moving on to complex topics like creating transitions and motion effects, real-time color correcting, and titling techniques. Previously published as Final Cut Pro 4, this revision has been updated for the HD interface.

Publisher¿s Note If you previously purchased Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro 4, there is no need to purchase this revision: All the project files and exercises in the previous edition can be used with Final Cut Pro HD.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Introduction: Getting Started
    1. The Methodology
      1. Course Structure
    2. Copying the Final Cut Pro Lesson Files
      1. To install the Final Cut Pro Lesson files
      2. Reconnecting Media
    3. System Requirements
    4. About the Apple Pro Training Series
    5. Resources
    6. Apple Pro Certification Program
  4. 1. Working with the Interface
    1. Preparing the Project
    2. Final Cut Pro Interface
      1. Browser
      2. Viewer
      3. Timeline
      4. Canvas
      5. Tool Palette
      6. Audio Meters
      7. Window Properties
      8. Menus, Shortcuts, and the Mouse
    3. Following a Workflow
    4. Working with Projects
      1. Opening and Closing Projects
      2. Identifying Project Elements
        1. Clip
        2. Audio Clip
        3. Sequence
        4. Bin
      3. Viewing Project Elements
    5. Working with Bins
      1. Creating and Naming Bins
      2. Organizing Clips in Bins
      3. Viewing Bin Contents
    6. Working with the Timeline and Canvas
      1. Clicking and Dragging the Playhead
      2. Using Shortcuts and Visual Clues
      3. Playing a Sequence
    7. Adjusting the Timeline
    8. Quitting and Hiding Final Cut Pro
    9. What You Have Learned
  5. 2. Marking and Editing
    1. Preparing the Project
    2. Playing Clips in the Viewer
      1. Project Task
    3. Marking Clips
      1. Marking with Buttons
      2. Marking with Keyboard Shortcuts
      3. Marking One or No Edit Points
      4. Marking Durations
      5. Marking Timecode Numbers
      6. Viewing Marks
      7. Removing Marks
      8. Project Tasks
    4. Preparing to Edit
    5. Making Overwrite Edits
      1. Dragging to the Edit Overlay
      2. Using the Edit Button and Shortcut
    6. Adding Audio
    7. Backing Up Sequences
    8. Inserting Clips
      1. Project Tasks
    9. Saving and Quitting
    10. What You Have Learned
  6. 3. Editing in the Timeline
    1. Preparing the Project
    2. Manipulating Clips in the Timeline
      1. Selecting and Deselecting a Clip
      2. Dragging and Moving a Clip
      3. Selecting and Moving Multiple Clips
      4. Copying and Pasting Clips
      5. Project Tasks
    3. Editing in the Timeline
      1. Positioning the Pointer
      2. Snapping to the Playhead
      3. Making Overwrite Edits
      4. Inserting Between Clips
      5. Dragging Audio to the Timeline
      6. Project Tasks
    4. Saving and Quitting
    5. What You Have Learned
  7. 4. Other Editing Options
    1. Preparing the Project
    2. Editing Sound Bites
    3. Marking in the Timeline
      1. Three-Point Editing
      2. Editing with One Timeline Mark
      3. Editing with Two Timeline Marks
      4. Backtiming a Clip
    4. Replacing Edits
      1. Replacing from the Head of a Clip
      2. Replacing from the Tail of a Clip
      3. Replacing from a Specific Point
      4. Project Tasks
    5. Deleting Clips and Gaps
      1. Deleting in the Timeline
      2. Autoselecting a Track
      3. Working with Gaps
    6. Storyboard Editing
      1. Scrubbing Clips in the Browser
      2. Changing a Thumbnail Image
      3. Editing the Storyboard
      4. Project Tasks
    7. Saving and Quitting
    8. What You Have Learned
  8. 5. Single-Sided Trimming
    1. Preparing the Project
    2. Trimming
    3. Dragging to Trim
      1. Dragging an Edit Point
      2. Dragging Edit Points Between Clips
      3. Dragging Edit Points on V2
      4. Project Tasks
    4. Rippling Edits
      1. Using the Ripple Tool
      2. Rippling with Durations and Shortcuts
    5. Using the Razor Blade Tool
      1. Project Tasks
    6. Trimming in the Viewer
    7. Extending an Edit
      1. Project Tasks
    8. What You Have Learned
  9. 6. Two-Sided Trimming
    1. Preparing the Project
    2. Trimming Two Edit Points
      1. Rolling
      2. Slipping
      3. Sliding
    3. Rolling Edit Points
      1. Other Rolling Options
      2. Project Task
    4. Slipping Clip Content
      1. Working with the Slip Tool
      2. Project Tasks
    5. Slipping by Numbers and Shortcuts
      1. Slipping in the Viewer
    6. Adjusting Clip Placement
      1. Using the Slide Tool
      2. Dragging a Clip to a New Location
    7. Using the Trim Edit Window
      1. Working in the Trim Edit Window
      2. Editing in the Trim Edit Window
      3. Project Tasks
    8. Saving and Quitting
    9. What You Have Learned
  10. 7. Master Clips, Subclips, and Markers
    1. Preparing the Project
    2. Working with Master Clips
      1. Revealing Master Clips
      2. Making Sequence Clips Independent
    3. Working with Subclips
      1. Making a Subclip
      2. Removing Subclip Limits
      3. Project Tasks
    4. Working with Markers
      1. Adding and Naming Markers
      2. Moving to Markers
      3. Adding Markers to Clips
      4. Editing with Markers
      5. Deleting Markers
      6. Using Markers to Create Subclips
      7. Project Tasks
    5. What You Have Learned
  11. 8. Customizing a Project
    1. Preparing the Project
    2. Customizing Browser Columns
      1. Sorting Browser Columns
      2. Moving, Showing, and Hiding Columns
      3. Adding Column Information
      4. Finding Items in the Browser and Timeline
    3. Customizing the Interface
      1. Customizing Layouts
      2. Saving and Recalling Layouts
      3. Customizing Timeline Tracks
      4. Mapping the Keyboard
      5. Personalizing Button Bars
    4. Choosing Settings and Preferences
      1. Easy Setup
      2. Audio/Video Settings
      3. User Preferences
      4. System Settings
      5. Viewing Item Properties
      6. Changing Sequence Settings
    5. Saving and Quitting
    6. What You Have Learned
  12. 9. Capturing Video
    1. Preparing the Project
    2. Connecting Sources for Capture
    3. Previewing and Marking Your Source
      1. Opening and Sizing the Capture Window
      2. Playing the Source Tape
      3. Marking a Source for Capture
      4. Viewing a Marked Source
    4. Logging Your Clips
      1. Setting a Log Bin
      2. Logging Clip Information
      3. Working with Markers
    5. Preparing to Capture
      1. Clip Settings
      2. Capture Settings
    6. Capturing Options
      1. Capturing a Clip
      2. Capturing Now
      3. Batch Capturing and Log Clip
    7. Setting Capture Preferences
      1. User Preferences
    8. What You Have Learned
  13. 10. Importing and Exporting
    1. Preparing the Project
    2. Importing
      1. Importing Files and Folders
      2. Importing Audio through iTunes
      3. Project Tasks
    3. Exporting Files
      1. Understanding File Formats
        1. Video Formats
        2. Audio Formats
        3. Still Image Formats
      2. Exporting a QuickTime Movie
      3. Project Tasks
      4. Exporting from a Sequence
      5. Exporting Using QuickTime Conversion
      6. Exploring QuickTime Movie Export Options
      7. Batch Export
    4. Exporting with Compressor
    5. Reconnecting Media
    6. Saving and Quitting
    7. What You Have Learned
  14. 11. Working with Audio
    1. Preparing the Project
    2. Hearing and Seeing Audio
      1. Hearing Audio
      2. Viewing an Audio Waveform
      3. Viewing the Audio Meters
      4. Project Tasks
    3. Adjusting Audio Levels
      1. Adjusting Audio in the Viewer
      2. Adjusting Audio in the Timeline
    4. Working with Audio Clips
      1. Working with Linked Clips
      2. Working with Stereo Pairs
      3. Adding Edits
    5. Working with Sync
      1. Keeping Linked Clips in Sync
      2. Playhead Sync
      3. Finding a Video Match
      4. Project Tasks
    6. What You Have Learned
  15. 12. Applying Transitions
    1. Preparing the Project
    2. Understanding Transitions
    3. Applying Audio Transitions
      1. Viewing Transition Options
      2. Applying a Cross Fade
      3. Changing Transition Durations
      4. Copying and Pasting Transitions
      5. Project Tasks
    4. Applying Video Transitions
      1. Applying Video Dissolves
      2. Project Tasks
      3. Adjusting Durations and Alignment
    5. Working with Other Transitions
      1. Applying Wipe Transitions
      2. Applying Other Video Transitions
    6. Rendering Transitions
    7. Favorite and Default Transitions
      1. Project Tasks
    8. Saving and Quitting
    9. What You Have Learned
  16. 13. Mixing Audio Tracks
    1. Preparing the Project
    2. Adding and Organizing Audio Tracks
      1. Adding Audio Tracks
      2. Project Tasks
      3. Using Audio Track Controls
      4. Project Tasks
      5. Making Tracks Static
      6. Editing Music
    3. Applying Audio Keyframes
      1. Creating Audio Fades
      2. Project Task
      3. Adjusting and Deleting Keyframes
      4. Project Tasks
      5. Mixing Audio Using Keyframes
      6. Project
    4. Mixing Tracks in Real Time
      1. Working with the Audio Mixer
      2. Creating a Mix
      3. Project Tasks
    5. Using the Voice Over Tool
      1. Project Tasks
    6. Saving and Quitting
    7. What You Have Learned
  17. 14. Creating a Sound Track
    1. Preparing the Project
    2. Working with Soundtrack
      1. Using the Media Manager
      2. Searching and Previewing Files
      3. Editing to the Timeline
      4. Adding Tracks and Adjusting Levels
      5. Project Tasks
      6. Adding an Effect
    3. Preparing a Sequence
      1. Adding Scoring Markers
      2. Exporting a Sequence for Soundtrack
      3. Viewing a Video File in Soundtrack
      4. Working with Markers
    4. Creating a Composition
    5. Exporting the Composition
      1. Exporting a Mixed Track
      2. Exporting Individual Tracks
    6. Saving and Quitting
    7. What You Have Learned
  18. 15. Adding Filters
    1. Preparing the Project
    2. Understanding Filters
    3. Applying Video Filters
      1. Viewing Filter Parameters
      2. Modifying Filters
      3. Combining Filters
      4. Previewing and Rendering Filters
      5. Project Tasks
      6. Removing Filters
    4. Sharing and Saving Filters
      1. Copying and Pasting Filters
      2. Saving Favorite Filters
      3. Applying Filters to Multiple Clips
    5. Applying Audio Filters
    6. Applying Corrective Filters
      1. Understanding Color Basics
      2. Using the Color Corrector 3-Way Filter
      3. Project Tasks
      4. Viewing Color Changes
      5. Adjusting Contrast
      6. Project Tasks
    7. What You Have Learned
  19. 16. Building a Composite Image
    1. Preparing the Project
    2. Compositing Clips
      1. Changing Opacity
      2. Applying a Composite Mode
      3. Adding a Luma Key
      4. Applying a Chroma Key
      5. Working with Mattes
    3. Adding Generated Items
      1. Superimposing a Shape
      2. Keying Out the Shape
    4. Changing Filter Parameters in the Timeline
      1. Working with Clip Keyframes
      2. Keyframing a Filter
      3. Project Tasks
    5. Rendering and Exporting Comps
    6. Saving and Quitting
    7. What You Have Learned
  20. 17. Changing Clip Speed
    1. Preparing the Project
    2. Creating Speed Changes
      1. Changing Speed By Percentage
      2. Changing Duration and Direction
      3. Making Fit to Fill Edits
      4. Creating a Freeze Frame
      5. Project Tasks
    3. Creating Variable Speed Changes
      1. Preparing the Timeline
      2. Setting Time Keyframes
      3. Repositioning Keyframes
      4. Project Tasks
      5. Using the Time Remap Tool
      6. Project Tasks
    4. Pasting Speed Attributes
    5. Saving and Quitting
    6. What You Have Learned
  21. 18. Creating Motion Effects
    1. Preparing the Project
    2. Adjusting Views
      1. Changing the Zoom View
      2. Changing View Options
    3. Creating Motion Effects
      1. Changing Size and Position
      2. Rotating, Cropping, and Distorting an Image
      3. Sharing Motion Attributes
      4. Project Tasks
    4. Animating Motion Parameters
      1. Creating a Nested Sequence
      2. Setting Motion Keyframes
      3. Creating a Motion Path
      4. Modifying a Motion Path
      5. Project Tasks
    5. Saving and Quitting
    6. What You Have Learned
  22. 19. Adding Text and Graphics
    1. Preparing the Project
    2. Working with Text Generators
      1. Applying a Text Generator
      2. Controlling Text Options
      3. Adding a Title over a Background
      4. Project Task
      5. Adding a Lower Third
      6. Project Tasks
      7. Using the Outline Text Generator
      8. Creating a Credit Roll
    3. Working with Graphics
      1. Preparing Graphic Files for Editing
      2. Working with Multilayered Graphics
      3. Project Task
      4. Using an External Editor
    4. Adding Motion Effects to Text
      1. Adding a Drop Shadow
      2. Animating Text and Motion Effects
      3. Project Task
    5. Working with Title 3D
    6. Saving and Quitting
    7. What You Have Learned
  23. 20. Creating an Animated Title
    1. Preparing the Project
    2. Working with LiveType
      1. The Interface
      2. Building a Title
      3. Animating Titles
    3. Creating Effects from Scratch
      1. Adding Multiple Effects
      2. Adding Textures
    4. Working with Background Video
      1. Checking Settings
      2. Exporting a Clip for LiveType
      3. Setting Up the Project
      4. Importing Video
      5. Using LiveFonts
      6. Exporting the Title
      7. Project Tasks
    5. Saving and Quitting
    6. What You Have Learned
  24. 21. Finishing and Outputting
    1. Preparing the Project
    2. Finishing Audio and Video
      1. Adjusting Audio Levels
      2. Detecting Audio Peaks
      3. Adjusting Video Levels
      4. Setting Render and Playback Quality
    3. Exporting Finished Sequences
      1. Exporting for the Web
      2. Exporting for DVD
      3. Exporting for CD
    4. Outputting to Tape
      1. Recording Manually
      2. Printing to Video
      3. Edit to Tape
      4. Making a Timecode Window Burn
    5. Recapturing an Offline Project
    6. Backing Up Projects
    7. Saving and Quitting
    8. What You Have Learned
  25. Appendix
    1. Apple's Digital Production Platform: An Integrated Workflow
    2. Final Cut Pro
      1. In the Pipeline
    3. Shake
      1. In the Pipeline
    4. Logic
      1. In the Pipeline
    5. DVD Studio Pro
      1. In the Pipeline
  26. Glossary