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Final Cut Express HD for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide by Lisa Brenneis

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Chapter 14. Compositing and Effects Overview

Creating digital motion effects could be the most fun you’ll ever have without getting arrested. Modern mass media relies heavily on the same techniques you’ll be introduced to in this chapter. Once you understand the role of each basic building block of effects creation, you’ll never look at movies and TV in the same way again, because you’ll be able to see how complex visuals are constructed.

The effects creation tools found in Final Cut Express are designed to be easy to use, but effects tools are the most challenging part of the FCE interface to master.

This chapter offers an overview of the basic elements you combine and sculpt to create effects, provides details on how to apply effects to your sequence, ...

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