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the cut of the craft

Something we haven't had for a while and that's a brand new book. The Craft of the Cut is billed as the Final Cut Pro X Editor's handbook.

The brand new $29 book 'The Craft of the Cut' written by authors Marios Chirtou and Mark Riley has a pretty bold tagline. It's up against such best selling favourites as Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X and of course Edgar Rothermich's excellent graphically enhanced manuals.

The USP for this book? You'll actually get to edit your own short film 'Pranks' with the supplied media.

"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."

  • Immerses you in the actual experience of editing a film, from video rushes to the shooting script and continuity notes
  • Provides actual media, including alternate takes, and you make all the decisions
  • Walks you through the post-production of a professional short film; by the book's end, you will have acquired the skills to complete your own version of the film
  • Shows you how to use Final Cut Pro X as part of the production process"

We would say it is pretty hard to get a grip of how good a book is from the short preview that Amazon gives you. Well we would say that but we seem to be able to read quite a lot of the book without having to part with any money! You won't get the media of course, but we can publish a BTS video to show you what went into creating the course material. Hopefully the book won't advocate those faux film leaks!

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