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Final Cut Pro X for iMovie and Final Cut Express Users
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LESSON 1: Getting Started
iMovie and Final Cut Express
What You Really Need
Multiple Drives
Optimizing Your Computer For FCP
Monitors
Firing Up the Application
The Primary Panels
Windows Arrangements
Summary

LESSON 2: The Interface
Loading the Lesson
The Event Library
Event Library Buttons
The Browser
Event Browser Controls
Filmstrip View
List View
Viewing Clips
Event Browser Details
The Viewer
The Inspector
Toolbar
Dashboard
Left Side Buttons
Right Side Buttons
The Project Library
The Timeline
Quick Edit
Summary

LESSON 3: Preferences & Importing
User Preferences
Editing
Playback
Import
Preference Files
Creating a New Event
Importing
Importing from Camera
Creating Camera Archives
File-based Camera
Reimporting Files
Importing from Tape-based Cameras
Importing from iPhoto and Aperture
Importing from iMovie
Importing XML
Converting Files
Importing Music
Summary

LESSON 4: Organization
Loading the Lesson
Organizing the Clips
Naming Clips
Keywords
Favorites & Rejects
Search Filter
Smart Collections
Other Tools
Compound Clips and Auditions
Summary

LESSON 5: Editing Basics: The Edit Functions
Loading the Lesson
Look Before You Cut
Editing Clips
Append
Insert
Connect
Overwrite
Replace
Audition
Summary

LESSON 6: Advanced Editing: Trimming
Loading the Lesson
Trimming Shots
Moving Shots
Add Edits and Gap Clips
Marking a Selection
Range Selection
Trim Shortcuts
Trim Tools
The Ripple Edit
The Roll Edit
The Slip Edit
The Slide Edit
The Position Tool
Trimming Connected Clips
The Precision Editor
Summary

LESSON 7: WorkingWithAudio
Setting Up the Project
The Split Edit
Making Split Edits
Trimming Expanded Clips
Controlling Levels
Audio Meters
Audio Enhancements
Channel Configurations
Roles
Mixing Levels in the Timeline
Fading Levels in the Timeline
Changing Levels on Part of a Clip
Setting Clip Levels
Match Audio
Pan Levels
Editing Music
Adding Markers
Connecting Clips
Timeline Index
Synchronizing Clips
Recording Audio
Summary

LESSON 8: Adding Transitions
Loading the Lesson
Applying Transitions
Available Media
Adjusting Transitions and Clips
Transitions and Connected Clips
Transitions and Audio
Transitions Browser
Summary

LESSON 9: Basic Titles
Setting Up The Project
Titles Browser
Build In/Out
Text Controls
Text Styles
Title Fades
Bumpers, Opens, Credits, and Elements
Lower Thirds
Find and Replace
Generators and Themes
Generators
Themes
Custom Animation
Compound Titles
Text
Texture
Putting It All Together
Still Images
Resolution
Summary

LESSON 10: Adding Effects
Setting Up the Project
Applying An Effect
Coping and Pasting
Animating Effects
Audition Effects
Video Effects
Basics
Blur
Distortion
Keying
Light
Looks
Stylize
Tiling
Audio Effects
Retiming
Constant Speed Changes
Variable Speed
Stabilization
Summary

Lesson 11: Color Correction
Color Correction
Color Balance
Video Scopes
Color Board
White Balance
Silhouette
Night
Broadcast Safe
Match Color
Looks
Secondary Color Correction
Shape Mask
Color Mask
Summary

LESSON 12: Animating Images
Setting Up the Project
Transform
Scale
Rotation
Center
Aspect Ratio
Straight Motion
Curved Motion
Changing Speed
Crop
Trim
Crop
Ken Burns
Distort
Opacity
Motion Control
Pan and Scan
Split Screen
Picture in Picture
Multilayer Animation
Summary

LESSON 13: Compositing
Setting Up the Project
Generator Shapes
Transparency
Compositing Modes
Compositing Exercise
Screen
Animated Text Composite
Adding a Bug
Travel Mattes
Soft Edge Split Screen
Highlight Matte
Video in Text
Making Text
Compound Clips
Separating Letters
Adding Video
Edging
Summary

LESSON 14: Outputting from Final Cut Pro
Share
Media Browser
Apple Devices
Blu-ray Disc
DVD
YouTube, Vimeo and Others
Export
Roles
Current Frame
Image Sequence
Compressor
Send to Compressor
Use Compressor Settings
Summary

About the Author

Tom Wolsky is an honors graduate of the London School of Film Technique with nearly 40 years of professional experience spanning film, tape, and digital production. Tom operates an independent studio, South Coast Productions. He also teaches for Apple Computer and for the Digital Media Academy and serves as a forum leader on creativecow.net

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