The UK Production Show, a key event for Mac-using video-and-film makers, is the setting for the launch of the UK Final Cut User Group today.

The UK Final Cut User Group (UKFCUG) has been formed to give PAL users an opportunity to get together and discuss issues and methods of working with Apple's Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express. The group will meet once every six weeks in central London, and functions on a national and international level through an online discussion forum.

The first meeting is at Apple's stand at the Production Show, starting at 5pm. More details can be found at Macworld's stand at the show.

The Web site - which should be online tomorrow - will be a vital resource for Final Cut users, featuring articles specific to editing with Final Cut and links to other user groups, said User Group director Rick Young.

International network User-group meetings will give members an opportunity to showcase work produced in Final Cut, demonstrate key features of the software, network, and promote Final Cut from a user point of view, explained Young. The UK Final Cut User Group is a part of the international Final Cut Pro Network that stretches across the globe.

Young is the director and founding member of the UK Final Cut User Group. He has worked in broadcast television since beginning his career in 1988 in Perth, Australia. Crossing the water to the UK in 1996, he pursued a career as a freelance television director and editor for companies such as ITN, Sky Television, Reuters, CNBC and the BBC.

In 2002 Rick wrote his first book 'The Easy Guide to Final Cut Pro 3', published by Focal Press. He is currently working on other titles for Focal Press, including: 'The Easy Guide to Final Cut Express', 'The Easy Guide to Final Cut Pro 4' and 'The Easy Guide to DVD Studio Pro 2'.

Free video books The Production Show runs from today till Thursday at London's Olympia's National Hall. It boasts an extensive selection of exhibitors, including Apple Solutions Experts, Avid, BAFTA, Media 100 and more.

Macworld and Digit are also involved in the event. Both magazines are sponsoring two workshop areas at the show: Apple's DVD and graphics workshops and the daily video-editing workshops.

The magazines will offer a selection of video-editing books to readers who subscribe at the show, and there will be a daily prize draw to win a copy of Adobe Premiere 6.5.