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  • Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X – digital edition

    Posted by Gerry Fraiberg on September 21, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    APTS Final Cut Pro X digital edition is now available for purchase and download. I downloaded after I got the email notification this morning. The lesson files that would accompany the hard copy book on DVD are downloading now.

    Parth Suthar replied 11 years, 12 months ago 8 Members · 15 Replies
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  • Tony Brittan

    September 21, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Where would I find this?

  • Gerry Fraiberg

    September 21, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I apologize for the lack of detail in my original post.

    This is the eBook version of Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X by Diana Weynand. It’s available from Peachpit Publishers:

    The cost for the eBook is $35.19, and you can download the book both as a PDF and in ePub format. The PDF can reside on your desktop or laptop, while the ePub version opens in the iBooks app on an iPad.

    The hard copy, or book in paper format, is $43.99 and includes a DVD of lesson files with real world video samples shot on a variety of formats. There would be tax and shipping charges as well. The electronic version offers the lesson files as a download. 6GB worth!

    This book is the curriculum for certification by Apple in FCP X.

  • Mark Morache

    September 21, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Thanks for the post.

    Remember the good old days, when you would actually get documentation with your software? I have fond memories of having both a hard copy and a pdf of my Apple FCP manual. Additionally, that manual was quite thorough and comprehensive.

    Now we get a help file, that only works if you’re online, with information that is spotty at best.

    Is Apple passing this off to third parties as well? (And where are they getting their information?)

    Is it just me?

    FCX. She tempts me, abuses me, beats me up, makes me feel worthless, then in the end she comes around, helps me get my work done, gives me hope and I can’t stop thinking about her.

    Mark Morache
    Evening Magazine,Seattle, WA

  • Gerry Fraiberg

    September 21, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    You’re right about the lack of paper manuals. I still have two boxes of books from Final Cut Pro 5. Think of the cost of printing, shipping and shelf space in a store or warehouse. Doing away with paper is one way for software companies to cut cost. With Apple’s App Store delivery model, there is the savings in printing, shipping and storage cost to factor into the selling price. And while many on these forums thought Apple was taking too long to put out an update, I’m sure they wanted to get it right. For their part, Apple says they were able to put out an update quickly with this delivery method.

    As for third party training, the Apple Pro Training Series, this is nothing new. There is also Larry Jordan, Ripple Training, Tom Wolsky and Michael Wohl – to name a few. I bought Diana Weynand’s Final Cut Pro 5 training book six years ago. Her books are the curriculum for certification. The information in the book would come directly from Apple. Among her credits is supervising editor on the Barbara Walters’ series of entertainment specials.

    If you are unfamiliar with these books, they offer in depth training through step by step instruction using real world lesson files from broadcast and end of chapter reviews. Lesson file media includes a documentary shot in HDV, footage from the USA Network show Fairly Legal, shot on the RED MX camera, a promotional video shot on the ARRI Alexa, NHRA drag racing footage shot on Sony EX3, Panasonic P2 and GoPro, and a short film shot on Panasonic AG-HVX200.

    I was thinking of also getting the Final Cut Pro X book in paper format, but now that the ePub version is on the iPad, I’m having second thoughts. Again, there is the additional costs of shipping and taxes. And trying to find room for another book on the shelf.

  • T. Payton

    September 23, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Gerry-I just bought the ebook version. Where are the lesson files? I don’t see them anywhere?

    T. Payton
    OneCreative, Albuquerque

  • T. Payton

    September 23, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    I’m a slacker, found it nevermind.

    T. Payton
    OneCreative, Albuquerque

  • Gerry Fraiberg

    September 24, 2011 at 12:19 am


    Open the PDF in Acrobat Reader and select Bookmarks.
    (View > Navigation Panels > Bookmarks)

    At the bottom of the Bookmarks Panel we see Lesson and Media Files.
    Click on the Lesson and Media Files bookmark, which brings up the page with the heading: Where Are The Media Files?

    The URL is on this page. The zipped file is 3.04 GB. When uncompressed, the APTS FCP X.sparseimage expands to a 6.07 GB disk image.

    Within the mounted disk image we find three folders – FCPX Book Files, Final Cut Events and Final Cut Projects.



  • T. Payton

    September 24, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Thanks. I appreciate it very much!

    T. Payton
    OneCreative, Albuquerque

  • Gerry Fraiberg

    September 24, 2011 at 5:35 am

    Correction on the file size of the APTS FCP X.sparseimage. After downloading the file the first time, I found that although it mounted as a volume on the desktop, FCP X did not recognize it and the files could not be accessed. The download must have been interrupted, perhaps due to the heavy download traffic hitting the Peachtree server on the date of release. So, I downloaded again. The first download was 2.82 GB, but when mounted showed as 6 GB. This time the download is 5.66 GB. I mounted the volume, then started FCP X. This time I got a message that events had to be udpated to the current version. And now all the files show in the Event Library, and we’re ready to proceed with the Lesson Files. Well, maybe not at 1:33 a.m. Tomorrow.

  • Hegedus Gyula

    September 26, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    “Service temporarily unavailable.” I can’t download the lesson files. Am I the only one? They do not respond to my e-mails… two days ago. Very annoying.

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