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APTS: Final Cut Pro X 10.2

Book Description

The Apple-Certified Way to Learn

This fully-updated Apple-certified guide presents a real-world workflow from raw media to finished project to demonstrate the features of Final Cut Pro X 10.2 and the practical techniques you will use in editing projects. Using professionally acquired media, you’ll utilize the same tools and editing techniques used by editors worldwide in this revolutionary editing software. Renowned editor and master trainer Brendan Boykin starts with basic video editing techniques and takes you all the way through Final Cut Pro’s powerful features.


The lessons start as real-world as it gets--with an empty application. After downloading the media files, you will be guided through creating a project from scratch to finished draft. The basic workflow and tools are covered in Lessons 1 through 4 where you'll create a rough cut.  The real-world workflow continues through the remaining lessons as you take the basic project and enhance it with a deeper dive into the more advanced Final Cut Pro X 10.2 features including how to efficiently manage media with Libraries, use the tools to create stunning 3D titles, composite effects and clips with the new mask options, retiming, and more.

  • Downloadable lesson and media files to work sequentially through exercises for hours of hands-on training.

  • New Checkpoints feature lets you check your editing progress against the author's version.

  • Focused lessons teach concepts and take students step by step through professional, real-world editing scenarios to create a final project.

  • Chapter review questions summarize what students learn to prepare them for the Apple certification exam.

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    The Apple Pro Training Series is both a self-paced learning tool and the official curriculum of the Apple Training and Certification program. Upon completing the course material in this guide, you can become Apple Certified by passing the certification exam at an Apple Authorized Training Center. To find an Apple Authorized Training Center near you, please visit training.apple.com.

    Table of Contents

    1.                         Title Page
    2.                         Copyright
    3.                         Acknowledgments
    4.                         Contents At a Glance
    5. Lesson 1  Getting Started
      1.                         Learned from a Legacy
      2.                         Upgrading Existing Events, Projects, and Libraries
      3. Reference 1.1  Using This Book
      4. Exercise 1.1.1  Downloading the Source Media Files
      5. Exercise 1.1.2  Preparing the Source Media Files
      6. Reference 1.2  Introducing the Job and the Workflow
      7.                          Lesson Review
    6. Lesson 2  Importing Media
      1. Reference 2.1  Understanding Clips, Events, and Libraries
      2. Exercise 2.1.1  Creating a Library
      3. Exercise 2.1.2  Preparing to Import Camera Source Files
      4. Reference 2.2  Using the Media Import Window
      5. Exercise 2.2.1  Creating a Camera Archive
      6. Reference 2.3  Importing Source Media from a Camera
      7. Exercise 2.3.1  Navigating Within a Filmstrip Preview
      8. Exercise 2.3.2  Importing Clips from a Camera Card
      9. Reference 2.4  Choosing Media Import Options
      10. Exercise 2.4.1  Applying Media Import Options
      11. Reference 2.5  Import Files from a Volume
      12. Exercise 2.5.1  Importing Existing Files from a Volume
      13. Exercise 2.5.2  Dragging from the Finder or Other Apps
      14.                          Lesson Review
    7. Lesson 3  Organizing Clips
      1. Reference 3.1  Introducing the Libraries, Browser, and Viewer Panes
      2. Reference 3.2  Using Keywords
      3. Exercise 3.2.1  Keywording a Clip
      4. Exercise 3.2.2  Keywording a Range
      5. Exercise 3.2.3  Adding Notes to a Clip
      6. Reference 3.3  Assigning Ratings
      7. Exercise 3.3.1  Applying Ratings
      8. Exercise 3.3.2  Customizing a Favorite
      9. Reference 3.4  Search, Sort, and Filter
      10. Exercise 3.4.1  Filtering an Event
      11. Exercise 3.4.2  Working with Smart Collections
      12. Exercise 3.4.3  Creating a Library-Wide Smart Collection
      13. Exercise 3.4.4  Detecting People and Shot Composition
      14. Reference 3.5  Roles
      15. Exercise 3.5.1  Assigning Roles
      16.                          Lesson Review
    8. Lesson 4  Making the First Edit
      1. Reference 4.1  Understanding a Project
      2. Exercise 4.1.1  Creating a Project
      3. Reference 4.2  Defining the Primary Storyline
      4. Exercise 4.2.1  Appending the Primary Storyline
      5. Exercise 4.2.2  Rearranging Clips in the Primary Storyline
      6. Reference 4.3  Modifying Clips in the Primary Storyline
      7. Exercise 4.3.1  Performing Insert Edits
      8. Exercise 4.3.2  Rippling the Primary Storyline
      9. Reference 4.4  Timing the Primary Storyline
      10. Exercise 4.4.1  Inserting a Gap Clip
      11. Exercise 4.4.2  Blading and Deleting
      12. Exercise 4.4.3  Joining a Through Edit
      13. Exercise 4.4.4  Refining Some Sound Bite Edits
      14. Reference 4.5  Editing Above the Primary Storyline
      15. Exercise 4.5.1  Adding and Trimming Connected B-roll
      16. Exercise 4.5.2  Understanding Connected Clip Sync and Trimming Behaviors
      17. Reference 4.6  Creating a Connected Storyline
      18. Exercise 4.6.1  Converting Connected Clips into a Connected Storyline
      19. Exercise 4.6.2  Appending Clips to a New Connected Storyline
      20. Reference 4.7  Editing Below the Primary Storyline
      21. Exercise 4.7.1  Connecting a Music Clip
      22. Reference 4.8  Finessing the Rough Cut
      23. Exercise 4.8.1  Adjusting the Edits
      24. Exercise 4.8.2  Adjusting Clip Volume Levels
      25. Exercise 4.8.3  Connecting Two Additional B-Roll Clips
      26. Exercise 4.8.4  Refining Edits Using Cross Dissolves and Fade Handles
      27. Reference 4.9  Sharing Your Progress
      28. Exercise 4.9.1  Sharing an iOS-Compatible File
      29.                          Lesson Review
    9. Lesson 5  Revising the Edit
      1. Reference 5.1  Versioning a Project
      2. Exercise 5.1.1  Snapshotting a Project
      3. Reference 5.2  Lifting from a Storyline
      4. Exercise 5.2.1  Lifting Clips Out of a Storyline
      5. Reference 5.3  Replacing a Clip
      6. Exercise 5.3.1  Replacing the Primary Storyline
      7. Exercise 5.3.2  Creating Time at 0:00
      8. Reference 5.4  Working with Markers
      9. Exercise 5.4.1  Creating Markers
      10. Reference 5.5  Using the Position Tool
      11. Exercise 5.5.1  Realigning Sound Bites and B-roll to Music
      12. Reference 5.6  Working with Auditions
      13. Exercise 5.6.1  Repositioning Storylines and Deleting Within
      14. Exercise 5.6.2  Importing the Aerial Clips Using Finder Tags
      15. Exercise 5.6.3  Working with an Audition Clip
      16. Reference 5.7  Trimming the Tops and Tails
      17. Exercise 5.7.1  Trimming the Aerials
      18.                          Lesson Review
    10. Lesson 6  Enhancing the Edit
      1. Reference 6.1  Retiming Clips
      2. Exercise 6.1.1  Setting a Constant Speed Change
      3. Exercise 6.1.2  Editing with Blade Speed
      4. Reference 6.2  Working with Video Effects
      5. Exercise 6.2.1  Experimenting with Video Effects
      6. Exercise 6.2.2  Creating a Depth of Field Effect
      7. Reference 6.3  Working with Video Transitions
      8. Exercise 6.3.1  Experimenting with Transitions
      9. Reference 6.4  Compositing Using Spatial Parameters
      10. Exercise 6.4.1  Creating a Two-Up Split Screen
      11. Exercise 6.4.2  Exploring the Video Animation Editor
      12. Reference 6.5  Compounding Clips
      13. Exercise 6.5.1  Collapsing a Composite into a Compound
      14.                          Lesson Review
    11. Lesson 7  Finishing the Edit
      1. Reference 7.1  Using Titles
      2. Exercise 7.1.1  Adding and Modifying a Lower Third
      3. Reference 7.2  Creating 3D Titles
      4. Exercise 7.2.1  Exploring 3D Options
      5. Reference 7.3  Working with Audio
      6. Exercise 7.3.1  Adding Sound to a Clip
      7. Exercise 7.3.2  Adjusting Volume Levels over Time
      8. Reference 7.4  Understanding Audio Enhancements
      9. Reference 7.5  Recording a Voiceover
      10. Exercise 7.5.1  Using the Voiceover Tool
      11. Reference 7.6  Correcting the Image
      12. Exercise 7.6.1  Exploring the Color Correction Tools for Luma
      13. Exercise 7.6.2  Exploring the Color Correction Tools for Chroma
      14.                          Lesson Review
    12. Lesson 8  Sharing a Project
      1. Reference 8.1  Creating a Viewable File
      2. Exercise 8.1.1  Sharing to an Online Host
      3. Exercise 8.1.2  Sharing to a Bundle
      4. Exercise 8.1.3  Sharing a Master File
      5. Reference 8.2  Creating an Exchangeable File
      6. Reference 8.3  Utilizing Compressor
      7.                          Lesson Review
    13. Lesson 9  Managing Libraries
      1. Reference 9.1  Storing the Imported Media
      2. Exercise 9.1.1  Importing Existing Files as Externally Referenced
      3. Exercise 9.1.2  Importing as Internally Managed Clips
      4. Exercise 9.1.3  Copying as Externally Referenced
      5. Exercise 9.1.4  Moving and Copying Clips Within a Library
      6. Exercise 9.1.5  Making a Library Portable
      7.                          Lesson Review
    14. Lesson 10  Advancing Your Workflow
      1. Sub-workflow 10.1  Using Manual Settings for a New Project
      2. Sub-workflow 10.2  Synchronizing Dual System Recordings
      3. Sub-workflow 10.3  Using Chroma Key
      4. Sub-workflow 10.4  Working with Multicam
      5.                              Lesson Review
    15. Appendix A  Keyboard Shortcuts
    16. Appendix B  Editing Native Formats
    17. Appendix C  Checkpoints
    18.                           Glossary
    19.                           Index
    20.                           Where Are the Lesson Files?