This book is an old version for Final Cut Pro X v10.0.9
The new book for version 10.3 is called "Final Cut Pro 10.3 - How it Works" and is also available on the iBooks Store
Fantastic Way to Learn the Apple Pro Apps
By Aaron Weiler
I already owned 4 of Edgar's graphically enhanced manuals as PDF's, but wow, his reformatting of the guides in the iBooks format is a surprising improvement on an already terrific way to learn the Apple pro apps. I'm hooked and ready for the FCP X 10.1 iBook.
Brilliant, Clear, and Memorable
I've read Edgar's manuals on Final Cut Pro X (How it Works, and the Details), and Compressor, (Twice) and purchased the one for Motion. Put simply, they are brilliant. They are far and away the best manuals I have ever seen. They take complex concepts and make them visual, clear, and memorable. I attempted to read other books, and just couldn't get through them, I read his manuals and it all suddenly became clear. My level was advanced beginner when I approached his manuals, and now I feel I am strong intermediate. The clarity of his thinking, the beauty of his presentation, and intelligence, combined with his ability to sift through the complexity of these concepts to present what is the essence of the topic is unmatched in my experience. Being a computer professional myself for the past 20 years, who has received high praise for my own documentation, I feel qualified to say he is the best I have ever seen. You will quickly master the basics and beyond with these manuals. Sincere gratitude to him.
Finished the first and now the second book for FCPx from this author and I must say, he has the gift of making difficult concepts understandable. I've learned so much.
After I was through with the first FCPx book from this author, I definitely had to get the second book too. This is truly amazing. The clarity how he explains not only the FCPx features but also the necessary background to understand the features is just unique. In my opinion a must have for every video editor.
Both books are amazing
Have almost all the books of this author.
The first FCPX explains already so many details that are not found in the official Apple training book. TO my surprise there are even more gems in this one. Just the whole discussion about metadata made it so much more clear how FCPX works.
Also the surround sound chapter is very detailed, even as non audio engineer I understand it now.
I hope the author is working already on a Photoshop book, that wood be great.
A must have (both books)
I got the first book "Final Cut Pro X - How it Works" and loved it. This book continues with the more advanced features and more in-depth discussion about the metadata concept FCP is based on.
The way this author lays out concepts and workflows is amazing. WIth the right illustration you get the picture and understand exactly how it works. He is right, this provides a much better (deeper) understand of the app.
The extensive glossary is also amazing, almost another book in the book. I can browse through the terms and learn it that way. Haven't seen anything like that in any book. FInally learning is fun again.
10 stars (if possible)
The new iBooks format rocks, and this is a great example of it!
(On this series of books.)
I first got the PDF version. Great, super-clear writing style, but it looked a bit "flat," and clunky to read on an iPad.
Bought the printed version, pricey but nice.
For this update, I decided to try the iBooks version after hearing it was "special" somehow.
Holy smoke, it was!
This impressed me enough that I want to create a few "books" like these myself (in a completely different field).
For visual people who want to learn FCP X and Motion, I don't think there's a better way than this series of iBooks. Just put your iPad next to your Mac and refer back and forth between them. It doesn't get clearer than this!
The new iBook format looks fantastic, I had no idea.
When was the last time Apple hid their light under a bushel?
Best kept secret...