It has been a very busy year in the life of Final Cut Pro X in 2012. Lots of updates, lots of new plugins and of course training courses and books. We thought we would take a look at the best selling FCPX books of 2012.
We are Amazon Affiliates, which is pretty handy as not only does it help contribute to keep the FCP.co website servers humming away, it also provides a very convenient way to rank the sales and thus the popularity of FCPX books.
As always, we will run down the charts, starting with the most popular book. Interesting to note here that although two of the top three books have changed order, the top three are the same from when we did the same exercise back in March.
Up one at number one is Edgar Rothermich's Final Cut Pro- How it Works: A new type of manual - the visual approach.
Edgar has taken a very different method of documenting the functionality of FCPX by using diagrams rather than blocks of text. He calls it a 'GEM' or a graphically enhanced manual. This $17 book has been hugely popular and received many good reviews. Sales are well into the 100's
Down one place to the second spot is Diana Weynand with Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X. No real surprise here as the Peachpit range of books have always been popular, it's also the official book used in getting certified for FCPX.
The book comes with a DVD-ROM with the media files you will need to follow along with the lessons. Normally priced at $55 you'll find it marked down to $32 at the moment. Kindle version also available.
We are slightly unsure about how current this book is, after all we are now on 10.0.7.
Still at number three is FCP guru Larry Jordan with the $45, down to $26 book Final Cut Pro X Making the transition.
The billing says "Within a weekend, users will learn the best ways to start editing in this groundbreaking program in this must-have guide." Well people have taken heed as it is still selling well.
A new entry at number four is The Craft of the Cut, billed as the Final Cut Pro X Editor's Handbook, this 360 page book by Mark Riley and Marios Chirtou is discounted down from $45 to $27. As this book was only published in October, we can see it moving up the charts in 2013.
The book also comes with footage to follow the tutorials and build your own version of a short film.
Up one at position number five we have Final Cut Pro X: Visual QuickStart Guide
Written by longtime FCP author Lisa Brenneis and one of the original FCP designers Michael Wohl, this $40 book discounted to $24 bills itself as a clear, straightforward guide to FCPX. It also uses tasked-based step by step instructions with visuals and time saving tips.
A good showing at number six from the $20 The Focal Easy Guide to Final Cut Pro X. Written by long time FCP guru Rick Young, the book was only published at the end of 2012 so it has made some strong sales.
The book missed the 10.0.6 & 10.0.7 update so Rick has published a free PDF update online.
Another book from the Apple Pro Training Series is at number seven. Final Cut Pro X Advanced Editing is a good follow up to Diana's book. Priced at a rather large $60, it can be found online discounted down to $45. Michael Wohl, Alexis Van Hurkman and Mark Spencer are the authors.
Edgar Rothermich has also got an entry in at number eight. A $29 follow up to the second slot, this book Final Cut Pro X: the Details priced at $29 goes into more, er detail.
We think the fact that two of these 'GEMS' are in the top ten proves their popularity. A great way to learn FCPX using the innovative graphic display method. Well worth checking out if you haven't read one before.
Written by Forum contributor Tom Wolsky, the number nine spot goes to the $30 discounted to $22 book Final Cut Pro X for iMovie and Final Cut Express Users: Making the Creative Leap.
With Tom's experience in the business and backed by the Focal Press pedigree, this book ranked 9 is an ideal start for anybody moving from FCE or iMovie to Final Cut Pro X.
And lastly at number 10 the Apple Pro Video Series: Final Cut Pro X. Author Steve Martin will be familiar to anybody who has watched one of the excellent Macbreak Studio episodes.
Priced at $60 but discounted online down to $44 this book is aimed at beginners who haven't used used FCPX before.
Slightly confusing when you look at the contents on Amazon as it links to a Quick Start guide by Brendan Boykin.
So there you go, the Final Cut Pro X book chart for 2012. We didn't include any Motion books or the rather fabulous 'The Editing of Star Wars: How Cutting Created A Classic' which got many orders too. It will be interesting to revisit this list again at the end of 2013.