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Dave Skinner
Learning FCP
on Feb 22, 2012 at 4:03:18 am

I am still at an amature level of editing, but I want to teach myself to get up to a semi professional level with FCP 7 and after effects.
Since I am working almost full time I want to be able to teach myself from home. At the mo I'm running FCP 7 and after effects on my MB Pro, but will have my PC up and running soon.
I guess I'm wondering if anybody can suggest the best set of video tutorials etc I can get my hands on that covers all aspects of editing etc and if anybody has any tips.

Cheers


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Steve Eisen
Re: Learning FCP
on Feb 22, 2012 at 4:16:42 am

Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro 7 is the book that is used by certified training centers to teach FCP.

If you are looking for video tutorials, there are plenty out there. Class on Demand is just one of many out there. Google to find one that suits your needs.

Steve Eisen
Eisen Video Productions
Vice President
Chicago Final Cut Pro Users Group


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Dave Skinner
Re: Learning FCP
on Feb 22, 2012 at 8:11:11 am

Cheers mate, had a look and found some goodies on Class on Demand.
Will have a look out for the book. I guess a lot of it will come down to me learning as I go on projects.

I'm looking at loading OSX on a PC, do you know if it has to be dual boot or can I just have OSX alone without Windows?!


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Bret Williams
Re: Learning FCPont
on Feb 22, 2012 at 5:26:41 am

FCP doesn't run on a PC and my guess is that after June, it wont run on any macs released from then forward. If After Effects is you other focus, not Motion, then learn Premiere.


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Dave Skinner
Re: Learning FCPont
on Feb 22, 2012 at 8:06:39 am

I'm wanting to load OSX on the PC, hopefully not as a dual boot but i'm not sure at the moment if I can do just OSX?!


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mike albertini
Re: Learning FCPont
on Feb 22, 2012 at 10:43:03 am

Hi Dave,

Like you I learnt FCP and associated software at home while doing a full time job. As suggested, the Apple Training Series books are a really good starting point.

Beyond that I found Ripple Training video tutorials really helpful

http://www.rippletraining.com/

Also Macbreak Studio free podcasts...there's hundreds of these on FCP/Motion/AE etc...

http://www.pixelcorps.tv/macbreak_studio

Also just go through and read the creative cow forums...you'll pick up all sorts of useful information...

Lastly, get some unpaid/paid real world projects. This is the only way to really get an understanding of a variety of workflows and the issues you'll face and how to solve things creatively

After 2 years of doing all of the above, I quit my full time job to concentrate on editing and now (one year later) have a full time job as an editor at a major tv channel.

So hang in there, keep learning and don't be too proud to do work for little money if those projects can lead to better things. Thats how I got my break.

Its tough to learn while working full time work but the hard work will pay off!

All the best,

Mike


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Rafael Amador
Re: Learning FCPont
on Feb 22, 2012 at 1:50:17 pm

I recommend you Kevin Monahan's book "Motion graphics and effects in Final Cut Pro".
rafael

http://www.nagavideo.com


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Bret Williams
Re: Learning FCPont
on Feb 22, 2012 at 2:12:59 pm

Os x doesn't run on a PC either unless you're incredibly skilled at making a hackintosh, and since you aren't mentioning that, you'd be in for a world of hurt.


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Rafael Amador
Re: Learning FCPont
on Feb 22, 2012 at 3:46:25 pm

[Bret Williams] "Os x doesn't run on a PC either unless you're incredibly skilled at making a hackintosh, and since you aren't mentioning that, you'd be in for a world of hurt."
Bret,
In this forgotten corner of the earth there is a generation of video editors running FCP.7 on Hackintosh.
They say that they don't have problems even to use "Software updates".
Personally, I haven't tried it.
rafael

http://www.nagavideo.com


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Shane Ross
Re: Learning FCPont
on Feb 22, 2012 at 5:10:40 pm

I just want to point out that FCP 7 is software that has been discontinued, end of Life. Companies will be phasing it out of use over the next couple years. Learning a dead edit app, to me, is a waste of time and effort.

Shane
Little Frog Post
Read my blog, Little Frog in High Def


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Jerry Hofmann
Re: Learning FCPont
on Feb 22, 2012 at 10:02:05 pm

Running OS X on a PC is full of problems... and isn't the way to go at all. Get a used Mac if your budget is tight, or a refurb from Apple.

Running Windows on a Mac isn't a problem, but running OS X on a PC is a pain in the patootie.

Jerry

Apple Certified Trainer, Producer, Writer, Director Editor, Gun for Hire and other things. I ski. My Blog: http://blogs.creativecow.net/Jerry-Hofmann

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Edward Brosens
Re: Learning FCPont
on Feb 23, 2012 at 12:07:44 pm

Check out Larry Jordan on Lynda.com.

Very good and entertaining course.


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