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Focal Easy Guide to Final Cut Pro 4

Book Description

In this highly visual, color book Rick Young covers all the essential areas: the interface, set-up and capture, editing, rendering, effects, audio and output, as well as a unique, invaluable introduction to the power LiveType and Soundtrack add to Final Cut in this upgrade.

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 a real-world film maker who wants to get the best results from Final Cut Pro, fast!

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. The Focal Easy Guide Series
  4. Title Page
  5. Copyright
  6. Contents
  7. Preface
  8. Introduction
  9. Dedication
  10. Getting Started
    1. The Digital Laboratory
    2. Hardware and Software Requirements
    3. Inside your Mac
    4. How Much Hard Drive Space?
    5. Firewire
    6. Before and After Firewire
    7. Video Formats
    8. Television Aspect Ratio
    9. Loading the Software
    10. Initial Setup
    11. Easy Setup
    12. DV Audio
    13. Creating a DV 32 kHz Easy Setup
  11. The Interface
    1. Arranging the Interface
    2. Learning a Custom Layout
    3. Important Details about the Interface
    4. Button Bars
    5. Customizing the Keyboard Layout
  12. Capture
    1. Setting Scratch Disks
    2. Working with Formats other than
    3. Methods of Capturing DV Footage
    4. Deck Control
    5. The Capture Window
    6. Capture Clip
    7. Capture Now
    8. Batch Capture
    9. Selectively Capturing using Batch Capture
    10. Getting the Most Out of the Capture Process
    11. Importing Music from CD
    12. Converting Audio Sample Rates
  13. Organizing your Footage
    1. Viewing Clips
    2. Playing Video through Firewire
    3. DV Start/Stop Detection
    4. Working with Bins
    5. Working in Icon View
    6. Setting Poster Frames
    7. Searching for Clips
  14. Editing
    1. Insert and Overwrite Editing
    2. Getting Started with Editing
    3. Distinguishing between Insert/Overwrite
    4. Three Point Editing
    5. Other Editing Options
    6. Modifying ‘In’ and ‘Out’ Points
    7. Directing the Flow of Audio/Video
    8. Locking Tracks
    9. Adding and Deleting Tracks
    10. Essential Editing Tools
    11. Undo/Redo
    12. Linked/Unlinked Selection
    13. Moving Edits in the Timeline
    14. Selecting Multiple Items in the Timeline
    15. Cut, Copy, Paste
    16. Snapping and Skipping between Shots
    17. The Razorblade Tool
    18. The Magnifier Tool
    19. Bringing Clips Back into Sync
    20. Creating New Sequences
    21. Subclips
    22. Freeze Frame
    23. Match Frame Editing
    24. Slow/Fast Motion
    25. Split Edits
    26. Drag and Drop Editing
    27. Extending/Reducing Clips by Dragging
  15. Rendering
    1. The Render Settings
  16. Media Management
    1. Making Clips Offline
    2. The Render Manager
  17. Effects
    1. The Concept of Media Limit (Handles)
    2. Applying Transitions
    3. Changing Transition Durations
    4. Applying Filters
    5. Compositing
    6. Methods of Creating Multiple Tracks
    7. The Motion Tab
    8. Using the Motion Tab
    9. Image + Wireframe
    10. Titlesafe
    11. Working with Multi-Layers
    12. Keyframing Images
    13. Multi-Layered Dissolves
    14. Keyframing Filters
    15. Time Remapping
    16. Copy and Pasting Attributes
    17. Titling
  18. Audio
    1. Setting Correct Audio Levels
    2. Getting the Most Out of your Audio
    3. Converting Clips into Stereo Pairs
    4. Adjusting Audio Levels
    5. Adding Sound Fades
    6. The Audio Mixer
    7. Adjusting and Recording Audio Keyframes
    8. Adding Audio Cross Fades
    9. Adding Audio Tracks
    10. Mixdown Audio
  19. Output
    1. Print to Video
    2. Other Forms of Distribution
    3. Export Using Compressor
    4. Export Using QuickTime Conversion
  20. LiveType
    1. LiveType Templates
    2. Replacing Text in the Templates
    3. Replacing Video in the Templates
    4. Working Inside LiveType
    5. Media Browser
    6. Creating Results Manually in LiveType
    7. Output from LiveType
  21. Soundtrack
    1. IMPORTANT: before you begin
    2. Exporting for Soundtrack from Final Cut Pro
    3. The Soundtrack Workflow
    4. Importing a Movie into Soundtrack
    5. Building your Mix
    6. Exporting the Mix
  22. Epilog
  23. Index