I wanted to send out a note to congratulate the Editing Community and specifically to Sue Lawson and the current board of what transformed from a group of 40 or so people people following my sessions on VIdeo Editing at the Apple Market Center Chicago, into what "officially" became the Chicago Final Cut Pro User's
group on August 15th, 2002.
The Group had been under my guidance for more than2 years at this time, but with assistance from Apple's Heather Lopez-Cepero, Matt Geller, David Sallak, Fred Pfeiffer, and Billy Sheehan for over 2 years. However, with the growing number of Final Cut Pro Followers, I begrudgingly took the suggestions of my associates and we re-created CHIFCPUG
as a group effort with officers and the legal declaration that we wanted to operate as an Non Profit.
I left the group about 4 years later, mostly because I did not want to be so closely associated with a single product as my business was embracing a higher and higher level of tools and technologies but also to allow the group to grow beyond my vision (with some really good advice from Ted Schilowitz).
is alive and well, operating as the Chicago Creative Pro Users Group
and under Sue Lawson's guidance, the group has (like many others) take the Final Cut out of the name, but still provides a knowledgeable community resource, as well as a place that users of all skill levels can go to find assistance and further their post production knowledgebase.
I may have started the group, but it was the FCP community that kept the group together until Sue took over as President, I applaud both her and the group for holding on to the concept and sharing with the community in Chicago.
this also marks a milestone for my little company, Studio37 Inc., as this August also marks the 25th year. Little did I know that my company would offer me the knowledge, experience and the travel that I have been able to do.
My Thanks to the many companies like Adobe, Apple, Panasonic, Sony, Arri, but a special thanks goes out to Aja Video Systems for the everything that we have done together that made this possible, because with out them I would not be here.
I was under contractual restrictions from posting any additional commentary until my Macworld review was released.
I am sure that the slings and arrows of outrage will be flying, my commentary will stay here on the cow.
Now on to finish the the next part of my cow article
So all the hoopla aside,
the New Version of Final Cut Pro X has landed at the Apple App store, this is without a doubt one of the single largest fundimental changes in Non-Linear editing since we starting working around the limitations in HD.
This is a whole new Application, FCP X is not an upgade, upgrades allow you to open previous versions versions, something you cannot do with this app.
Here is my FCPX preview on Macworld,com, my review will come later
However, the really juicy stuff I have reserved for here on Creative Cow- look for my under the hood look at why this release is such a big deal.