Appropriate for all courses in digital video editing or production using Final Cut Pro HD 4.5 or Final Cut Pro 4 for Mac OS X. This book brings clarity, simplicity, and visual learning to Final Cut Pro HD 4.5 for Mac OS X, Apple’s breakthrough application for digital video editing and production. It teaches students all the techniques they need to produce outstanding digital video, whether their projects will be delivered via videotape, film, multimedia CD-ROM, streamed across the Web, or delivered in High Definition using Final Cut Pro’s new HD support. Long-time digital media instructor Lisa Brenneis begins by helping students install and configure both Final Cut Pro HD and DV hardware, and walking them through Final Cut Pro HD’s feature-rich interface. Next, one task a time, she helps them build their skills with every phase of the video editing and production process, including structuring projects; capturing, importing, and preparing clips; using the Viewer; editing with the Timeline and Canvas; making trim edits; creating transitions; rendering; special effects; compositing; real-time playback; rendering; outputting finished projects; and much more. This edition covers many new features introduced in Final Cut Pro HD 4.5 and Final Cut Pro 4, including new HD support, Timeline and Audio Mixing features, new clip-handling protocols, Soundtrack, LiveType, Compressor, and Cinema Tools. Brenneis, who has extensive experience as a professional film production manager, also presents extensive guidance on managing large, complex video projects. Throughout the book, sidebars introduce the “protocols” that govern Final Cut Pro’s behavior; as well as essential production, workflow, and management techniques. As in all Visual QuickPro Guides, every task is presented one step at a time, with extensive practical tips, and hundreds of screen shots that demonstrate exactly what students will see and what they should do. Note: Starting in April 2004, Apple provided the update to Final Cut Pro HD 4.5 at no cost to registered Final Cut Pro 4 users. This book makes it easy to update courses to the new version, while at the same time continuing to support students working with Final Cut Pro 4.