|Olympus E5 with 25mm f1.5 Summilux lens at f5 1/160th of a second and ISO 200|
I'm still a video newbie and it shows, but I'm getting there and that's exciting. I remember with Photoshop and Lightroom (and right now playing with Aperture) that there was a distinct learning curve with those software applications that frustrated me in the beginning as I tried to get what I wanted from them. With video I started with Adobe Premier Elements, then moved to iMovie and then to Final Cut Pro Express. I never really caught on with FCP Express so I went back to iMovie. Now with Final Cut Pro X out I think I have found a home that makes sense for me, is reasonably easy to use and is very robust and powerful at the same time. Good-bye iMovie.
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For me, learning software through videos and trial and error are fine, but slow. I prefer books that I can lay out on my desk and refer to as I work. The paper kind. Call me old fashioned. In looking for a book for help with Final Cut Pro X I went to a familiar source that helped me with my initial journey into DSLR video and picked up "From Still to Motion; Editing DSLR Video with Final Cut Pro X" by Richard Harrington, Abba Shapiro and Robbie Carman. You can find a link to the book on Amazon on the top right of the blog.
I really don't think I need to go into too much detail on the content of this book, I'm sure you know what's inside, a nuts a bolts breakdown of how to use FCP X. They talk about some capture technique which is important for getting the best audio and video files to work with and then move onto importing and storing files (very important, something I've always struggled with with the huge video files). Then there are sections on culling or editing down selections, editing audio, editing video, putting it all together and exporting the final product. They do talk about the Compressor add-on but not the Motion one. I bought Motion and Compressor, and my advice, buy Compressor and save the $50 on Motion. 99% of us just don't need it.
So if you are a photographer that has moved into DSLR video and FCP X and you're looking for the magic book, then I give this one a thumbs up. It's clear, well organized and complete. What more could you want?
I found another piece of free (well there's a donation option) software called 'The Levelator' which you can dump audio tracks into and have it even out the levels automatically for you. So for example if you are doing an interview or recording conversation where one person is quiet and the other loud this will fix that, automatically. Worth a look and a download and great if you use a separate audio recorder like I do.
|Olympus E5 with 35-100 f2.0 Zuiko lens at f4.5 ISO 200 and 1/200 of a second|