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Professional Videographers of the North Bay
Final Cut Pro Special Interest Group (FCP SIG)
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Final Cut Pro (FCP) is Apple computer's professional non-linear editing (NLE) system.

PVNB FCP SIG's identity: a FCP3/4 study group with focus on How To demonstrations designed to explore FCP from the ground up.
Most members are at the Beginner or Intermediate level with a few members at Advanced and/or Expert level.
... In short, we hope this forum will prove useful in getting everyone to their desired level of expertise.
The forum for the first meeting opened with your questions, problems encountered, etc. If you had found solutions, you were invited to please bring them to share.
With this simple objective, members had an open dialogue which established our goals which may change since we will learn as we go.

Hint: the resource pages on this FCP SIG web site all feature links to other useful web sites which come up in 800 pixel wide pop-up windows.
So, before you click any links, make sure to resize your browser window (Safari, Internet Explorer, etc.) so it is wide enough to fill your computer monitor which is wider than 800 pixels. Then, you will always be able to see the FCP SIG resource page as an "index" window and can easily click back to it whenever you want to access another related web site.
Flash MX 2004 Professional: those of you interested in the Macromedia Flash MX animation program which is now the preferred delivery program for video on the Internet may wish to read my review of the earlier Studio MX in the July 2003 issue of NCMUG's award winning monthly magazine. The media player war has continued as described back in 2003 with the next version of Flash due out the last half of 2005; so, the earlier background information remains relevant. Here is the article in HTML. You can find a link to the magazine's .PDF file at the bottom of the page:
http://www.jimrichardson.com/flashmx/index.html
    For a limited time, I now offer to design your web site in both an HTML and a Flash version for the normal price of my Platinum Package; i.e., you get two doors into your web site to maximize usability, irregardless of the user's preferred media player or Internet connection speed:
   1) an old-fashioned HTML version for the casual user who prefers to postpone upgrading to a video-capable version of Flash Player. Here, your visitor can access the less reliable media players with their legacy issues, pirating problems, etc.: RealVideo Player, WindowsMediaPlayer and QuickTime Player.
   2) a state-of-the-art Flash MX 2004 Professional authored Rich Internet Application known as "RIA." Here, your more demanding visitors get the higher quality video offered by Flash Player 7; i.e., if they can get into the Flash version of your web site, then you know they can access your .FLV Flash video clips.
   Such a relief!
   For more information on RIAs and a brief overview, you can watch this 14 minute presentation which will require a broadband connection, plus you may need to take a minute and upgrade to the Flash MX 6 or 7 player (if necessary, you will see instructive text and a link to click so you can now join the privileged 95% of Internet users who can seamlessly access video content via Flash and avoid the horror stories all to often associated with the other three media players that live outside the protected Flash "sandbox"):
The business impact of Rich Internet Applications
   I have just begun developing a Tip-of-the-Day RIA: one-minute video clip tutorials for solo acts (stand-up comics, keynote speakers, politicians, ministers, teachers, etc.).
   I am authoring in FCP HD 4.5 with LiveType and Soundtrack, exporting as self-contained QuickTime movies for gamma correction on the PC side (95% of your audience) via Sorenson Squeeze Suite 4.1.
   Squeeze takes my 300MB .MOV video source file and compresses it down into 3-10MB dialup and broadband files for web delivery: .FLV, .WMV, .RA and .MOV files.
   After I assemble the Flash 7 Media Player within Flash MX 2004 Professional
e, I embed progressive download .flv clips in Dreamweaver 2004 MX web pages. So, although I am currently using this antiquated workflow to upload new clips by-hand while creating video content, this will change.
    I will instead be calling the .FLV files from within the Flash RIA. Soon, you will be seeing a latest-and-greatest web delivery RIA demo. For now, watch video inside the Flash environment from my home splash page which is already using JavaScript for Flash Player version detection:
http://www.jimrichardson.com
   Also of interest,
I used Discreet Cleaner back in 2002-2003 for encoding web movies to play in all the major non-Flash players: RealVideo, Windows Media Player and QuickTime examples
   For those up to the programming challenge, I have created my Studio MX 2004 with Flash Professional resource web page: online tutorials, CDs and books.
   
Computer Education Services Corporation (CESC): I lead 2-day corporate training sessions for their "Flash MX 2004 Professional: Developing Applications," a Macromedia Approved Training courseware by CESC partner Element K.
Example: in January 2005, my students were ITs and programmers from Clorox in Oakland, CA, who completed these two Rich Internet Applications.

This web site last updated: Thursday, March 10, 2005, noon PST
Just updated the user group information at "Groups" and added "Classes."
Jim Richardson -- please send broken link reports, questions about this site and suggested resources to: fcpsig@jimrichardson.com



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