Christopher Hills is a young editor living in Australia, he's also an Apple Certified Pro Final Cut Pro X Level One. A great achievement, but quite outstanding when you find out he controls his Mac with just a head switch.
Chris has Cerebral Palsy which manifests itself as many unwanted body and limb movements. Not the ideal thing when trying to be precise with a keyboard. The only part of his body he can control reliably is his head and that's what he uses to control FCPX.
By using a head switch and a special piece of software, he controls the cursor on the Mac with clicks to drive FCPX. He's pretty quick at it too, we have seen a few editors who are slower with a qwerty keyboard!
We were intrigued by how Chris finds working this way. We have to admit to thinking that switches such as Chris's could only be used for word processing, emails or surfing. Wrong. They can also be used to control programs that need to have input at a specific points in time, FCPX is a good example. We got in touch and he very kindly replied:
Take a look at Chris's presentation from the Inclusive Learning Technologies Conference on the Gold Coast that was held in May. A good watch for a few reasons. First of all to find out more about Chris, accessible technology and how he uses FCPX. Secondly, it makes us realise how dependent we are on keyboards, but that doesn't stop anyone who can't use one from performing complex tasks on a computer.
He also manages to get some jokes in at his Dad's expense!