Final Cut Pro X: Way Better Than You’ve Heard

Iain Anderson Part of CW16

Since its release, Apple’s flagship non-linear video editing app has battled the internet hive mind’s collective opinion. While the initial release had its rough edges, today it’s a professional package used far more widely than the herd suspects. The latest 10.3 release adds in new features for professional workflows, like roles-based audio mixing and MXF export for broadcast, along with a clean new UI for everyone and countless handy little features besides.

This session is for anyone who’s heard of Final Cut Pro X but never really seen it in action, for anyone working with video or teaching editing, and for experienced users who want to know what’s new. After a quick look through the UI and all the new features, I’ll show how fast it really is to import, organise, edit, add titles, color correct, and export in FCP X.

Even better, if you already know and use Final Cut, I’ll also be giving away a free license to the SliceX/TrackX/DriveX bundle, kindly donated by CoreMelt and worth US$199!

But this isn’t a sales pitch. Experienced or not, bring your questions and I’ll do my best to answer them honestly. Pretty pictures promised.

Iain Anderson is a video editor, animator, designer, iOS and web developer and Apple Certified Trainer based in Brisbane, Australia. He has taught privately and in tertiary institutions, and has freelanced for Microsoft and the Queensland Government. Comfortable with anything from Quartz Composer to Second Life and Final Cut Pro to Adobe Creative Cloud, he has laid out books, booklets, brochures and business cards; retouched magazine covers and product packaging, shot and edited short films and corporate videos, and animated for HD broadcast shows, film festivals and for the web.

Today, Iain is a Lead Trainer (creating video training courses) for, for whom he also regularly writes tutorial articles. An Apple Certified Trainer and Apple Consultant Network member, Iain is an active trainer and presenter, and runs the Brisbane InDesign User Group. Iain also maintains an active interest in the iOS App Store, where he has published several apps and eBooks for himself and for clients. His latest project is a complication for the Apple Watch, called “Roughly”. Contact Iain via or