Let’s begin with some key books on the subject of editing with Final Cut Pro.
1.Final Cut Pro X 10.4 - How it Works: A different type of manual - the visual approach
Author: Edgar Rothermich
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 17, 2018)
“Final Cut Pro 10.4 - How it Works” explains Final Cut Pro X in great details with lots of graphics and diagrams that are not found in any other publication or any videos. This is a completely revised and extended version of the previous best-selling books “Final Cut Pro X - How it Works” and “Final Cut Pro X - The Details” with in-depth explanations of all the new features like Roles and Lanes, Captions, 360° Video, plus unique illustrations on how metadata-based audio works in Final Cut Pro. Also, it shows the complete Touch Bar functionality and integration. Unlike the previous two books, “Final Cut Pro X - How it Works” and “Final Cut Pro X - The Details”, this new book, “Final Cut Pro 10.3 - How it Works”, covers the entire content of Final Cut Pro X on 470 pages in full color and letter-size format.
This book provides the easiest and fastest way to learn Final Cut Pro X, but also understand its unique concepts.
2.From iMovie to Final Cut Pro X: Making the Creative Leap
Author: Tom Wolsky
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (March 27, 2017)
From iMovie to Final Cut Pro X offers an accessible, introductory guide to those taking up video editing using Final Cut Pro X, especially users making the transition from iMovie, Apple’s free video software, helping aspirational and mobile filmmakers develop the skills needed to take their career to the next stage. Written by award-winning former Apple Education trainer and Final Cut Pro expert Tom Wolsky, this full-color book illuminates the key differences between these two applications and teaches users how to produce first-class results using the professional application. Wolsky also covers best practices for those working with iMovie on an iPhone or iPad and looking to move to a more advanced desktop program. Downloadable Final Cut Pro X project libraries included with the book offer readers hands-on examples of the techniques and practices discussed. Covers Final Cut Pro X 10.3.1.
3.The Focal Easy Guide to Final Cut Pro X
Author: Rick Young
Publisher: Routledge; 3 edition (July 18, 2019)
The newly revised third edition of Rick Young’s The Focal Easy Guide to Final Cut Pro X is the ultimate mentor for getting up and running with Apple’s professional editing software, regardless of your skill level. In this step-by-step, full-color guide, Rick clearly explains the key concepts and essential knowledge needed to edit your project from start to finish, providing clear, time-saving instructions on producing and outputting using Final Cut Pro X.
4.Final Cut Pro X Beyond the Basics: Advanced Techniques for Editors
Author: Tom Wolsky
Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (September 11, 2017)
Going beyond where introductory books leave off and written for experienced editors, especially those new to Final Cut Pro X, this new and revised edition of Final Cut Pro X Beyond the Basics is brimming with cutting-edge methods to bring your editing skills to the next level. Explained in jargon-free language by a seasoned teacher and digital editor, Tom Wolsky’s text has been fully updated to address the new Final Cut Pro X 10.3 interface and changes to the software. This full-color workshop features tutorials that provide firsthand experience on the art and technique of editing at an advanced level with Final Cut Pro X, as well as in-depth information and time-saving tips that will allow you to master the application’s interface elements, tools, and nuances.
5.The Craft of the Cut: The Final Cut Pro X Editor’s Handbook
Author: Mark Riley (Author), Marios Chirtou (Author)
Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 24, 2012)
Although technology is rapidly evolving, it is still complicated to edit video. This unique book not only teaches you the art of professional editing, it also gives you authentic professional experience. You’ll be guided through a typical industry production workflow; you’ll have access to raw footage, including alternate takes of each scene from a professional short film; and you’ll make your own decisions. By the book’s end, you’ll have completed your own version of a film. It’s the perfect primer for aspiring editors who want to ascend to industry-level positions.
6.Final Cut Pro X 10.4 - Apple Pro Training Series: Professional Post-Production
This fully updated Apple-certified guide presents a real-world workflow from raw media to finished project to demonstrate the features of Final Cut Pro X 10.4 and the practical techniques you will use in editing projects. Using professionally acquired media, you’ll utilize the same tools and editing techniques used by editors worldwide in this revolutionary editing software. Renowned editor and master trainer Brendan Boykin starts with basic video editing techniques and takes you all the way through Final Cut Pro’s powerful features.
The lessons start as real world as it gets—with an empty application. After downloading the media files, you will be guided through creating a project from scratch to finished draft. The basic workflow and tools are covered in Lessons 1 through 4 where you create a rough cut. The real-world workflow continues through the remaining lessons as you take the basic project and enhance it with a dive into more robust features including the newest Final Cut Pro X 10.4 tools for 360° editing, precision color grading, and more.
7.Final Cut Pro X: In EZ Steps (Volume 1)
Author: Joseph o Thompson Mr
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 28, 2018)
From Final Cut Pro X In EZ Steps offers an accessible, introductory guide to those who are interested in taking up video editing using Final Cut Pro X, especially beginners making the transition from free video software or Imovie helping aspiring filmmakers developed their skills needed to take their hobby or interest in film making to next level. Written by freelance videographer Joseph Thompson, this full-color book shines a light on the applications ease of use and teaches users how edit their footage quickly using the professional application.
8.Final Cut Pro X for iMovie and Final Cut Express Users: Making the Creative Leap
Author: Tom Wolsky
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (September 18, 2018)
Are you an iMovie or Final Cut Express user ready to make the jump to Final Cut Pro? If so, look no further.
Take your movies to the next level with this easy-to-follow, hand-on guide from one of the preeminent Apple trainers in the world today. Author Tom Wolsky starts with the basics of Final Cut Pro X, allowing you to easily make the leap from Final Cut Express or iMovie, then gradually introduces you to more complex techniques with step-by-step tutorials. Tom specifically shows you how certain techniques and concepts you utilized in iMovie and Final Cut Express translate to Final Cut Pro.
9.The Focal Easy Guide to Final Cut Pro X
Author: Rick Young
Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (October 24, 2014)
Master invaluable workflow tips that will allow you to tap into the full power of Final Cut Pro X and achieve results quickly, regardless of your skill level.
Rick Young’s Focal Easy Guide to Final Cut Pro X, Second Edition is the ultimate mentor for getting up and running with Apple’s professional editing software. In this step-by-step, full-color guide, Young clearly explains the key concepts and vital knowledge you need to edit your project from start to finish, providing clear, time-saving instruction on producing and outputting using Final Cut Pro X.
10.How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck: Advice to Make Any Amateur Look Like a Pro
Author: Steve Stockman
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; 1 edition (June 2, 2011)
Newly updated and revised, How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck is a quick and easy guide that will make your video better instantly—whether you read it cover to cover or just skim a few chapters. It’s about the language of video and how to think like a director, regardless of equipment (amateurs think about the camera, pros think about communication). It’s about the rules developed over a century of movie-making—which work just as well when shooting a two-year-old’s birthday party on your phone. Written by Steve Stockman, the director of the award-winning feature Two Weeks, plus TV shows, music videos, and hundreds of commercials, How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck explains in 74 short, pithy, insightful chapters how to tell a story and entertain your audience. In other words, how to shoot video people will want to watch.
Here’s how to think in shots—how to move-point-shoot-stop-repeat, instead of planting yourself in one spot and pressing “Record” for five minutes. Why never to shoot until you see the whites of your subject’s eyes. Why to “zoom” with your feet and not the lens. How to create intrigue on camera. The book covers the basics of video production: framing, lighting, sound (use an external mic), editing, special effects (turn them off!), and gives advice on shooting a variety of specific situations: sporting events, parties and family gatherings, graduations and performances. Plus, how to make instructional and promotional videos, how to make a music video, how to capture stunts, and much more. At the end of every chapter is a suggestion of how to immediately put what you’ve learned into practice, so the next time you’re shooting you’ll have begun to master the skill. Steve’s website (stevestockman.com) provides video examples to illustrate different production ideas, techniques, and situations, and his latest thoughts on all things video.