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Final Cut Pro Training

Three training packages for Macintosh video editors By Stephen Schleicher
Good things come in threes; the just released Final Cut Pro 3, and a three CDROM training series from dvcreators.net.  In response to my OS Xmas wish list back in December, I was surprised to open a package recently containing this great collection.  I spent some time this week going through the collection and have been very impressed with the results.

Making Awesome iMovies
Making Awesome iMoviesYes, this first CD does cover Apple?s entry level non-linear editing system, but considering that many of you may be waiting for your version of Final Cut Pro to arrive, or that some may be in an educational setting, this CD covers everything a beginner needs to know about creating an effective movie for home, school, or small business.
 
This disc takes the approach that you know nothing about video production, and then proceeds to discuss and demonstrate all stages of production, which it does extremely well.  From script writing and storyboards, to shooting, lighting and audio techniques, this is a valuable resource for those who need refreshers on production techniques to keep your video from slipping into the "blah" category.
 
The last half of the disc covers editing techniques with iMovie, and includes the footage that was shot during the previous production section of the disc.
 
While I am not one who will probably ever need to use iMovie, I was truly impressed with the way dvcreators.net explained techniques and demonstrated how to easily use the software.  If you are a small company or educator who wants to produce training videos, or student produced projects, then this will make a great addition to your reference library.
 
Final Cut Pro: PowerStart2
This two-disc set hosted by Steve Martin, Director of Project Development, and Josh Mellicker, President and CEO of dvcreators.net, takes a "chunkalized" approach to training, which is very different than Making Awesome iMovies. Often when trying to follow along on a training CD, DVD, or videotape, the viewer has to stop, rewind, pause, or generally fall behind the instructor who is demonstrating how to accomplish a specific task.  Dvcreators.net has created a series of QuickTime movies that takes a task and breaks it into step-by-step, easy to follow instructions.  The instructors won?t go to the next step until you are ready to proceed.  This gives the editor a chance to enter Final Cut Pro, do the described task, make mistakes, correct them, and then when satisfied, move on.  If you prefer to watch the training straight through, you are given that option too.
 

Chunkalized for your enjoyment
The "Chunkalized" features in the PowerStart2 CD make it easy to move from one step to the next.

 

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