fcpx williford hendrickson

Inspired, that's how we feel on a dull Thursday morning. Why? Well that's because we have discovered Mrs Williford's lessons & tutorials on FCPX at Hendrickson High School in Texas. Welcome to the future

When we first came across these tutorials, we didn't really realise that they were part of a larger scheme of teaching. They originate from the audio & video production course taught by Abby Williford at the Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville, Texas.

We were curious to know more, so we got in touch with Abby and she very kindly responded:

"I try to make little tutorial videos for my students in case they need to review or if they just need to see it again, pausing and starting at their own pace. I started teaching Audio/Video Production a couple years ago and used only iMovie. By the end of the year, students were pretty much bored and kept asking to do more and more that iMovie really couldn't handle. That's when we switched to Final Cut Pro X. I still don't think I can cover all that the software has to offer in a year but those students that want to explore more always find cool things and techniques to add on their own."

She went on to mention that she's looking to expand the learning with Motion for the creation of graphics.

We are inspired because it's great to see high school students being taught video editing and also the fact they are using Final Cut Pro X. Equipping young people with modern video skills is very forward thinking and having that knowledge will benefit them in the future, just as students came out of education 20 years ago knowing Word and Excel.

This should be a warning to industry veterans that have turned their nose up at FCPX. Students now think nothing of editing HD material on the desktop or publishing to YouTube, it's just an everyday occurrence in their life. That is how video will grow over in the future, everybody will be shooting, editing and uploading.

We were impressed with Abby's regularly updated website that tells the students what they are going to do and how they can earn points by completing different tasks. It makes us want to join in, maybe Ripple should sign her up!

Abby also gave us permission to embed a selection of her videos. All worth a watch for two reasons. You will get a good idea of the depth of understanding the students will have on FCPX, plus, you might also learn something!

Reverse Speed Transform Changes


 Stop Motion in Final Cut Pro X


Record Voiceover in Final Cut Pro X 


Williford Classroom Procedures Review

This tutorial tells the students how to set up a project and save in the classroom. Although not relevant outside of the their classroom, it made us smile as we know a few editors who would struggle to get 100!


Many thanks to Abby Williford and Hendrickson High School. We wish her and her students all the best with their FCPX studies.


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I am the Editor-in-Chief of FCP.co and have run the website since its inception ten years ago.

I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

great house giveaway 2020

2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. The shows have also been nominated for a 2021 BAFTA.

Tour de france 2020
Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.


BBC snooker the crucible

BBC's Snooker has played a big part in my life, I've been editing tournament coverage since 1997. I'm proud to be part of a very creative team that has pioneered many new ideas and workflows that are now industry standard in sports' production. This is currently an Adobe Premiere edit.

amazon kindle BF

Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

Plugin Design & Development

I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.


Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

The Future

I'm always open to new ideas and opportunities, so please get in touch at editor (at) fcp.co. I've judged film competitions, presented workflow techniques to international audiences and come up with ideas for TV shows and software programs!


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