There’s nothing like time constraints and the promise of a large audience to induce quick, motivated learning! A few weeks ago, we participated in Ingredients, a 24-hour music video project. The project was best suited for Final Cut Pro, a program I had not previously even considered using, as I’ve been convinced that I was getting along just fine in iDVD, thank you very much. Just before beginning the day of video-making, I spent three short hours soaking up as much Final Cut knowledge on Lynda as possible. Then, we were off (see the video results – not bad for a days work)!

The result? I fell for Final Cut Pro! The experience was much less daunting than it seemed; Final Cut allows for fairly graspable video manipulation for the first-time user.

Hear more with Miranda July’s Final Cut thoughts.

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