I have been taking a break from science writing this past week while I attempt to upgrade my video editing skills.
Since undertaking a Columbia Journalism School digital media storytelling course earlier this year my goal has been to produce more video posts for this blog.
Like many I started with iMovie. This is an outstanding piece of software in its simplicity and ease of action – it automates many complex features and provides a good platform to learn the basics of video editing. However, its limitations led me to a 30 day free trial of final cut pro X (FCP X)
I am impressed by FCP X and the functionality it offers. For those interested in learning how to use it, I recommend the free FCP X tutorials offered by Izzy Video.
For fun, I re-edited a short segment of the radium-223 (Alpharadin) media briefing that Dr Parker gave in Stockholm. Even though I am only at the early stages of learning FCP X, the 20 second clip below shows a different look and feel to the iMovie edited version.
The only downside of the transition from iMovie to FCP X is that it does put higher demands on computer graphics. My mid-2009 macbook pro is already showing some slowness, despite having a 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo chip and 4GB of RAM!
I will be on the streets of San Francisco next month shooting b-roll for a piece from the AACR Molecular targets meeting and look forward to working on this in FCP X.