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What's new in Apple Certified Video Training
So now that you have had a chance to look at the new version of Final Cut Pro what is Apple going to do about it's certification program. Apple have heavily slimmed down the range of certifications that they were offering from ten to three.
Out with the old
The following certifications will be retired January 12, 2012 and removed from the Apple Certified Professionals Registry:
• Apple Certified Pro - Color Correction in Final Cut Studio Level One
• Apple Certified Pro - Compressor 3.5 Level One
• Apple Certified Pro - DVD Studio Pro 4 Level One
• Apple Certified Pro - Final Cut Express Level One
• Apple Certified Pro - Final Cut Pro 7 Level One
• Apple Certified Pro - Final Cut Pro 7 Level Two
• Apple Certified Pro - Final Cut Server 1.5 Level One
• Apple Certified Pro - Motion 4 Level One
• Apple Certified Pro - Sound Editing in Final Cut Studio Level One
• Apple Certified Master Pro - Final Cut Studio
Apple Authorised Training Centres will continue to be able to run courses and exam up until this date. As of August 31, 2011, Final Cut Pro 7 exams will no longer be available in Prometric Test Centres.
In with the new
They will be replaced by the following Certifications
• Apple Certified Pro - Final Cut Pro X Level One
• Apple Certified Pro - Final Cut Pro X Level Two
• Apple Certified Pro - Motion 5 Level One
The materials for the new courses and certification will be available in late September so don't expect any Apple Certified FCP X courses until then. The books will be available in hard copy or as an iBookStore title.
There will be four courses available.
FCP 101: Introduction to Final Cut Pro X
3 days leading to Apple Certified Pro - Final Cut Pro X Level One
FCP 200: Comprehensive Study of Final Cut Pro X
5 days leading to Apple Certified Pro - Final Cut Pro X Level One
FCP 300: Advanced Editing in Final Cut Pro X
3 days leading to Apple Certified Pro - Final Cut Pro X Level Two
Motion 101: Introduction to Motion 5
3 days leading to Apple Certified Pro - Motion 5 Level One
Once the exams become available there will be a grace period where a current Certified Pro can upgrade there certification by passing an online exam, open book in their own home, for a set fee. After this they will need to sit the exam at an AATC under normal exam conditions.
The FCP test exam will be replaced by a Peachpit Test Yourself app downloadable from the AppStore.
In general human beings are resistant to change. We prefer to stick with what we know and understand. If often feels easier to deal with the problems we are used to rather than tackle new ones. In the world of video editing with the Arrival of Final Cut Pro X the decision has been made for us.
This new version of Apple's widely used video editing software requires a different approach to the process of editing. Ultimately the goal is the same, but a new tool requires a new way of working. This seems to be the key to getting your head around how to use the new software. Some of the old concepts are gone and trying to get FCP X to fit to your old working pattern will not work. It does a lot of things in a new way, to get the best from it you have to embrace that change.
Apple's seminar for Final Cut Pro Certified Trainers on Monday was very interesting. We were given a full demo of the new video editing software by one of the Mentor Trainers, showing us what FCP X can do. There was absolutely no information about Apple's strategy for the film and video industry, or what they intended to do in the future. I didn't expect there to be. Even if anybody there knew anything, they wouldn't have been allowed to say. What they were prepared to say is that this first release of FCP X is just the beginning.
What they have given us is different strategy to video editing. All the things that are on the rumour sites about single sequences in a project and other behaviours are all true. But they are only significant if if you stick to the old approach and workflows. The structure of projects and sequences is gone, replaced with Events and Projects, and the project contains only a single edit. Clips are arranged on the timeline without tracks connected to the primary storyline in what seems an impossibly loose way. These changes alone will present challenges to accepted practices but just because we know and understand how something works doesn't mean it can't be improved.
Is shiny and new better, if it wasn't broken did it need fixing. I don't know. But it is different and that change will throw up some new problems, but also some new answers and if those changes enhance your creativity and the ease with which you can edit then the change will be worth it.
Project Torpedalo - Extreme Machine from Extreme CAD
Project Torpedalo is quite simply the most advanced pedal boat ever created and it is to be used to cross the Atlantic! Madness you say? Well two Design Engineers from Bently Motors: Mark Byass and Mike Sayer have designed and built their own pedalo and they plan to pedal 3,000 miles (naked!) in December 2011. It is important to note this is for charity (also to break the World Record), the objective is to raise £250k for Make-A-Wish Foundation and Motor Neurone Disease Association. So what has this got to do with Computer Aided Design (aka CAD)? Well you can't take this boat on a real test drive, you can't sit and pedal for 30 days just to make sure it works. So what do you do? DIGITAL PROTOTYPING
Digital Prototyping in a Real World
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