Learn Final Cut Pro X with Dan Villalva, May 14 at the PCA Studio

Guest instructor Dan Villalva

Guest instructor Dan Villalva

The next edition of PCA’s popular Introduction to Final Cut Pro X class, with guest instructor Dan Villalva, will take place on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 9 am – 4 pm at the PCA studio, 205 Keller St, Suite 102, Petaluma.

Guest instructor Dan Villalva brings a wealth of post-production experience to this workshop. A longtime friend of public access media and expert in video post-production, Dan was most recently the Executive Director of the Community Media Center of Santa Rosa.

Whether you are just getting started with video editing, or are an experienced user ready to switch over to X, Petaluma Community Access has hands-on learning opportunities for you.

Glean valuable skills and information from instructor Dan Villalva, former Executive Director of the Community Media Center of Santa Rosa. This course in video post-production will give you the foundation you need to be off and running with video editing in no time at all.

Registration for this course is open to PCA members for just $60. The non-member fee is $100.

Now would be an opportune moment to join PCA. For less than $1 per week you can have access to all that PCA has to offer – audio & video equipment and training, workshops, classes & other events, editing software and training and more – plus you would be providing vital support for southern Sonoma County’s public access, media literacy center, right here in the heart of Petaluma.

Space for this course is very limited, so call PCA today at (707) 773-3190 or email nellie@pca.tv to register

What: Final Cut Pro X – an introductory course

Where: PCA studio, 205 Keller Street, Suite 102

When: Saturday May 14 from 9 am – 4 pm (1 hr lunch)

About Final Cut Pro X

The revolutionary new design of Final Cut X improves the entire post-production workflow, making it faster, easier, and even more intuitive. Import, organize, edit, add effects, sweeten, grade, and deliver – all with unprecedented ease. More about FCP on Apple’s page here.

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With the release of Final Cut X in 2011, video editing was transformed.

The original Final Cut interface was designed around traditional, non-computerized, editing work-flows, with four main windows that replicate tried-and-trusted methods of organizing, viewing and editing physical film media.

Because Everything Just Changed In Post.

Final Cut X is designed to account for the rapid evolution of film and video production. Today, video is recorded though an entirely digital process in which all resulting media files stored are on SD cards and external hard drives. The need for the editing interface to reflect traditional, physical film workflows is no longer necessary.

Some of the most compelling new elements for editors working in FCPX include:

Unified Import: Use the new single window interface to import from all sources. During import, the program can analyze footage and automatically sort it into groups of close-ups, medium shots, shots with two people or group shots.

Multicam: Edit multi-camera projects faster than ever before with a collection of innovative features.

Dual Viewers: Compare shots and match action by enabling a second viewer on demand

Streamlined Share: Deliver your work faster than ever from Final Cut Pro

The revolutionary design of Final Cut X improves the entire post-production workflow, making it faster, easier, and even more intuitive. Import, organize, edit, add effects, sweeten, grade, and deliver – all with unprecedented ease.

The enhanced changes in the software are significant and require some adaptation.


If You Don’t Like the News, Go Out and Make Some of Your Own: An Introduction to Community News Gathering & Citizen Journalism

Join us at PCA on September 19, 2015 as guest instructor Dan Villalva delves into the basics of creating your own community news and citizen journalism.


















The rapid growth of digital video technology, the spread of broadband internet access and continuing, dramatic changes in the size and shape of the news-gathering industry have created remarkable opportunities for ordinary citizens to help shape what defines “news” in their communities.

Join us for this general interest course about the structure of news & ethics of news-gathering.


  • How to conduct an on-camera interview
  • How to package a quick turnaround news story
  • Basic concepts and principles of ethical journalism
  • News editing practices
  • Creative B-roll gathering techniques

We’ll view professionally-produced news packages to understand their structure and techniques, and we’ll conduct hands-on exercises to give students practice in setting up impromptu news-style interviews.

Guest instructor Dan Villalva

Guest instructor Dan Villalva

About our instructor:

Dan Villalva served as the Executive Producer of the Snapshots TV show that ran on local PBS station KRCB for nearly 10 seasons. He learned his TV storytelling skills through a 2 year internship at former local broadcaster KFTY – TV 50. While there he worked on their monthly magazine show, California North.

TV 50 had dozens of interns providing support to the full-time staff in all departments. Many afternoons Dan would get kicked out of the editing suite by the news reporters who rushed to finish editing their news packages for airing that same evening at 6 pm. Dan admired the frantic pace of the skilled news editor/producers who wrote their stories quickly and edited fast. Although the technology has changed the basics of telling a story remain the same, and Dan is happy to impart some of that knowledge to you in this class.

Where: PCA Studio, 205 Keller Street, Suite 102, Petaluma.

When: Saturday September 19, 2015  11 am – 2 pm.

Prerequisites: None

Cost: $20 for PCA members. $40 for non-members

Class size will be limited, so please sign up today by calling 773-3190 or emailing chris@pca.tv.