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50 Fast Final Cut Express Techniques

ISBN: 978-0-7645-4091-2
368 pages
August 2003
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  • Presents 50 fast, easy, and powerful effects that creative professionals and amateurs alike can achieve almost instantly with Apple's hot new Final Cut Express video editing software
  • Proven step-by-step format, lavishly illustrated with "before" and "after" scenes from professional clips
  • Includes masking techniques, creative use of colors and special effects, professional titling and rolling credit techniques, size deceptions, film-grain simulations, and much more
  • Features in-depth discussions of features and techniques that help readers make the necessary adjustments for their own videos
  • Reasonably priced Final Cut Express software is sophisticated enough for the professional, yet basic enough for the editing beginner or hobbyist
  • CD-ROM is packed with all video clips from the book and valuable utilities
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PREFACE.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS.

INTRODUCTION.

CHAPTER 1: GETTONG READY: PREPARING YOUR PROJECT.

Technique 1: Storyboards and Shot Lists.

Technique 2: Using Device Control to Capture an Entire Project.

Technique 3: Storing Your Clips on Your Hard Drive.

Technique 4: Organizing Your Clips.

CHAPTER 2: TECHNIQUES FOR IMPROVING YOUR VIDEO PICTURE.

Technique 5: A Simple Sharpen Filter.

Technique 6: Simple Contrast Correction.

Technique 7: Adding a Soft Focus Effect to Your Video.

Technique 8: Creating a Washed Out Video Backdrop.

Technique 9: Correcting Color.

Technique 10: Sepia Tone and Aged Film.

CHAPTER 3: TIME AND SPEED EFFECTS.

Technique 11: Slow Motion Effects.

Technique 12: Fast Motion Effects.

Technique 13: Super Fast Motion Effects for Excitement.

Technique 14: Reverse Motion Effects.

CHAPTER 4: LAYERS AND SUPERIMPOSITION.

Technique 15: Adding an Inset Window with Video.

Technique 16: Moving an Inset Window.

Technique 17: The Overlaid Inset Window.

Technique 18: Text Overlays.

Technique 19: Art Overlays (Logos).

Technique 20: Cartoon Balloons.

Technique 21: Imagination Balloons.

CHAPTER 5: SUPERIMPOSING SPECIAL EFFECTS.

Technique 22: Planets and Moons.

Technique 23: Lightning Bolts.

Technique 24: Divine Inspiration.

Technique 25: Comets and Meteors.

Technique 26: Overcast Clouds.

Technique 27:Monster Eyes.

Technique 28: Ray-Dog the Red-Nosed Puppy.

CHAPTER 6: ADVANCED MATTE EFFECTS.

Technique 29: Laser Beams.

Technique 30: Electric Shocks.

Technique 31: Background Flames.

Technique 32: Foreground Flames.

Technique 33: Fire Breath.

Technique 34: Indoor Explosions.

CHAPTER 7: MORE ADVANCED MATTE EFFECTS.

Technique 35:Miniature People and Things.

Technique 36: Gigantic House Pets.

Technique 37:Matte Windows in Objects.

Technique 38: Doorway into the Unknown.

Technique 39: Teleportation.

Technique 40: Super Spinning Text.

Technique 41: Look into the Crystal Ball.

Technique 42: Glowing Orbs.

CHAPTER 8: ADVANCED TEST AND TITLING EFFECTS.

Technique 43: Text Crawls.

Technique 44: Scrolling Text.

Technique 45: Typewriter Text.

Technique 46: Subtitles.

Technique 47: Text with Drop Shadows.

Technique 48: Text Overlays.

Technique 49: Jitter Text.

Technique 50: Text in Perspective.

APPENDIX.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR.

COLOPHON.

INDEX.

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Tim Meehan is a computer graphics professional who conducts classes, demonstrations, and workshops on a variety of digital video products. He is a longtime member of the Apple Consultants Network, and has served Apple Computer in various consulting and promotional capacities since 1984.
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