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Final Cut Pro 6: Visual QuickPro Guide by Lisa Brenneis

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14. Compositing and Effects Overview

Creating visual effects in the pre-digital era was expensive, time-consuming, and required technical expertise to be successful. Twenty years into the digital media era, it’s hard to find a snippet of film or video that hasn’t been digitally massaged—even on YouTube. 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 Pro are designed to be easy to use, but effects tools are the most challenging part of the FCP interface ...

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