User group sets meeting with Final Cut Pro team

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The Los Angeles Final Cut Pro User Group (lafcpug) will host a special evening with the Final Cut Pro team on Tuesday, Dec. 4, starting at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held in conjunction with DV Expo, the trade show that will run Dec. 3-7.

The show is the largest conference and expo that focuses exclusively on the needs of creative video professionals involved in producing and distributing dynamic media. DV Expo presents specialized instruction in over 80 conference sessions and tutorials. Full-day intensives focus on lighting, motion graphics and 3D character design and development. The expo hall showcases more than 100 companies exhibiting the latest digital video tools and technologies that are essential to producing compelling visual content.

The Final Cut Pro event will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in room 404 A/B. Seating is first come, first serve and a standing room only crowd is expected. Refreshments will be served courtesy of Apple.

"This will be a rare chance for attendees to get up close and personal with the movers and shakers of Apple's Final Cut Pro," Michael Horton, of the Los Angeles Final Cut Pro User Group told MacCentral.

Expected to attend are Final Cut Pro creator and chief architect, Randy Ubillos; Final Cut Pro development lead/product design, Brian Meaney; product manager, Tom McDonald, and others. There will be a demo of Final Cut Pro, a question and answer session, as well as feature requests and feedback. Plus, there'll be a "couple of surprises," Horton said.

You must have a DV Expo pass to attend this event. If you don't have one, you can register online for a free pass. However, Nov. 27 is the deadline for registration.

What's more, Phil Schiller, Apple's vice president of worldwide product marketing, will be a keynote speaker at the DV Expo. Schiller will doubtless be talking about Apple's digital hub strategy and such products as QuickTime, Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro, iMovie, iDVD and all of Apple's hardware. Apple will also be a sponsor of the DV Film Fest, a big-screen presentation of independent digital film work. Our favorite computer maker will co-sponsor the opening night welcome reception; sponsor technical sessions, along with Adobe, Pinnacle, Sony and others.

Besides Schiller, the other scheduled keynote presenter is Allen Daviau, director of photography for films including "Empire of the Sun" and "Avalon." There'll also be an evening panel with folks such as Jan Crittendon, group training manager at Panasonic; Laurin Herr, vice president of strategic development for the professional media division of Pinnacle Systems; Philip Miller, vice president of product marketing at Discreet; and Mike Rockwell, CTO of Avid. They'll discuss where digital tools are headed in the new millennium.

This story, "User group sets meeting with Final Cut Pro team" was originally published by PCWorld.

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