Want to edit video like the pros? Here are a few books that might help.

Behind the Seen: How Walter Murch Edited Cold Mountain Using Apple's Final Cut Pro and What This Means for Cinema, describes the post-production process of Cold Mountain (as well as being the longest title for a book ever, probably).

The book, by Charles Koppelman, offers a glimpse at the creative process of Academy Award-winning editor Walter Murch, including anecdotes from the director, edit staff, and producers; photos, emails, and journal entries from Murch; and behind-the-scenes insights.

It also features accounts from Apple's Final Cut Pro team about what they think about the future of it in feature films.

The book was launched in August in the UK, but only recently went on sale in the US. It costs £27.50.


Want to find out more about how Murch thinks? In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing, written by Walter Murch, is also available.

In the Blink of an Eye is a multifaceted, thought-provoking essay on film editing. According to the synopsis it offers readers "a wonderful ride through the aesthetics and practical concerns of cutting film".

He offers his unique insights on such subjects as continuity and discontinuity in editing, dreaming, and reality; criteria for a good cut; the blink of the eye as an emotional cue; and digital editing. It costs £13.95.

Getting to grips

If you are just a beginner, get to grips with Final Cut Pro by reading Final Cut Pro HD for Dummies. The book went on sale in the UK on October 6 and costs £16.99.

It demonstrates how to get down to work with Final Cut Pro. Topics covered include working with new program features, organizing media, using advanced editing tools, harnessing audio and video filters, applying transitions, creating motion effects, compositing, rendering, and outputting to tape, CD, DVD, or the Web.