My background is in television news and corporate video. In TV newsland, I've been an editor, videographer, director/technical director, and live truck operator. After a few years in news, I moved into corporate video, where I wore the hats of producer, director, videographer, editor, technical support, and trainer. I've been through the transitions from U-matic and 1-inch, to Betacam and D2 to DV and whichever digital format flavor-of-the-day is current. Along with those format transitions has been the journey from linear editing on CMX and RM 450s through the Cube, Media 100, and all versions of Final Cut Pro through X.

I first learned about the Apple certification program back in 2002. As I had already written short Final Cut Pro training guides for a couple of clients since Final Cut Pro v1, as well as done silo-installations for those clients, I jumped on board and became an Apple Certified Trainer with Final Cut Pro 3. In 2006, Peachpit Press contracted me to be a technical reviewer for the Apple Pro Training Series books. A decade later, I’ve served as technical reviewer, technical editor, contributing writer, co-author, and author of over 30 books in the APTS and ATS series.

When not doing video, providing training or authoring materials, I’m usually exploring Colorado in my Jeep®, camping, or learning something new about Amateur Radio. Combining all three doesn't happen often enough.


Awards, Certs, & Licenses

  • Heartland Region Emmy Nomination for Newscast Directing
  • 3x Telly Award Winner
  • Private Pilot - ASEL
  • FCC Radiotelegraph Operator
  • Amateur Radio Operator - Technician

Clients include

  • Apple, Inc.
  • DirecTV
  • Denver International Airport
  • Peachpit Press
  • Scripps Television
  • Douglas County School District, CO
  • Starz

Publications include

  • Author, "APTS: Final Cut Pro X 10.2," Peachpit Press, 2015
  • Author, “APTS: Final Cut Pro X 10.1 Quick-Reference Guide,” Peachpit Press, 2014
  • Author, "APTS: Final Cut Pro X 10.1," Peachpit Press, 2014
  • Tech. Editor, "APTS: Final Cut Pro X 2nd Edition," Peachpit Press, 2013
  • Tech. Reviewer, "APTS: Aperture 3," Peachpit Press, 2012
  • Tech. Editor, "APTS: Final Cut Pro X: Advanced Editing," Peachpit Press, 2012
  • Tech. Editor/Reviewer, "APTS: Motion 5," Peachpit Press, 2012
  • Author, “APTS: Final Cut Pro X Quick-Reference Guide,” Peachpit Press, 2011
  • Tech. Editor/Reviewer, "APTS: Final Cut Pro X," Peachpit Press, 2011
  • Author, "iMovie for iPhone and iPad," Peachpit Press, 2011
  • Author, “APTS: Final Cut Pro 7 Quick-Reference Guide,” Peachpit Press, 2010
  • Co-Author, “APTS: Motion 4 Quick-Reference Guide,” Peachpit Press, 2010
  • Contrib. Author, “APTS: Final Cut Server 1.5,” Peachpit Press, 2010
  • Tech. Reviewer, “ATS: iLife ’11,” Peachpit Press, 2010
  • Tech. Reviewer, “APTS: Final Cut Pro 7,” Peachpit Press, 2009
  • Tech. Editor/Reviewer, “APTS: Final Cut Pro 7 Advanced Editing,” Peachpit Press, 2009
  • Tech. Reviewer, “APTS: Motion 4,” Peachpit Press, 2009
  • Tech. Editor/Reviewer, “APTS: Final Cut Pro 6 Beyond the Basics,” Peachpit Press, 2008
  • Tech. Reviewer, “APTS: Final Cut Pro 6,” Peachpit Press, 2007
  • Tech. Editor/Reviewer, “APTS: Motion 3,” Peachpit Press, 2007
  • Tech. Reviewer, “APTS: Final Cut Pro 5,” Peachpit Press, 2006