Interview with Iain Anderson


Iain Anderson is the author of Final Cut Pro X Efficient Editing, Smart, Quick and Effective Video Editing with FCP X 10.4.10–Efficient Editing, we got the chance to sit down with him and find out more about his experience of writing with Packt.

Q: How did you become an author for Packt? Tell us about your journey.

Iain: My first writing job was reviewing Mac games for a user group way back in the 1990s. Since then I’ve written many articles for and others, written my own training materials, and then Packt asked me if I’d like to write this. It seemed like a good use of time during a pandemic, and so it was.

Q: How long did it take you to write the book?

Iain: About 4-5 months, but heavily interrupted.

Q: What kind of research did you do, and how long did you spend researching before beginning the book?

Iain: I’ve been an Apple Certified Trainer in FCP X since it was released, and I’ve created my own training material too. Writing a book of this size meant exploring all the workflows I knew of but don’t usually use myself

Q: Did you face any challenges during the writing process? How did you overcome them?

Iain: One challenge: remembering to write a closing paragraph for each section that leads readers onto the next. It got easier as it went on.

Q: What advice would you give to readers learning tech? Do you have any top tips?

Iain: Keep learning, keep doing. The more you create, the more you’ll cement your learning.

Q. How do you keep up-to-date on your tech?

Iain: Reading user groups, trying out new features, figuring out the best way to solve a problem. Workflows will continue to change, so don’t get too attached to any particular methods or techniques; if you see a better way, adopt it.

Q. Do you have a blog that readers can follow?

Iain: Probably my Twitter account sees more regular content than anything else: @funwithstuff

Q. Can you share any blogs, websites and forums to help readers gain a holistic view of the tech they are learning?

Iain: Try, it’s got plenty of news and active forums. Also, search for “fcp x” and “Final Cut Pro” on Facebook and you’ll find a bunch of interesting groups.

How would you describe you author journey with Packt? Would you recommend Packt to aspiring authors?

Iain: It’s been good! Looking forward to seeing this 150000 word monster in print, and definitely glad to have editors to correct my mistakes

You can find Iain’s book on Amazon by following the links below the cover image:

Final Cut Pro X Efficient Editing, Smart, Quick and Effective Video Editing with FCP X 10.4.10– Available on