Final Cut Pro for Macintosh
Lisa Brenneis (2000, Peachpit Press, www.peachpit.com, 490pp., $25)

Trying to figure out Final Cut Pro on your Macintosh? Final Cut Pro for Macintosh by Lisa Brenneis might be a big help.
Final Cut Pro for Macintosh takes you on a visual trip through the sometimes-confusing world of Final Cut Pro. Brenneis starts with the basics like setting up the software to optimize your computer’s performance. Brenneis also gets into the more advanced features of the program with tips for creating motion paths for sequences and integrating special effects into your video. This reference book has a lot to offer Final Cut Pro users, who are looking to enhance their editing skills.
Final Cut Pro for Macintosh is a quick reference guide that is concise and straightforward. The graphics that accompany the text show exactly what the reader will see on the screen when performing these functions. We recommend this one for anyone struggling with Final Cut Pro for Macintosh. Rating: 4

Storyboards: Motion in Art
Mark Simon (2000, Focal Press, www.focalpress.com, 261pp., $35)

Even though Storyboards: Motion in Art by Mark Simon is written primarily for people looking to break into the storyboard artist profession, there is much value to be gleaned by videographers who want to improve their productions. From the business side to the artistic side and everything in-between, Simon shows what it takes to be a storyboard artist.
For practical purposes, videographers can skip over much of the industry-related minutiae that Simon covers, but they’d do well to pay attention to his storyboarding tips and techniques. It’s here where he shows the different methods and some tricks of the trade. He includes useful examples of storyboards, interviews with artists and even a helpful section full of storyboarding exercises.
If you’ve ever wanted to create storyboards for your projects but don’t know where to start, Storyboards: Motion in Art could be the resource for you. Rating: 3

Video Toaster: Creative Concepts
Desktop Images (1999, Desktop Images, www.desktopimages.com, 800-377-1039, one 95-minute tape, $50)

Video Toaster: Creative Concepts starts with basic instructions on how to navigate through the interface of in-sync Speed Razor, the editing software that comes with the Video Toaster. The host, Don Balance, does a great job of walking the viewer through the editing process and showing many of the shortcuts and capabilities of Speed Razor along the way. All aspects of the Video Toaster are covered, including audio mixing, animated graphics and editing techniques, to name a few.
If you are new to the Video Toaster and want to expand your skills on creating videos, Video Toaster: Creative Concepts would benefit you immensely. This instructional video demonstrates the vast capabilities of Video Toaster and its compatibility with graphic programs such as Aura and Light Wave. If you have a new Video Toaster and want to enhance your skills, this instructional video from Desktop Images could be just what you are looking for. Rating: 4

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