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The barriers in the way to making your own films have never been so low, however the inertia to start often stops a lot of budding filmmakers. This summer, a program in Chicago got 12 kids from diverse backgrounds to team up and make their own film. They used iPhones, Final Cut Pro X and of course some help & knowledge from Sam Mestman. 

It's quite simple. Stop what you are doing, make a large coffee and watch these two videos. Never before has Randy Ubillos, the creator of the original Final Cut Pro and FCPX, gone into so much detail about the history of NLE software development. We publish the two part recording of Randy's chat with Michael Horton at the recent LACPUG 18th birthday anniversary meeting.

Where were you seven years ago today? We were huddled over a laptop scratching our heads looking at Final Cut Pro 10.0. Things have changed a lot since then and now we have a stable, mature NLE that competitors are having to copy.

If you have been following the progress of "Off the Tracks", the documentary film about the birth of Final Cut Pro X, you will be interested in hearing from the film's producer, Brad Olsen. He takes us through 2 years of hard work on the film, from the initial idea up to the imminent premiere at LACPUG.

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