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  • Final Cut Express 4 Editing Workshop

    Tom Wolsky

    AMSTERDAM BOSTON HEIDELBERG LONDON NEW YORK OXFORDPARIS SAN DIEGO SAN FRANCISCO SINGAPORE SYDNEY TOKYO

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  • To all my friends on the Apple Final Cut Express forum: Ian B, Martin R, Alchroma,VJK, Piero F, Michel B, and many more

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  • vii

    WHATS ON THE DVD? ..................................................................................................................... xi

    INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................................ xiiiWhat Is Editing? ................................................................................................................................. xiii

    Why Do I Get to Write This Book? .................................................................................................. xv

    Who Should Read This Book? ........................................................................................................ xvi

    Whats on the DVD? .......................................................................................................................... xvi

    ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ................................................................................................................. xvii

    LESSON 1 Installing Final Cut Express ..................................................................................... 1

    What You Really Need ........................................................................................................................ 2

    Firing Up the Application ................................................................................................................. 10

    Understanding the Interface ............................................................................................................13

    Summary ............................................................................................................................................. 16

    LESSON 2 The Final Cut Express Interface ...........................................................................17

    Loading the Lesson ............................................................................................................................17

    Reconnecting the Media .................................................................................................................. 18

    The Browser ...................................................................................................................................... 20

    The Viewer ..........................................................................................................................................29

    Playing Clips ....................................................................................................................................... 33

    Exploring the Canvas and Timeline ...............................................................................................35

    Summary ............................................................................................................................................ 40

    LESSON 3 Setting Up Your Application Preferences ......................................................... 41

    Setting Up a New Project ................................................................................................................ 41

    User Preferences ...............................................................................................................................42

    Contents

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    General Preferences .........................................................................................................................42

    System Settings ............................................................................................................................... 49

    Easy Setup ..........................................................................................................................................55

    Summary .............................................................................................................................................58

    LESSON 4 Getting Material into Final Cut Express ............................................................59

    Capture .................................................................................................................................................59

    Strategies for Capturing ..................................................................................................................62

    Log and Transfer ................................................................................................................................69

    Importing Files ................................................................................................................................... 73

    Importing Music ................................................................................................................................. 74

    Summary .............................................................................................................................................76

    LESSON 5 Cutting Up Those Shots ........................................................................................ 77

    Loading the Lesson ........................................................................................................................... 77

    Marking In and Out Points ..............................................................................................................78

    DV Start/Stop Detect ......................................................................................................................79

    Using Markers .................................................................................................................................... 81

    Slicing Your Clips............................................................................................................................... 84

    Organizing the Clips ..........................................................................................................................93

    Look Before You Cut .........................................................................................................................96

    Summary .............................................................................................................................................97

    LESSON 6 Editing Basics: Placing Your Shots ....................................................................99

    Loading the Lesson ...........................................................................................................................99

    Working with the Clips .................................................................................................................... 101

    Summary ............................................................................................................................................113

    LESSON 7 Editing Basics: Building Your Sequence ..........................................................115

    Loading the Lesson ..........................................................................................................................115

    Making the Sequence ......................................................................................................................115

    Rearranging the Sequence ............................................................................................................ 118

    The Trim Tools ..................................................................................................................................125

    Summary ............................................................................................................................................131

    LESSON 8 Adding Transitions ............................................................................................... 133

    Loading the Lesson .........................................................................................................................134

    Applying Transitions .......................................................................................................................134

    Rendering ......................................................................................................................................... 140

    Controlling Transitions ....................................................................................................................146

    CONTENTS

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    Using Transitions .............................................................................................................................148

    Summary ........................................................................................................................................... 153

    LESSON 9 Advanced Editing: Trim Edit and Splitting Edits ........................................... 155

    Setting Up the Project ................................................................................................................... 155

    The Trim Edit Window ....................................................................................................................156

    The Split Edit ................................................................................................................................... 160

    Summary ...........................................................................................................................................165

    LESSON 10 Advanced Editing: Using Sound ..................................................................... 167

    Setting Up the Project ................................................................................................................... 167

    Controlling Levels ............................................................................................................................ 167

    Normalization ................................................................................................................................... 177

    Finishing Up ...................................................................................................................................... 178

    Voice Over .........................................................................................................................................182

    Summary ...........................................................................................................................................185

    LESSON 11 Adding Titles ........................................................................................................187

    Setting Up the Project ...................................................................................................................187

    Text Generator..................................................................................................................................188

    Basic Animation ............................................................................................................................... 197

    Summary ...........................................................................................................................................198

    LESSON 12 Boris Calligraphy and Advanced Titling ........................................................199

    Setting Up the Project ...................................................................................................................199

    Title 3D ...............................................................................................................................................199

    Title Crawl .........................................................................................................................................208

    Nesting ..............................................................................................................................................209

    Still Images ........................................................................................................................................214

    Summary ...........................................................................................................................................218

    LESSON 13 Animating Images ...............................................................................................219

    Setting Up the Project ...................................................................................................................219

    Keyframing .......................................................................................................................................220

    Straight Motion ...............................................................................................................................

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