Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X 10.1: Professional Post-Production
The "Apple Pro Training Series" are the text books we Apple certified trainers must use when teaching Apple authorized training, at an Apple authorized training (and testing) center. Apple pours a great deal of time, expense, and effort in to these books. They are laid out for classroom teaching with Hands-On lessons, or to be easily accessible to an individual studying alone at home.
I am an Apple certified master trainer, I've been a trainer since FCP 4.5, certified pro user since 4.0. I have been teaching FCP independently since version 3. I approach reviewing this new book as such.
Disclaimer; the official release date of the eBook version (which I have now) is not until January 20, 2014. I've no clue how I got it today. Perhaps there is an early release? Either way, here are my first impressions of this book. It is NOT the same APTS book for FCP we've all gotten used to. This is a whole new approach, I can't stress that enough. The print version of this book currently has a release date of February 19, 2014.
So, that said, I just downloaded the eBook version of the new 10.1 APTS book. Media file download requires a code that is printed in the back of the book. There are four disk image files to download (.dmg), each between 953 MB and 1.1 GB. There are no pre-made Libraries or Events. This is just raw media you import yourself, creating the Library, Events, Projects, Compound Clips, Multicams, everything you actually do yourself. And, there is a GoPro SD card image that you use in one lesson to work with camera card importing and archiving. Much more simple, clean, easy to use and access.
Right off the bat, I LOVE that lesson sections are logically numbered for EASY reference via an eBook format. This book seems to have been done purposefully as an eBook first and foremost. LOVE IT!
There is no more estimated amount of time a lesson should take, which is good. Those times made no sense to me before. I have skimmed the whole book, and am VERY impressed with it.
There is actually no more need for a Level 2 class (that was mostly redundant information) any longer. Yes, Apple has dumped the "Advanced" (Level 2) course. There is only one class for all the pro apps now. There is no more Level 2 for Logic Pro X, either. Simplified training, easier to deal with. Thank goodness Apple Worldwide Training is moving in this direction at long last!
Again, this is not the same format nor approach used in the old FCP 7 (and earlier) books, that was originally dragged over (inefficiently) into the FCP X books. This is a whole new approach, a whole new format, and uses media and projects that are much more suited for the MAJORITY of today's professional editors.
I will miss the famous TV show clips we used to wow students with. The media comes from a short project done by Steve Martin at Ripple Training. So nothing really too complex. Then again, once you hve the basics, a reality show or series or other broadcast or film editors should easily be able to figure out and customize their own workflows.
It will be interesting to actually teach this book in an AATC course now. Good job on the book, congrats to all involved. This is the best Hands-On training on the market, period.
I purchased the 10.0.7 version of the book back in March and got to about half way. It was extremely valuable and I keep thinking I need to finish it but it is so low on my priorities I’m starting to think I’ll never finish it. So many apps to learn, so many skills to develop, so little time! I think I got the Kindle version for less than $20. At the current price of $43.00 it may be a tougher sell since they are now entering Ripple Training territory. Though admittedly you end up paying $100’s to get all the Ripple trainings. Anyway both are money well spent.
As a one-man startup my training-related expenditures have been minimal because there is so much shooting gear I need to get. Hopefully now that I have the essential camera-related stuff, I can spend some $ on quality training this year.
Actually some of the included footage in the 10.0.7 book featured Mathew Modine who is one of my favorite actors, so I may finish it just because I feel so thrilled to be cutting a film with him in it; even while knowing it’s all just training exercises.
"...since they are now entering Ripple Training territory."
It is actually the other way around. Apple started certifications and authorized trainings before the rest of us did. Ripple, macProVideo, Larry Jordan, we all came after that, building on what Apple had laid a foundation for.
If you've done the updated Ripple training, you're up to date. If you've not done anything, I'd say this book is a very good option. It's included media for you to actually work with is it's one advantage. But Ripple and macProVideo.om are both really top quality online trainings. Which ever method and pricing range works best for you.
I am a trainer, but I will honestly say that in-class, in-person training can't be beat by anything else. You're able to ask questions, we throw in so much information in the class that isn't in the book, and the questions and interaction with other students simply is priceless.
I've used the Apple Pro Training Series books from day one, especially those by Diana Weynand and Michael Wohl. I've always found them to be a valuable resource. I did my week-long training and certification in FCP 7 through Diane Weynand, and with Brendan Boykin, the guy who wrote the new FCPX 10.1 training book. Like Diana, Brendan is an excellent instructor and I'm looking forward to this additional training resource!