It was ten years ago that the Calgary FCPUG (then Final Cut Pro Users Group) first started meeting and it has been going strong ever since. Of course, there have been changes over the years, most significantly two years ago with the introduction of Final Cut Pro X and the demand from the community that the group discuss editing options beyond FCP. We now discuss not only Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro X but also Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere and Autodesk Smoke, plus a myriad of other software options required to complete our work now.

The Calgary FCPUG (now Fabulously Creative Pro User Group to encompass the other platforms) now receives both financial support and significant door prizes from a number of sponsors. Our Platinum Sponsor, AJA Video Systems, along with sponsors Blackmagic Design and Artbeats have not only offered our members thousands of dollars of great door prizes over the last couple years, they have allowed us to procure a great projector screen, sound system and screen for our meetings. We have access to an IOXT for presentations plus numerous other tools. Members benefit from access to our sponsors, local resellers, and the collective knowledge of the membership. On occasion, there is free food and drinks as well. Our newest sponsor, Annex Pro, is a Vancouver, BC-based value-added reseller for software, hardware and IT infrastructure to the Media & Entertainment Industry. Annex Pro will be providing some great door prizes and also support for group members with their infrastructure and workflows.

When this group started 10 years ago Final Cut Pro 3 was the current version; Final Cut Pro 4 had just been introduced at NAB; we were editing on PowerMac G4s towers, possibly on a new 17" Powerbook G4; we were editing DV, analog, film, and HD; and the future was looking very bright for Apple's editing app, though the future was far from certain. A lot has changed, though in many ways many things are still the same; the future for editng on the Mac is both bright, and uncertain. The group continues to fulfill its function of helping our members navigate this world by bringing together a wide diversity of people working to make great video.

Here is the announcement from the first Calgary FCPUG meeting held at Emmedia on May 29, 2003:


Earth to Sky Pictures will present a screening of their award-winning motivational series PUSHING THE LIMIT: Passion, Team, Innovation. This series, commissioned by SHELL International and the Canadian Sport Centre, Calgary, talks to Olympic athletes, coaches, trainers and sport scientist about what it is that drives them to win. Recipient of the Best in Class: Best Motivational Rosie award at the 29th annual AMPIA awards, this series uses a unique presentation style to bring all of the emotion and passion of these people to the screen.

At the screening are expected many of the creators of the series, including; the Producer/Writer, Christina Willings; the Producer/Editor, Duane Martin; the Director, Christopher Markowsky, who also received a nomination for his work on this project in the hotly contested Best Director, Non Dramatic, Under 30 minutes category; and Jason Lewis, the Director of Photography.

After the screening, an open discussion will be held on how the series was created, from concept, to shooting, to editing, to finish. Of particular note will be a discussion concerning how the look of the series was achieved using Final Cut Pro.

Duane Martin is an Apple Certified Trainer for Final Cut Pro. He has recently returned from NAB 2003, the internationally renowned new technology show for broadcast. Here he had the opportunity to train on Apple's upcoming Final Cut Pro 4. A presentation and discussion (though, unfortunately not a demonstration) of some of the new features of this groundbreaking editing application will ensue. Lively discussion all round of the features such as: RT Extreme; Live Type; Sound Track; bundled Cinema Tools; new media management functions; AVID style editing features; 32 bit rendering; oh boy, with more than 300 new features, there will be lots to talk about. Of course, this discussion will provide the chance to "stump-the-trainer" without taking a course. This evening will provide an opportunity for members of the production community, particularly those interested in editing capabilities of Final Cut Pro, to gather and meet one another, discuss what they do, and maybe even learn some new tricks.

This is a free event, donations will not be sought, but then again, the food and drink will be meager. It is really just about the gathering.