There’s nothing like the smell (and look and feel) of a new book in the morning
(to steal from that famous phrase in Apocalypse Now).
For over a year now, I’ve been mentioning why I felt it important and necessary to re-write my first book, Cut by Cut: Editing Your Film or Video and excerpting parts here. Now the result of my year of labor – 477 pages of newly minted book – has arrived on my doorstep and I can share it with you and the world.
Learn all the details about the Cut by Cut 2 here . Or tour the book’s highlights below.
What’s new in Cut by Cut 2:
- Workflow charts and explanations for film, tape, and file-based shows HD and 3D practices throughout the book.
- Updated music and sound editing workflows as well as the disk authoring and DI (digital intermediate) workflows.
- HD and 3-D content and VFX editing process and types of edits.
- Up-to-date info for finishing on film via DI or traditional negative cut process.
- An in-depth look at modern, “MTV” style editing vs. traditional, Hollywood style that employs current research and a chart detailing the differences.
- Advice from 15 experienced editors working in all film genres from comedy to corporate videos to news to music videos to reality shows.
Like the first edition, Cut by Cut 2:
- Clearly and completely lays out the editing journey from the first frame of the shoot to the final show exhibited on tube, theater, disk, or Web.
- Concentrates on the why and what to do next, delineating how editors perform their job on Avid, Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro and other digital editing systems.
- Details the post production process from dailies to finishing via online, negative cut, disk authoring, and the DI process.
- De-mystifies codecs, telecine and reverse telecine, aspect ratio, time code standards, and a multitude of other video, film, and digital editing concepts.
- Explains how to approach cutting the footage: Make your first edits, deal with mismatches, and conquer action and dialogue scenes and more.
- Spends two chapters describing how sound and music are designed, recorded, and mixed.
- Defines and explains the terms, apps, and practices that working picture, sound, and music editors use.
Cut by Cut 2 contains:
- Editing exercises and over 150 tables, charts, photos, and illustrations.
- A meaty section on how to find an editing job whether you’re starting out or looking for that next job or career move.
- An extensive glossary and an editor’s resource guide.
I wrote the book for:
- Editors of all stripes: Indies, students, and professionals.
- Aspiring editors: Assistant editors, apprentice editors, and career changers.
- Filmmakers: Directors, producers, writers, and everyone who want to understand editing.
- Professors and teachers of editing.
- Prosumers who want to make the leap to professional.
I sincerely hope Cut by Cut 2 helps you with your projects.
Check the book out and let Joy know what you think.