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Final Cut Pro 5: The Essentials

Indian : Rs.2301
International : $35
Visual effects guru, Brian Maffitt helps you get up to speed on the leading Mac-based video editing application during this Final Cut Pro 5 video training series, produced in HD.
With Final Cut Pro 5: The Essentials, it’s easy to fine tune your skills by accessing the same video clips used by your host, Brian Maffitt, to give you hands on experience with the new techniques. You’ll learn how to work with HDV footage, make edits, add effects, output your project, and more.
  • Discover all the ins and outs of working with HDV, the exciting new video format that lets you create HD content on a DV budget.
  • Learn how to save time with real-time effects processing on everything from DV to fully uncompressed HD.
  • Uncover how to fix common audio problems with Final Cut Pro’s built-in audio tools and effects.
  • Understand the right way to output your final edits as high-quality Web clips using Apple’s amazing H.264 High Definition video codec.
Disc I

Chapter I: Getting Started (35 min)
  • Launching a Final Cut Pro Project
  • Arranging Your Workspace
  • Introducing the Browser
  • Introducing the Viewer
  • Introducing the Timeline & the Canvas
  • Rendering Files
  • Playing Back in Fullscreen View

Chapter II: The Basics of Editing (44 min)
  • Creating a New Sequence
  • Searching for Specific Clips Using the Find Dialog Box
  • Customizing the Timeline
  • Adding Clips to the Timeline & Closing Gaps
  • Assembling Clips with Snapping Turned On
  • Very Basic Editing
  • Trimming with the Blade Tool
  • Using Add Edit to Blade Selected Clips
  • Using In & Out Points in the Viewer
  • Three Point Editing & Using the J, K & L Keys
  • Overwriting vs. Inserting Clips
  • Editing by Using Primarily Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Saving Your Project

Chapter III: Getting Around: the Browser & Viewer (41 min)
  • Moving & Closing Tabs
  • Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts & Utilizing Tooltips
  • Navigating the Browser Window
  • Changing Browser View Settings & Labeling Clips
  • Viewing Thumbnails & Changing the Poster Frame
  • Exploring Viewer Window Display Options
  • Viewing Channels & Transparency
  • Exploring Playhead Sync Options & Generators

Chapter IV: Getting Around: the Timeline (53 min)
  • Customizing Your Timeline
  • Navigating the Timeline
  • Zooming Inside the Timeline
  • Navigating Gaps
  • Timeline Audio & Video Controls
  • Source & Destination Controls
  • Viewing Clip Keyframes & Overlays
  • Setting & Navigating Markers in the Timeline
  • Setting & Editing Markers in a Clip
  • Modifying Marker Durations
  • Making Practical Use of Markers
  • Navigating & Deleting Markers

Chapter V: Editing With the Tools (61 min)
  • Assembling Clips in the Timeline
  • Selecting, Linking & Stereo Pairs
  • Reordering Clips with the Insert Edit Function
  • Making Ripple Deletes & Ripple Cuts
  • Using the Roll & Ripple Tools
  • Slipping & Sliding in the Timeline
  • Making a Match Action Edit
  • Keyframing & Layering Audio Tracks
  • Adjusting Audio Levels & Adding Transitions
  • Creating & Rendering Audio Effects in Real Time
  • Using the Track Selection Tools

Chapter VI. Setting Up a New Project (34 min)
  • Changing Your Easy Setup
  • External A/V Devices & HDV
  • How Easy Setup Affects Your Project
  • Working with Non-Standard Compressors
  • Creating Your Own Easy Setup
  • Creating an Easy Setup from Scratch

Chapter VII: Using Transitions (52 min)
  • Setting Your Scratch Disks
  • Using the Real Time Options
  • Introducing Transitions
  • Applying Transitions
  • Understanding the Render Color Codes
  • Rendering Transitions
  • Modifying Transitions
  • Adjusting Pre-roll & Post-roll Options
  • Customizing Transition Parameters
  • Creating a Page Peel
  • Setting a Default Transition
  • Selecting Multiple Transitions at Once

Chapter VIII: Setting Preferences (47 min)
  • Introducing Preferences
  • Setting Values for Levels of Undo & Recent Clips
  • Adjusting Audio Tracks, Quality & Real Time Video
  • Setting Autosave Vault Options
  • Activating Warnings & Dropped Frame Settings
  • Setting the Auto Render Values
  • Changing the Duration of a Still & the Editing Prefs
  • Turning On Dupe Detection
  • Setting Labels & Timeline Options
  • Choosing Render Control Options
  • Setting the Scratch Disks
  • Setting Search Folders & Memory & Cache
  • Adjusting More System Settings
  • Backing Up Your Preferences

Chapter IX: Logging & Capturing Clips (40 min)
  • Setting Up for Capture
  • Introducing the Log and Capture Window
  • Setting In & Out Points & Setting the Logging Bin
  • Entering Clip Information
  • Capturing Logged Clips
  • Deleting Unwanted Clips
  • Adjusting Log and Capture Clip Settings
  • Capturing Footage & Applying DV Start/Stop Detect
  • Creating New Clips on Start/Stop Capturing HDV Footage
  • Capturing Clips with Batch Lists
  • Final Comments & Credits

Disc II

Chapter I: Storyboarding & Trimming (40 min)
  • Preparing for Storyboarding
  • Storyboarding the Clips
  • Adding Clips to the Timeline & Opening the Trim Window
  • Introducing the Trim Edit Window
  • Rolling & Rippling within the Trim Edit Window
  • Finding the Best Point to Make a Cut
  • Trimming Using the Mouse & the J, K, & L Keys
  • Dynamic Trimming Using the J, K, & L Keys
  • Understanding In Shift & Out Shift

Chapter II: Working with Graphics (74 min)
  • Working with Adobe(R) Illustrator(R) Files in FCP
  • Importing an Illustrator File into Adobe Photoshop(R) for use in FCP
  • Sizing Graphics to Import into an HDV Timeline
  • Resizing Images in Final Cut Pro
  • Importing PSD Files as an Image & as a Sequence
  • Using the Photoshop Levels Command to Fix a Scanned Image
  • Straightening an Image in Photoshop
  • Making an Image a Layered File with Transparency
  • Removing Anti-Aliased Edges from an Image
  • Working with Alpha Channels
  • Working with Aspect Ratios & Resolutions
  • Understanding Pixel Aspect Ratio
  • Setting the Correct Alpha Channel Type
  • Making New Layers Via Selections inside Photoshop
  • Importing a Photoshop File with Layer Effects into FCP
  • Potential Problems Changing the Contents of a Layer

Chapter III: Controlling Motion (61 min)
  • Importing Still Images
  • Creating a Container Sequence
  • Introducing the Motion Settings
  • Adjusting Scale & Rotation in the Viewer
  • Adjusting Scale & Rotation in the Canvas
  • Adjusting Center Values & Anchor Point
  • Adjusting the Anchor Point
  • Using the Crop Tool & Feathering an Edge
  • Using the Distort Tool
  • Adding & Adjusting a Drop Shadow
  • Using Keyframes to Create Motion
  • Animating a Wipe Effect
  • Changing the Velocity of an Animation

Chapter IV: Affecting Video (43 min)
  • Introducing Speed
  • Working with Frame Blending & Motion Blur
  • Slowing Down a Clip that was Shot at Normal Speed
  • Playing a Clip Backwards
  • Gaining More Control with Time Remapping
  • Using Time Remapping to Freeze Video
  • Working with Freeze Frames & Deinterlacing
  • Using Artistic Filters
  • Using Corrective Filters
  • Looking Closely at Color Correction
  • Pasting Attributes

Chapter V: Audio Fundamentals (38 min)
  • Introducing Audio in Final Cut Pro
  • Identifying, Converting & Importing Audio Files
  • Fine-Tuning Your Stereo & Mono Tracks
  • Audio Scrubbing & Playback
  • Setting Keyframes
  • Introducing the Audio Mixer
  • Advanced Functions & Controls in the Audio Mixer
  • Applying Audio Effects

Chapter VI: Output & Export (34 min)
  • Using the Print to Video Command
  • Converting HD to DV
  • Using the Edit to Tape Command
  • Making an Insert Edit on Your Master
  • Creating a Media File of Your Content
  • Exporting Content for the Web
  • Final Comments & Credits
Total Run Time: 11.8 hrs
Brian Maffitt brings a singularly diverse background to presenting and directing. As a former professional actor, photographer, carpenter, and Graceland Tour Guide, he jumped on board the computer graphic revolution in the late 1980s. He founded MAFF/x in 1993 and won several awards for video production, interactive design, and animation. Brian also co-founded Atomic Power Corporation and released two award-winning sets of software plugins for After Effects, “Psunami”, and “Evolution”. The latter was acquired by Adobe in 2001 and is now included with every copy of After Effects sold, and has been featured prominently in untold commercials and films,including Pixar’s Academy Award-winning “The Incredibles”.

A combination of communication skills and computer proficiency made video training a natural progression. As Total Training’s co-founder and Chief Creative Officer, he is devoted to great training, crafted by an extraordinary creative team, for exceptional customers. And if he can occasionally make you smile (or roll your eyes) along the way, so much the better.
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