My First Experience with Final Cut Pro

Last night, I went into the CalTV office to edit my first video for Sport Shorts. I have never used Final Cut Pro before and expected to spend hours and hours just learning the program. Plus, it was on a Mac and I was born and raised on Windows.

Before the reporters came in, the Department Head of Post-production taught me the basics. I learned to import files, convert videos, and begin to add effects. Honestly, it wasn’t as difficult as I expected. By the time the reporters came in to pick and choose their clips and images, I found myself easily keeping up with them. The tricky part was getting the video to run smoothly and without any flickers, but I had lots of help from the team and I can’t thank them enough. The editing took almost three hours but when the video was finished, I felt accomplished for the night.

This was my first experience with Final Cut Pro and I’m excited to go back next week and try again.

Santa Cruzin’

Labor Day weekend at the Boardwalk was a nightmare. It was as if everyone and their whole extended families decided to head to the beach today. The traffic there and back was terrible; at times, we didn’t move an inch for a couple minutes. As you can imagine, when Angela and I finally got to the Boardwalk, we were ready to have some fun. 

We headed straight to the Haunted Castle (big surprise). After almost 40 minutes of waiting in line, we hopped on the cars and spiraled down, down…deep into the dark dungeon below the Boardwalk. Not surprisingly, Angela shrieked the entire time, clutching my arms and repeating, “I’m not looking! I’m not looking!” I felt bad for the two little boys sitting behind us.

Then, we proceeded to ride Wipe Out, Ghost Blasters (where I outblasted Angela 570-480), Logger’s Revenge, the Giant Dipper, Sky Glider, and the Haunted Castle again.

santa cruz logger's revenge

Logger’s Revenge

The low point of the day was when I lost rock-paper-scissors to Angela and had to sit in the front on Logger’s Revenge. Of course, I got soaked, even after using Angela’s bag as a shield for my face. The second low point of the day was when we finished the Dippin’ Dots.

Also, although I have ridden the Giant Dipper many times before, today was the first time I experienced the roller coaster from the back seat. I only have one piece of advice: Do it. You get more speed from the back which results in more thrill. After today, I will never sit in the front of any roller coaster again. 

What I learned from the long, hot day at the Santa Cruz beach were two things. One, that the Boardwalk now sells bubble tea. And two, dirty seagulls look like crows.