Apple's Final Cut Pro X was given a chilly reception by Hollywood, but the critics have been proven wrong. Focus, a 2015 Warner Bros. release, starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie, was edited on FCP X. Written by the film's First Assistant Editor, this book discusses tips, tricks and techniques used to navigate the complex world of feature film post-production.
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Full of great information for anyone working on any size project, large or small. Excellent information on how to put your FCPX knowledge to use. Easy read, mostly in point form.
A must read for all FCP X Editors
Mike Matzdorff has now literally written the book on cutting a feature with Final Cut Pro X. This is a must read for all FCP X editors, be it those working on music videos, corporate videos, short films, anything. Mike’s comprehensive knowledge and experiences will be helpful to anyone, not matter what you’re cutting.
The book opens with the disclaimer that it is not a “how-to-edit-with-Final-Cut-Pro-X” book. That said, I would have liked a little more depth on specific workflow case studies rather than the more theoretical explanations that are given at times. While I understand *why* Matzdorff couldn’t always explain exactly what they did in a situation, seeing these workflows in practice go a long way to helping understand what exactly is going on. It would also be great to get more images and visuals of the process, especially for those of us that are visual learners. There are some images here and there but more images to compliment the text would go a long way to helping better illustrate these complicated workflows.
That being said, this book is an indispensable tool that all FCPX editors should read. Here’s hoping that thanks to Matzdorff and co.’s efforts we’ll be seeing more and more people working with FCPX. With this book you’ll be ahead of the curve.