Final Cut UGs Seek Pro Members at DV Expo

NEW YORK, NY -- Final Cut Pro user groups from New Jersey, Connecticut and New York states have joined forces again, exhibiting at the third annual Digital Video Expo East at the Jacob Javits convention center in New York City. The goal - to find new members and grow the community of FCP users and fans.

The three groups have a small but visible booth at this weekis exhibition and are either signing up new members for anywhere from free to $25 a year or taking contact information to follow up with potential new members.

"Weire getting great interest and responses," James Pisano, a representative of the New Jersey FCPUG told The Mac Observer. "This is a great way to touch and talk to the people we otherwise would never know about and they wouldnit know about us."

"Weive joined forces to get a booth at other shows in the past," said Matthew Bradbury of the Connecticut FCPUG. "Weive done the National Association of Broadcasters Convention (NAB) and Mac Expo and it was just a perfect fit to do this show as well."

James Pisano, right, a representative of the New Jersey FCPUG, talks to a potential member at DV Expo East in New York.

Many area Final Cut Pro users were surprised there was an FCP user group in their area, and now glad that they could meet with others who have similar interests.

"I didnit even know Final Cut users met in my area," said Mark Steiner of New York. "Iill be at their next meeting for sure."

"If I had known their was a group in the New Jersey area, Iid have turned to some of their members for help and suggestions long before now," commented Erica Harvey. "You feel more comfortable knowing there are others around you that have the same interests and need help and support."

All three area groups meet monthly and often at Apple-area retail stores to see in-depth demonstrations of FCP-related products. For instance, the NYFCPUG is meeting next month at the Apple Store in SoHO on August 14 to focus on DVD authoring.