Almost one year ago I started a little tutorial website called FinalCutWhiz.com. I honestly thought I’d get maybe one view a day and there wouldn’t be much interaction. However, over the past year that has changed dramatically. But, I have decided to back down and start a new website called EditingWhiz.com.
Around March 2010 I actually registered the domain FinalCutWhiz.com and I didn’t create an actual website until March 2011. This was before the NAB Final Cut Pro X announcement. I do not remember whether I heard Apple might be releasing a new version of FCP or I just decided to create tutorials. My first tutorial was how to capture video from an SD card to Final Cut. After that there was news that Apple was going to release “Final Cut Pro 8″ possibly during NAB 2011 (which was right around the corner).
When the National Association of Broadcasters finally came, Apple was there giving a presentation of the “dramatic” update to Final Cut Pro. For most of us, FCPX looked great! Finally we would get so many features we wanted. However, once June 21st came and we downloaded Final Cut 10 from the Mac App Store, we released it was much different from legacy versions of FCP.
Now I don’t want to go into much detail because I’ve done that several times already. But, basically I am changing to a new website name because I never really caught on to Final Cut Pro X. I’ve learned how to use it, but I never really used it to cut projects (maybe once or twice). In addition, Apple has taken away the familiarity and the industry terms and replaced it with foreign terminology. So, because of that, I have decided to leave Apple and move on to another non-linear editor. One that is more familiar and follows the industry standards. I plan on working in post-production after I graduate from film school (in case any of you didn’t know, I am only a student) so I need to know how the editing world works. Now I’m not saying Final Cut Pro X is bad, because I certainly don’t think that. It’s just that I prefer not to work with it. Maybe in the future I will.
EditingWhiz.com aims to be a website for all video editors. Instead of targeting just Final Cut Pro, it will be for Premiere Pro, Media Composer, After Effects, etc. In addition, post-production news will be followed more vividly. There will also be a breaking news section so you instantly know when a new product or software is released no matter where you are on EditingWhiz. Plus, we’re going to have a forum where users can post questions or comments about applications and get feedback from other editors.
This website is not going to be just for professionals. It’s going to cover everything from beginners to experts. Users will also be able to submit tutorials they have made and get credit.
In addition to tutorials and news, we’re also going to have tons of great giveaways! Like really good ones! Like ones that you actually want to win.
When is it coming?
Now that you know what EditingWhiz.com is, when is it launching? Currently we have a launch date, but it’s a secret. However, there is a way for you to be notified before anyone else. All you have to do is sign up for the EditingWhiz newsletter. Simply visit EditingWhiz.com and enter your email address in the newsletter form. Then go to your email and confirm by pressing a link. That’s it! And at any time you can unsubscribe. Those who subscribe to the email newsletter will be notified of the launch two days before anyone else. That means you have a two-day head start to check out the site, see tutorials, and get access to our giveaways! Regarding the newsletter, it is 100% secure. It uses MailChimp.com which is one of the top leaders in email campaigns.
If you’d rather connect a social way, you can also follow @TheEditingWhiz on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook. Those who follow or like EditingWhiz will be notified of the launch one day before anyone else!
What’s happening to Final Cut Whiz?
Final Cut Whiz is not, and I repeat not ending! Like I mentioned above, EditingWhiz.com isn’t launching just yet. In fact, there is still some content I am going to publish on FinalCutWhiz.com. And when EditingWhiz.com does launch, Final Cut Whiz is still not shutting down. All my tutorials, news, reviews, etc. will still be up. So feel free to learn Final Cut Pro X using the existing tutorials. I do plan on posting new tutorials and re-blogging old ones on EditingWhiz.com when it launches.