Final Cut Pro X Meets KickStarter, Neapolitan Pizza & My Wife

So, my wife is an awesome cook and baker. She’s been making Neapolitan (from Naples) pizza in our back yard wood-fired oven for several months for our family and friends, and now she wants to take it on the road, start a new business and bring this great pizza to others.

About the Pizza

If you have never tried Neapolitan pizza before, you should do yourself a favor and get yourself to one of these places to try what I think is the best pizza I’ve ever tasted:

  • Naples, Italy (of course)
  • New York City – Forcella, Keste, Don Antonio by Starita
  • Washington D.C. Area – Pupatella
  • Chicago – Spacca Napoli
  • San Francisco – Tony’s Pizza Napoletana
  • Los Angeles – 800 Degrees

Neapolitan pizza dough is made from special Italian flour (such as Caputo 00), handled gently so as not to remove the air from the dough, garnished with sauce made from San Marzano tomatoes as well as bufala mozzarella from Italy, and cooked in a wood-fired oven at 800 degrees for approximately 60-90 seconds. There’s something about this high temperature and fast cooking time that retains the fresh taste of the ingredients, and coupled with the smoky flavor from the wood fire, makes for a phenomenal tasting experience.

Funding with KickStarter

So, as it turns out, I needed to learn Final Cut Pro X quickly to create a professional video for my wife’s KickStarter project (a portable Neapolitan pizza oven is pricey). To check out the final result of the video I created, you can find the video at this link:

For those who don’t know, KickStarter is a crowd-funding site that is used to fund creative projects such as films, music, art, technology, and in my wife’s case, a mobile wood-fired Neapolitan pizza business!

According to their web site, more than 4.3 million people have pledged over $666 million, and funded more than 43,000 creative projects. If you are thinking of starting a new, creative project, it’s a great way to test the waters to see what interest is out there for what you have to offer.

Learning Final Cut Pro X

I was absolutely floored at how powerful Final Cut Pro X is, and how intuitive and easy it was to learn. I started out with a set of videos and still shots and needed to bring these together to come up with a 3-4 minute video that had fluid transitions, good sound quality, background music, and subtitles.

How did I learn to use this tool so quickly? I attribute it to the fantastic (and free) videos posted by Izzy Hyman which you can find at this link:

Going through each of his videos is much easier than going through the many YouTube videos about Final Cut Pro. Izzy is obviously someone who has used Final Cut Pro for a long time, has a great teaching style (not talking at too low or too high a level), he uses the latest version of Final Cut Pro, and each video covers a specific How-To subject, so it makes it easy to go back and find the exact videos you want to review.

Getting Fired Up

OK, I couldn’t resist the pun. My usual job is writing software, but if you have your own business and like to wear many different hats, I’m sure you can find a place where your business would benefit from posting high quality videos. Definitely check out Izzy’s site and have some great fun with Final Cut Pro X!

All the best!

Kevin McNeish


Author: iOS App Development for Non-Programmers book series
Twitter: @kjmcneish

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